Many weed lovers think that they can’t donate blood. Well, this is just a misconception, or maybe an excuse, being used by weed smokers to shy away from donating.
The only condition when a person does not qualify to donate blood is when they are in a state of intoxication (through alcohol, marijuana, etc.). Since in such a state, a person may fail to give an accurate detail of their medical history or legal consent, they are simply not considered fit to donate.
Thus, users should not donate blood until at least 24 hours have passed since their last rendezvous with marijuana.
Given below are a few facts that everyone — whether a weed smoker or not — should know:
- Donated Blood is never tested for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for the ‘high’.
- No matter the marijuana product you use – joints, dabs, concentrates, edibles, tinctures – you can always donate blood unless you meet all other medical requirements and are not intoxicated.
- If you smoked marijuana the last night, you should either yourself step away from donating or at least let the doctor/nurse know so that they can assess if you are in a position to donate.
- Some weed consumers in states where marijuana is still illegal are perhaps one of those people who feel that they’ll be apprehended by the law-enforcement authorities. However, that isn’t really the case. Blood donation centers are not in the business of reporting federal or state legal infractions. So, if this was your reason for avoiding donating your blood, recall that blood saves lives and you are a savior and not an offender!
- Weed consumers can also donate Plasma if they want. No qualification criterion bars them from doing such a noble thing (except of course the intoxication rule).
How long is THC retained in the blood?
An occasional marijuana consumer shows negligible or no THC content in blood after 24 hours have passed. Regular consumers though may end up with some THC content in their blood for 2-7 days.
How long is THC retained in the urine?
Unlike blood, heavy cannabis use can be detected in your urine even for up to 3 months after ingestion. This happens because THC is absorbed into the body’s fats, thus taking some time to pass out in the urine.
Feel free to donate blood even if you are a regular weed customer. This is perhaps the least that you can do for humanity.