Does Delta 8 THC Show up on a Drug Test?

Delta 8 THC has become a hot topic in recent times. It is not to be confused with delta-9 THC, the compound that people typically refer to when they say ‘THC.’ The two are very similar, albeit with a slight chemical variation between them.

It is becoming commonplace for brands to sell hemp-derived delta 8 products. However, some customers are concerned about what this compound does, and whether it shows up on a drug test. Employers are not conducting delta 8 THC drug tests specifically, but as a form of THC, it can show up on the results.

This guide explains the nature of delta 8 THC in more detail, and highlights why it is possible for it appear on the results of a urinalysis.

Does Delta 8 THC Show up on a Drug Test?

The short answer to this question is yes. Unfortunately, delta-8 THC shows up on most drug tests.

Drug tests are never testing for THC itself. Instead, they check for metabolites, which are the compounds left behind once the body breaks down the THC. In a urinalysis, this is possible because the user expels metabolites in urine.

The difference between metabolites of delta-8 and delta-9 THC is so minimal that there’s a massive chance of flagging positive on a urinalysis, even if you only used delta-8.

Some multi-panel drug tests detect delta-8 THC at lower levels than delta-9.

Apparently, some advanced drug tests can tell the difference between the two and are able to exclude delta-8 metabolites. Still, it’s improbable that an employer will spend more on a drug test to exclude an analog of THC.

Perhaps more importantly, some multi-panel drug tests detect delta-8 THC at lower levels than delta-9. In other words, less delta-8 THC can produce a positive result than delta-9.

How to Pass a Drug Test After Consuming Delta 8 THC

There are several reported ways to pass a drug test after consuming delta-8 THC. Of course, the best way to ensure a pass is to avoid using it altogether; abstinence is by far the most effective method.

That being said, if you do use delta-8 THC products prior to your screening, here are a few things we’ve pulled from online forums which individuals say may reduce the risk of testing positive. (Disclaimer: We are NOT advocating for the use of ANY of the following techniques).

Calculating the time:

Drug metabolites can stay in your system for a long time, especially if you’re a regular user. In fact, THC-COOH (a metabolite of delta-9) can remain in the system for months. It’s unclear whether this also applies to delta-8, but it’s best to exercise caution. If you have a drug test coming up, stop taking delta-8 immediately.

Cheating the test:

Online forum discussions have pointed out the potential to cheat a drug test by diluting the urine, using synthetic urine, or substituting someone else’s urine. These are three hazardous methods, and testers often have ways of telling that the test has been cheated. Not to mention, it’s illegal to cheat a drug test of any kind.

Detoxing:

There are several effective ways to ‘detox’ before a test. It’s often said that drinking gallons of water to flush out the metabolites is enough, though again, this is rarely effective. Similarly, there are brands selling detox kits online that claim to be much more helpful. Again, these can be risky, so it’s up to you whether to take responsibility.

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Exercise:

It’s often said that exercising can rid the body of THC metabolites stored in fat cells. While online forum users may claim this worked for them, a 2014 study revealed that physical exercise was an ineffective method for expelling THC-COOH.

All in all, your best option is to simply abstain. If you are regularly tested at work and want some reassurance, it’s possible to purchase at-home testing kits, which can give you an indication of how things are going to go.

Factors That May Trigger a Positive Delta 8 THC Drug Test

Here is some additional valuable information to keep in mind if you’re concerned about delta 8 usage causing a failed drug test. The following are factors that can increase the chances of testing positive.

#1 – When You Last Used Delta 8 THC

The more recently you used delta 8 THC, the more likely you are to submit a positive test. If you last used delta 8 the night before the test, for example, you will likely test positive.

This is why it’s vital to cease using the moment you know you have an upcoming drug test.

#2 – How Much Delta 8 You Use

Using more potent products or using delta-8 more frequently can also trigger a positive test. According to advocates, there is a variety of delta 8 uses, and many users may feel inclined to use a higher amount in order to maximize therapeutic benefit. However, it’s important to remember that the more delta-8 you use, the more likely it is to show up on a test. Since some tests can detect lower levels of delta 8, it may be best to use it only sporadically.

#3 – Metabolism

The body breaks down THC at varying rates, and this is not something you can do much about. Each individual will be affected differently by cannabinoids depending on tolerance levels and body size/weight, and these factors can also affect the way that their body processes THC. This is why it’s impossible to say who will fail a drug test, and/or how much delta 8 THC is needed to do so. It varies from person to person.

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#4 – Strength

The strength of the delta-8 product can have a significant impact on whether you test positive. The stronger the product, the more likely you are to have metabolites in your system. If you are regularly tested but are still intent on using delta-8, it’s recommended to use low amounts.

Summary on Delta 8 THC Drug Tests

Although a urinalysis does not explicitly test for delta-8 THC metabolites, those who use this compound may fail a drug test. To a drug tester, delta-9 and delta-8 look very much the same. As a result, it’s best to avoid delta 8 THC before a drug test if possible since you risk a positive test.

To a drug tester, delta-9 and delta-8 look very much the same.

There are a couple of ways to get around the test, but they’re mostly risky (and sometimes illegal) and are certainly not guaranteed to work. All in all, the best method is to abstain. If this isn’t possible, some people may be able to convince their bosses that it was only delta-8, although again, this is unlikely.

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