Marijuana (THC, Cannabis) Drug Test
Marijuana can be detected in drug tests that specifically include it as part of the panel of drugs being tested. Health Street offers various THC drug testing options via hair or urine specimens, which are available for both employers and individuals. Urine drug testing is most common, which looks back on drug use up to one week. Hair drug testing looks further back at approximately 90 days. Just choose the location for the marijuana drug test and complete the registration. From there, a barcode will be sent to you or the person you specify, and should be presented at the facility upon arrival for the marijuana drug test. Testing results are reported quickly, accurately, and stored securely in our online portal.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana, a mind-altering (or psychoactive) substance, is the most popular illegal drug in America, although laws regarding its legal status are currently in rapid transition. Nicotine and tobacco are the only drugs more commonly used in the United States. It is the dried plant matter (including flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds) from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. However, there is some debate regarding whether or not Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are actually the same species. Used recreationally as well as medicinally across the world, the drug has a marked effect on mood, appetite and response time. Due to its prevalence in society, marijuana has become a common subject in countless popular movies like the Harold & Kumar series, Pineapple Express, and Super Troopers.
Popular Marijuana Street Names
Often referred to as “pot” or “weed,” there are actually quite a few other marijuana street names. Some of the most common names include:
Intended Use and Effects:
Although marijuana remains illegal under many state laws, the FDA has approved a limited number of cannabis products for use and marketing. The products approved by the FDA are intended to treat medical issues such as loss of appetite and weight loss in patients with AIDS, and nausea due to chemotherapy for patients with cancer. Depending on state laws, marijuana use has also been approved in select states for other qualifying medical conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, epilepsy, chronic pain, and many others.
Side Effects of Marijuana
Individuals may use marijuana seeking to elevate mood and promote relaxation. Negative side effects include:
Currently, there are no reported deaths from overdose on exclusively marijuana. However, long-term effects of marijuana remain a concern, especially in teenagers. The CDC warns that brain development can be affected, altering how the brain creates connections. This may affect attention, memory, and ability to learn. Additionally, as with smoking anything, lung health may be a concern.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does THC Stay In Your Urine?
Although many factors will affect whether or not THC usage is identified in a marijuana urine test, Health Street’s urine testing has a window of up to one week to detect THC in urine. THC drug tests may be optional depending on federal and state laws, and employer requirements.
How Long Does Marijuana Stay In Your Hair?
Health Street’s marijuana testing for hair can look back approximately 90 days. However, many factors can affect this, and some employers may not choose a THC drug test if it is legal in that state.
What Is Synthetic Marijuana?Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, is often mistaken as being related to marijuana. However, these two substances are actually not related at all. Synthetic marijuana is a manmade chemical compound that is sprayed onto plant matter. Although the effects can mimic marijuana, this substance is significantly more dangerous, and the plant matter has nothing to do with the drug itself. Synthetic marijuana will not show up on a regular marijuana drug test, but Health Street does offer drug testing that includes this as part of the panel of drugs being tested.
How Long Does Marijuana Stay In Your System?
How long marijuana stays in your urine or hair is dependent on several factors. Some of these include:
Does Marijuana Show Up On a Drug Test?
Yes, marijuana can be detected in a drug test. However, the type of test may be a factor in whether or not it will show up. Urine drug testing is more common since it is a fast, effective, and less expensive option, but it does look back on a shorter period of time (up to one week). If you need to identify drug use further back than one week, Health Street’s hair drug testing option can identify usage approximately 90 days back.
Why Drug Test for Marijuana?
Marijuana can be dangerous in the workplace, especially when used by people performing safety-sensitive jobs, because it can negatively impact an individual’s ability to reason and alters the sense of reality. Families of marijuana users are often also concerned about the impact of heavy use in teens and young adults due to the possible effects on brain development. Health Street offers numerous marijuana tests that can detect THC usage, including marijuana urine tests and hair tests. If you or someone you know needs or would like to get a marijuana drug test, we have a testing solution for you.
Marijuana Drug Testing Options:
Testing for marijuana is unlike alcohol, which passes relatively quickly from one’s system as it is steadily metabolized by the liver. The chemical compounds in marijuana are fat-soluble, so they can remain stored in fat tissue for months, depending on how heavily the individual uses the drug. Since marijuana use is illegal in many states, employers can require a marijuana test. Many jobs are governed by federal law, like Department of Tranportation (DOT) employees, so employers can test for marijuana even in states where it is legal. Employers can administer pre-employment and random urine or hair follicle drug tests from Health Street in order to ensure their working environment is drug free.