In 2018, the hemp and cannabis industries boomed. Suddenly, the average American could buy hemp. This resulted in an explosion of hemp products, particularly CBD hemp products. Things began to quiet down after a while. However, recently, more hemp product manufacturers have begun producing a new type of product, delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 8 or D8 THC). So, what is Delta 8? Will it show up on a drug test if you use it?
Titan Botanicals wants you to be confident in the products you buy from us. So, we are here to guide you through everything. Ready to go?
What is it?
Let us first define D8 THC. This will help you understand its effects and why people fear it showing up on a drug test.
Cannabinoids are special chemical compounds found in cannabis plants. Cannabis-specific compounds (e.g. hemp). They fascinate researchers because they can interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS contains receptors that influence various bodily reactions and functions. For example, the ECS appears to influence how you perceive pain and fear. Cannabinoids can thus have various effects on people. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids. But you’ve probably heard of another.
The most famous cannabinoid is D-9-THC (Delta 9 THC). You’ve probably heard it called THC. This cannabinoid is well-known for its psychoactive effects (more on that later). These two compounds have a lot in common. They’re built differently. This distinction makes them two distinct cannabinoids.
Now that you know what Delta 8 is, let’s discuss its effects.
Is it high?
You probably imagined high people when you saw “THC” or “cannabis.” This is because Delta 9 THC is the main cannabinoid responsible for the famous high. But D8 THC? Surely, if it’s so similar to Delta 9 THC, it must have the same effect? It does and does not.
Let us first examine the structure of Delta 9 THC and Delta 8. As you can see, the double bond in these two cannabinoids is slightly different. This factor alone makes these two cannabinoids distinct compounds. It’s also their varying effects.
Delta 9 THC is designed to tightly bind to the ECS receptors. This is what causes the euphoria associated with cannabis. Contrarily, D8 THC binds to ECS receptors, but not quite the same way. Its grip isn’t as firm as Delta 9 THC’s. So its impact is lessened. Delta 8 produces a high, but it is often described as bodily and relaxing.
Of course, cannabinoids like D8 THC have varying effects on people. A common story is of two people using the same Delta 9 THC product at the same time, one feeling great while the other struggled. So, a Delta 8 high may feel very different for you than for your friend.
Do Delta 8 drugs test positive?
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s tackle the big question. Will Delta 8 show up in a drug test?
Simply put, yes. That is, it will show up on a drug test designed to look for THC. As previously stated, Delta 9 THC is considered “regular THC” and is shaped similarly to D8 THC. Most tests can’t distinguish between these two compounds. They will detect THC in your system, causing you to fail the drug test.
However, since these tests are looking for Delta 9 THC and not Delta 8, this can be argued. Other tests can show that you have no Delta 9 THC in your system, even if you have D8 THC.
So, to summarize, Delta 8 THC will show up on a THC drug test. This doesn’t mean you’re doomed, but it does complicate matters.
Is it ok?
Does it matter if D8 THC shows up on a drug test? Is it legal? Like the compound’s ability to get you high, the answer is complex. So, let’s discuss.
We mentioned the excitement surrounding hemp in 2018. Reason: 2018 Farm Bill. This law regulates what farmers can grow and sell in the US. It’s updated every five years or so. The 2018 version allows farmers to grow industrial hemp. When industrial hemp became legal, so did the plant’s cannabinoids. So Delta 8 became federally legal.
While that may sound simple, there is more to it. “Federally legal” implies that it is legal in every state. In reality, it means that states can now legalize it on their own. Generally, when something becomes federally legal, the states follow suit.
However, hemp is still illegal in some states. Some legalized hemp, but THC was still illegal. Hemp may be legal in your state, but not in the next. You must know the local hemp laws. So you’ll know if you can use D8 THC. To save you time, Titan Botanicals avoids shipping to countries that ban hemp or Delta 8. Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah
So, depending on where you live, Delta 8 may be a problem or insignificant. That doesn’t mean your boss won’t object. So, just be aware of local laws and any work-related rules.
What Delta 8 products are available?
Perhaps this has clarified some points or raised new ones. What D8 THC products could I buy, for example?
There are a lot. So as not to overwhelm you, we’ll focus on the main product categories.
Qui ne s’en prend pas? Edibles are a great way to get your Delta 8 fixed. Most dispensaries sell pre-made edibles. These can be baked goods, salty snacks, candies, or even honey. You can also make your own edibles if you have D8 THC oil for cooking. The effects of edibles take the longest to kick in. The Delta 8 must be digested for the cannabinoid to be released into your system. The effects seem to last much longer than other D8 THC products. So you have a choice. Delta 8 THC gummies are a favorite!
Next, we’ll discuss products that you can smoke. These include joints, vape pens, cartridges, and hemp flowers rolled by hand. This is a popular product for many reasons. One is that it is less expensive than other Delta 8 products due to its simplicity.
Another reason is that the effects are immediate. You don’t need to wait for the D8 THC to enter your system because you inhale it. But, as with edibles, there is a cost. Yes, the effects are immediate, but they also fade quickly. So you have to keep taking hits. That may not be a big deal for some, but it may be a problem for others. So it comes down to what you want in a product.
The final Delta 8 product category is oils. These are some of the most adaptable products available. You can take them in various ways. To use the oil directly, place a drop under your tongue, hold for a few seconds, then swallow. Your tongue has thin skin, allowing Delta 8 THC to enter your bloodstream more easily.
You can also use it in cooking to make your own edible. We’ve already discussed how edibles work, so you know it can take a while for them to work. But once it starts, it works. You can also vape the oils. Of course, you must buy vape oil for this method. Like all smokables, these come and go quickly.
There you have it, the main Delta 8 product categories. These descriptions should help you narrow your search for the best D8 THC product. If you’re still undecided, why not try several? You can try a few and see which one suits you!
To summarize, Delta 8 does appear on a drug test. This is because it is a cannabinoid very similar to Delta 9 THC. However, most states allow D8 THC, so it may not be an issue. You can choose from a wide range of Delta 8 products. The main issue is finding the right one. This may necessitate trying several products. Remember to start with a low dose and monitor your reaction. Remember that each product has its own working time, so be patient as it may take up to an hour to see results.
If you’re having trouble finding the right D8 THC product, head over to Titan Botanicals’s shop page. We have a wide range of high-quality Delta 8 products. These products are carefully formulated and tested to ensure the highest quality D8 THC experience. Please visit our contact page if you have any questions or concerns. A member of the Titan Botanicals team will be happy to assist you! Email us at [email protected]. We eagerly await your response!