Cranberry juice or pills cannot help you detox from weed.
Cranberry juice can only help temporarily flush marijuana metabolites out of the bladder. It can be helpful if you need to pass a drug test.
But you can use water or any other drink instead.
What will you learn
- How to use cranberry juice to flush THC metabolites out of the system
- Why cranberry juice and pills cannot help to detox from weed
How cranberry juice affect marijuana detox
We explained how our body processes marijuana in this post: The Ultimate Guide to Marijuana Metabolism
To put it simply, there are three ways to improve natural marijuana detoxification:
- improving body fat breakdown
- improving marijuana metabolism in the liver
- blocking reabsorption during excretion
How cranberry juice affects body fat breakdown
Marijuana metabolites(THC and others) are stored in body fat. To remove marijuana from the body, we need to breakdown fat cells and release stored metabolites into the blood for excretion.
Here are nutrition facts:
- Cranberry and cranberry juice contains 65g of sugar per 100ml.
- Cranberry pills contain 12g of sugar per 100g.
When people eat a food containing carbohydrates(sugars are carbohydrates), the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood.
As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that prompts cells to absorb blood sugar for energy or storage.
When the insulin level rises, it puts the brakes on burning fat for fuel and encourages incoming food storage, primarily as fat.
That’s why as long as the diet is high in carbohydrates, the body never has a chance to burn its fat, making weight loss difficult.
So, when you drink cranberry juice or eat cranberry pills, you stop fat breakdown and marijuana detoxification.
How cranberry juice affects marijuana metabolism
From blood, marijuana metabolites get into the liver, where they are metabolized by CYP2C9, CYP1A2, CYP3A4, and other enzymes.
The studies showed that daily ingestion of cranberry juice does not affect the activities of these enzymes. Thus it will not help to detox from marijuana.
How cranberry juice affects excretion
When THC metabolites are excreted into the intestines, they can be reabsorbed back into the blood. This process is called “enterohepatic recirculation.”
To prevent this, we need to consume absorbents that will “soak” the metabolites and prevent their reabsorption.
Unfortunately, cranberry juice or pills are not such absorbents, so they will not help to detox marijuana faster at this stage.
How to use cranberry juice to detox THC
The only way to use cranberry juice is for flushing. You can temporarily flush the weed metabolites from your urine.
Thus their concentration in the urine will drop, and you will be able to pee clean for several hours.
But you can substitute it with plain water + carbohydrates or any other drink with sugar. Any juice will work.
- Drink 1000 milliliters of cranberry juice mixed with electrolyte solution every hour for three hours before the test.
- Take vitamin B2
- Take creatine supplement
Here’s the detailed guide with step by step instructions on how to use this method: Proven Ways to Pass a Drug Test in 24 Hours With Flying Colors
AZO cranberry pills and weed detox
AZO cranberry caplets are made with concentrated whole fruit cranberry powder to help flush and maintain urinary tract cleanliness.
The effects of these pills are the same as those of cranberry juice or pills.
How many days you should take cranberry juice to remove weed
You should drink cranberry juice for about 3 hours to remove weed metabolites from the bladder. You will only temporarily remove weed metabolites from your urine.
How does cranberry juice flush out weed?
Juice makes you frequently urinate, thus flushing the metabolites with the urine.
The other effect is that juice temporarily stops fat breakdown, and new metabolites are not excreted in the urine. Your urine will be clean for several hours.