Does Delta 8 THC show up in medical tests?

Does Delta 8 THC show up in medical tests?


Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, a cannabinoid substance popularly known as Delta-8-THC, is found in the Cannabis sativa plant having two variants marijuana and hemp. It is found naturally in the cannabis plant in the least quantity and hence artificially synthesized using CBD (hemp-derived cannabinoid). It induces sedation, pain-reliever, and hunger stimulation. It is a variant of delta-9 and is similar but less potent than delta-9. FDA has not yet designated delta-8 safe.

If you want to know more about delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, keep reading this article.

What is the mechanism of delta-8 action?

Delta-8-THC attaches to the G-protein-associated receptor CB1, present in the central nervous system. The CB1 inhibits adenylyl cyclase, elevates kinase, regulates potassium, and hinders calcium. The breakdown mechanism of delta-8-THC depends on the consumption form and cannabinoid constituents of the product consumed.

What is the difference between delta-8 and delta-9?

Delta-8-THC is similar to delta-9 with few exceptions. A double bond is present at the 8th carbon of delta-8-THC, while delta-9 has this bond at the 9th carbon. This dissimilarity makes delta-8 half as potent as delta-9.

What are the uses of Delta-8?

Delta-8-THC is a potential tranquilizer, hunger stimulator, palliative, and neuroprotector. Like delta-9, it induces euphoria and easiness but at a milder level. If the consumer doesn't want a high feeling, a lower dose is better. The lower amount of delta-8 can excite and energize the mental state, while the higher dose produces sedation.

What are the forms of Delta-8?

Delta-8 is available as gummies, vape pens, carts, E-liquids, flowers, tinctures, capsules, etc. Delta-8 gummies are not safe for children.

What are the side effects of Delta-8?

Delta-8 can cause eyes redness, mouth dryness, speedy heart pace, coordination problems, perturbation, and memory loss. Regular usage can lead to cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CBD).

Does delta 8 show up in a medical test?

Delta-8 stays in the body for 2 to 30 days. The stay period is unique from person to person.

After consumption, delta-8 converts into a metabolite (THC-COOH), the same metabolite produced by delta-9 and other cannabinoids. Upon test, the person will be declared positive for cannabinoids. Testing delta-8 may be more difficult if the product lacks purity.

A urine test which is the usual way to track drugs, thus cannot declare the type of drug consumed because it only detects metabolites. But the difficulty is enough to make sure of the drug consumption.

So, delta-8 only shows up in its original form in drug tests before conversion to metabolite.


Delta-8-THC is a cannabinoid similar to delta-9 and found in the cannabis plant. It is popular because it produces similar effects as delta-9 but at a milder rate. It is available in different forms like gummies and capsules. A higher dose of the drug can make one go high. The drug finds its medicinal use as antiemetic, pain relief, and neuroleptic. It's not declared safe by authorities. In the medical test, it shows up as cannabinoid metabolite THC-COOH and not in its original form.

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