You are what you eat. And in this case, you are what you smoke, dab, vape, and eat. What we put in our bodies tends to stay with us for a while. But for how long? In this article, we will explore the entire experience of Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, all the way from the chill high we enjoy to how long it can stay in our systems. Come with us on the Delta-8 THC journey!
Effects of Delta-8
To understand how long Delta-8 THC can stay in your body, it is first helpful to know how it compares to Delta-9 THC, better known as THC. D8 is an isomer of THC, meaning it has a similar molecular makeup. Delta-8 is an aged type of THC. As you can imagine, this means the two have a lot in common, including some effects, and how long they stay in the body. But first, how is the D8 experience different?
The Delta-8 experience can be produced in a variety of ways. Since D8 is found in much smaller amounts than D9 in the cannabis plant, it is often produced in a distilled form. This distillate is often smoked through dabbing or vaping, consumed through edibles like gummies, or sprinkled on a preroll joint with CBD flower. You can also drop some Delta-8 tincture under your tongue.
Once consumed, the experience begins. People love Delta-8 THC due to its mild cerebral high. It is much less intense than the popularized Delta-9 THC. D8 still produces psychoactive effects like THC, but with 50 to 70% of the intensity. This makes it a great option for people who tend to feel paranoia or anxiety during marijuana use. Delta-8 enables you to feel an uplifting high but you are still able to function. We describe the experience as a smooth come up, a chill buzz, and a smooth come down. Give it a try with any of these phenomenal Delta-8 THC products.
How Delta-8 Interacts with Your System
Once you’ve consumed Delta-8, what happens in the body to produce this effect? Both D8 and D9 interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system helps the body manage important functions and processes like sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. This is all accomplished with the use of cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes.
CB1 and CB2 receptors are two well-known cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. CB1 receptors are prevalent in the central nervous system and include the brain, lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB2 receptors are mostly in the immune system. Delta-8 activates both of these receptors once it enters our system, causing the variety of effects and benefits that we experience.
How Long Do Delta-8 Effects Last?
Delta-8 THC’s effects seem to take longer to set in and last about half as long as THC’s effects. However, once the high is over, you don’t feel drained or exhausted. Let’s explore just how long effects last, depending on what method of consumption you’ve chosen.
- Vaping Delta-8 cartridges or pods: If you vape D8, you can expect the onset of effects to begin in about 6 minutes. This amount of time varies depending on the person and what kind of product was taken. Effects last up to five hours. The peak of the effects can be at the 30-minute mark or up to 2.5 hours in.
- Consuming Delta-8 edibles or tinctures: The onset will take a little longer with this method due to your body needing more time to metabolize the compound. The effects will begin after about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours in. Since it is very concentrated it will hit you pretty much all at once. You may feel the effects up to 5 hours later, with the peak happening 1 to 2 hours in.
Negative Effects of Delta-8
It is very unlikely you will experience any negative side effects during your D8 trip. That is the reason many are flocking to Delta-8. The relatively few negative effects are quite mild. We will list them and let you know what to do if you have a negative experience. Here they are:
- Increased heart rate
- Reddening of the eyes
- Dry mouth
- Muscle tension or tremor
- Reduced motor control
- Changes in visual or auditory perception
- Time distortion
- Difficulty in thinking, speaking, reading, or remembering
If you’re new to the Delta-8 experience and do not like it, think you took too much, or are experiencing unwanted effects, you may feel like you want to sober up. If this occurs, the main thing to remember is to stay calm. It is important to remember that no one has ever died from taking too much THC, so there is nothing to be afraid of. You will simply experience some unwanted effects, then it will be over.
Find a way to relax. This could be something like taking a bath, going for a walk, watching TV, or listening to music. You may also calm yourself with a bit of CBD.
You can also try eating something to help you come down from your high. It will distract you and can also be a pleasant, comforting experience.
How Long Does Delta-8 Stay in Your System?
Once you’ve experienced the Delta-8 high, it will stay in your system for varying lengths of time. It is a mistake to think that because it is less potent than Delta-9, that it won’t stay in your system very long. It can stay in your system just as long.
Some people are concerned Delta-8 will turn up on their upcoming drug test. Knowing how long D8 can stay in your system will either calm your fears or allow you to flush your system before the test. So let’s break it down by the type of drug test that will be conducted.
- Blood test: THC will stay in your blood for 2 to 25 days
- Saliva test: THC remains in your saliva till you fully swallow, and even up to 29 days
- Urine test: THC stays in urine up to 48 days
- Hair follicle test: THC stays in hair follicles up to 90 days
Factors that Influence How Long Delta-8 Stays in Your System
Several factors influence how long Delta-8 stays in your system. They are:
- When you last used Delta-8: Just like with D9, the longer ago you used the cannabinoid, the less likely THC metabolites will be found.
- If you are a heavy user: Just as heavy marijuana users need a few weeks to clear the metabolites, it is likely the same for Delta-8 users. So, if you use D8 daily, then you will more than likely need a few weeks before your results come up clean.
- Your metabolism: Everyone’s body is different. How your body breaks down and metabolizes THC will determine whether or not this will show up on a test. However, this is not something you can easily find out.
- Strength: The milligram strength of the D8 you use will determine how much THC will be in your system, and thus how much is detectable on the test.
- Gender: For the most part, drug effects on males and females are mostly the same. However, trace amounts of drugs in females can be higher, due in part to females typically being smaller in size and body weight. Sorry ladies.
Will Delta-8 Make You Fail a Drug Test?
Delta-8 can stay in your system for a long time. But can it make you fail a test? After all, it is not the same thing as THC. But unfortunately, yes, Delta-8 can make you fail a drug test just like THC.
Despite their differences, Delta-8 is still a form of THC. It is important to realize that drug tests are not as finely-tuned as we’d like them to be. For instance, another THC that comes from edibles, 11-hydroxy THC affects the tests the same as any other form. THC products, whether Delta-9, Delta-8, 11-hydroxy THC, among others all get broken down by your metabolism into THC metabolites. This makes it hard to distinguish what compound was consumed. There are no drug tests that are made specifically to test D8 or D9. These tests don’t look for what you consumed, but what came out.
It is important to note here that there has not been a lot of research done on Delta-8’s drug test effects. This is because it is too new on the scene, and hasn’t been widespread to the extent that Delta-9 has. But be aware that your chances of coming up dirty because of Delta-8 are highly probable.
So what about other chemical compounds from the hemp plant like cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabigerol (CBG)? Do they affect drug tests? While CBD, CBC, and CBG are unlikely to make you fail a test, CBN can come up as a false positive. CBN is commonly used as a sleep aid, but like Delta-8 is an aged cannabinoid that has been created after THC has broken down.
Keep in mind that due to hazy regulations in the cannabis industry, some of these products you find on the market may be inaccurately labeled. This could cause you to inadvertently test positive if you do not know the actual contents of what you are taking. Try to find products that have been “Third Party Tested,” so you know what you are getting. Also, keep in mind that nonprescription cannabis products are not FDA approved.
THC and Drug Testing
Typically drug testing is done for work or sports play. They test for amphetamines, cocaine, methamphetamines, opiates, nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana. Urine tests are the most common for workplace screening, carried out with the use of enzyme immunoassay (EIA), or dipstick test.
The EIA picks up on THC usage, but it doesn’t pick up on THC itself. It does this by detecting THC’s primary inactive metabolite which the body produces when it is exposed to THC. The metabolite is 11-nor-delta-9-THC-COOH, aka THC-COOH or carboxy-THC. This metabolite is stored in the body fat for long periods, especially in urine. For this reason, marijuana can be detected days after the person consumed it.
But if you seldom use THC, it should only take a few days to be clear of the metabolites. However, if you are trying D8 for the first time, the one-time use can produce by-products that stay in the urine for a 4 to 8 day period of time. If you use cannabis products between 2 to 4 times a week, it may be detected in urine 1 to 3 weeks after the last use. Heavy cannabis users, on the other hand, may have detectable metabolites weeks after the last use. Although we can’t definitively say how long Delta-8’s byproducts stay in the urine, people who use cannabis daily may come up dirty 30 to 60 days after their last use.
Know the Facts
If you are just now exploring this fantastic hemp product, you need to know the facts. And the facts are that Delta-8 can stay in our system for about as long as THC can. Keep this in mind if you have an upcoming drug test, even if you are consuming the product legally. Delta-8 can stay in our bodies anywhere from a few days to up to 2 months after use. The amount of time D8 stays in our bodies depends on factors like how much you use, how often, and your body’s metabolism. Regardless of if you are nervously awaiting your drug test or are merely curious about D8’s impact on your system, having the facts will put you more at ease.
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