Delta-8 THC is one of the most popular cannabinoids on the market, and it’s easy to see why. Its popularity is largely down to its similarity with its cousin, Delta-9 THC. For those of you who are new to the cannabis scene, Delta-9 THC is the psychoactive compound (in other words, it’ll make you high!) and in some states it is explicitly illegal. Delta-8 THC, however, is technically legal in most States.
Although Delta-8 THC is a psychoactive substance, it’s not explicitly illegal. Why, you ask? Small traces of the Delta-8 compound is found in hemp, so it’s typically synthesized from CBD, which is largely known for its medical benefits. CBD is legal in all States thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the cultivation of hemp (the legal version of marijuana).
Did you know that all cannabis sativa plants that contain 0.3% THC or lower are considered federally legal hemp by law? Delta-8 THC side effects are milder than Delta-9 THC, but like its cousin, trace amounts of the THC metabolites can be found in your body for up to a week. And, if you’re a regular user, the metabolites can be found in your body for much longer than a week.
Luckily, for those of us who experience regular drug testing at work, there are ways to clean it out of your system before undergoing tests. Let’s take a deep dive into Delta-8 THC and discuss some ways you can avoid testing positive on a drug test.
What’s in this article?
- How does Delta-8 THC affect the body?
- How long do the effects of Delta-8 THC last?
- How long does Delta-8 THC stay in your system?
- How long does Delta-8 THC stay in urine?
- How does a drug test work?
- Does Delta-8 THC show up on a drug test?
- How can Delta-8 users pass a drug test?
Delta-8 THC is thought to have side effects that are similar to its cousin, Delta-9 THC. Some of these side effects include:
- Altered memory retention
- Increased senses
- Impaired movement
Altered memory retention
Like Delta-9, Delta-8 THC has been found to alter the way that the brain processes information, which includes changes in memory retention. Some studies have found that Delta-8 can distort your short-term memory processing, so if you consume it in large doses, you may find that you’re unable to recollect everything once you’ve sobered up.
The consumption of Delta-8 THC can increase your sensory awareness, while also altering your perception. It creates a “high” feeling by disrupting your body’s normal functions, so as your body relaxes, your awareness of what’s around you increases.
Delta-8 THC can slow down your reaction time and impair your coordination. Never drive or operate heavy machinery after consuming Delta-8 – not even after a small dose! Remember, always consume Delta-8 THC responsibly.
There are several ways you can consume Delta-8 THC and get it into your system. Whether you inhale the compound or ingest it orally in the form of food or liquid, the effects of Delta-8 THC are typically the same. The most popular way to consume Delta-8 THC is gummies, and many people then go on to taking Delta-8 distillate or tincture.
How you consume Delta-8 THC will determine how long it will affect your body. For example, if you inhale Delta-8 THC from a vape cartridge, you will get high very quickly, in as little as five minutes. So, it’s important to remember that your body will metabolize the compounds differently depending on how it’s consumed.
Other factors, such as your age, food intake, metabolic rate and your body fat percentage can also affect how your body responds to Delta-8 THC. Everyone has different types of cannabinoid receptors, which can impact how your body functions after consumption and how long it stays in your system. For example, if you have a fast metabolic rate, your body will break down the Delta-8 THC quicker and lower concentrations of the cannabinoid will be found in your system.
Even when you think you’ve sobered up, and you no longer feel the effects of Delta-8 THC, your body can still show signs that you have consumed the substance. “But Delta-8 THC is less potent than Delta-9!” is probably what you’re thinking right now. And yes, that is true, however, your body can still store traces of Delta-8 THC for a considerable amount of time.
It all depends on how you consume Delta-8 THC and the dosage, but it can stay in your system as little as two days or as long as 30 to 60 days, sometimes even longer. The time span is different for everyone, and there are numerous factors that can affect how long it stays in your system, including:
- Frequency of use
- Drug’s half-life
Heavy usage of Delta-8 THC can leave the metabolites in your urine for up to 90 days. Luckily, these metabolites can only be detected for a few days with most tests. But be warned—chronic users can test positive on a drug test after 30 days.
Make sure you exercise for at least 30 minutes every other day and drink plenty of water (at least 2.5 liters a day) – this will help you sweat or urinate out any toxins that remain in the body. Excreting body waste regularly will help you pass urine tests.
All substances, whether medical or recreational, must be metabolized in your body for the effects to kick in. Once your liver has processed them, the residual metabolites can be found in your blood, hair, lungs, saliva, sweat, and urine. Even though the noticeable effects appear to subside, it can still leave ‘tracks’ behind – and it’s these ‘tracks’ that can be detected on a drug test.
Drug tests vary depending on its use, but it’s the workplace drug tests that will get you in hot water if you medicate with Delta-8 THC. Workplace drug tests are specifically designed to look for the metabolites of illicit drugs – they can easily find traces of Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC!
Although drug tests only prove that you’ve used medical or recreational drugs, they don’t look for the amount you consumed. Any type of THC can linger in your system days after it was consumed and since it’s fat-soluble, THC doesn’t get flushed out of the body as easily as water-soluble molecules.
When you get tested for drugs, the tests will look for the metabolites produced by your body once the THC has been processed. The THC metabolite that drug tests look for is usually THC-COOH, and once you’ve been tested, it’s easily found. Both Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC break down to the same metabolites, so the test would show a positive result in either case.
Drug tests can also detect the metabolites of other cannabinoids, including CBD. So, if you have regular drug tests at work, it’s best to avoid consuming any cannabinoids in the lead up to the test.
We recommend avoiding Delta-8 THC if you know you have a drug test approaching – at least you know you’ll be in the clear! Drinking large amounts of water can help you get rid of the THC metabolites quicker, but it’s not a guarantee that you’ll test negative.
Your consumption habits and your metabolism depend on how quickly you can get it out of your system, but it’s best to give it at least 3-4 weeks. If you’re worried about a workplace drug test, you can get hold of an independent test to check for THC-COOH in your urine. However, it’s worth noting that at-home drug testing kits can sometimes provide inaccurate results.
We always recommend letting your body cleanse itself of the THC in plenty of time ahead of the workplace drug test. And, as soon as you’ve passed, you can unwind and enjoy the great taste of our Strawberry Lemonade Tincture with 25 mg of Delta-8 per serving.
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