For whatever the reason, it’s time for you to take a cannabis detox. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but there are a few things you’ll want to be sure to incorporate, as well as some things to avoid.

Read on to separate the facts from the myths.

What Exactly is a Cannabis Detox?

In general terms, detox means abstaining from consuming one or more substance so that there are no traces left in your body. When you abstain from using cannabis, your body will flush out all remaining THC from its system.

If you’ve been consuming cannabis heavily, the process for detoxing might be difficult.  If you’re a heavy or medical consumer, you might find the following symptoms when you begin the detox:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • No appetite

Some people will debate you about whether these are withdrawal symptoms or the natural result of discontinuing a medical treatment.  Regardless of where you land on the topic, everyone can agree that all of the above are unpleasant and unwelcome.

What Doesn’t Work

There is no quick fix for detox symptoms.  The body is going to take exactly as long as it’s going to take to remove the THC from its system. Be wary of methods that proclaim miracle results – especially those that are downright dangerous:

  • Excessive water consumption
  • Detox teas
  • Bleach
  • Cranberry juice
  • Niacin

There’s no need to resort to questionable methods.  Detox is a natural process that takes time.  If you need to pass a drug test tomorrow, no amount of juice, vitamins, or tea will make THC disappear from your system overnight.  It is, in fact, too good to be true.

What Does Work

Any natural method that allows for up to six weeks of flushing is going to be a safer and more reliable method.  The gold standard for cannabis detox is a natural cleanse.  It does take the longest, but it’s the most effective. It’s also just plain good for the body – meaning that making it a regular habit is a win/win decision.

The best methods that we’ve found (time and time again) are below:


THC is stored in your fat cells. The more fat you have, the longer your detox. Cardio exercise and strength training both help burn fat and boost your metabolism.  This in turn will speed up your detox.


Although this one is fairly obvious, it’s worth mentioning.  Go cold turkey or ease off gradually, the choice is yours.  But to fully flush all THC from your system, abstinence must be a part of your detox.

Eat Healthy

Avoid high sodium, fat, and sugar.  Foods like red meat and junk foods have the effect of increasing water retention and slowing your metabolism.  The opposite of what you want in a flush. Aim to eat high quality nutritious foods like lean meats, veggies, fruits, and tons of leafy greens.

Drink Your Water

You don’t need to guzzle five liters a day, just be sure to keep a water bottle near you during the detox and drink from it regularly.  Being hydrated not only aids your overall health, but it helps the kidneys flush THC and toxins.

Focus on your Mental Health

If the symptoms of depression, irritability, or anxiety are a part of your detox, don’t ignore them.  Be gentle with yourself and take care of yourself.  This will mean different things for everyone, but you might consider spending more time with friends, meditation, yoga, slowing down a hectic schedule, or short term therapy.

Detox is a very nurturing process (despite the unpleasant symptoms).  Try to see the experience in a positive light.  Give yourself permission to relax and worry less.