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How Long for Delta 8 to Leave System?

Introduction

Delta 8 THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in cannabis. The chemical is known for its pleasant euphoric effects and can be found in a variety of consumer goods that aren’t subjected to the same level of oversight as Delta 9 THC, its related  – and more potent – isomer.

Just because it’s less potent, however, doesn’t mean that Delta 8 won’t register on a drug screening. After all, it is still a variant of THC. Responsible consumers of Delta 8 THC products, therefore, might be curious to know about how long it takes for Delta 8 to leave their system.

Since Delta 8 THC hasn’t been studied as extensively as Delta 9, its effects on the body – as well as just how long it is detectable following ingestion – aren’t as clear cut.

How Long Until Delta 8 Is Out of Your System?  

Just how long Delta 8 THC stays in your system depends on several factors, including the type of product consumed, the dosage consumed, and an individual’s tolerance and metabolic levels.

On the whole, Delta 8 THC takes a little longer to act on the body than other marijuana-derived products. For example, tinctures containing Delta 8 THC reach desired levels in about 45 minutes. Other THC tinctures, meanwhile, take as little as 15 minutes.

Edibles, such as gummies, release Delta 8 THC more gradually into the bloodstream and therefore can take up to 2 hours to kick in. Inhaling Delta 8 THC, meanwhile, usually takes effect in 10 to 15 minutes.

The type of product consumed also influences the duration of the consumer’s “high.” Vaping Delta 8 THC can last from 1 to 5 hours, while certain edibles can last up to 10 hours.

What Determines Delta 8 THC’s Lasting Effects?

Many factors come into play when trying to determine how long it will take Delta 8 THC to leave your system. These factors include your metabolic rate and overall body makeup, the dosage, the frequency of use, and the method used for consumption. 

One’s age has an effect on how swiftly Delta 8 THC is metabolized since this rate slows with age. For example, someone in their 20s or 30s might require as few as three days to rid their body of Delta 8 THC. someone in their 70s or 80s, meanwhile, could need twice that time.

Essentially, the more Delta 8 THC that you consume, the longer your body will take to metabolize it. Additionally, the more often Delta 8 THC is consumed, the more time it will take for the body to rid itself of all traces. Since cannabinoids like Delta 8 THC are fat-soluble, any frequent and large-dose use of them will cause a buildup in your fat cells.

The way in which you consume Delta 8 THC perhaps has the most direct influence on how the substance is metabolized. Delta 8 THC products that are vaped or Inhaled produce a rapid effect, but leave one’s system rather rapidly.

Conclusion

There are many factors to consider when determining just how long Delta 8 THC will remain in your system. And because drug screenings typically do not differentiate between isomers of THC, the presence of Delta 8 will likely register as a positive result for THC. This is not to say that Delta 8 won’t clear your system on its own, but there are some things you should know.

The first thing you need to know is marijuana’s half-life, which refers to the time it takes for a drug to reduce concentration by 50 percent. The average THC half-life, or the time it takes for the drug to be reduced in concentration by 50 percent, is one hour. This means that after an hour, only 50 percent of the original concentration will remain.

Heavy users with higher body mass, however, may see a slower clearing rate. This means that the consumption of larger amounts of marijuana over longer periods of time can lead to THC accumulating and remaining in your system for extended periods of time.

You also need to consider how long it takes for Delta 8 THC to exit your system entirely once you stop smoking. According to some sources, Delta 8 will typically clear your system faster than THC, but the process can still take anywhere from several weeks to more than three months.

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