If you have to get drug tested on a regular basis, you’re probably not messing around when it comes to CBD, Delta 8, or other hemp products. So we know just how important it is to know whether or not something will cause you to test positive.
Will Delta 8 show up on a drug test? Short answer: it’s complicated. Let’s take a look at what Delta 8 is, how drug tests work, and what level of risk you might be facing.
What is Delta 8?
To understand why this topic is, shall we say, less than straightforward, we need to understand Delta 8. It is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Its full name is Delta 8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As you might have guessed, it’s very similar in chemical structure to the more widely known Delta 9 THC that’s found in cannabis. Basically, there is a double bond on the 8th carbon chain with Delta 8 and on the 9th carbon chain with Delta 9. And in case you are wondering, Delta 9 is what most people refer to when they say THC. It is currently only legal in a few states in the US. Federally, it is only legal in amounts up to 0.3%.
Delta 8, on the other hand, has no such legislation restricting its use. This is why you’re able to stock up on your favorite Delta 8 gummies in almost every state.
What Do Drug Tests Look For?
Most urine drug tests don’t actually test for THC, but what it leaves behind when your body metabolizes it. Those metabolites are called THC-COOH. And because these metabolites are stored in your fat cells, they can stick around for quite a while (as much as 4-8 weeks for regular users).
Delta 8 creates these such metabolites when you take it. Next time you have to take a urine test for work, there’s a good chance Delta 8 will cause you to test positive. Whether or not your employer will understand the nuances of Delta 8 versus Delta 9 and the various legalities is a whole other ball of wax.
What Hemp Products Won’t Pop a Drug Test?
For those of you who don’t care to take a risk when comes to Delta 8, there are still some fantastic hemp products you can take without reservation.
Broad Spectrum CBD
CBG, CBN & CBC
None of these products will cause you to test positive on a drug test. You can find a wide selection of CBD tinctures, gummies, and body care products in our retail store.