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Can Delta-Eight THC trigger you to fail a drug check?

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For many potential cannabis users, drug testing in their workplace is the deciding factor in whether they are using THC products or CBD products.

I have some friends of my own who would smoke cannabis regularly if they didn't take drug tests at work. The new Delta-8 craze has asked a lot of people if they can get away with smoking this milder version of marijuana and still keep their jobs. Will a drug test detect Delta-8 THC in the same way as Delta-9? Let's examine.

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What is Delta-8 THC?

To understand the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC, you need to think chemically. Granted, science was never my best subject at school, but some basics stayed with me. For example, you probably know that with minor chemical changes to one compound, we can create something completely different.

Take into account the air around us, O2 versus O3. When we breathe, we breathe in O2, or molecular oxygen, which is made up of two oxygen molecules held together by a covalent bond. If you just add another molecule of oxygen to the mixture, you now have O3, or ozone, a highly reactive gas, a form of pollution that can cause serious health problems if inhaled.

Fortunately, the differences between D8 and D9 don't get too healthy or deadly. Delta-8 THC has only minor chemical differences from Delta-9 and some differences in effects. It's slightly psychoactive, although less intense than D9. Delta-8 is only present in traces in cannabis plants. To use it, this connection must be extracted and isolated.

When it comes to the medicinal benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are many of particular interest. Numerous studies from the early 1970s show that Delta-8 has extremely powerful effects on the immune system. It has also been observed that tumors shrink and completely eliminate nausea in patients suffering from other drugs. Much of the research was carried out by Prof. Raphael Mechoulam and his team.

How drug tests for cannabis work

When it comes to cannabis, standard urine tests are used to determine use of approximately 1 to 45 days. Occasional users are typically clean in 1 to 5 days, normal light users take around 1 to 3 weeks, and heavy daily users should expect 4 to 6 weeks to get clean.

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Contrary to popular belief, standard urine tests do not look for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in cannabis, but rather detect the metabolites that are produced by the human body when we are exposed to THC. This class of metabolites is known as THC-COOH. These metabolites are not active, so drug tests only measure exposure, NOT impairment. An impairment of the marijuana cannot be determined by any test.

THC-COOH is the most common name for this metabolite and is "Carboxy-THC". After hydroxy-THC, it is the second THC metabolite formed in our body immediately after exposure. THC-COOH is fat-soluble, which means that it is stored in our fat cells so that it can be detected in our systems for much longer than other substances, for example water-soluble substances.

Testing for Delta-8 THC

Yes, the above section applies to Delta-9 THC, however Delta-8 produces the same metabolites in the body. How they are absorbed by a drug test is the question, but presumably when testing for metabolites one can assume that the test is also activated by Delta-8. After all, the compounds are chemically very similar.

After doing some research looking at the descriptions of numerous different multi-panel drug tests, I found one that specifically claims to be able to detect the use of Delta-8-THC. In fact, according to the package insert, this test can detect Delta 8 metabolites at lower concentrations than Delta 9.

The description of the drug test states that marijuana metabolite / 11-nor-8-THC-9-COOH, 11-nor-9-carboxy-delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, 11-nor-delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid , Delta (8) -tetrahydrocannabinol-11-oic acid, Delta (6) -tetrahydrocannabinol-7-oic acid can be detected at a cutoff of 30 ng / ml, compared to 50 ng / ml for Delta 9.

What about system cleaners?

There are many products out there that claim to quickly remove traces of marijuana from your system, but do they actually work? Some brands say it will only take one use, others say it will take up to 7 days. There are capsules, drinks, and even synthetic urine. Some people claim that certain vitamins and foods do the trick. Let's look at some of the most common methods and analyze their effectiveness.

I will start with a brief story, however. When I was in my early 20s, I was on a road trip from California to New Orleans with a piece of pot for my personal use (less than 1 ounce) when I came across an inevitable checkpoint near the Juarez, Texas border. They had dogs, so needless to say, my weeds were found, I was arrested and after some fines and court appearances, luckily I was able to avoid jail time and get 6 months probation.

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At some point during my probationary period it was New Years weekend and I decided to smoke blunt with my friends. Not the best idea but figured I could just use this stuff I saw at the local head shop called Royal Flush to clean my system and it would be fine and good. Well, it definitely wasn't.

According to the instructions, I drank the full bottle on an empty stomach 1 hour before my trial period. It was utterly disgusting, but I reluctantly finished the whole thing and made my way confidently. Fast forward to the actual drug tests, which were monitored by a probation officer so that the synthetic urine could not be withdrawn. Well, right in front of the P.O. my urine came out completely purple, the color of the drink! Whether it tests positive or not, I'll never know because she looked at me and immediately knew I had used a system flush.

So, head shop products, mostly a no-go. I will say again from personal experience that synthetic urine works, at least when I used it many years ago. Now certain high-end tests can also detect synthetic urine.

Another semi-common method is to use niacin, also known as vitamin B3. It's scientifically proven to work. However, if you consume enough niacin to clear medication from your urine, you will likely also experience symptoms of niacin toxicity, including vomiting, fever, chills, and general illness.

Drinking plenty of water, doing rigorous exercise, and even doing a natural cranberry juice cleanse can help, but of course that depends entirely on the individual's physiology and how much cannabis they are consuming.

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Final thoughts

In all fairness, if you want to be 100% sure that you will not pass a drug test, it is best not to use cannabis products like hemp AND Delta-8 for about 30 days. It's not ideal, but sometimes it's the only way.

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