While the health risks associated with marijuana use may be less severe than some other drugs, marijuana addiction must be addressed. It is important to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction. Drug testing is one method to determine if someone is using marijuana. That brings up a commonly asked question, how long does marijuana stay in your system?
Marijuana can be used in several different ways. Users often employ different routes of administration in order to get high. Marijuana is typically smoked; using rolling papers, pipes and bongs. Marijuana can be cooked into food and eaten. Marijuana can also be inhaled, using vaporizers. In todays society there are a variety of new methods that make it easier and more discreet for users to get high. Vaporizer pens, commonly referred to as vape-pens, are relatively small in size and allow the user to get high in public spaces without being easily detected. Another way marijuana users are able to get high discreetly are through edibles, food that has been made using marijuana. Marijuana is growing increasingly more accessible, on the street and with prescriptions.
Marijuana addiction is a highly discussed topic. While many believe marijuana is not addictive, recent studies do suggest that marijuana usage can cause changes to the brain that lead to addiction. Some marijuana users become physically and emotionally dependent on the drug and often find it difficult to function in everyday life without the effects produced by marijuana. If an individual is physically and emotionally dependent on a drug and exhibits compulsive drug-seeking behavior, they may be suffering from addiction.
Drug testing is an important element in detecting drug use. How long does marijuana stay in your system? Different drug tests detect different drugs and different detection time frames. One of the most common drug tests is analyzed using urine. It is difficult to determine how long THC will be detectable in a users urine due to differing metabolism rates. On average, occasional marijuana users will test positive for 1-3 days after usage. On average, frequent marijuana users will test positive for up to 46 days after usage. Individuals who have been using marijuana regularly for many years can test positive up to 67 days after usage.
Blood tests are another common drug test used to analyze drug usage. For single time users and occasional users, marijuana can be detected in a blood test 12-24 hours after usage. For regular marijuana users, a blood test can detect marijuana between 2-7 days after usage. Urine testing is able to detect marijuana usage more effectively than a blood test beyond a week. If you suspect someone is abusing marijuana it may be best to use an alternative drug testing method, such as urine testing or hair follicle testing.
Hair follicle testing is often considered one of the most accurate methods of drug testing. It allows the tester to detect past usage much more accurately than urine, blood and saliva. Unfortunately, hair follicle testing is a more expensive and involved form of testing. Marijuana use can be detected through hair follicle testing for up to three months after use.
Different drug tests are more effective with particular drugs. When determining which test is best, it is important to understand that additional factors that could influence the drug testing.
-User’s height and weight: the size of the user can determine how long the drug will be detectable in their system
-Amount of drug used: if higher doses of the drug are consumed it will remain in the user’s system longer.
-User’s metabolism speed: someone with a faster metabolism may have a shorter duration of time when the drug is detectable.
Drug testing should only be used to gather information about drug usage. Drug testing will not cure addiction. Addiction is a disease and proper treatment is necessary for recovery. There are effective and successful ways for a person suffering from addiction to enter a state of emotional and physical recovery. If you or someone you know needs help from addiction or you would like more information about recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.