THC detox drinks work. Some websites try to sell you regular “detox” drinks and claim that they will help you detox from marijuana. That’s not true.
Not all detox drinks can help you to get weed out of your system.
To understand what drink will help you, you must first understand what these drinks should do to your body. And what ingredients they should contain.
What’s in this post:
- How detox drinks should work to detox from THC
- What ingredients are required for THC detox drinks to work
- Two main types of detox drinks
- The best THC detox drinks
- How to make marijuana detox drink at home
What happens with weed in your body
We’ll guide you through marijuana metabolism briefly. That’s about how our body processes weed.
It’s crucial to understand this part because you’ll understand how THC detox drinks work only after this.
Below is an elementary description. If you want to understand it in details, here’s our guide to marijuana metabolism: The Ultimate Guide to Marijuana Metabolism
When we consume marijuana in any way, THC from it gets into the blood.
Then most of THC is taken up by body fat tissues. Then it is slowly released back into the blood.
With the blood, THC gets into the liver, where it is metabolized in 2 phases.
After the second phase of metabolism, THC metabolites are excreted with urine and feces.
Part of the metabolites gets back into the blood through the walls of the intestines. This process is called enterohepatic circulation.
Here’s the basic scheme:
What is detoxification
Some people confuse marijuana detoxification and flushing. Flushing is what is also called “fast detox,” “same-day detox,” “thc cleanse” etc.
It is the process when we temporarily flush THC metabolites from the bladder. Thus we can pee clean for several hours.
It is useful if we need to pass a drug test, for example.
While detoxification is when we remove all traces of marijuana from the system, this is useful when we need a tolerance break, quit smoking weed, or clean the system for any other reason.
How THC detox drinks should work
We will talk about both of the methods here. Each of these methods works differently and requires different amounts of time.
How THC flushing drinks work
We need fewer THC metabolites in our bladder. So we need to get metabolites out of the bladder and prevent new metabolites from getting there.
As we already mentioned – such results will last only for several hours. During that period, you’ll be able to pee clean.
These drinks should do the following:
When the liver’s metabolism processes are slow, fewer metabolites will be created and excreted with the urine.
We can achieve this with enzyme inhibitors. They slow the activity of enzymes responsible for metabolizing THC.
Stop THC release from the fat.
We can do it by providing an energy source for the body. This will stop the fat breakdown and the release of THC trapped in fat cells.
Flush THC metabolites from the bladder
We can achieve this by drinking a lot of water. After that, we’ll urinate a lot and excrete the metabolites with the urine.
Provide a source of creatine, electrolytes, and vitamin B
These don’t affect the metabolism of THC directly.
When we urinate a lot, the urine becomes pale, “diluted.”
To restore its natural color, we need to consume vitamin B.
To restore the creatinine levels specific gravity of the urine, we need creatine and electrolytes.
Permanent THC detoxification drinks
The situation is different here. Our goal is to get rid of all THC and its metabolites from our bodies.
To do this, you need to break down all the fat cells containing THC. Then metabolize them and excrete them with urine and feces.
So permanent THC detox drinks should do the following:
Increase the breakdown of fat cells
Several herbs and medicines can increase the breakdown of fat cells. However, their effect is not significant. You need to follow a healthy diet and do exercises to achieve that result.
Improve the metabolism in the liver
You can do this by using enzyme inducers. They increase the production and the activity of enzymes responsible for THC metabolism.
Block enterohepatic circulation
This process is the reabsorption of THC metabolites from the intestines back into the blood. You need to excrete the metabolites, not reabsorb them. All reabsorbed metabolites can be taken up by fat cells again, so this step is crucial.
Do regular detox drinks work for weed?
No. Regular detox drinks are marketed to contain “detox” ingredients like lemon juice, ginger, and something like that.
They are supposed to improve liver function and absorb toxins. While there’s no harm, they don’t act as THC detox drinks should.
For example, if you need permanent detox, you should avoid lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and other popular detox drinks.
They are known to inhibit(block) the enzymes responsible for the metabolism of THC.
So if you need guaranteed results, you’d better use the products designed specifically for detoxing from marijuana.
Best detox drinks for weed
Let’s list the best THC detox drinks and explain what their ingredients do.
Best Fast THC detox drinks
Qcarbo plus – best overall
What it contains and how it works
Milk Thistle Seed Extract inhibits CYP and UGT enzymes’ activity, so less THC is metabolized for urinary excretion.
Riboflavin(Vitamin B2) restores the urine’s original yellowish color, so the sample will not be rejected as diluted.
Creatine Monohydrate restores creatinine levels in urine. When you drink too much water, creatinine levels decrease, and the lab might reject the urine as ‘diluted.’
Dextrose provides a fast energy source and stops fat tissue breakdown in the body.
Juniper berry is known to inhibit CYP450 enzymes responsible for THC metabolism.
Dietary fiber absorbs metabolites in the intestines and prevents reabsorption into the blood.
This drink comes with five tablets containing herbs to restore the specific gravity of the urine.
Qcarbo 32 – best for heavy users
The ingredients of this drink are different from QCarbo 20, but it is highly effective too.
This drink is best for heavy users or people with higher body mass.
Carbohydrates provide the energy source for blocking fat breakdown.
Fibersol and psyllium seed husk
These are the dietary fiber that will prevent reabsorption from the intestines.
Fibersol® is included in the FDA’s dietary fiber definition. Dietary fiber is defined as having a physiological effect beneficial to human health.
Echinacea, Milk thistle – these are inhibitors of CYP450 enzymes responsible for THC metabolism.
Vitamin B, Creatine, and Herbs – these restores urine composition.
Vale 4x – best for the light users
This drink doesn’t contain any enzyme inhibitors, so it will only be useful for light or occasional users.
This drink contains
- Fiber for blocking reabsorption
- Vitamin B complex (b1 b5 b6 b12 ) for the color
- Creatine monohydrate for the creatinine levels
- A bunch of elements magnesium copper calcium to restore specific gravity
Best Permanent Detox Drinks
Well, we were looking hard but didn’t find any permanent THC detox drink that works.
The only drink we found with positive reviews is Stinger 7 day detox drink. But when we analyzed its ingredients, we didn’t find any that are effective.
Here are the ingredients of the Stinger drink:
L-Taurine. It is the only ingredient that is effective for permanent detox. Researches confirm that it induces CYP3A4 enzymes, thus improving the metabolism of THC.
D-Ribose – the monosaccharide that will stop fat breakdown. This effect is useful for fast detox but not suitable for permanent detoxification.
Methylsulfonylmethane, L-Lysine – these two don’t have any effect on THC metabolism in any way.
Niacin can help when you need to flush the THC metabolites. Several studies show that niacin blocks the breakdown of fats. But it is not useful for permanent detoxification.
So this drink is not effective for permanent THC detox. Positive reviews could be written by light users who were able to detox in 7 days naturally.
Homemade detox drinks for weed
We’ll tell you how to make fast detox drinks at home. Making drinks for permanent detoxification is not reasonable because it’s better to consume the ingredients in powder or pills instead of dissolving them in a drink.
So, here’s the recipe:
- 200mg of Vitamin B2 – this will help to keep the urine color natural.
- 10g of creatine ethyl ester supplement. Creatine supplement will help to keep urine creatinine levels within the normal range.
- 400ml of grapefruit juice (or green tea). Grapefruit juice will inhibit enzymes responsible for THC metabolism.
- 2.5L of electrolyte solution (Gatorade, for example)
- 10g of activated charcoal for blocking reabsorption
4 hours before the test:
Take 10g of activated charcoal
3 hours before the test:
- Mix creatine with 200ml of grapefruit juice(or green tea) and drink.
- Drink 800ml of electrolyte solution each hour for 3 hours
- 1 hour before the test, drink 200ml of grapefruit juice
- While this recipe is proven to work, we highly recommend testing it at home before the real test.