We receive this question far more than most: how long does Delta 9 THC stay in your system?
If you’ve pondered on this, it could be for various reasons. You may have a drug test on the horizon, or you’re interested in broadening your knowledge on this topic.
Whatever brings you here, welcome to our discussion. In this article, we will be covering everything relating to the duration THC is detectable in the body to the factors that can affect this time.
Here, we’ll go over:
- How long does Delta 9 stay in your system?
- What factors affect how long THC is detectable?
- Can you fail a drug test after taking Delta 9?
- How long does Delta 9 THC stay in your blood?
- Can you get Delta 9 out of your system?
Time to get started!
How Long Does Delta-9 Stay In Your System?
Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or new to hemp, you may expect a straightforward answer when it comes to how long THC is detectable in your system.
However, there is no accurate way to determine the duration it will stay in the body.
Each human processes cannabinoids in unique ways, which is why one might clear out THC metabolites faster than another.
Wait…what is a THC metabolite?
A THC metabolite is a small molecule formed after breaking down and metabolizing in the liver. THC is modified into these molecules to reach the endocannabinoid system.
Currently, over 80 different metabolites form from THC, and as time goes on, these metabolites will gradually be discarded through feces and urine.
So if someone tells you that it will take exactly “X amount of days until there’s no trace of THC in your body,” take it with a grain of salt.
Below, we’ll go over factors that directly affect the time THC can stay in the human body.
What Factors Affect How Long THC Is Detectable?
Many variables will affect how long cannabinoids can be traced. However, it ultimately varies from person to person. So even if you consistently workout or don’t consume it as frequently, there is still a chance that it remains longer than assumed.
With that in mind, let’s cover the factors to consider while determining the length of time it remains in your system.
How Frequently You Consume THC
How often you consume THC is a significant factor in terms of how long it can be traced.
THC metabolites tend to stay longer in those who frequently enjoy this cannabinoid, so this window of time is anywhere from days to months before you could pass a urine test.*
For those who enjoy Delta 9 THC infrequently to moderately, in other words, every few days, it could take several weeks before you clear the THC metabolites from your urine.*
However, if you enjoy Delta 9 gummies daily, it may take a month or longer before passing a urine test.
*These are estimated time frames and are not guaranteed. Avoid consuming any product with hemp-derived cannabinoids if you have a drug test in your future.
Physiology And Age
Depending on your age, it may take a shorter or longer time to metabolize THC.
As for genetics, the liver plays a huge role in breaking down THC and other chemicals. And for it to process them correctly, it has to have an average or higher amount of enzymes to metabolize these compounds.
So if you were born with a liver that doesn’t produce enough of these enzymes or are older, it will affect how long THC metabolites are in your system.
Another point that commonly gets overlooked is weight. If someone has a high body mass index (BMI), it will take longer for the body to remove it because THC metabolites get stored in fat tissue.
Consuming products with a high percentage of THC will create more THC metabolites, which causes it to remain in your system for a longer duration.
Some say that the cannabinoids from smoking hemp flower won’t stay as long as those who consume edibles with a high concentration. However, skeptics believe there needs to be further research on this topic.
Can You Fail A Drug Test After Taking Delta 9?
Drug tests are designed to detect THC metabolites. Whether you consume hemp-derived D9 or marijuana-derived D9, there is no way for the analysis to know a difference between the two.
So if you are consuming hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, it will show up on a drug test as THC positive.
If you have an upcoming test, we recommend avoiding all hemp-derived products for the time being.
How Long Does Delta 9 THC Stay In Your Blood?
According to a report by Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Delta 9 THC can be detectable in blood anywhere from 1 to 25 days, and can be found in someone's blood within seconds of consumption via inhalation.*
In addition to this, they discovered that those who frequently enjoy cannabis production will have a longer period of detection than those who don’t consume it as often.
*This is a general timeframe. Do not consume hemp-derived cannabinoids if you have an upcoming drug test.
Can You Get Delta 9 Out Of Your System Faster?
Most enthusiasts have a method of clearing their bodies of THC.
But what we’ve found is there is no scientific evidence on what is the “superior” or “right” way of removing THC metabolites.
That said, if you have an upcoming drug test, it is best to stop using all products immediately. As for removing it from your system faster, take an at-home test to find out if you would pass.
If you don’t pass, you can try various methods for yourself. Keep in mind, though, there is no guarantee that they will quicken up the process of removal.
Delta 9 THC can stay in your system for a few days to months.
So if you’re worried about the detection window, you can only determine the time it takes to remove THC by stopping, then counting the days until you pass a urinalysis.
That way, you can understand how long it takes for your body to process it out, which will give you the ability to better gauge how long THC metabolites are detectable.
However, whether you have a drug test in a few days, weeks, or even months, we advise that you stop consuming hemp-derived cannabinoids altogether.