Every year, millions of people require blood to be transfused because either they have been in an accident or suffer from a condition like anemia and hemophilia. And most of this blood comes from millions of donors who decide to give up some of their blood so that someone else’s life can be saved.
Stoners are amazing people. They believe that sharing is caring and which is why a joint or a bong is passed around with such love and care. But stoners are often puzzled when it comes to donating blood.
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Most stoners know that THC(the compound in marijuana that gets you high) can stay in your bloodstream for more than 21 days. And that is why stoners have a general misconception that the blood they donate is not safe for others. Some stoners even fear that if THC is found in their blood, they may be tracked down by the law. So we decided to do some digging to uncover the facts and myths related to stoners donating blood.
Smoking cannabis doesn’t disqualify you from donating blood. When you donate blood, you fill up a form which requires you to be completely honest about your drinking and smoking habits. And a lot of this data helps the doctors determine if you have a healthy lifestyle.
After your blood is collected, it is taken to specialized labs which carefully test each bag of blood for diseases, anomalies or substances that can cause problems for people who will receive your blood. But nowhere in this process is your blood screened for THC.
We managed to get in touch with Sergei Mikanos over Reddit to consult him over the issue. Mikanos is a Russian national who has devoted his life to promoting medicinal marijuana. Mikanos says, “THC being detected in Blood is a complete myth. Blood Banks test your blood to determine the blood group and RH type. They also test for infections like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, West Nile Virus and Syphilis. They don’t test blood for Marijuana or Nicotine. Because it doesn’t really make a difference if a stoners blood is transfused to a patient. When blood is collected, it is processed and that removes or stalls most of the impurities in your blood.”
So it doesn’t matter if you smoke a little bit of pot, you can still go ahead and donate blood!