Marijuana refers to the illegal drug extracted from the stems, flowers, dried leaves, and seeds of the hemp plant scientific name Cannabis sativa.
The plant contains the harmful mind-altering chemical which is known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) along with other related compounds.
Marijuana is the illicit drug which is commonly taken by a majority of people in the United States.
- Most probably young people play a bigger part in being habitual of the illicit drug. According to an annual survey of high and middle school students, rates of marijuana use have incremented in the past couple of years
- However the legalization of this drug for adult recreational and medical use has made the concept of its adverse effect to be given a second thought.
How do people use marijuana?
There are numerous ways in which people smoke marijuana.
People smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes which are casually called as joints contain marijuana stuffed in its core. They are also taken in pipes or water pipes (bongs).
Also empty cigars are partly or completely refilled with marijuana which is also called as blunts are another medium of smoking it.
Since smoking marijuana can be a life threatening so people usually use vaporizers to avoid inhaling the smoke.
A latest way of its use is by eating or smoking different forms of resin rich in THC.
Users also mix marijuana in food such as cookies, brownies, or candy, or can be brewed as tea
How long does marijuana stay in your system?
It is not possible for anyone to estimate the actual time it would take for someone to clear the testis depends upon the tendency of the person that how much he can control its effect and also the quantity of the intake of it. The best thing that can be done to detect the time of the presence of marijuana in your body is to take a marijuana test twice a week and when you get the reports normal then the time of its existence in your body can be calculated.
Generally it is estimated that if you rarely smoke marijuana then metabolites can be cleared in less than a week, but if you are a regular or a serial smoker then then the effects can last from three to fifty days.
PS: overweight people tend to get clean probably late because the marijuana metabolites get accumulated in the fat tissues.
How long does marijuana stay in your system after one use?
The existence of marijuana can depend upon the person’s body’s tendency along with the frequency of his/her intake. According to various tests and researches conducted the following observations were made
- For a One Time User THC may show positive for about 1-6 days
- For a Moderate User THC may show positive for 7-13 days
- For a Frequent User THC may show positive for 15 or more.
- For a Heavy User THC may show positive for 30 or more.
Some Serial Smokers have reported being positive for about 45-90 days even after quitting it.
THC passes rapidly from the lungs into the bloodstream when a person smokes marijuana. The infected blood is then carried to the brain and is distributed throughout the body thereby infecting other organs to. The body absorbs THC more slowly when a person takes it in edible or in liquid form. Its effects usually starts after thirty minutes to one hour of its intake.
These THC most probably acts on natural chemicals that play a vital role in normal brain development and its function. When THC effects these receptors it over activates the parts of the brain that is why people usually get the feeling of being “high” after its intake.
Its side effects includes the senses being altered, The potential of sensing the time is lost, mood changes, uneven body movements, thinking and problem solving becomes very difficult even at a basic level, and recalling of memory becomes difficult
Marijuana immensely affects brain development. When people initiate the use of marijuana, the drug reduces thinking and memory, learning becomes uneasy and difficult and coordination of the brain with the rest of the body is also retarded.
The effects on these functions may last for a long time or can be permanent.
How long does marijuana stay in your system if you eat It?
THC resulted from Oral Ingestion of Marijuana – By oral ingestion is not so common form of consuming marijuana.
Oral ingestion of THC leads to various patterns of THC levels. In a study where patients were provided with 20mg THC cookies, the blood levels were highest between one to five hours following its consumption.
The rise in the THC blood levels may depend on the way the THC is prepared and its strength.
Blood levels of THC plummet significantly after 25 hours of oral ingestion.
The THC metabolites are often present even after fifty hours of its oral ingestion.
Resulting, the body to take a longer time to clear the orally ingested marijuana as compared to the time taken to clean the inhaled (smoked) marijuana.
Long term consumers of “edibles”, may have difficulty clearing the drug from their body than the long term cannabis smokers.
For how much time does marijuana stay in your system for a blood test?
In studies based on dronabinol and hemp oils, THC blood levels were found to fall below the detection limits by 25 hours following its intake.
On the other hand, THC-COOH was still detectable even after 50 hours after the last intake.
Blood tests: Since blood tests are difficult to administer and aren’t well tolerated they are infrequently used as compared to urine tests which are a lot easy to administer.
Blood tests are generally used to determine the level of THC within the blood when the cases seem to be a serious one.
Most probably blood tests are used to determine whether the suspect had been driving under the influence of marijuana or some other drugs by the law enforcement agencies. Also top level athlete’s blood is tested by the organizations responsible for them.
An individual may test positive on a blood test for marijuana within 2 to 3 days after its ingestion.
As compared to the frequent users, blood tests are generally able to detect marijuana metabolites for up to 4 weeks following its ingestion.
There are several important factors that influences the amount of THC presence in blood:
- The Weight of the person
- Body Fat of the person
- Amount Used by the person
- Frequency or the intervals it has been taken.
Since all these factors vary greatly from individual to Individual, there are no definite guidelines to make sure for how long one can test positive for THC.
Is marijuana addictive?
Most probably, marijuana can be addictive. According to researches thirty percent of users may develop some degree of problem after its use, which can make a person be seriously addicted to it.
People who begin taking marijuana before the age of eighteen are four to seven times more likely to develop the problem of dependency.
This Dependence in converted to addiction when the person can’t control himself from taking marijuana.