Cannabis will stay in your body for a varying amount of time depending with how you ingest it and your body’s metabolism. The more you ingest weed, the longer it takes in your system since it leads to a heavier concentration than you would get in a one-time smoker. A major contributing factor to the time weed takes in an individual’s body is the rate of metabolism. The kind of test you take will also give different results on the duration weed stays in your system.
One way of determining the amount of cannabis in the body is by doing a urine test. It is also one of the cheapest methods you can use. In this test, the components use try to detect the presence of a THC metabolite, THC-COOH, and not THC itself. When this chemical is present in the body, it is an indication that the body has processed THC. Urine tests are cheaper and have long detection periods.
The amount of THC present in your system depends with the manner in which you consume cannabis. THC is usually stored in the body fat, meaning that it takes quite some time to accumulate. The herb tends to stay for longer in the body, the more you smoke, eat, and vape the herb and this makes it easy to detect through a urine test. In general, a single use will last up to 8 days, frequent use will take up to 15 days, regular use will be up to 30 days, and finally, heavy use will take anywhere between 45-77 days.
Another method to detect THC would be through a saliva test. However, it doesn’t last in the saliva for a very long time. When the police are looking for drugged drivers, they normally do a saliva test at road checks. The THC metabolites normally stay in the saliva for anywhere up to 24 hours after weed consumption for a single use. Heavy users, on the other hand, can expect THC to be detected for up to 72 hours.
Another method that can be used to determine the level of THC in the body is by doing a blood test. However, it is worth noting that since THC is stored in the body fat, it doesn’t stay in the blood for long. This test can only be effective in determining the amount of THC in the body if it is done within a particular period.
Generally, THC is only detectable in blood for about 24, 3 days, and 1 week, for single use, frequent use, and regular use respectively. These varying times for different tests mean that there are ways that one can use to pass tests. However, that doesn’t mean that it will have been eliminated from your system.