This is one of the most common questions that are asked to our assistance, because it is clear that the risk of seeing traces of THC in the urine, perhaps after consuming only a few light cannabis products, is a great concern for many people.
We therefore wanted to dedicate a complete study to this topic, in the hope that it will be useful in order to be able to make definitive clarity on this topic.
To do this, let’s start by pointing out that THC is one of the active ingredients found in cannabis in nature, in this regard I invite you to read this guide carefully .
However, THC is not the only important element in cannabis in nature: another active ingredient present is in fact cannabidiol or CBD, which has a relaxing effect on the human body.
It is also for this reason that CBD is used for the production of particularly powerful pain-relieving drugs and to help sleep. The THC, however, is the active ingredient that triggers the “high” in drugs derived from this plant, especially if taken with quantitative and particularly high concentrations.
But what effects does it have?
In summary, the substance has an impact on the central nervous system, directly “attacking” neurons. The result is a sense of euphoria and the breakdown of inhibitions. This reaction generates dopamine, which can have significant impacts on memory, sleep, attention and mood.
For this reason, the reactions of people suffering from drug addiction are serious: the person passes from a state of happiness to one of depression in a very short time, or they have sudden hunger attacks (the so-called “munchies”, which you have surely had the opportunity to hear mention on many occasions, including on this site).
The quantity and consistency of “treatment” also affect symptoms. A person who uses hemp-derived drugs has more severe symptoms than someone who consumes less if the THC concentrations are above the caution threshold. It is precisely for this reason that the danger of these symptoms has forced the legislation to legislate ad hoc and to issue appropriate measures.
Hence the legal principle that to be legal, hemp-derived products must not exceed a certain level of THC (0.2% or, in some cases, 0.6%). But there is more.
Even if you use hemp-based foods, oils or buds with a very low THC and do so rarely, it can happen that on a blood test you may test positive for THC. Be warned, though: this obviously doesn’t imply that you are a drug addict, but you could have problems if that test is requested by your employer!
To avoid all of this, here is a complete guide that explains how THC is detected in urine and what are the risks you can take if a high concentration of THC is revealed.
THC in the urine: what does it mean?
The THC can also detect with the analysis of the blood and, therefore, this guide can only be a partial monitoring of what might happen in case you should be subjected to a control, generally required by the employer or if there is a serious accident you are involved in. If you are actually involved in a serious accident, for example, the police are required to perform these tests to determine if you are under the influence of drugs. If so, you could be accused of causing the traffic accident precisely under the influence of those products.
If, on the other hand, the check is carried out in the workplace, after the urine analysis for THC, you will be asked for other tests to investigate your status.
If from all these tests the substance present in the human body is in large quantities, then you risk that the company can take measures in this matter.
In short, these are not very recommendable scenarios, and to avoid which you must consider that even products with a low concentration of THC can make you test positive. But how is this possible?
First of all, we want to remember that THC occurs in large quantities if you take a hemp derivative, even a legal one, but only if the test is carried out within 20 minutes of taking the substance. Subsequently, the level drops, but remains there for 4 weeks. As a result, your doctor may ask for further tests to figure out what you actually took.
Now, if you know in advance that you need to get tested for THC in your urine, you can take steps to prevent the substance from being detected in the test. First of all, try to find out as soon as possible – the sooner you know, the sooner you can take your precautions!
Secondly, try to evaluate your consumption of these products well. For example, if you drink herbal tea or use an oil every now and then, your THC level in your urine will be extremely low! So to work off the THC, just go to the gym one more time, run in the morning or just drink a lot more water than usual. These are traditional remedies, but still effective, which will allow you to eliminate toxins.
Then remember to follow a diet rich in dietary fiber: whole foods, vegetables, fruit, rice, bran allow you to dispose of toxins more quickly, and therefore to reduce your level of THC in the urine.
A last minute solution is not to insert the first and last drops of urine into the sample. This is an extreme, “over the top” solution for a person who took a legal product two weeks ago, but… you never know. Of course, the good advice is not to take hemp-derived substances, even if legal, in the weeks before the test, to avoid any kind of problem.
THC urine test: how it works
The THC urine test is very simple to perform: the aim is to find THC-COOH, a metabolite derived from the use of the substance, in the urine . The higher his concentration, the more… there is trouble.
Of course, to find a large quantity of this element, one must either take an illegal product, or take legal products in large quantities or frequently.
To have serious problems, the tests must detect the presence of cannabinoids in the urine for minimum values of 50ng of THC-COOH or higher per ml of urine. In general, the test involves providing the doctor with a urine sample, which will then be analyzed in the laboratory.
Those who are occasional consumers should not have a detectable and evident THC level beyond 3 days, while frequent users (perhaps even illegal substances) may need up to 30 days before obtaining a total disposal of the substance.
Now, it should also be borne in mind that THC is famous for being an extremely fat-soluble molecule, and therefore it is able to store itself in our adipose tissue with ease. Once THC is taken, it is transported by the blood and spreads throughout the body, and then reaches, thanks to the blood circulation, the endocrine system, the filtration of the kidneys must take place, to be definitively expelled through the urine and fluids sweating. It is therefore easier to understand now why this cannabinoid is able to remain in our body for so long.
Furthermore, it is good to remember that there are several factors that influence the outcome of the test, such as:
- the percentage of fat mass of our body: given the affinity of THC with adipose tissue, it is normal that the greater the amount of adipocytes in our tissues, the longer the period of permanence of this cannabinoid will be;
- your diet: your diet can make a difference. A balanced diet, low in fat but rich in fiber will allow you to purify your metabolites faster through feces and urine;
- your lifestyle: playing sports and drinking lots of water is essential to get rid of the THC first. Through physical activity you will increase sweating and the release of metabolites, while by taking a lot of fluids you will be able to purify yourself faster;
- the type of cannabis you consume: if you consume illegal marijuana with a high THC content, obviously the values of your analyzes will be much higher than those derived from the consumption of light cannabis only;
- the amount of substance you take: the more you consume, the longer it will take to eliminate all traces of cannabis from your body;
- the type of substance you take. THC is very high in doping substances, but very low in legal substances. So, if you take products that already have a percentage of 0.2% and you have a good metabolism, you should dispose of it faster than those who use heavy and illegal substances, perhaps even frequently.