Article updated: 2021 Mar 13 / Author Leslie Griver, Robert Henry

Does green tea detox THC and helps to pass a drug test?

Does green tea detox THC? Yes, but it requires additional supplements to work.

Does green tea work for a drug test? No. Green tea will help to release THC into the blood. Thus more THC metabolites will be excreted, and their concentration in the urine will rise.

We will tell you why and how green tea affects marijuana metabolism and how it can help you.

Before we continue, you need to understand basic ideas: detoxing and how our body processes marijuana.

Detox vs. flushing

There are two concepts that many people confuse.

“Detoxing” means the removal of all the marijuana metabolites from your body. It is helpful to quit smoking, need a tolerance break, or clean your system from weed.

Flushing means the temporary removal of marijuana metabolites from your urine. It can be helpful if you need to pass a urine drug test.

How our body processes marijuana

Marijuana metabolism scheme

When we consume marijuana, our body converts THC(the main active component of marijuana) to several metabolites.

THC and its metabolites are fat-soluble and are “trapped” by body fat. They are slowly released from the fat into the bloodstream and then excreted with urine and feces.

Here’s the link to the detailed guide on marijuana metabolism: The Ultimate Guide to Marijuana Metabolism

So, to detox from marijuana, we need to speed up each step of THC metabolism.

For flushing, we must, on the contrary, slow marijuana metabolism to prevent new metabolites from getting into the urine.

Here’s the detailed guide on marijuana detoxification, where we explained both of these processes: THC Detox Guide. How To Get Weed Out Of Your System

As you see, these two processes are exactly opposite to each other. So let’s find out if green tea can help us.

Does green tea detox THC

The main components of green tea are epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine.

We need to determine how each of these components affects fat breakdown and CYP450 enzymes(enzymes responsible for THC metabolism).

Fat burning

Epigallocatechin gallate can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine.

When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine increases, promoting fat breakdown.

Additional human studies have collectively found that taking 100–460 mg of EGCG together with 80 – 300 mg of caffeine for at least 12 weeks is linked to significant weight loss and body fat reduction.

So both of the main ingredients can improve fat breakdown. Thus more THC metabolites will be released into the blood for excretion.

We should note that the effects are modest, but every little bit adds up, and it may work even better when combined with other effective weight loss strategies.

THC metabolism

Studies show that Epigallocatechin gallate inhibits (blocks) cyp450 enzymes. It means that drinking green tea will slow THC metabolism, and fewer metabolites will be excreted.

It is the opposite of what we need to achieve to detox from marijuana.

How to detox from marijuana with green tea

As we see, green tea can help improve fat breakdown and release of marijuana metabolites. The side effect of green tea is that it slows marijuana metabolism. So released metabolites will not be excreted.

They will stay in the blood and get back into the fat cells.

We could cheat that by taking enzyme inducers – supplements that increase the activity of enzymes.

The most famous inducers of enzymes responsible for THC metabolism are St. John’s Wort, Panax Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba.

Other teas

It’s important to understand that a lot of information about herbal products is not valid. Many websites write false claims just for increasing sales of the product.

Palo Azul Tea

There’s no reliable evidence that Palo Azul tea(Eysenhardtia polystachya) has any effect on weight loss or enzymes responsible for THC metabolism.

The only effect of this tea is that it is a diuretic. It can help to flush metabolites from the bladder faster. But since flushing requires drinking a lot of water, you’ll frequently urinate without any diuretics.

Cerasee Tea

There’s no reliable information that Cerasee tea will help you detox from marijuana. All its properties do not affect marijuana metabolism and thus will not help to detox.

Bissy Tea (Kola nut tea)

While kola nut may have health benefits, they have yet to be scientifically researched and proven. Most of the benefits of kola nut are connected to its high caffeine content, increasing energy, and reducing hunger.

So Bissy tea can help you detox from marijuana by reducing hunger. Thus you’ll consume lesser calories and burn more fats, releasing marijuana metabolites for excretion.

Drinking coffee will have the same effect.

Yellow Root Tea

Yellow root tea may exhibit properties similar to those of goldenseal and barberry because of the presence of berberine.

Some studies show that taking berberine can reduce weight in obese people.

Other studies show that berberine inhibits the CYP2C9 and CYP3A4 enzymes.

These effects are opposite to each other. The weight loss effect is good for detoxing, and enzyme inhibition is bad for it.

You need to drink yellow root tea along with enzyme inducers to achieve the detox effect.

Yogi Detox Tea

The main ingredients of Yogi detox tea are dandelion, burdock, and juniper berry.

Burdock and juniper berry do not affect weight loss and enzymes.

Some researchers theorize that dandelion’s ability to improve carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption may lead to weight loss. However, this notion has yet to be scientifically proven.

So drinking yogi detox tea will not help you detox from marijuana; however, it will not harm the process.


Yes, green tea can help you detox from marijuana. Drink 1-2 cups of green tea each day to promote marijuana detox.

Additionally, take St. John’s Wort, Panax Ginseng, or Ginkgo Biloba according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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