Does Delta 8 show up on a drug test? Unfortunately, yes, Delta 8 is going to show up on your drug test. So, if you need to pass a drug test, you’re going to need to avoid this substance and stay clean.
Recreational marijuana and related substances are having a moment. It doesn’t matter if you want to legalize it or not, you’re probably starting to notice that things such as Delta 8 and CBD are popping up more and more as the legalization movement continues to grow across the country. If you’re in the military, it can be an enticing option to sit back, relax, and see where this goes, but before you do, get to know more about the legality and consequences of using these substances.
TLDR: If you’re in the Armed Forces and looking to partake, you’re going to be very disappointed in the current policies in place.
Is Delta 8 Legal in the Military?
No, military personnel are prohibited from using substances that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), including Delta 8. If you are caught through either a drug test or actually in possession, you’ll have to face the disciplinary actions taken by your respective military branch. While getting caught with a little bit of Delta 8 in your system is unlikely to derail your career the same way moving bricks of cocaine across the border will, there will be consequences, and you can be tested.
How Long Does Delta 8 Stay in Your System?
For some, Delta 8 is only in your body for a few days. For others, it can last weeks or even longer than a month. There are plenty of factors that go into the length of time Delta 8 or any substance will stay in your system, including frequency of use, dosage, etc. Hair tests are also going to be able to tell for a much longer period of time, but if you’re being tested, it’s most likely going to be a urine test.
Can CBD Show Up in a Military Drug Test?
Many troops may wonder, “Can I take CBD in the military?” Its popularity continues to grow, and you can find CBD in just about everything from tea to incense to gummies to body balm… you get the idea. If there is a way to infuse something with cannabidiol (CBD) oil, there’s someone who’s either already figured out how to do it or is working on it as we speak. Still, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the active military CBD policy continues to state that, at a federal level, it’s illegal to use CBD while serving in the military.
Will CBD Show on a Military Drug Test?
In theory, CBD oil won’t have THC, and you’ll be good to go; however, if trace amounts are found, then you could fail a military drug test even if you’re only using CBD products. Any use is a risk, and you’ll have to trust that whoever produced the products you’re taking has done a thorough job of keeping THC out of their product. With this information, you may be thinking, “Well then, will CBD show on a military drug test?” And again, the answer is not so simple.
To our knowledge, while the military doesn’t test for CBD, it doesn’t mean there can’t be consequences for its use. THC showing up in your drug test is one thing, but you may also face repercussions if it’s found that you’re using or in possession of CBD products. No, CBD might not show up on a military drug test, but any run-in with the wrong officer can have you dealing with consequences, including a drug test which could turn into a vicious cycle. Use it at your own risk.
What’s The Difference Between Delta 8 and CBD?
The difference between Delta 8 and CBD is that, while both are cannabinoids, Delta 8 contains THC and is closely related to Delta 9, which can produce psychoactive effects. Again, while CBD products shouldn’t contain THC, the regulations of such products are iffy at best, as this is a somewhat emerging space throughout America that’s finally reaching the mainstream.
Military CBD use and the desire for Delta 8 and Delta 9 shouldn’t be surprising. After all, alcohol is a substance that is allowed under military law in responsible circumstances, and there are many arguments to be made that it’s even more dangerous than many, if not all, CBD and THC products. Still, until the federal law changes, we’ll have to thank you for your service and smoke one for you. Until the “Legalize It!” movement changes hearts in Washington D.C., it seems like this is going to be an unfortunate truth for those serving America.
Related read: Return to Base Podcast Ep. #8: William Branum: Let’s Get N.A.K.E.D.