Delta-8 THC is a lesser-known cannabinoid found in hemp and marijuana plants. It is less potent than delta-9 THC, but it still interacts with the same brain receptors and can produce a “high”. Unfortunately, delta-8 THC can interfere with delta-9 tests in both presumptive and definitive urine drug tests. This means that if you take a product with delta-8 THC, it will appear on a drug test.
The cognitive effects of delta-8 THC may be elevating and slightly energizing at lower doses, while higher doses may produce a sedative effect. The risk of becoming anxious or paranoid is also low with delta-8 THC, which is why many people use it now. This subtle difference makes delta-8 THC almost half as strong as delta-9, meaning you'd have to take twice as much to experience a similar effect. If you fail a standard urine drug test, you can ask your employer to retest you using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.
This test will yield more accurate results because it specifically looks for metabolites unique to delta-9 THC. If you don't pass a drug test because of delta-8 THC, the best thing to do is talk to your employer or school. Many factors, such as age, weight, metabolism, the half-life of the drug, the frequency of use and the level of hydration, can affect the length of time the metabolites of delta-8 THC remain in the body. If you're looking for a way to speed up the metabolism of delta-8 THC, regular consumption of large amounts of water may help.
Drug tests can also detect metabolites of other cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN and CBC, so professional athletes are only allowed to use isolated CBD powder if they don't want to be disqualified from important competition.