Yo, what’s good? It’s your boy Dan, and I’m here to talk about the latest hype in the cannabis game – delta-8 THC. Now, we all know that weed and its cannabinoids are still federally illegal, but over two-thirds of the states in the U.S. have medical marijuana programs. And even though there ain’t many state-specific laws, most states permit CBD.
CBD and THC get all the attention in the media, but there are so many other cannabinoids out there with sick therapeutic potential. Delta-8 THC is one of the latest trends, but people are confused about whether it shows up on a drug test. So, let me break it down for you.
First things first, let me tell you about the PureKana Delta-8 Gummies. They’re straight fire! Offering both delta-8 THC and CBG, these gummies are perfect for anyone who wants to switch it up a bit and try something new.
So, you probably already know that most cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant come from CBGA, also known as the ‘mother of all cannabinoids.’ Once enzymes in the plant convert CBGA, it becomes cannabinoid acids like CBDA and THCA. And when these acids get heated, they become the cannabinoids that we all love. For example, THCA becomes THC – that famous intoxicating cannabinoid.
But did you know that there are different types of THC? Delta-9 THC is the one we all know because it’s usually the most abundant cannabinoid in weed. But there are others too, like THCA, THCV, THCP, THCC, delta-10, and delta-8. Delta-8 is nearly identical to delta-9 structurally, except that its double bond happens on the eighth carbon instead of the ninth. And even though both cause intoxication, delta-8’s effects are way milder than delta-9’s.
That’s why it’s so popular with people who don’t have a high tolerance for THC. Plus, it might have similar therapeutic effects to delta-9 without many side effects.
Now, let’s talk about drug tests. Some people think they’re super advanced tests that can detect every single thing in your system. But they’re not as precise as you think – they show way more false positives and false negatives than you’d expect.
When you consume THC, your body breaks it down into other chemical compounds called metabolites. Drug screenings look for these tiny molecules. However, current drug tests can’t distinguish between delta-8 and delta-9 – both get broken down into THC metabolites that drug screenings detect.
So yeah – delta-8 THC does show up on a drug test. If you use it and have a drug screening coming up, watch out because you could lose your job. Even though it’s technically not illegal in many states, employers can still terminate contracts if employees test positive for THC metabolites.
If you’re worried about testing positive after using delta-8 THC, you need to take action to avoid it. First of all, remember that metabolites stay in your system for a long time after using delta-8 – even longer than its effects. It depends on factors like your metabolism, body fat level, and frequency of use.
Delta-8 metabolites could stay in your system for up to a week after using it even just once. And if you’re a chronic user of the cannabinoid, they could still be detectable for two months or more! To avoid testing positive on a drug test after using delta-8 THC, abstain from using any form of THC to make sure it leaves your body first.
Also remember that THC sticks to fat cells in your body – so how quickly metabolites leave your system depends on your body fat level too. Individuals with faster metabolism can expect faster removal of the cannabinoid from their bodies.
If time is running out before your drug test and abstaining isn’t enough for you to pass, there are some things you can try. Drinking tons of water isn’t as effective as people think because only 20% of cannabis metabolites leave your body through urine – over 65% leave via feces instead! Detox drinks promise to remove THC from your system but reviews are mixed about their effectiveness.
Exercising within 24 hours of a drug test can increase your chances of failing because working out can break down fat cells and increase THC metabolites in urine just before the test. If your test is in the morning, make sure you urinate before giving a sample – your first urination contains the highest amount of metabolites overall. And try to provide urine from the middle of your stream because it has fewer metabolites than at the beginning or end.
But beware – selling or using synthetic urine to cheat on a drug test is illegal in at least 18 states! Don’t risk getting fined or jailed trying to cheat – just abstain from using delta-8 THC and all other forms of THC if you’re worried about failing a drug test.
So that’s it for now, fam. I hope it helped you understand delta-8 THC a bit better and taught you how to avoid testing positive for it when you have a drug test coming up. Until next time, stay safe and keep it real!