Delta 8 and Drug Testing: What to Know

If you need regular drug testing or have an important federal job interview lined up you will likely have concerns about whether Delta 8 will show up on a drug test. 

Will Delta 8 Show Up on a Drug Test?

Delta 8, even when derived from hemp, is a Tetrahydrocannabinol--or as most of us know it: THC. That means it will appear on a drug test in the same way Delta 9 would. 

This is the case for all versions of Delta 8, including tinctures, edibles, and cartridges or pods.

Using Delta-8 can cause a failed drug test result, so you should plan accordingly. 

What if you only used a little? Drug tests do not look for the level of THC is your system -- just its presence. It's possible that even a very minor use of Delta-8 will appear on your drug test results.


How Long Will Delta 8 Stay in My System?

According to Medical News Today, the length of time that THC remains in your system depends on a number of factors, including your body fat, how often you consume THC, and personal sensitivity to the drug test. 

So answering this question is not an exact science and depends heavily on your personal situation. 

Here is a general guide of how long Delta 8 will stay in your system by test type:

  • Blood Test: Some sources list THC as being in blood for 3-4 hours, while others list up to 2 days
  • Saliva Test: May register THC from 24 - 72 hours after use 
  • Urine Test: 3 - 48 days after use

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you regularly use Delta-8, you may fail a drug test even after abstaining from use for some time. That’s because the more often you use Delta 8, the more THC metabolites will be in your system. Which means you’re more likely to fail the more you use any THC product. 

What if Delta 8 is Legal in My State. Will I Still Fail the Drug Test?

Unfortunately, drug tests are not able to distinguish the source of the THC, only its presence. So there is no way for the test to understand whether the THC in your system came from Delta 8 or another source. 

So even if the source of your THC comes from legal means, you may still fail your drug test. 

The future of Delta-8 THC

At MoonWLKR, we believe that transparency is important. So we hope you found this article helpful. Remember that every body is different and drug testing and results are not an exact science.

No drug test in sight? Then we hope you'll give Delta-8 THC a try today. 

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