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How Long Does Meth Stay In Your System?

How Long Does Meth Stay In Your System?

Meth is quite a dangerous drug. Someone who takes meth should be aware of the effects of meth and the period for which it stays in the body, constantly causing harm.

The amount of time that the drug remains in the body is largely misunderstood. Since meth only lets the user feel the euphoria for a short period, it is a general misconception that meth leaves the body as soon as the high fades.

The reality is that meth can be detected for various periods of time depending on the body part tested and the kind of test being used.

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The time for which meth stays in the system is a variable. The reason behind this is that each person’s body is different. How long meth stays in your body depends on your metabolism, weight, and overall health.

Since these are some of the factors that can affect how long does meth stay in your system, the rates at which meth is discharged from bodily fluids vary too.

How long meth will remain detectable in drug tests:

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Testing for drugs is done with different samples and bodily fluids. The general time frame for each is mentioned below.

1. Saliva

Testing for meth using saliva is perhaps the quickest one. This is because meth can be detected in the saliva just after ten minutes of being used. The drug can be detected in the saliva for up to three days.

2. Urine

A urine test for the detection of meth is the most accurate test. Additionally, it has already been approved by the Food and Drug Authority as well. Meth can be detected in the urine after 3 hours, and it stays in the blood for at least three days to 5 days.

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3. Hair

Meth starts to show up in the hair just after a week of use. After a week, traces of meth start to come out of the scalp. It stays in the hair for a month and a half, sometimes even more. This time frame is only for the consumer test. Meth can be tested in the hair by a lab after more than ninety days.

4. Plasma

The half-life of meth in the blood ranges from 12 hours to 34 hours. This means that the amount of meth present in your blood will be halved within 34 hours.

5. Body

The time that the body takes to eliminate meth ranges from two days to ten days. However, in general, if you are a heavier user, then it will take a longer period for the meth to be eliminated from the body.

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One thing to know about all of these tests is the fact that even if you aren’t a habitual user of meth, the tests can still detect the presence of meth within you. The drug and the body tests are both quite sensitive and can pick up the presence of meth even in those that use meth only once.

Factors that affect how long meth remains detectable

The time for which meth can be detected in your body depends on the metabolism rate of your body. There are a number of factors that influence on how long meth stays in your system.

These factors include, but are not limited to, the frequency with which you take meth, the kind of test that you use, your previous dosage, and how well your liver and kidneys function.

When meth is consumed, immediately starts metabolizing the drug while it is transported through the bloodstream. The body first changes the meth to amphetamine which provides the feeling of euphoria.

It is then broken down and digested by the kidneys and the liver. However, only half of the amount is metabolized, the rest of the excreted through urinary excretion only a few hours after its consumption.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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