Delta 8 THC is the newest hemp compound to burst onto the scene, offering effects quite unique from the other hemp-derived cannabinoids that we are used to, including cannabidiol (CBD). Delta 8 THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, although its intoxicating effects are about 30% milder than those of delta 9 THC, the dominant compound in marijuana.
Delta 8 is federally legal, in all but eleven states have allowed it to remain legal to adults. Because of this, the cannabinoid is quickly growing in popularity and is more sought out than ever before in its various delivery methods.
While it may be federally legal, and legal in most states, many understandably wonder what impact it would have on a standard urine drug test. After all, delta 8 and delta 9 are both forms of tetrahydrocannabinol and have very similar compound compositions. If you’re someone who is tested regularly for work, it is understandable that you may be concerned about taking Delta 8 THC. In this article, we will cover various topics in regards to drug tests and Delta 8 THC.
What’s the Difference Between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC?
Delta 8 and delta 9 are both forms of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Delta-8 forms about 0.1% of the hemp plant, while delta-9 forms about 0.3%. Because the naturally occurring levels of these compounds are so low in the hemp plant, using CBD flower or a full spectrum hemp product won’t get you high, or result in a failed drug test.
But now, companies have isolated the delta 8 compound and concentrated it to give us its effects more potently. As a result, we can take a high dose of pure delta 8 whenever we want. So, how does delta-8 differ from delta-9?
Well, in short, delta 8 is just degraded delta 9. As the plant ages, the delta-9 compound naturally breaks down within the plant’s chemical composition, transforming into delta-8 and losing some potency along the way. Structurally, however, they are extremely similar.