Will I Fail A Drug Test With Delta 8 THC?

by in CBD Facts January 11, 2021

Will Delta 8 THC Show Up On A Drug Test?

Before getting into the yes and no, it is important to understand how a drug test detects THC in a person’s system.

How Drug Tests Detect THC

It is commonly believed throughout the general public that drug testing kits are highly advanced and know exactly what they are looking for. Such is not the case, as they are not good at pinpointing specifics. 

Let’s explore further…

Our enzymes in our bodies metabolism break down THC into other chemical compounds.

After a person’s metabolism breaks down THC, it results in smaller molecules called THC metabolites.

The metabolites themselves may do different things, but they all display the same tell-tale chemical marker showing that THC was processed in a person’s body. These are the chemical signals that drug tests look for.

The answer is YES, you have a strong chance of failing a drug test with the presence of Delta 8 THC in your system.

A Drug test

Delta 8 THC will still metabolize the same way as any other THC, therefore it will still trigger the drug test. photo credit

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, delta-8 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 drug test to detect, especially 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 it. 

It should be noted that for this reason, CBD products may also cause a person to fail a drug test. 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 a drug test is important to you, you can do 1 of 2 things:

  1. Remain clean of substances of any kind for at least 30 days prior to taking a drug test.
  2. 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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