Delta-8 is another of the more than 100 chemical components of the cannabis plant. Most people are familiar with the psychoactive ingredient that brings a euphoric state, known as THC, but not everyone is familiar with the delta 8 variant of THC.
This brings about the common question “How long does delta 8 stay in your system?”
In today’s article, we take a look into the world of tetrahydrocannabinol, and discuss the different types, in addition to the length of time it can linger in your system.
What is Delta 8?
Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol, or simply ‘delta 8’, is found in very small amounts in the marijuana plant. Most people are familiar with THC, but they don’t know there are many different forms of it. Delta 8 and Delta 9 are both the popular forms of THC people will find at dispensaries or CBD stores, depending on your state laws.
Related read: Delta 8 vs CBD
Please be advised, though, that the Food and Drug Administration warns that the chemicals used in making delta-8 could be harmful, as it is very similar to THC. Side effects occurring could include the following.
- Memory loss
- Loss of consciousness
- Poor coordination
- Dry mouth
- Poor appetite
- Or ravenous hunger and weight gain
The legal status of delta-8 is still to be decided at the federal level, and at present, it is largely unregulated. Forms of delta 8 look exactly like what you may expect: flowers from the marijuana plant.
A lot of companies are trying to sell delta 8, since it is technically legal, still.
How Long Does Delta 8 Stay in Your System?
Delta 8 THC works just like other forms of THC you’ve tried. If you are trying it and need to take drug tests, you will (obviously) want to know exactly how long it stays in your system.
It can actually stay in the urine for up to 30 days for most people.
When it enters the body it takes about 30 minutes to metabolize half the compound, leaving some residual delta 8 within our system.
Thirty minutes is a very short half-life. In fact, its short than delta 9 THC. This is why the high that delta 8 causes is infamously known for being very short.
Metabolism Plays a Role in Delta 8 Blood Content
As we age the metabolic rate slows down. This is partly why we put on weight more easily with age. Doctors take this into account when prescribing our medications.
If you are older, allow a bit more time than 30 days to clear it from your body. One recent study showed that inhaled delta 8 was flushed from the body twice as fast as other forms, and injections were even faster.
Gummies seem to be the new efficient way to consume Delta-8 THC. Some heavily concentrated delta 8 gummies can last for several hours.
Things to Consider About Length of Time Delta 8 Stays in Your Body
- If you use delta 8 regularly, it will remain in your body longer.
- If you are young your metabolism is faster, which means it can clear from your system quicker.
- The higher your body fat, the longer it can linger in detectable levels
- A higher dosage will take longer to leave the body
- Interactions with prescription drugs may affect the metabolism of delta-8
Potential Benefits of Delta 8
The lower potency produces a milder high, and it could have therapeutic benefits in certain conditions.
Because it is a psychoactive compound, its’ use needs to be closely monitored.
If it is synthetically produced, it would be difficult to truly know what you are actually consuming. It is safe to say that, for this reason, most people want a natural d8 THC product.
Because delta-8 doesn’t naturally occur in large amounts in the hemp plant, it is sometimes added synthetically by companies without telling their consumers. This is very unethical and immoral.
Since this industry isn’t regulated, at all, some companies can do shady things like this and get away with it. Exercise caution when buying this type of product.
Disadvantages of Delta 8
- Prohibited by some state laws
- It may have undesirable chemical additives
- Poor regulation gives rise to safety concerns by FDA
A huge disadvantage of delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol is that it requires a lot of man power to mass produce it. It isn’t really found in high quantities, like delta 9 is, within marijuana.
This is where science intervenes, as concentrated amounts of delta-8 can be synthetically created in the lab using man made devices and chemicals.
How Do You Remove Delta 8 From Your System?
You cannot really ‘remove’ delta 8 from your system. After you use it, it enters your bloodstream where your body will utilize the d8 in different ways.
Excess amounts are either discharged through urine, or stored in fat cells. The only thing you can really do in this regard is stay heavily hydrated and exercise frequently. Outside of that, you aren’t going to speed up the process of getting delta 8 out of your system.
Does Delta 8 Show on a Hair Follicle Test?
Since a hair follicle test is exponentially more detailed than a urine drug test, yes, delta 8 will absolutely show on a hair follicle test.
Normally, tetrahydrocannabinol will linger for about 75-90 days in hair.
Will Delta 8 Show On a Drug Test
Yes, delta 8 THC will show up as a positive for THC on drug tests. Remember, this is just another form of THC. It was ultimately named ‘delta 8’ due to its double bond placement at carbon chain position 8 which is very similar to the molecular structure of delta 9 THC.
If you are drug tested and want to try this product, I would recommend against doing it. You will test positive.
How Long Until Delta 8 Is Out of Your System?
As mentioned earlier, I would give it a solid 30 days, or even more, before delta 8 will be in non-detectable amounts within your system.
There is no real way to speed up this process, other than staying very hydrated and maybe even exercising frequently to break down fat storage.
Key Takeaways on Delta 8 Being Detectable In Your Body
Delta 8 has the potential to be a very exciting therapeutic compound for many different symptoms. It is a cannabinoid that binds to the CB1 receptors in the central nervous system.
Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol will remain in your system for about 30 days, depending on your age, metabolism, and overall body fat amount. It will also cause you to fail a drug test, should you be concerned.
If you rely on your job, or any other means of living that requires drug testing, I would avoid the use of this compound for now.
Future research is expected to expand on discoveries for delta 8 usage for chronic illnesses/conditions. You can order Delta-8 online from reputable companies, should you spend some time googling it.