Detoxing from marijuana can be tricky
Cannabis or pot as it is commonly called is not viewed as physically addictive. For this reason, many consider Marijuana to be the safest of all the recreational drugs available today. If the drug is not considered harmful than detoxing from it does not become a priority. However, that’s not the full story. Marijuana can be emotionally addictive and can have many physical long term effects.
According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) there are currently 19.8 million marijuana users, although I believe the number is significantly higher than that. The two biggest reasons for the escalating number of marijuana users are the reported health benefits of marijuana that traditional medicine has been unable to provide and the relaxation of state legislation regarding marijuana usage. As of this writing, four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use starting with Colorado and Washington then Oregon and Alaska have recently followed
I have no judgments around the use of Marijuana it clearly offers many health benefits and therapeutic solutions that have not been addressed by traditional allopathic medicine. And then there is the politics around medical regulation by the FDA. More about this is another post.
As with any foreign substance ingested into the body, marijuana smoke is a potentially lethal carcinogen and like cigarette smoke may or can cause cancer or other conditions like COPD our worsen an asthmatic condition. There is much debate around whether pot smoke may be more or less harmful than cigarette smoke. See http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20051017/pot-smoke-less-carcinogenic-than-tobacco
My purpose here is not to debate which is worse. Given the potential benefit of marijuana use and its widespread use for recreational purposes, my goal is to provide a safe way of eliminating the toxins of marijuana from causing long term harmful effects from the body and one’s overall health.
THC is the active compound in marijuana and is certainly the most toxic element of marijuana. THC stimulates dopamine in the brain which in turn, creates the euphoria that invites so many people to partake in marijuana. The part that many do not realize is that it also interferes with how information is processed in the hippocampus which is responsible for how the memories in our brain are formed. THC can also create delusions and hallucinations. THC also impairs motor skills.
Conjunctivitis (inflammation and infection of the conjunctiva of the eye) is a common side effect of marijuana whether it is inhaled or ingested. Another consideration is the psychological aspect of marijuana. Most people use this drug for the calming effect like a cocktail. And when we find ourselves stressed and that stress is relieved from anything like using marijuana then we want to do more of it.
You can Detox
My suggestion is to learn to deal with stress without any drugs. Meditation, Biofeedback, Exercise, Keeping a Journal, Breathing Techniques, Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique are just a few options to help reduce stress. Greater Health comes when there are no addictions, psychological or physically.
Detoxing from marijuana has been a hot subject lately because of the widespread use of drug testing in the workplace. Much has been written about how to “beat the test” and “come up clean.” By eliminating the THC found in cannabis and stored in the body, the test is likely to be negative.
Eliminating THC from your body to beat a blood test is certainly not the only reason to want to cleanse and clear out your body. Getting rid of any toxin, especially a potentially carcinogenic one, will lead to long term health benefits as it will allow the body to function properly and to its fullest physical and emotional capacity.
As with other toxins, THC is fat soluble and is easily stored in the fat cells. Because of the way it is stored in the fat cells, it will stay in the body for a potentially long time (as much as 90 days) after ingesting it has been discontinued. THC is less water soluble than many drugs which is why it tends to stay in the body longer.
With that said, the best long term solution is to consistently and regularly cleanse the body naturally. The body knows best how to heal itself.
The benefits of natural cleansing will be:
- Weight Loss, as the fat cells which contained the THC are no longer required to store the toxins
- More consistent emotional state
- More energy
- Eliminate mental fogginess
- Better and more consistent metabolic function
- Eliminate inflammation and aches and pains
- Better skin and elimination of acne
- Less food cravings
There are many ways to detox from THC and the effects of marijuana. Basically any good detoxification program will work. The basic goal is to rid the body of the many toxins and carcinogens contained in the THC and the smoke itself.
My basic guidelines are to clean out the body of toxins, give it proper and substantial nutrients, support the immune and lymph system and the let the body do the rest naturally and with the self healing capacity that it has.
“So what is the best way to do a Detox Cleanse after smoking Marijuana?” Follow these guidelines and you will be more successful.
- Drink approximately ½ oz of water for every pound of your body weight. The more you drink the more you will hydrate your cells to encourage the toxins to flush out of your body.
- Cranberry Juice, limes, maple syrup and cayenne pepper have all been known to be very effective in eliminating THC.
- Eliminating processed foods as well as certain forms of fasting can give the body more energy to use in the detoxing process.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
- Eat only organic and Non GMO foods and no processed foods.
- Eat meals made up of protein with mostly organic vegetables.
- Vitamin C has been shown to be a highly effective antioxidant for helping the detoxification process.
Marijuana can have its medical benefits however with recreational use it has many potential health side effects. Toxicity in any form is dangerous to your health. Detoxing and eliminating marijuana from your body will bring you to a new state of health and vitality. I have given you these key strategies for a highly successful detox for your body that is gentle and will leave you feeling better.