When considering using Delta-8 products like cartridges, tinctures, and edibles, there are a few things you should be aware of beforehand. Keep in mind that Delta-8 THC is a hemp product and can still contain up to 0.3% Delta-9 THC on top of the designated amounts of Delta-8 which may compound and show even higher on a drug test.
- Consider the fact that Delta-8 will still cause you to fail drug tests, and is practically indistinguishable from normal THC on the most common tests.
- Delta-8 edible products convert in our bodies just like normal THC, becoming 11-Hydroxy THC when processed through the stomach. The stomachs enzymes break down Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC in nearly identical fashions for absorption into the bloodstream.
- Drug testing methods cannot identify the specific products that you have consumed, even if they are legal.
- Standard testing procedures are only looking for specific THC Metabolites and byproducts that are created by the body after consuming specific substances. While the Metabolites may have different physical or cognitive effects on the human body, they show up the same on the test.
How do drug tests work?
Urine based drug tests are the standard when applying for employment or during a substance abuse screening, and are almost always a pass or fail situation with no further investigation or appeal. While there may be certain cases in states with medical or recreational programs where THC Metabolites don't cause issues, most people will run into trouble when those Metabolites appear in a test.
Drug tests are looking for residual substances and certain compounds, called Metabolites, that are produced in the body after consuming a substance. The most common substances being looked for are: Opioids, THC, Amphetamines, Cocaine, Methamphetamines, and in some situations Alcohol.
Tests measure the amounts of residual substance or metabolites in nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), and have a minimum amount that must be present to show a positive result. In some cases, there are false positives or false negatives. If you receive a positive result for a substance you know you have not consumed, it's important to ask for a re-test since the follow up test will likely be done using a different analysis method that will be more accurate.
How long will Delta-8 be in your system?
Years of consumer driven reports have piled up to create some general guidelines for how long THC can be detected in your system, and the same rule of thumb should be applied to Delta-8. We know that everyone's body is different and therefore everyone's results will be different. Some key factors in how long Delta-8 will last in your system include, your metabolism, water intake, activity levels, and amounts consumed.
People who are generally more active and have a higher metabolism will typically flush their system out faster. Most studies suggest that these individuals will be on the shorter side of a 3 to 4 week abstinence period to eliminate detection. For individuals who are a little less active, or those with a less active metabolism will typically be on the longer side of that 3 to 4 week period. The safest bet is to go at least one month without consuming Delta-8 products, prior to a urine test. There are a wide variety of at home cleanse kits and artificial urine for when you are in a pinch, but relying on products like those is always a gamble.