What is Delta-8 THC?

Delta-8 is a minor cannabinoid that has been exploding in popularity with it becoming legal from the Agriculture Improvement Act, more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill.  The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and industrial hemp legal as well as regulated and subsequently flooded the market with new products.  Delta-8 THC, Delta-10 THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, THC-COOH, and a whole host of other hemp-derivatives all came onto the scene.  As you can see there’s quite a lot of different types of THC. It isn’t just “marijuana” like it used to be. Hemp is a cannabis plant containing <.3% delta-9 THC.  Delta-8 is a Tetrahydrocannabinol that is found naturally in hemp in extremely low quantities.  Because of this, most delta-8 you’ll find can be considered a synthetically made byproduct of delta-9 or CBD.

Delta-8 Legality By State

You can reference our quick state by state legality guide here.  Delta-8 is currently legal in 32 states and is generally considered to be a good alternative to delta-9 for those in states that haven’t yet passed the legalization of marijuana or even in states that have medical programs but make it difficult to get a medical card.  Delta-8 can also be a good alternative for those that experience anxiety or paranoia potential side effects of delta-9.  A study by the Journal of Cannabis Research found delta-8 users received all the positive effects of delta-9 but with lower rates of anxiety and paranoia.  Although there haven’t been any official studies on potency, Anecdotally users seem to consider delta-8 to be 50%-75% the potency of delta-9.

What Are the Positive Effects of Delta-8

Delta-8, like delta-9 and CBD (cannabidiol) are known to come with a variety of health benefits.  Although the FDA has only approved one CBD product for market, they do acknowledge the large interest and potential in cannabis and cannabis-derived products in the future.

 Although there have been no official recommendations regarding delta-8 by the FDA or medical professionals, users have reported many positive effects. Including but not limited to:

  • Reduction in nausea, vomiting, and other stomach issues

  • Reduction in pain

  • Relaxing, reduction in anxiety

  • Helpful with falling and staying asleep

Delta-8 can be thought of as sort of an in-between product of CBD and delta-9 THC.  CBD contains no psychoactive effects while delta-9 is known for being psychoactive.   Delta-8 is thought to have between 50-75% the potency of delta-9 THC.

How Long Does Delta-8 THC Show Up On Drug Tests

Yes, delta-8 shows up on drug tests.  Although delta-8 provides plenty of benefits and is legal in the majority of the country, it’s best to avoid the product if you can’t afford to fail a drug test.  Unfortunately until federal legalization of all cannabis products passes, drug tests are something that delta-8 users will need to be wary of.  Delta-8 is a different form of THC (which is what the tests are actually searching for) but the technology does not currently exist to tell the difference between delta-9 THC and its delta-8 isomer.  Here are a couple reasons you might want to be sure to avoid delta-8:

  • Applying for jobs that test for cannabis

  • Employer randomly drug tests

  • Those on probation or parole.

When you consume THC it is metabolized by the ytochrome P450 system which produces THC metabolites which remain in your system. These THC metabolites are what drug tests look for and they are unable to tell the difference between delta-8 and delta-9 metabolites. Heavy users users can expect to take longer to be depleted of their metabolites as the number of metabolites increases with the amount of THC consumption.

Does the Type of Test Affect How Long I Will Taste Positive?

Yes!  In addition to the type of the test, the length of your delta-8 consumption will also play a huge part in how long you will test positive.  When it comes down to it, everyone’s body is different and you and your friend could smoke at the same time and one of you might test positive while the other tests negative.  There’s no way to know for sure exactly how long delta-8 will remain in your system.  The following could all have an impact in the difference between test results:

  • Hydration Levels

  • Body composition

  • Weight

  • Genetics

  • Metabolism

In addition to personal attributes, you might test positive with one method and negative with another method.  Each method has its own time frame for which it can detect last delta-8 use.  There are a few different methods for detecting marijuana use.

  • Blood Test

  • Urine Test

  • Saliva Test

  • Hair Follicle Test

There are many factors which impact the amount of time delta-8 THC stays in your system.  If passing a drug test is important to you, it’s safe to abstain for as long as possible but here are some general expectations based on the testing method:

These numbers are very rough guesses as there has not been a ton of research on how long THC stays in users’ systems.  These numbers also assume moderate use of cannabis.  Chronic use of THC can allow for positive tests for an even longer length of time.  On the flp side, first-time and very light users of delta-8 might find them testing positive at a much quicker rate.  If you took a few puffs at a party there’s a decent chance you might not even test positive the next day.

How Can I Pass an Upcoming THC Drug Test?

In short, if you recently ingested delta-8 or delta-9 there’s a decent chance that you’re going to fail but it could depend on the type of drug test you receive.  Fortunately, there are a few methods which can so ever so slightly increase your chances of passing.

  • Dilution.  As soon as you’re aware of the test or upcoming possibility of a urine test be sure to drink as much water or cranberry juice as possible.  Unfortunately tests can be rejected if the sample is too diluted but at least you’ll have bought yourself some more time,

  • Exercise.  This certainly isn’t going to help the day of the test, but if you have some time to prepare, like maybe you’re applying for new jobs, increasing your exercise could decrease fat cells which contain the THC metabolites which are detected by drug screenings.

  • Hair Follicle Test.  If you are receiving a hair test instead of any of the other tests, it’s easy for you to call into question the accuracy of the results in the first place.  According to a public report by Scientific Reports, the presence of cannabis in hair follicles does not even prove that the person undergoing the test used cannabis.  Cannabis can be detected in hair follicles from second-hand smoke.

  • Detox.  This kind of ties back to the original dilution point but detoxification is specifically using products known for the detoxification products.  In addition to the over the counter and online detoxification products available, none of them have been proven to work.  This is in addition to the wives’ tale home remedies listed below

    • Apple Cider and Vinegar

    • Lemon Juice and Water

    • Mouthwash

Things can certainly be done to lower the chances of producing a positive test but your best bet is always going to be abstaining from THC for as long as possible.  We would not recommend any of the detox products, exercise and constant hydration are going to give you the best chance at passing the test.

Cannabis Testing Myths

Let’s say you’re a chronic delta-8 consumer and were selected for a random upcoming drug test that’s coming up quick.  There’s a high likelihood you’re going to use some of the myths out there to try and convince everyone it was a “false-positive”.  We might as well get ahead of it and dispel some of those myths before someone tries to use them to get themselves out of a sticky situation.

  • Poppy seeds have commonly been thought to be used to cause false positives on tests for opiates.  It could lead others to believe poppy seeds could cause a false positive delta-8 THC test but that is not the case.  

  • Could consuming acid or vinegar cause a negative test?  Users incorrectly postulate that vinegar or bleach will cause a pH shift in the urinary sample but the body is able to detoxify the acid and in effect does not impact the THC metabolite levels.

  • Creatine is typically used by athletes and bodybuilders to help increase body strength but has recently caught on as a way to dilute urine for a drug test.  Drug tests are able to detect abnormally high levels of creatine so this isn’t a recommended solution.

When all of your possible loopholes and “trick the system” methods don’t work, you might try to find yourself with a few excuses as to why you received a positive test even though you “don’t use delta-8”.

  • Sexual intercourse with a delta-8 user – it has been proven that the exhange of bodily fluids cannot result in a positive THC test for a non-user.

  • One of my prescriptions caused the positive – Prescription drugs will not cause a false positive marijuana test as they are able to distinguish between prescription drugs as well 

  • Second Hand Smoke – It’s been a common myth that second hand can make you fail a drug test but this myth actually has a little bit of truth to it.  Participants who were in a closed space produced detectable levels of THC.  The National Institute for Drug Abuse found that there were detectable levels of THC but they did not meet the threshold to come considered a positive test.  With that said, if a non-smokers spends enough time in an unventilated room with a delta-8 smoker, there’s a chance they could test positive for THC without ever actually using it.

What is the Legal Status of Delta 8?

The legal status of delta-8 is up in the air in many states and even federally, with the DEA recommending it to be considered a Schedule I controlled substance.  Although that recommendation currently holds no legal standing, it certainly has the chance to be enacted in the future.

Although delta-8 THC is federally legal, delta-9 THC is still federally illegal.  Drug tests work but are unable to differentiate between the two. In fact there is simply only one difference between the two THC molecules and that is the location of a double bond between two carbons. This makes the similar chemical structure of these two THC products nearly identical. Standard drug tests lack the technology to differentiate the two so if you test positive for THC it’s assumed to be for delta-9 THC.  Although you can’t get into any legal trouble (except if you’re on probation or parole), delta-8 use could potentially cost you your job.

Although delta-8 provides many benefits, it’s not worth the risk if a positive test can have a severe negative impact on your life.

What Delta 8 THC Products are Available?

Regardless of what you purchase, make sure you’re purchasing the best delta-8 products from a reputable online retailer or a trusted local shop or dispensary.  KIngs of Canna CBD has all their products tested so you can be sure you’re purchasing products that meet the hemp definition of <.3% delta-9 THC.  Some delta-8 products have tested at greater than .3% delta-9 THC leaving some customers to break the law unwittingly.

Lately it seems gummies have been the most popular product, likely due to how discreet they are and how great they taste.  The taste of delta-9 edibles sometimes turns people off edibles but these delta-8 gummies are sure to be a treat.  If it’s your first time trying delta-8 be sure to start with one dose to see how you react. If you like the feeling and it’s providing benefits for you you’re able to take more.  You can’t take less so it’s best to start small.

Flower & Pre-rolls

Delta-8 flower is the cheapest way to consume your delta-8 and is available in many different strains, each providing different effects. Bubba Kush 77 will relax you and help you unwind. It includes CBD content which provides anti-inflammatory properties while the delta-8 content will reduce pain and muscle tension. Bubba Kush 77 is also available in pre-rolls for easier use.

Cartridges

To easily consume your delta-8 on the go, you might want to look at vape cartridges. They’re available in many different flavors in addition to having a high concentration of delta-8 THC. This Mango Kush has a 93% delta-8 THC level and is perfect for pain relief and putting you to sleep.

Gummies

Edibles are a great option for delta-8 users who don’t want to have to smoke or vape to receive the benefits of delta-8. These delta-8 gummies, like all delta-8 products, are psychoactive and will have you feeling happy and euphoric, the feelings will just be much more mild than what you would expect from delta-9.

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