Delta-8 THC has quickly become one of the fastest-growing cannabinoids on the market. If you are a frequent cannabis user, you may have come across this compound and, at least, heard of its effects. You may even have tried it out yourself.
You probably also know that consuming Delta-8 too close to a drug test could lead you to fail a drug test.
So now, you’re wondering how long it stays in your system.
Well, you must understand that Delta-8 THC is, in fact, different from its notoriously psychoactive cousin Delta-9 THC. But it could still show up on a drug test?
Short answer: They share the same metabolites.
But what about the long answer?
How is Delta-8 different from Delta-9? Why is it legal if it can still make you fail a drug test?
For that, you must first understand the basic difference between the two compounds.
Delta-8 vs. Delta-9
Delta-8 THC is a milder and more stable isomer of Delta-9 THC. It is derived from cannabis, just like Delta-9 THC. But, individually, it does not possess the same intensity of psychotropic properties.
So yes, it does have psychoactive effects but those effects are relatively much milder than Delta-9 THC.
When one thinks of getting high, they think of marijuana. But it is the Delta-9 THC in it that makes it so. Not Delta-8 or Delta-10 THCs.
While Delta-9 could easily leave you stoned, Delta-8 THC will only give you a gentle and tranquil relaxation and calm your mind. You would also feel a heightened sense of focus, energy, and pleasure.
So, if Delta-8 makes you high, how has it gained so much popularity?
That is because of its numerous health benefits. It is known to exhibit antiemetic, anxiolytic, analgesic, and neuroprotective qualities. And, it is legal. Because it is not Delta-9 THC – that is the only compound the use or sale of which has been made unlawful by the federal system.
However, Delta-8 THC could indeed show up on drug screenings. That might leave you in a tight spot due to the legal complications and strict regulations around cannabis products.
So, that’s why you NEED to know how long Delta-8 THC remains in your system before it is entirely flushed or purged from your body.
Can Delta-8 THC Stay In The Body For Too Long?
Do you consume Delta-8 regularly and are afraid that you will fail the impending drug test?
Don’t worry. We will tell you how long Delta-8 THC can remain in your body, the factors that affect that duration, and the steps you can take to cleanse your body of Delta-8 THC before heading out for your test.
But first, you must understand the different effects of Delta-8 THC and how long these may last.
Effects of Delta-8 THC On The Body
Studies indicate that Delta-8-THC possesses some therapeutic value, owing to its analgesic, anxiolytic, and neuroprotective properties. The cannabinoid is also known to soothe pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety, uplift moods, and help stay focused.
It also offers just the right kind of pleasurable high without leaving you completely zonked.
Delta-8 THC has also been linked with several other health benefits, such as providing relief from depression, extreme mood swings, cancer-related symptoms like pain, and sleep disorders.
How Long Do The Effects Last?
This topic is subjective, i.e., it varies from person to person, depending on age, gender, health conditions, and the method of Delta-8 intake.
For instance, if you are into vaping, you could experience the effects pretty quickly compared to other methods of intake. The onset time is about 1–6 minutes. The effects last for at least 5 hours, peaking somewhere between 30 minutes and 2.5 hours.
Delta-8 tinctures and edibles take longer to exhibit the effects, i.e., about 30 minutes to an hour. The effects last for over 5 hours and peak between 60 minutes to about 2 hours at most.
This is because when you ingest Delta-8 THC, it has to be metabolized for the effects to show. In the case of vaping or smoking, the compound mixes with the bloodstream directly and the effect is instant.
Other factors include frequency of use and the concentration of Delta-8 THC in the product used.
Frequency of use
According to certain cannabis experts, if you are a beginner, Delta-8 THC can stay in your system for around 3-4 days.
If you are a regular user, it should stay in your system for about a month or more.
But, if you are an occasional Delta-8 user, the compound may remain in your body for about a week or so.
Potency of THC
The potency of THC also impacts the duration for which it stays in your body.
Simply put, the effects of Delta-8 THC products with higher concentrations of strength tend to last longer than those with lower potencies.
So, if you don’t want any THC to stay in your system for long, you need to choose products with a low Delta-8 THC concentration.
Another critical factor to consider is the type of drug test that you will be undergoing.
Since Delta-8 THC is an isomer of Delta-9 THC, it takes about the same time to break down and even breaks down to almost the same metabolites. So, it should remain in your body for more or less the same time as Delta-9.
Here is how long D-8 could show up in the different drug tests:
- Blood test: Up to 2 days
- Oral/saliva test: Up to 2 days
- Urine test: Up to 48 days
- Hair follicle test: Up to 90 days
These are merely estimates. The actual duration may vary to a large extent depending on your health condition, your overall weight, body fat content, diet (including how much water you drink every day), physical activity level, age, etc.
How Long Before You Can Safely Pass A Drug Test?
Even though Delta-8 THC is way safer and has much less intense psychotropic effects than Delta-9, it still poses a high risk of failing a drug test.
In this case, the possibility of you clearing a drug test depends entirely on how soon you can purge your system of the THC metabolites and the type of drug test you will be undergoing.
While you do have an idea of how long it takes (approx.) to flush out D-8 from your system, the type of drug test (as we mentioned earlier) does have a big role to play.
For instance, if you are expected to undergo a blood test or an oral swab test, you could probably pass it after detoxing for at least 3 days after consumption.
But that won’t work for hair follicle tests. In that case, you would need a detox of over 3 months before you can expect the D-8 to be completely flushed out of your hair’s fatty follicles.
Urine tests are by far the most common drug screening method used to detect drugs in the body. In this case, you must go through thorough detoxification for at least 5–10 days before going for the drug test.
PS: While waiting for your test, it is best to abstain from any kind of drug.
Besides, this is the time when you must try several detox methods to help you get “clean” – fast!
Different Ways to Reduce THC Level in Your System
Here are a few failsafe methods to help you flush out the drug metabolites from your system – effectively and quickly.
First things first: Avoid taking Delta-8 THC products entirely if you have a drug test scheduled soon.
Secondly, drink plenty of water. This is the most efficient way to flush out and dilute all potential toxins in the body.
Thirdly, eat a healthy and balanced diet, rich in fibers and proteins. These will help rid your body of the THC metabolites via urination and defecation.
Fourthly, getting adequate sleep is yet another way to improve your metabolism – and your chances of passing the test.
Fifthly, the state of your mind also impacts THC levels in your body. Staying calm and focused can help reduce the effects of Delta-8 THC on your system.
Sixthly, regular exercise also helps. It improves your body’s rate of metabolism and helps flush out the toxins, faster.
You could also buy fake urine kits (and similar synthetic samples) to help you cheat the test. But this isn’t something we would recommend to our readers. Not only is this immoral, but you could even get caught – red-handed!
Not the best look for an employee or a meritorious scholarship candidate!
Delta-8 THC is one of the most popular cannabis products out there. You must not let the fear of failing a drug test stop you from trying it, though.
If you are considering using it for handling chronic painful conditions, you could find the best kind of natural healing out of this compound.
But you need to be careful and vigilant.
Bear in mind that the legal environment around cannabis is changing. One can expect to see the legal restrictions around cannabis loosen up in the near future.
But until then, you can very well try Delta-8 THC – but, of course, under your doctor’s clear and direct supervision if you’re using it to address any health issue.
Besides, like CBD, Delta-8 could also interfere with your existing medications.