What is Delta-8-THC and will it cause me to fail a drug test?

Will Delta-8 THC cause you to fail a drug test?

Sure, you’ve heard of THC. It’s one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in weed. And, when people talk about THC they’re usually talking about Delta-9-THC, the most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis. But, there’s another similarly named compound found in weed called Delta-8-THC—and like its cannabinoid cousin it’ll also get you high.

Delta-8-THC occurs in the plant in very small concentrations. Most dried cannabis flower contains less than 1% of Delta-8-THC. So the only way to create a product, like an extract,containing a substantial amount of this cannabinoid, is via extraction, isolation, conversion, and refinement of dried weed.

Delta-8-THC is known to be a degraded form of THC. It isn’t directly produced by cannabinoid-synthesizing enzymes within the plant. When THC is stored for a period of time, it degrades into Delta-8-THC. Of course, to develop greater quantities of this stuff commercial growers and extractors don’t sit around and wait for weed to degrade, they use selective breeding and concentrate it using molecular isolation. When concentrated, Delta 8 and Delta 9 interact with the nervous system similarly. So this raises the obvious question—what’s the difference in effect between Delta-8-and Delta-9-THC?

What’s the difference between Delta-8-THC and Delta-9-THC

Delta-8-THC differs from delta-9-THC. It’s actually what’s known as an analog of Delta-9-THC. That means Delta-8-THC has a similar molecule structure as Delta-9, but some notable differences. Some Reddit users have explained it’s effects as being more of a stone than high.

“It is much more of a body buzz without some of the anxiety/head-rush that is common with Delta-9 THC cannabis,” one mentioned.

Delta-8 is great for medical and recreational use alike. Like Delta-9, it also delivers neuroprotective properties. It will also help with things like stimulating appetite, reducing nausea, and soothing pain. However, some say that it doesn’t deliver the paranoia and anxiety that often comes from smoking traditional weed typically with high amounts of Delta-9. 

A quick chemistry lesson
Accoring to growersnetwork.org The delta part of the name refers to the double bond, so both Delta 8 and Delta 9 contain double bonds, the difference is where that double bond is located. Organic chemistry deals with carbon atoms – a lot of carbon atoms, chains of them – and the respective “8” and “9” in the names of these cannabinoids refer to the location of that double (Delta) bond in the chain. 

Delta 9 has a double bond on the 9th carbon in the chain, Delta 8 on the 8th. So, what this really boils down to is that a double bond is going to have more electrons than single carbon bonds and will interact differently with the endocannabinoid system. It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but when we’re talking about subatomic particles, the location of that double bond can be very significant.

Is Delta-8 THC legal
Thanks to the 2018 US Farm Bill, Delta-8 THC is federally legal if it’s derived from hemp. Employ caution when consuming it in public, however. Similar to smoking hemp out in the wild, while it’s legal, a local LEO might not be able to or care to tell the difference between a legal product and its illegal cousin. 

How are Delta-8 products created
Oleum Extracts, a top-tier cannabis extractor in Washington State, is currently producing an “AquaTek Delta-8 THC” distillate cartridge. They use plants grown via aeroponics by Lost Coast OG from Virginia Co. also in Washington with identical or similar cannabinoid profiles. This way they can deliver consistent end products for customers. Leafly recently asked their CEO, Graham Jennings, and Senior Lab Specialist, Aaron Palmer how they distilled Delta-8-THC.

“The product is made by employing a thin film distillation­–fractional distillation–of locally cultivated cannabis flower and trim,” Palmer said. “The isolation of the delta-8-THC compound in this process is accomplished through variations of temperature, vacuums, and scientific equipment to convert delta-9-THC over to delta-8-THC. This allows us to purify and isolate specific cannabinoids by removing any residual solvents, impurities, and any other undesirable compounds.”

“Our last batch of distillate,” Jennings says, “tested at 58% delta-8-THC, 7.9% delta-9-THC, and 0.35% CBD.”

An interesting Delta-8 study
A study was conducted in 1995 by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in conjunction with Shaare Zedek Hospital, Bikur Holim Hospital, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Delta-8 THC was administered to eight children ranging from 3 to 13 years of age with various hematologic cancers. 

The children had been treated with different drugs and chemotherapy for eight months prior to treatment with Delta-8-THC. The Delta-8-THC treatments started two hours before each session of chemo and continued every six hours for 24 hours. With this treatment, vomiting was completely prevented and side-effects were reported as negligible.

Will Delta-8 cause you to fail a drug test
Yep. Because common urine screens look for the presence of a THC metabolite, not the presence of active Delta-9 or Delta-8 THC. So Delta-8 presents the same challenges regarding drug testing becuase it shows up just as easily as ordinary ol’ Delta-9-THC. 

How to pass a drug test if you consume Delta-8 THC
First, purchase an at-home drug test from Amazon. Next, test yourself to see if you’re even at risk of failing. If you do fail, your next step is to stop consuming Delta-8 long enough for your body to process it out. How long does that typically take? Well, it usually takes about three to four weeks. Time will vary by person depending on the speed of their metabolism and how much they’ve consumed.

Green Gone Detox

If you don’t have time to spare your best bet is to use a THC detox product. We always recommend Green Gone Detox. It’s an all-natural permanent THC cleanse unlike THC detox drinks which are typically “masking” agents—meaning they don’t physically pull THC metabolites out of your system permanently. Instead they decrease the concentration of metabolites found in your urine for a brief period through dilution.

Sometimes the dilution method is enough to work. But if you’re a heavy user don’t count on it. A permanent THC detox is what you need. It’s really the only way to increase your body’s output and elimination of the THC metabolites that’ll cause you to fail.

If you’ve ever failed a drug test for Delta-8 THC, please tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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