How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System?

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Marijuana can stay in your system for a varying amount of time, depending on several factors such as your metabolism, how much and how frequently you use it, and the method of drug testing.

THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, is detectable in the body for a shorter period of time than marijuana itself. THC can be detected in the body for several days to a few weeks, depending on the individual’s metabolism and the amount of marijuana used.

In general, marijuana can be detected in the urine for the following periods of time after the last use:

  • Occasional users (up to 3 times per week): 3-5 days
  • Moderate users (4 times per week): 5-7 days
  • Chronic heavy users (daily): 10-15 days

It’s worth noting that these are general estimates, and the actual amount of time marijuana can be detected in the body may vary. Factors such as age, weight, and overall health can also affect how long marijuana stays in the system.

What are the Street Names for Marijuana?

Some common street names for marijuana include:

  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Mary Jane
  • Ganja
  • Herb
  • Chronic
  • Reefer
  • Dope
  • Green

These street names for marijuana are often used to describe the drug in various forms, such as dried leaves and flowers, or marijuana-infused products such as edibles or oils.


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How is Marijuana Absorbed into the Body?

There are several ways that marijuana can be consumed, or “ingested,” by the body. Here are some common methods:

  • Smoking: marijuana can be rolled into a joint or placed in a pipe or bong and smoked.
  • Vaporizing: marijuana can be vaporized using a vaporizer, which heats the drug to a temperature where it releases its active compounds in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled.
  • Edibles: marijuana can be cooked into food or baked into baked goods, such as brownies or cookies. When consumed in this way, the active compounds in marijuana are absorbed through the digestive system.
  • Oils and tinctures: marijuana can be made into an oil or tincture, which can be taken orally or applied topically to the skin.

It’s worth noting that the effects of marijuana can vary depending on the method of ingestion. For example, marijuana that is smoked or vaporized may produce effects that are felt more quickly than edibles, which can take longer to take effect because they must be absorbed through the digestive system.

Marijuana Addiction: Can Marijuana Become Addicting?

Some people who use marijuana may develop a dependence on the drug. This means that they may feel withdrawal symptoms when they stop using marijuana, and they may continue to use it despite negative consequences.

While not everyone who uses marijuana will become addicted, some people are more vulnerable to developing a dependence on the drug. Factors that may increase the risk of marijuana dependence include:

  • Starting to use marijuana at a young age
  • Using marijuana frequently
  • Having a family history of addiction

Although marijuana is now legal in some states such as California, it does not make it any safer to consume. It is important to seek treatment if you feel you are addicted to using marijuana and can not stop. 

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How Can Someone be Drug Tested for Marijuana?

There are several ways that marijuana can be detected in the body through drug testing. Here are some common methods of drug testing for marijuana:

  • Urine test: This is the most common type of drug test for marijuana. It is relatively cheap and easy to administer, and it can detect marijuana use for several days to a few weeks after the last use.
  • Blood test: A blood test can detect marijuana use within a few hours of use, but it is not commonly used because it is more invasive and more expensive than a urine test.
  • Saliva test: A saliva test can detect marijuana use within a few hours to a few days after use. It is less invasive than a blood test, but it is not as widely used as a urine test.
  • Hair test: A hair test can detect marijuana use for up to 90 days after the last use. However, it is more expensive and less common than urine testing.

It’s worth noting that these are general estimates, and the actual amount of time that marijuana can be detected in the body may vary depending on individual factors such as metabolism and amount of marijuana used.

Can You Overdose on Marijuana?

The likelihood of overdosing on marijuana is considered to be low. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there have been no reported deaths from marijuana overdose. In fact, the toxic dose of THC (the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana) is so high that it is unlikely for someone to consume enough marijuana to cause a fatal overdose.

However, consuming high doses of marijuana, particularly in the form of edibles, can lead to adverse effects such as confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, hallucinations, and even temporary psychosis. These effects can be particularly dangerous for people with pre-existing mental health conditions.

In summary, while the risk of fatal overdose from marijuana use is considered to be low, consuming high doses of marijuana can lead to adverse effects that can be dangerous for some individuals.

Getting The Help You Need

Although marijuana seems unharmful, it is important to get help if you are struggling with the use of marijuana. Being dependent on any form of the drug is not healthy for your body regardless of the risk of overdosing. If you or someone you know is struggling with abusing marijuana contact Embrace Treatment Center today! 

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