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Does Delta 8 Show Up on Drug Tests?

June 9, 2023 | Featured SLS NEWS
A cup of urine with two drug testing strips balanced on top

Sometimes all you want is to experience a mild, euphoric high and then return to life feeling relaxed, calm, and focused. We’re pretty sure that’s why Delta 8 THC has become so popular. Our users love the pleasant buzz of this compound, which tends to cause fewer side effects and more easy, breezy bliss.

Delta 8 sits in a legal gray area, however, leaving many users with questions. Does Delta 8 show up on drug tests, and can you get into trouble if it does?

We’ll answer all your questions about our beloved “diet weed” so you can get back to enjoying your high.

What’s the Deal With Delta 8?

The form of THC found in most marijuana is Delta-9, which is more potent and shows up on drug tests. Unlike Delta-9, we derive Delta-8 from hemp plants. It’s legal to grow hemp all across America, and it’s legal to sell most of its byproducts.

The confusion comes from the fact that Delta-8 isn’t listed as a hemp byproduct in any of the laws. Its hemp-derived origin has created a loophole, which is why we see it everywhere now. Anyone can legally sell Delta-8 products without an age restriction.

Delta-8 may be easy to get across the country, but there are also fewer regulations. While you never have to worry when you stop into Street Lawyer Services, not every gifting shop is above board. Some products marketed as Delta-8 contain levels of THC on par with Delta-9 products. The higher THC level can cause problems for some people.

Does Delta-8 Show Up on Drug Tests?

The simple answer to Does Delta-8 Show Up on Drug Tests is probably. Most drug tests look for cannabinoids but don’t differentiate between different products. If you take a basic urine test, you will likely test positive for traces of THC after using Delta-8.

We always advise you to know where you’re getting your marijuana from. As one of DC’s safest, most reputable weed gifting shops, we source the highest quality products and can tell you exactly what’s in your weed. Other shops might not be as forthcoming. If your Delta-8 contains a higher-than-expected concentration of THC, you’ll likely fail your drug test.

How Long Does Delta-8 Stay In Your System?

If you know you have a drug test coming up, it’s best to avoid using cannabis or cannabis products. Most urine tests are pretty basic. They will come up positive if they detect any trace of THC.

Your frequency of use can affect how long the Delta-8 stays in your system. In other words, the more you use, the longer it takes to stop showing up in your urine. 

On average, Delta-8 remains in your system for a minimum of three days. Heavy users can show traces for up to two weeks. It takes the average casual user one week to eight days to completely purge traces of Delta-8 THC from their bodies. 

A drug test that is positive for THC

Predicting precisely how long Delta-8 will remain in your system is tricky. Your metabolism also plays a significant role. A heavy user with a fast metabolism may purge the THC metabolites faster than a light user with a slower metabolism. 

What About Blood, Hair, and Saliva Tests?

Less common drug tests can also detect Delta-8. On average:

  • A blood test can detect Delta-8 for up to one week after use
  • A saliva test can detect Delta-8 for up to 24 hours after use
  • A hair test can detect Delta-8 for up to 90 days after use

How to Flush Delta-8 From Your System

We advise abstaining from marijuana in the days before your drug test but realize you don’t always have that luxury. Here are a few tips you can try that might help you purge the Delta-8 from your system. 

  • Hydrate The quickest and most effective way to flush substances out of your system is to hydrate. Drink as much water as possible.
  • Prioritize Fiber A high-fiber diet will help purge your system, eliminating waste products. Make sure to eat your veggies.
  • Sweat it Out  Traces of Delta-8 can also exit the body through your sweat. Squeeze in a few extra workouts. As a bonus, working out boosts your metabolism, so you’ll process THC faster in the future. 

Delta 8 Can Show Up on a Drug Test

As a general rule, a positive drug test is a positive drug test. Your employer may not care if you’ve been using Delta-8 or Delta-9. It’s best to avoid all forms of Delta-8 THC in the lead-up to your drug test.

If you want to take a risk, ensure you’re using quality Delta-8. Always look for products from reputable sources to avoid surprises. 

Street Lawyer Services is your source for the safest, most trustworthy marijuana products in the DC area. Stop by the shop to join our community and experience the best selection and highest quality cannabis gifts in DC.