Does Delta 8 Show Up On a Drug Test?
Eating, smoking, or vaping Delta 8 THC Products Increases Your Chances of Failing a Test for THC in general. To understand how it works, let’s dive deeper into how drug testing works.
Pro Tip: Most cannabinoids like THCO, HHC, and THCP will also cause you to fail MOST drug tests. Some more refined drug tests may not show for HHC, however it is important to note that much like Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC, they will leave behind an identical or nearly identical residual metabolite signature. This is why most products, even though they are legal, will still trigger a drug test.
How Do Drug Tests Detect THC? / How Drug Tests Work
Drug tests work in various mediums. This article will discuss the testing process in the form of a urinalysis/urine test/pee test/piss test.
Many people believe that testing kits are able to look for the exact cannabinoids or drugs that others or themselves have consumed. The truth is that drug tests are not very good at pinpointing those specific details.
If you have any form of THC in your system that is beyond common human-made THC levels created by your endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS), you will likely fail a drug test.
The enzymes in our body’s metabolism will break down the THC we consume. Our metabolism doing this results in smaller molecules called THC metabolites.
The THC metabolites do not have the ability to get a person “high” anymore, however, they still display the same tell-tale chemical marker. The THC metabolite is only able to be present in a person’s body at a testable level only if the person has consumed THC. The test will find these metabolites easily and show that THC was processed in a person’s body. THC Metabolites are the chemical signals that drug tests look for.
All THC molecules will break down into THC metabolites, regardless of the THC formation they start out as.
In other words what this means is that to a drug test, delta-8 THC, 11-Hydroxy THC, and delta-9 THC will all look the same.
What goes in, is not always what comes out!
The tests do not look for what went in, just what came out.
Even if this were not the case, THC products may cause a person to fail a drug test. Just as with CBD products, delta-8 preparations may contain .3% Delta 9 THC or below. Just because it is still a small amount, it doesn’t mean it can’t be enough for the screening device to detect. This is especially true if a person is using delta-8 or CBD products regularly.
Again, drug tests are not finely-tuned instruments. They do not look for levels of THC, just the presence of its residual metabolite.
It should be noted that for this reason, CBD products may also cause a person to fail. Always check the Certificate of Analysis to see the presence of specific cannabinoids for a better outlook on what may happen.
The safest rule of to follow is:
if you have a drug test to pass, don’t risk it, even with legal products. Just because we know that it is legal, doesn’t mean that the drug test will know.
Because it’s not specific on which form of THC you took, you can almost guarantee that it’s an open and shut failed drug test.
If passing is important to you, you can do 1 of 2 things:
- Remain clean of substances of any kind for at least 30 days prior to taking a test.
- Detoxify your system using the same methods you would for Delta 9 THC. While this method is not guaranteed and has no measurable success rate, we advise remaining clean since it will be in your best interest.
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How to Pass a Drug Test after Consuming Delta-8 THC
This information is largely thanks to Pot Guide, please read this carefully and remember, the best method is to avoid it, and next to it, is basically exercise, water, and so on. We go into detail here below:
If you have been consuming delta-8 THC and are concerned about an upcoming drug test, don’t panic. Thanks to the accrued wisdom and research from generations of cannabis consumers, there are plenty of methods to pass that test.
The first method, of course, is abstinence. While individual people’s metabolism, body fat percentage, levels of consumption, and individual chemistry will differ, generally THC metabolites will pass entirely out of your system in three or four weeks. However, much like other forms of abstinence, while it may be effective, it’s neither entirely practical for most people or very much fun. This is especially true if someone is consuming delta-8 THC to help manage a medical issue.
The second method is to get healthier, which is just good advice overall. Your first step is to hydrate. If you feel like you’re short on time, drinking a couple of gallons of water per day will help to flush those metabolites out of your body even faster than regular abstinence alone. While drinking plenty of water is overwhelmingly positive for your health, overhydration can cause some negative health effects of its own. Along with those metabolites, you’ll also be flushing out valuable nutrients and electrolytes. Be sure to add some sports powder or other electrolyte supplements into your diet in those weeks, and start taking multivitamins.
While you’re hydrating, be sure to eat as many leafy greens and iron-rich foods as you can. A diet rich in iron and other nutrients can help speed up your metabolism, which helps to process out those metabolites. Another way to speed up metabolism and shrink those cannabis-storing fat cells is to exercise. Whether it’s weight lifting, cardio, or yoga, increasing your heart rate means boosting your body’s chances of clearing everything out before the big day.
When it comes to the day of, whether you’ve been eating healthy, jogging, and chugging water all week or since yesterday, make sure you pee in the morning before your test. This will clear out the metabolites that have built up in your sleep. A couple of hours before your test, start chugging water and add in some B-12 vitamins. This will dilute the sample even further which will either pass it or you’ll buy some time having to retake it. Ingesting some diuretics like cranberry juice or strong coffee can’t hurt either.
Getting caught cheating is way worse than failing legitimately. Avoid using this method at all costs. We’re sure you know what we mean.
The Wrap Up
In conclusion, don’t let the fear of a drug test stop you from trying delta-8 THC, especially if you are desperate to try any treatment to relieve your medical issue. Some day, cannabis will be federally legal and these tests will have gone the way of prohibition. Until then, your best option is to wait until after the test to try anything new. Barring that, get a large water bottle and head to the faucet.