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Curious - How Long Can Marijuana Be Detected In My System?

Published: December 19, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I smoke a third of a gram of marijuana everyday. And I have done so for about a month. I have a fairly fast metabolism and drink about 3 liters of water a day. How long can marijuana be detected in my system
Signed: Curious - How Long Can Marijuana Be Detected In My System?

Dear Curious - How Long Can Marijuana Be Detected In My System?,


Fatty tissues in various organs absorb the chemical in marijuana, THC. Traces of THC can be detected by standard urine and blood tests for about 2 days up to 11 weeks depending on the persons metabolism, how much they smoked and how long they smoked. THC can be detected for the life of the hair. Again, the sensitivity of the test ranges from person from to person depending on many factors including the amount of body fat, differences in metabolism, and how long and how much they smoked.

You should be more concerned about what marijuana is doing to your body then whether you will be found out. Marijuana causes the brain to work differently. It gives a person a high or relaxed feeling and changing how a person would normally think or feel. This is not reality-based and seems like a method of escaping the real world, which is not good. Not only is it bad to be high most of the time, but also there are also serious health risks involved with marijuana use.

Marijuana's short-term effects are:

1. Risk of Bad Marijuana - Marijuana could be laced without your knowledge with anything making it even more dangerous. If it is mixed with other drugs or poisons, it can do physical damage to your body (sometimes deadly).


2. Decreased Mental Abilities - You may put yourself in situations where you practice unsafe sex, which can lead to a sexually transmitted disease. You may also get behind the wheel of a car to drive, leading to a deadly accident.


3. Difficulty with Concentration & Mental Confusion - Marijuana may cause you to forget easily, and have difficulty studying and learning.


4. Bloodshot Eyes - It just doesn't look good!


5. Excessive hunger - You may eat unhealthy food that you are craving due to marijuana use. This can lead to weight gain.


6. Sleepiness - Your weekend's no fun if you sleep through it.

Marijuana's long-term effects are:

1. Psychological Dependence - You may start feeling like you need the drug to get by in your daily living, which is not good for you and very expensive.


2. Increased Tolerance - Your body may require more and more marijuana to get the desired effect.


3. Sexual Issues - Marijuana affects your hormone levels causing a lack of sexual pleasure, decreased sperm count in males and infertility in females.

Marijuana is also illegal and can lead to arrest, conviction and in some cases jail time. You may also want to take into consideration your parents reaction.

Although marijuana may not be physically addicting, you can develop a psychological dependence that makes quitting tough. If you are having a hard time stopping then ask for help. If you live in northern New Jersey you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888.247.1400 for more information. There are also self-help groups available such as Marijuana Anonymous that can help.

Signed: TeenHealthFX