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Hep C and Drug Tests

If you are diagnosed with Hep C and used to be a habitual marijuana user (daily) - I was told that even after you stop smoking that it will still stay in your system and you'll fail tests...Is that true?
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Are you saying the pot will stay in your system? Forever? Never heard of that. Sounds like something Cheech and Chong might have said, but I don't think that is true.

The paranoid feelings may linger a while, but I really don't think you have anything to worry about as far as drug tests, as long as you are not currently using. Relax, you gave up smoking and that's a step in the right direction.

Wish you the best! I hope you are considering speaking to a doctor as far as treatment is concerned for the HEP C.
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http://www.dmt123.com/other-health/1755-2-dmt123.html

scroll down to 3rd paragraph. gives you an answer
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If you are about to have tests related to hepc, any mj in your system will not interfere with the diagnostic test - if that is what your question is.  If you have hepc, daily mj use can have an adverse affect on the progress of liver fibrosis.  Fibrosis is the bad stuff that happens, slowly and over time, to your liver.  The progression of fibrosis can lead to cirrhosis.  Having cirrhosis can make your liver more susceptable to heptocelluler carcinoma.  It's a progression of bad to real bad.  It all begins with the diagnosis and evaluation by a liver specialist - a heptologist.  If you get a diagnosis of hep c from your primary doc, he should send you to such a doc.  If already know that you have hep c and wonder if having hepc will make mj stay in your system longer, say for the purposes of a drug test for employment or for legal purposes, basically it will stay in your system for the same length of time as it would for a person who does not have hepc and who is not trying to achive the worst in the shortest amount of time.
For more insight on this topic you should post a message on this forum to the member who goes by the name "Revenire___"  He'll have futher information for you.  Kind of our resident expert.
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Referenced article doesn't address if you inject T, but then again I suppose that's not done anymore.
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It also depends on what type of drug test they give you. Under normal conditions mj stays in your system for about a month, as far as urine tests show. But if they give you the hair test, they can detect it ALOT farther back. I honestly don't know what happens when HCV tx plays into that.
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I TRIED POT BUT IT KEPT CLOGING MY NEEDLES???
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Marijuana will take a month or so to get out of your system if you are/were a habitual user.  Drinking lots of water will help.  I doubt they're gonna take a hair sample or anything like that.  At least, my doctor didn't.

I will say this tho... He did look at my arms, toes, and feet to make sure I wasn't using needles.  He tried to do it on the sly but I knew what he was looking for and it didn't matter bc I don't use intravenous drugs.  I don't blame him for doing it.
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Well, about 10 years ago I went for a job interview and the drug test was done by taking a lock of hair. When I found out that was the way they tested, I panicked & ran out to the headshop for some of that "special shampoo" for about $12 per dose. I went for the test the next day, and failed. Oh well, I didnt want to work for those ****heads anyway.
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Thanks...its actually my husband that has hep c...he was put on Pegasus shots/pills for about 4 months before depression set in - real deep depression...it was very difficult but we survived it.  His last blood tests actually showed no sign of the hep c - liver is healthy.  I've been giving him Milk Thistle(1000mg) a day...I heard that helps the liver and the disease. After going through all of this, I believe he is still smoking the pot....which upsets me greatly...and he readily defends the fact that he isn't...he said a nurse said it could stay in his system(fatty cells) for 3 - 4 months...but I just don't buy it.  I think it is just a cover up...Thanks to all that commented...it just confirmed what I thought I knew already.  Good luck to all...God Bless.
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You might want to do some more research before you accuse him of using if he says he definately is not because it can stay in your system a LOT longer than a month. this site says 90 days but others I have read say even longer. He very well could be telling the truth.

http://www.passadrugtestingforall.com/long-does-marijuana-stay-your-system-a-4.html
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That web site is more of an advertisement than anything else. Even High Times has reported that products that are supposed to help remove THC quickly from your system are all a waste of money, and give more false hope and failed tests than anything else.

I Have taken tests after about 3 days of toking and passed. Here is the best method to get rid of THC and anything else in your system.

1. Cardiovascular exercise can remove THC about 40 times faster than just sitting there! If you swim, walk fast, jog or run, then any toxin gets filtered and broken down much, much faster.

2. Drink plenty of water before and after exercise, and always!

3. On the day of the test, do NOT give the first urine of the day as it is lousy with toxins. Drink lots of water about 1 or 2 hours before the test. This will help dilute the urine, although I have heard of people drinkng too much water and having the test come back as diluted, this is rare.

4. ABSTAIN!!

This is the QUICKEST way for the body to clear out. Like I said, I smoked a hit or 2 daily and then ran 3 days in a row without smoking and passed the test for a CDL license. Did it again when I got into a triple therapy trial at Beth Israel in Boston. Don't waste your money on those products, and rumours like drinking vinegar are bull as well!


About me: I went through tx back in 2001 (I remember watching the second Word Trade Center building fall just after a shot of PEG!), for geno 2B. I did triple therapy with PEG, ribaviron and amantadine (those useless little yellow pills). Believe it or not I ran 3 or 4 times per week up and down big hills, for about 3 miles per pop. This was done during treatment! (rare I know). It was a real strain on me so if your not up to it normally don't try it but getting out and moving around is good for the liver no matter what!

Oh yeah, although I was positive just after my 6 month of therapy, it has been 5 years and I still test negative. Not sure what happened there. At the end of tx, doc said I was negative by one test but by the most sensitive test, I was still positive. Maybe my natural immune system kicked in after I stopped tx? Don't care. Still negative.


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