For many cannabis users, drug testing in their workplace is an essential factor. In some workplaces, it is crucial if their co-workers are using CBD products or THC products. As the new Delta 8 THC products appear in the market, many people are worried and full of questions. Will they get away with smoking the milder version of marijuana and keep their jobs? Can a standard drug test detect Delta 8 THC as it does with Delta 9 THC?
What Is Delta 8 THC?
To understand the difference between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC, you need to look at these compounds' chemical bonds. You probably know that with minor chemical changes to one compound, we can create something completely different. For example, the surrounding air that we breathe in is O2 - oxygen. If we add another molecule of oxygen, we will get O3, which is ozone - a highly reactive gas, a form of pollution that can cause serious health problems if inhaled.
Fortunately, the differences between Delta 8 and Delta 9 are not so dangerous. Delta 8 THC has a few chemical differences from Delta 9 THC and some differences in effects. It is mildly psychoactive, less intense than Delta 9 THC. Delta 8 is only present in traces in cannabis plants. As far as the remedial benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are numerous of particular interest. Various studies from the early 1970s show that Delta 8 THC has significant effects on the immune system. It has also been observed that tumors shrink and effectively eliminate nausea in patients suffering from other drugs.
Drug Testing For Cannabis
In the drug testing for cannabis, a standard urine test is used to define your system's state in approximately 1 to 45 days. Occasional users are mainly clean in 1 to 5 days. It takes around 1 to 3 weeks for normal light users, and heavy daily users can expect 4 to 6 weeks to get clean.
Standard urine tests do not look for the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in cannabis. Instead, they detect the metabolites made by the human body when we are exposed to THC. These metabolites are not active, so drug tests only measure exposure.
Drug Testing For Delta 8 THC
What was written above applies to Delta 9 THC. However, Delta 8 THC produces the same metabolites in the body. The question is - how does a drug test reveal them?
Presumably, when testing metabolites, one can assume that the test is also activated by Delta 8 because the compounds are chemically very similar. However, some tests can detect Delta 8 THC. Researchers suggest that some tests can detect Delta 8 metabolites at lower intensities than Delta 9.
If you have been smoking cannabis recently and are considering somehow pass the drug test unnoticed by using 'system flush' drinks, then keep in mind that it won't help. Your urine might have a purple color, and it may instantly become suspicious for testing. Synthetic urine may work if you are too desperate to pass the test, but high-grade tests can also detect it nowadays.
Another method that people use in such cases is niacin, also known as vitamin B3. But if you consume enough niacin to clear the medication from your urine, you will likely also experience niacin toxicity symptoms, including fever, vomiting, chills, and general illness. If you want to clean your system using natural methods, you should drink plenty of water and do intense exercise.Doing a natural cranberry juice detox also can help. But still, that depends entirely on the individual's physiology and how much cannabis they are consuming.
Conclusively, if you want to be 100% sure that you will pass a drug test, you must stop using cannabis products at least for about eight days. Heavy daily users will need a more extended period for the metabolites to clear out of the body. And this means that if you use Delta 8 THC daily, you will possibly need a couple of weeks to clean your system and pass the test.