For individuals who use medical cannabis to treat chronic pain symptoms, finding the right strain and intake method can be a process of trial and error. Over time, patients can narrow down their options to determine what works best for them. However, it is important for patients to understand the potential effects of cannabis on their body, including how long it may stay in their system after use.
One common concern among medical cannabis users is whether they are safe to drive the morning after using the substance. While an individual may not feel impaired, their body may still be under the influence of THC, which can affect their ability to drive safely. It is important to self-evaluate and prioritize personal safety while also avoiding legal problems and liability, such as driving under the influence (DUI).
Additionally, certain professions require regular drug tests, including healthcare, transportation, construction, education, pharmacy, security, and law enforcement. Federal employees are also subject to drug tests and can face dismissal or felony charges if they test positive for drug use.
Many factors determine how long cannabis remains in an individual’s system, including the potency of the product consumed, frequency of use, body mass index (BMI), genetics and metabolism. THC is absorbed into cells and tissues throughout the body and can even be stored in fat deposits. Individuals with a higher BMI may hold onto THC longer than those with a higher metabolism. Genetics also play a role in an individual’s tolerance for cannabis and how quickly they absorb and retain THC in their system.
The liver is responsible for breaking down THC into metabolites which are then excreted through urine and stool. However, there is no way to expedite this process; therefore it can take up to 90 days for traces of THC to leave an individual’s body if they ingest marijuana daily.
There are four types of drug tests that may be administered: blood tests, saliva tests, urine analysis, and hair follicle tests. Saliva tests are commonly used by law enforcement during traffic stops as they are easy to administer and provide an accurate reading. Urine tests have variable results depending on how often an individual consumes cannabis. Hair follicle tests can detect cannabis up to 90 days after marijuana use.
It is important for individuals who use medical cannabis regularly to consider these factors when choosing a job or participating in drug testing as part of their employment. While HIPAA provides privacy protection for patients concerning drug test results, it does not exempt individuals from testing requirements.
In conclusion, while medical cannabis can provide relief for chronic pain symptoms, patients should be aware of its potential effects on their body and consider the potential legal consequences of its use in certain professions. Understanding how long cannabis stays in an individual’s system based on various factors is crucial for making informed decisions about personal safety and employment opportunities.