Just like most potheads, I’m into my health and have tried a few different types of diets. I would say that at least half to most of the year, I’m in ketosis.
It isn’t too hard to maintain and has a number of health benefits, but can you use ketosis to pass a drug test?
Detox with Ketosis
Whats is Ketosis?
Ketosis is actually a metabolic state that results from a prolonged lack of carbohydrates in your diet.
By cutting carbohydrates from your diet, your body will naturally switch from using glycogen for energy to Fat.
When you eat carbs, your body is in the “normal” metabolic state of Glycolysis. That means your body is converting carbs and sugars into Glycogen, a simple and readily available form of energy.
Eating carbs triggers insulin, a hormone that travels through the blood and stores nutrients and fat from your bloodstream.
When your are in the state of ketogenesis, insulin levels stay almost flat. So instead of storing fat and nutrients like THC into fat cells, your body burns it.
How to do the Ketogenic Diet
As stated above, the ketosis diet is simple to follow. Just don’t eat carbs, that means staying away from bread, sweets, fruits, starchy vegetables and sugar.
You are only allowed to eat foods high in fats, proteins and fiber. So basically that would include leafy greens, meats and cheeses.
Its all so important to note, that increasing your fiber and electrolytes intake is crucial! 90% of all the bad stuff you hear about the ketosis diet is do lack of electrolytes and fiber.
You will need to get your fiber to maintain normal bowel movements.
Also, when your doing the ketosis diet, your body is constant flushing state. Great for getting rid of toxins, but unfortunately, your not going to store electrolytes so easily.
Over come these issue by getting more sodium, potassium and magnesium in your diet.
When are you Keto-Adaptive?
This term is very important if your planing to use a ketogenic diet for passing drug test. Ketosis is just a simple metabolic switch that happens when your glycogen storage is depleted.
Normally, your in ketosis after going three to five days without eating carbohydrates.
You are Keto-Adaptive once your body has become accustomed to using fat for energy. In order to become Adaptive, you would need to keep carbohydrate intake below 50 grams for at least 8 weeks or more.
This is the key to cleansing your system of THC with the keto diet.
Using Ketosis as a THC Detox
Normally, when ever you smoke pot or use anything with THC in it, your body stores it in fat.
This has to do mostly with insulins ability to absorb metabolites from the blood stream. THC is fat soluble, so it is sucked into fat cells. At that point its stored until the fat cell is burned off.
During ketosis there is no spike in insulin, in turn THC is not being absorbed into fat. THC and fat, along with other nutrients and minerals are used immediately or are flushed out.
Now there are some precautions you should now about first.
Ketosis Can Mess Up Urine Drug Test Results
Drinking a lot of water is very important when doing keto. Since fat is being burned for energy, its important keep well hydrated for the following two reasons.
Ketones – When fat is metabolized for energy, ketones are created as a byproduct. Normally not a big deal, but during a ketosis diet ketones tend to build up. Drinking more water will flush out ketones.
Toxins – There are a few different environmental toxins that also get absorbed into fat. When doing keto, thats fat cells are used releasing the toxins that then can leave your body. Drinking more water can help expel those toxins out.
So how can this trigger a false positive for a urine drug test?
You may hear most people blame ketones in urine for triggering a false positive. That may be true, but I don’t believe they are the issue.
I have never came across any studies stating issues with excessive ketones in urine. What I have came across and know for sure is diluted urine causes false positives.
All the water and the constant system flushing effects of Ketosis, urine will be diluted. Creatine and other minerals will be very low or even absent from urine samples.
How Long Does It Take To Detox Weed With Ketosis?
Yes, Keto will help you pass a drug test, but its going to take some time.
Like I stated above, being Keto-Adaptive is the key to using this detox method. It takes along time to become adaptive at least 6-8 weeks at minimum.
To put that into prospective, a causal or moderate pot smoker can naturally detox in about 8 to 12 weeks.
This is when things start to get tricky. Lets say that you are currently doing the keto diet and have been for longer than 4 months. You are more likely to pass a drug test than some one that started doing ketosis 2 months ago.
When you start doing keto, you are no longer storing new fat cells. Once you become adaptive, your at the beginning of the detox process. Clearing out the THC trapped in fat cells that have been previously stored.
Simply said, you need to be in ketosis for the long term. Ketosis in general is great for clearing toxins, but not the best option for a drug test.
It just takes to long and presents to many risks.
Improving your chances
You can combat false positives by taking electrolyte and creatine supplements. By taking supplements you will introduce mineral back into diluted urine.
For best results, use a THC detox drink to flush out and supplement your urine sample.
Remember, not all detoxes work the same. Some are specifically made for burning fat cells while others will cleanse your urinary tract. The ones recommended above should be safe to use during ketosis.