One of the reasons it takes so long to detox from cannabis is because of the way that excess THC is stored in the body. Unlike other illicit substances, THC is stored in fat cells. This means that the more you smoke and the more body fat you have, the longer it will take you to eliminate THC from your system. One way of getting rid of excess fat quickly? A ketogenic diet.
A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Traditionally, the body relies on glucose for fuel. Glucose is sugar found in foods as carbohydrates. However, if you’re hoping to burn fat quickly, cutting the carbs and opting instead for nutrient-dense fats may be a worthwhile option.
In the absence of carbohydrates, the body has an alternate source of fuel: ketones. Ketones are to fat what glucose is to carbohydrates. They are molecules made by the liver when the body is forced to utilize fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. When put into a ketogenic state, the body goes through a period of rapid fat burning in an attempt to make ketones for energy.
However, you don’t need to starve yourself to make ketones. Instead, simply opting for a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet can do the trick. This means limiting carbohydrate sources like fruits, grains, and legumes while increasing the amounts of high-fat foods. Some common foods to consume on a ketogenic diet include:
- Fatty fish
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Full-fat coconut milk
- Full-fat dairy
- Fatty meats
If you are in a hurry to pass a drug test, opting for a ketogenic diet may not be the best detox option by itself. However, combining a ketogenic diet with other methods, like dilution or a detox drink may be beneficial.
The problem with keto? Many ketogenic diets tend to be low in fiber. While it is still possible to remain in ketosis while eating plenty of vegetables, many consumers forego healthy greens and veggies for high-fat meats and dairy. If you are hoping to detox, this is problematic. While ketosis may help you burn fat, it is soluable fiber that helps pull fat-based compounds out of the body. Some keto-compliant foods that are high in soluble fiber include:
- Brussel sprouts
- Flax seeds
Further, ketogenic diets can cause some complications. Those with diabetes should be particularly mindful with ketogenic diet, as the combination of both high levels of blood glucose and high levels of ketones can acidify the blood and cause a condition known as ketoacidosis. Ketogenic diets may also be risky to those with heart conditions.