We all know about vinegar (acetic acid) – the sour-tasting liquid made by stomping and squeezing apples, which is then fermented into alcohol using yeast and bacteria. Vinegar (apple cider) is a common remedy for reducing body fat, body fat mass, and serum triglycerides in obese individuals.
Recently, a rumor has been doing rounds on the internet claiming that since weed metabolites are stored in the fat cells and vinegar helps dissolve the fat, it might help pass a weed drug test within a day.
So is it true?
Vinegar may be an effective method to detox, however, it shouldn’t be considered as a last-minute option.
Let’s address these claims and find out just how much vinegar is needed for detoxing before a drug test.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Detox Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?
Japanese scientists looked at the effect of vinegar on body fat mass in obese people . They randomly divided study participants into three groups with each group comprising of people having similar body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference (WC).
Throughout the 12 weeks of treatment, each group drank 500 ml of a beverage containing either:
- 15 ml of vinegar (750 mg acetic acid)
- 30 ml of vinegar (1,500 mg acetic acid), or
- 0 ml of vinegar (0 mg acetic acid) every day.
The experiment revealed that body weight and BMI, waist circumference, visceral fat area, and serum triglyceride levels were all significantly lower in both the groups that were given vinegar. So, the researchers concluded that daily intake of vinegar may be useful in reducing body fat and preventing the diseases caused by obesity such as diabetes and heart disease, etc.
Now, we know that marijuana metabolites, of which THC is the main psychoactive ‘high-causing’ substance, are stored in the fat in our body. So it can be assumed that by reducing body fat mass, we can remove marijuana metabolites from our system, thus being able to pass a drug test.
How Long Does it Take to Detox THC with ACV?
In the experiment described above, people were given a maximum of 30ml of vinegar daily, which is the recommended maximum dosage of ACV. The changes recorded in their BMI were 27.0 to 26.4, whereas the changes in BMI of the placebo group were 26.9 to 27.0. These changes took place in 8 weeks (as shown in the table below).
This shows that ACV does help in reducing body fat mass, but its impact is very low – about 2% change in BMI in 8 weeks. If you simply stop smoking weed for 8 weeks, your body will automatically detox itself; ACV naturally detoxes urine and slowly removes THC metabolites stored in fats, since it helps reduce body fat.
So if you need to detox, you should add 30ml ACV additionally to your daily health plan. But realistically speaking, despite being an effective method of detoxing, ACV won’t help you detox very quickly. It can take as long as 12 weeks for ACV to show any effects , which is ideal if you have no particular deadline or timeframe. However, if you have a drug test later in the week, ACV detox probably isn’t the best option!
Here’s a basic recipe for doing an ACV detox :
- 1-2 tablespoons of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar
- At least 8 ounces of distilled or purified water
- 1-2 tablespoons of a sweetener to kill the sour taste – honey or maple syrup are good options.
You can make variations to this basic recipe as per your taste or weight loss preferences. For instance, some people add a little lemon juice to the mix; others add a bit of cayenne pepper. The general rule is to consume this drink regularly for a fixed period; this could mean several days, a month, or even more.
Most people prefer to detox at least three times a day: early morning, midmorning, and midafternoon.
Dangers of Taking Too Much ACV
Unfortunately, using apple cider vinegar, especially in large doses, can also cause side effects, .
|Delayed Stomach Emptying||ACV can reduce the speed at which the stomach empties food. This can worsen the symptoms of gastroparesis (a disease in which the stomach cannot empty itself normally).|
|Disturbed Blood Sugar||ACV makes it difficult to control blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes.|
|Nausea||Taking ACV can help decrease appetite, but can also result in nausea, especially when consumed as part of a bad-tasting beverage.|
|Osteoporosis||A case report indicated low potassium levels and osteoporosis possibly caused by consuming too much ACV.|
|Tooth Damage||The acetic acid in vinegar can weaken dental enamel, causing loss of minerals and tooth damage.|
|Drug Interactions||Some medications, such as insulin, certain diuretics, and heart medications, can interact with ACV and cause adverse symptoms.|
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Safely
However, most people can safely consume reasonable amounts of ACV by following these simple guidelines:
- Always start with smaller amounts and gradually increase the dosage to a maximum of 2 tablespoons (30 ml) per day. This will also depend on your tolerance.
- Try drinking the detox solution through a straw to avoid or minimize tooth decay.
- Avoid ACV if you have gastric problems or gastroparesis, or restrict the amount of ACV to 1 teaspoon (5 ml) in water.
- Allergies to ACV are rare; however, immediately discontinue taking it if you experience an adverse reaction.