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.


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:


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.


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.


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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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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