Delta-8 THC and the Dreaded Drug Test: Do You Need To Worry?
We all love Delta-8 THC for many reasons. It’s a new and novel cannabinoid that gives us the freedom to be ourselves, have fun, and enjoy hemp the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Delta-8 THC, whether it’s a vape, a gummy, a capsule, or an oil, is a revelation. It makes us all feel just like we did when we first discovered cannabis, CBD, and so many other things that make our lives better every day.
And we can be honest with ourselves; we all really enjoy Delta-8 THC because of the buzz. It’s 2021, Delta-8 THC is entirely legal — save for a few states with some killjoy legislators — and there’s nothing to hide. Wanting to add some euphoria to your life is more than acceptable; it’s your right as a human being.
But it begs the question, will Delta-8 THC show up on a drug test? We all want to know for whatever reason. Maybe you need to pass a drug test for work, school, or for reasons that are none of our business.
Well, there’s some good news and some bad news.
On the positive side, so many more businesses refuse to let the use of hemp and cannabis interfere with their hiring practices. Forward-thinking CEOs and business owners now realize what all of us have known for years, that cannabinoids are safe and don’t interfere with our daily lives. Of course, we still have miles to (and we do mean miles).
The bad news (and brace yourselves, because it’s not great) is that Delta-8 THC can, in fact, show up positive on a standard drug test. As LA Weekly recently noted, “A common misconception is that drug tests look for THC in your body. When in reality they only detect byproducts that suggest use. But this is not always accurate and false positives are commonplace. When using Delta 8 THC, traces of Delta 9 might be found since they consist of similar compounds.”
So what does this mean for you? Well, let’s take a look.
I Love Delta-8 THC, But Can’t Fail A Drug Test
We completely understand — and in 2021, no one should be forced to choose between a hemp-derived cannabinoid that comes from the ground and their livelihood. Quite frankly, it’s ridiculous. But if you do enjoy Chill Plus Delta Force Squares, Delta-8 THC Bites, 10X Vapes, and more, here’s what you can expect.
According to LA Weekly, there are a few different drug tests you might have to take. They include a urinalysis, which they describe as “the only common federally approved method of testing.” There’s also a THC Saliva Test. LA Weekly notes that “this can detect recent use of marijuana or THC passing your system within the last 30 days.” Finally, a Hair Follicle Drug Test. According to the article, “this method is quite uncommon but if tested, it can catch traces of THC from 90 days prior to the test.”
What we do know is that mandatory drug testing usually subscribes to SAMHSA guidelines. They’re named after the federal organization known as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. What they’re searching for is byproducts of THC. As we once noted in a similar blog post on CBD, “lab technicians run an immunoassay with antibodies to detect THC’s primary metabolite, 11-Nor-delta9-caboxy-THC (THC-COOH).” We love science techno-babble here at Diamond CBD.
The thing is, Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 are so similar that these tests can’t tell the difference. So, at the end of the day, there is a better than zero chance that you will pop positive. We know it’s not what you wanted to hear.
Delta-8 THC Affects Everyone Differently
Some people love hot sauce on their food; others can’t stand the heat. Some people love peanuts; others are allergic. The same is true with Delta-8 THC. Not only do some folks love it and some folks not so much (though who those people are, we just don’t know), but some people react differently, too. In other words, some people flush it out of their systems quickly, and others don’t.
We’re not telling you to take your chances. In fact, quite the opposite. If you know you have to take a drug test, your best bet is to lay low for a while. Try some THC-free CBD until after the test is over. But there are various reasons why Delta-8 THC could affect people in different ways.
Delta-8 THC and how it hits changes from person to person due to genetics. For example, one may only need one Delta-8 gummy to feel super buzzed, while another person might need to vape the highest strength product to feel even the slightest buzz. Why? It all has to do with the lottery of genetics.
But there are other reasons too. Gender, diet, stress, your tolerance to the cannabinoid, and even product quality (which is why you should always shop at Diamond CBD. All of these could affect the outcome of your test.
So What Can I Do If I Have a Drug Test
The most important thing to remember is that Delta-8 THC can make you test positive for cannabis on a standard drug test. With that in mind, it may be best for you to take a breather in the weeks leading up to your test. There’s no sense in taking any chances, especially if you have a lot riding on passing the test.
But according to LA Weekly, there’s a few other things you can do to help as well. “For occasional … users, one should test after 1-5 days. For regular smokers, the test should be taken after 1-3 weeks. For heavy smokers, it takes 4-6 weeks to get rid of all metabolites. Make sure to take tests accordingly,” they write.
They also note that making sure your diet is healthy and full of nutritious foods can help cleanse your system. We couldn’t agree more. Avoid processed foods, greasy foods and stick with fruits and vegetables. And don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water.
Until society becomes more open-minded about these things, drug tests are just something that some of us will have to put up with. But at least we can now enjoy all-natural, hemp-derived Delta-8 THC legally. And that’s something!