When it comes to detox strategies to get weed out of your system, there’s no shortage of methods.
From liquid diets to working out, if you’re looking to get rid of the remaining Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) in your body, there’s a lot of different things you could try out.
However, some of them work better than others, and we’re here to talk about the effects of sweating on a weed detox. Can exercise or sauna sessions decrease the levels of THC before you go through a drug test?
Keep reading to find out whether sweating helps or not!
Thankfully, this is a very cheap way to lower THC levels in your body. Things such as jogging, hiking, and dancing will have you releasing fluids and getting rid of all kinds of toxins running through your system, and they’re free!
Regardless of how much sweat you produce (The average person sweats up to 1.5 gallons per day), it won’t take too many minutes for you to start transpiring and thus cleansing.
On the other hand, make sure you don’t exercise the same day you’re taking a drug test (working out can increase the THC in your blood temporarily).
You can also help your cardio routine by booking some time in the sauna. Sitting in a steam room will help you recover from working out faster AND sweat all your worries away.
Spending 10 minutes in the closest sauna to your location is the easiest way to keep the sweat falling. Add some sunbathing too, if you’re looking for some extra perspiration.
Now that we have covered the basics, it’s time to get moving (literally) and lower those THC levels before you take a drug test, so where do we begin?
First of all, you could either go for a run outside or on the treadmill to get the sweat going. Then, wash your face to remove any dirt, product or dry sweat from your pores to have a smooth surface for new, sauna-induced sweat.
Once your face is clean, get into the sauna and set your timer up for 10 minutes. Take this time to relax as your pores open to push toxins out.
After time’s up, take a warm shower to get rid of all the salt produced by sweat that may get stuck in your skin and pores. Washing your hair with Extra Clean Shampoo is also crucial to avoid irritation on your scalp, or in case you could get a hair follicle drug test.
Then, lower the temperature of the water, since a cold shower will close your pores. You could finish things up with a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin as soft as possible.
Nonetheless, please remember to follow these steps a couple of days before a drug test. As mentioned before, a workout can raise levels of THC, so if you don’t have enough time, stick to just sauna.
Keep in mind: Stay hydrated by drinking water during the entire process, as proper hydration will also help you detox faster.
Besides dehydration, there’s a couple of things that could go wrong or affect you if you choose to detox through sweating. These risks can be divided into two: Those related to exercise and the ones connected to the sauna.
Whether you own a gym membership or not, you probably know that exercising too much (or not doing it correctly) can cause several injuries.
The goal is to sweat, which you’ll do in spite of how fast you run or how many minutes you spend on a treadmill. Please, don’t over exercise. It also helps to find a buddy to work out with that can help you out.
If you never really exercise, make sure that any routine you decide to try fits your particular health requirements, even if you have to check a doctor’s opinion previously.
Also, no one likes to be sore the day after, so take it easy, eat well and drink lots of water! (you can read more about the dangers of exercising too hard here).
If you have skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis or rosacea, you may find the symptoms getting worse as your skins get dry after going to the sauna.
Furthermore, if you have cardiovascular disease, you must speak to a doctor before you head to the sauna. Even if sauna usage has been associated with lower blood pressure and improvement of cardiovascular health, you should still seek medical clearance.
Learn more about the risks and benefits of sauna usage here.
Bonus: Sunbathing risks
Everyone should know this by now, but just in case you forgot: Exposure to UV rays can have serious effects on your health in the long run.
While you can always sweat while taking a sunbath, please use sunblock to protect your skin from sunburns, redness and, in the worst-case scenario, skin cancer (find out other consequences of UV exposure here).
Regardless of how easy and relatively cheap sweat detox seems, it’s time to address this topic from a scientific point of view to find out whether it works or not.
Although the usual drug tests gather results through blood, hair follicles or urine samples, a study by Forensic Science International looked into a sweat and proved that THC does appear in perspiration.
For the study, 11 cannabis users who had just quitted weed were the subjects. They wore sweat patches for four weeks of supervised abstinence and regular testing and, afterward, only one of them tested positive for THC.
The trial also stated that both sweat and urine take a similar period (at least a week) to eliminate toxins and lower the levels of THC in a person’s body.
Furthermore, seven subjects were tested separately after ingesting up to 14.8 mg of weed edibles for five days in a row.
Contrary to popular belief, ingested THC was not as easily spotted in comparison to when it was smoked. The team behind the study concluded that, due to being absorbed by the stomach, THC gets to the bloodstream in less quantity and a more extended period.
Smoking, on the other hand, gets to the blood plasma right away, so it’s easier to detect.
The study referenced above has received some backlash since the patches only get in contact with a small part of the skin.
Therefore, it’s not an easy task to determine exactly how much THC stays in sweat, neither how much of its toxins are released through perspiration.
As a consequence, you would have to sweat A LOT during the previous week to a drug test to get rid of all the THC in your system.
The results will also depend on how much weed you consume and how. For example, if you ingested over 14.8 mg of weed edibles (which was the amount used during the study), there’s a higher chance that THC levels will be easier to find.
Also, as mentioned earlier, you’ll need at least a week of full abstinence paired with exercise, sauna and tons of water to clean your system.
To sum it all up: You CAN sweat THC out, but it’s going to take a lot of effort and determination to pass a drug test if you rely only on a sweat detox.
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2) Herb.co (https://herb.co/marijuana/news/thc-sweat)
3) A study by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (http://clinchem.aaccjnls.org/content/50/11/1961)
4) US Food and Drugs Administration (https://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/Tanning/ucm116432.htm)
5) Medical News Today (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313109.php)
6) The Huffington Post (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/18/the-dangers-of-exercising_n_7604530.html)
7) US National Library of Medicine (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24018317)
8) Thompson Tee (https://thompsontee.com/blog/6-factors-that-influence-how-much-you-sweat)
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