You've never taken illegal drugs and substances. However, you've recently tried out vapes or gummies with Delta-8 THC.
You heard that Delta-8 is legal so you didn't think twice about it. But now, you're worried that Delta-8 THC will show up on your drug test. Will it?
Many people are anxious about drug tests, wondering if they will pass. This is understandable — a failed drug test can mean big trouble at work or school. If you're worried because you have a drug test coming up, this blog post is for you.
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To put your mind at ease, we'll explore the question of whether Delta 8 will show up on a drug test. We'll also talk about what you can do to prepare for your drug test and make sure that you pass it.
So if you're worried about whether Delta 8 will show up on your drug test, keep reading! We'll help clear things up for you.
What Is Delta-8 THC?
Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid. It's a form of THC that can be extracted from cannabis and hemp plants. It's considered a minor cannabinoid because it's present in smaller amounts than Delta-9 THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), and other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
Delta-8 THC has an almost similar chemical structure to Delta-9 THC. The difference is that the double bond of Delta-8 is at the 8th carbon chain. On the other hand, the bond on the Delta-9 is at the 9th chain.
Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC also have other differences. Delta-8 is less potent and the effects of Delta-8 are milder.
Is Delta-8 THC Legal in the United States?
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. And because you can extract Delta-8 THC from legal hemp, this cannabinoid is now legal on a federal level.
As of 2022, Delta-8 THC is also legal in 32 states as long as the product does not contain more than .3 THC.
Keep in mind that different states have their own laws about cannabis. So before you purchase any cannabis products containing Delta-8, make sure to check your state's laws first.
Does Delta 8 Show Up on a Drug Test?
Yes. When you consume Delta 8 products, it will show up on a drug test.
Even though Delta 8 is a minor cannabinoid, drug tests can still detect this substance. A routine drug test will usually test for Delta-9 THC, which is an illegal substance.
However, drug tests do not test for the specific type of THC. Instead, tests like urine tests look for THC metabolites produced by the body called THC-COOH.
If you've taken any product with Delta 8 THC, this metabolite will be present in your body and will show up on a drug test.
Can Delta 8 Make You Fail a Drug Test?
Yes, Delta-8 THC can make you fail a drug test.
The bad news is that THC molecules stay in your system for days and even longer if you are a heavy user. When you consume THC, it is stored in fat cells. This means that your body cannot get rid of the THC quickly.
Even if you're taking legal Delta-8 products, it's possible to get a false positive for Delta-9 as the test is testing for THC-COOH metabolites.
What to Do If You Fail a Drug Test Because of Delta 8 THC?
If you fail a drug test because of Delta 8 THC, the best thing to do is to talk to your employer or school.
You can explain that the substance you have taken is in fact legal and that you did not know that it would show up on a drug test.
In most cases, they will be understanding and will not take any disciplinary action against you.
However, if your employer has a zero-tolerance policy for any THC, you might face some consequences.
So if you're taking Delta 8 products, make sure to check your company's policy on THC first.
How to Prepare for a Drug Test After Using Delta 8?
If you're worried about failing a drug test because of Delta 8 THC, the best thing to do is to refrain from taking any products with this cannabinoid for at least 30 days.
This will give your body enough time to clear the THC from your system. If you're a heavy user, it might take even longer for the THC to completely clear from your system.
To be on the safe side, it's best to avoid taking Delta 8 THC products altogether. If your employer or school is testing for THC, they will most likely not differentiate between Delta 8 and Delta 9.
So it's best to stay away from any products containing this cannabinoid if you don't want to fail a drug test.
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