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Should You Be Concerned with Failing a Drug Test Because of Delta 10 THC?

It seems like there is always a new cannabinoid that’s hitting the market, and understandably, it can be hard for less than serious hemp enthusiasts to keep up.  With each new cannabinoid is a list of exciting properties that it can offer the body, which are all appealing in their own distinctive way.

However, some cannabinoids do come with certain risks in terms of how they can affect us both personally and professionally as they can interfere with standard drug-testing used by employers.  We will be talking about delta 10 THC specifically, the latest compound that, like delta 8 THC, offers mild psychoactive properties in a unique way.

Does Delta 10 THC Cause a Failed Drug Test?

To understand whether or not delta 10 THC can result in a failed drug test, we need to understand drug-testing in the United States.  Standard urine tests provided by employers are testing for marijuana usage, among other drugs, primarily because marijuana is a federally illegal drug that can subject a person to criminal charges, and on top of that, employers fear that workers high on marijuana will not be able to do their job efficiently due to its intoxicating effects.

It is the delta 9 THC compound in marijuana that produces these psychoactive effects, so drug tests are designed to identify that a person has consumed tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) recently.  And they do this by looking not for THC, but the enzyme in the body that’s released specifically to break down THC, which is called THC-COOH.  Also, it is important to mention that cannabidiol (CBD) does not result in a failed drug test, because CBD isn’t tested for at all.

THC-COOH is inevitably released into the body when we consume marijuana, and it is found in the urine.  Scientists though have good reason to believe that all forms of THC trigger the release of this enzyme, because delta 9, delta 8 and delta 10 all share enough characteristics in common, with similar molecular makeups.  Therefore, delta 10 usage will likely result in a failed drug test due to causing THC-COOH to appear in a urine sample.

Expanding on that, 9 out of 10 employers use urine tests when testing their employees, because they are simply superior for a professional environment, as well as cost-effective.  Results come back that day while being highly accurate.  They are able to detect up to a couple of weeks of THC usage.

Delta 10, as we know, is milder than delta 9, so there is a good chance that concentrations of THC-COOH in the urine would be lower than they would be if a person were using delta 9 THC, or marijuana.  Still, a positive test is a positive test, meaning that any level of the enzyme could put your professional life at risk.

What are the Different Types of Drug Tests Available by Employers to Use?

We have been talking about urine tests so far because that’s the primary type of test that is used by employers.  However, there are other forms of drug-testing available, such as the following:

  • Saliva Tests: Fairly accurate, but they only detect tetrahydrocannabinol usage for up to 10 hours. In other words, if an employer wants to pass a test, they can simply not use THC that day.  Therefore, employers do not rely on them as they do not give a clear picture of a person’s true THC consumption.
  • Hair Strand Tests: Search for indication of drug use for up to 90 days before the test was taken, as the THC compound can appear in hair strands. The problem with this test is that it does not show up to a couple of weeks of usage prior to the date of the test, which means that it can pick up on past drug usage although a person may not have used any drugs in some time.
  • Blood Tests: Are only useful if a person is actually high while the test is taken because THC levels in the blood are only present when a person is intoxicated. Therefore, this test is all but useless to employers, as employees can easily not use drugs when the test is being administered.
  • Perspiration Tests: Require that a person keeps an adhesive patch on their skin for 2 weeks, and the sample or sweat that accumulates in the patch can show levels of THC and other drugs. However, these are highly invasive drug tests that are very costly and take a long time for the results to come back.  They are not used in professional settings.

How Can Your Delta 10 THC Usage Influence Test Results?

Ultimately, using delta 10 can result in a failed drug test.  There are certain factors though pertaining to your usage that can increase or decrease the chances of testing positive, and these are important to know if you’re someone who has used delta-10 despite having an upcoming drug test.

Factor #1: When You Last Used Delta 10

In almost all cases, THC-COOH completely clears out of the system after 3 weeks past the last date of usage.  This means that if you have not used tetrahydrocannabinol at all in 3 weeks, you have an incredibly good chance of passing the test.

Factor #2: The Frequency of Your Usage

More frequent usage requires increased levels of THC-COOH in the system.  There is a vast difference between being a daily user and an infrequent dabbler.  For instance, if you’ve only used delta 10 once in the last month, you might be okay.

Factor #3: Delivery Method You Use

Certain delivery methods require more time for the THC-COOH to break down the THC.  Therefore, certain delivery methods can maintain this enzyme in the body for longer than others.  Edibles seem to cause the enzyme to last the longest in the body, while inhalable products like vape and flower allow the enzyme to clear relatively quickly.

Factor #4: Your Metabolism

Our metabolisms are unique, and some of us break down compounds more slowly than others.  The more slowly your body breaks down THC, the longer THC-COOH will be in your system, and the more likely you will be to fail a test due to past usage.  This is why some people use methods to speed up their metabolism before a drug test, such as taking certain supplements or working out.

#5: Potency of Your Delta 10 Product 

Of course, the milligram strength of your delta 10 can influence your drug test results, as higher milligram strengths mean more THC in your system, and as a result, more THC-COOH to break down all of that delta-10.

What We Know So Far Overall

Although delta 10 THC is federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, it can still interfere with a drug test, and unfortunately, your employer will almost definitely not care that you were using delta 10 and not delta 9.  Basically, if you have a drug test coming up, it is important that you try to avoid using delta-10 until after the test has passed.

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