The entire idea that you can detox your system has been championed and ridiculed in almost equal measure. Proponents believe that we can speed up the body’s detoxification process and reap some health benefits as a result. Some of these potential benefits include better sleep, clearer skin, weight loss, improved digestion, and reduced inflammation. For cannabis users, a good detox can clear their system of THC and help them pass an employee drug test!
Meanwhile, naysayers suggest that the entire detox industry is a complete scam. In their opinion, the body performs a natural detox. You can also aid the process by reducing your intake of processed foods, exercising more, and consuming more water.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, we are not helping ourselves! For example, Los Angeles residents guzzle expensive green juice to ‘detox.’ That’s all fine and well, but LA’s air is the most polluted in the United States! You would be as well off to avoid the green juice and use the money you save to move out of the city.
There are thousands of detox methods. We’re sure that you’ve heard of the most common and popular ones. However, we have found five ways to detox the body that you’re probably not familiar with.
Disclaimer: We do not guarantee the effectiveness of any of the methods we outline below, especially for those looking to remove THC from their system.
1 – Activated Charcoal
This is a form of charcoal with a large surface area and a powerful negative charge. People have used it for thousands of years. Believe it or not, even modern hospitals still occasionally use it to help patients that have been poisoned.
Charcoal binds to chemicals so long as their molecules also have negative charges. In theory, when the chemicals attach to the charcoal, you will expel them through your feces.
It is potentially good news for marijuana users because we remove up to 65% of THC via our fecal matter. This is the main reason why so many weed smokers consume fruit pectin. It is a natural fiber that should force THC out through their stool.
Now for the bad news. No evidence exists to suggest activated charcoal is useful when consumed daily. Furthermore, there is scant scientific backing for the suggestion that activated charcoal removes toxins outside of the GI tract. Indeed, there is evidence that it binds to vitamins, so in theory, it could remove them from your system.
Most detox drinks don’t have enough charcoal in them to make a difference, so you use it at your discretion.
2 – Tongue Scraping
This Ayurvedic practice involves using a tongue scraper to remove various toxins and is extremely effective at reducing tongue residue. For the record, you need a special tongue scraper for this method to be effective. The scraper is a bent metal stick which has a flat surface in the center for the scraping action.
When you wake up in the morning, a significant level of plaque is attached to your tongue. Although we brush our teeth, scraping the tongue is a better way to remove bacteria. Where there is plaque, there are toxins. When you remove the offending bacteria, you benefit from fresh breath, and there is less chance of tooth decay.
If you are a marijuana user, tongue scraping could help you pass a saliva test. However, this method won’t help you with a urinalysis or a blood test, for that matter. If you have an upcoming drug screen or test, then this method is not recommended.
3 – Grapetox
Some historians believe Ukrainians were among the first to use grapes as a detox method back in the 19th century. In the 1920s, an author named Johanna Brandt wrote The Grape Cure and claimed that grapes cured her stomach cancer. Consuming grapes and drinking grape juice soon became a fad with ‘Grape Resorts’ opening across Europe! If you check out those special detox drinks that claim to help you pass marijuana tests, they are often in grape flavor.
Eventually, Doctor Stephen Barrett all but destroyed the notion that grapes are capable of curing cancer. He did, however, suggest that they may help reduce exposure to specific cancer types. (Note: WayofLeaf does not endorse nor deny the validity of this claim).
For the record, the grape detox diet involves consuming nothing but grapes and water for three days. If you decide to take a chance on this detox method, please note that you could suffer side effects such as constipation, headaches, and dizziness.
4 – The Werewolf Diet
Also known as the ‘Moon Diet Plan,’ the Werewolf Diet is one of the strangest detox methods we have ever heard of. Incredibly, it involves timing your cleanse to correspond with lunar cycles. It’s ostensibly a detox and weight loss diet that claims to help you lose six pounds in just 24 hours.
During the Full Moon and New Moon phases, you must go on a juice or water fast. Our bodies flushing mechanisms are allegedly stronger then, which means you flush toxins and water much quicker than usual. It is based on Ayurvedic traditions taken out of context. As a marijuana user, it is not likely to help you. Unless the Full and New Moon phases happen to fall in the week before your drug test.
5 – Cryotherapy
You’ve probably heard that the heat from saunas and exercise help boost fat burning to detox your fat cells. You also sweat out the toxins in this bargain. Extreme cold can potentially do the same. Athletes have a long history of using cryo-chambers as a means of quelling inflammation and speeding up the recovery process.
When you enter a cryo-chamber, your body is exposed to extreme cold as the chamber uses liquid nitrogen. As well as decreasing inflammation, this process stimulates mitochondrial function. Intense cold destroys fat cells, which is why so many people use the process as a weight-loss tool.
After your body is exposed to room temperature again, your blood vessels dilate. Your body benefits from an instant rush of oxygenated blood that pumps around the body. You kick-start your body’s metabolism, and it begins to break down large fat molecules.
The process also flushes toxins and other harmful substances out of your system. Therefore, you should, theoretically, benefit from a rapid detox. Whether it is useful for marijuana drug tests is another matter entirely. Cryotherapy is also very expensive, so you’ll need very deep pockets.
Final Thoughts on Unheard of Ways to Detox
There is no conclusive evidence that any of these methods work. It also seems highly unlikely that the Werewolf Diet will detox you any faster than a typical juice cleanse.
It is not unheard of for people to try and use all of the above methods in conjunction. Some people have tried taking up to four charcoal pills a day, scraping their tongue in the morning, and at night, drank lots of grape juice during a full moon cycle, and then paid for cryotherapy!
While these unconventional THC detox methods are interesting, we do not recommend any of them. If you are due for a work-related drug screen or drug test, then why risk it all trying methods that may or may not work? Especially when there are other tried and tested ways to detox THC from your system that you can avail of.
Apart from marijuana abstinence, exercising more, and drinking more water, there are THC detox products available, too. Companies such as Toxin Rid and Magnum Detox sell marijuana detox products. These products may be more useful than the unconventional detox methods in this article at expelling THC from your system.
Again, we urge you not to rely on any of these detox methods contained in this article. They are by no means guaranteed to help you pass a urinalysis or other form of drug screening.