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    THC-O and Drug-Testing: What You Need to Know

    In such as short amount of time, THC-O-acetate (THC-O) has become such a sought-after cannabinoid ever since it hit the legal hemp market.  For those who don’t know, THC-O is 3x as intoxicating as delta-9 THC, so to say that it packs a punch would be an understatement.  But, if you’re someone who is going to be drug-tested, it’s critical to know how this cannabinoid can influence your result, because the truth may surprise you.

    You see, we are aware of how frequently a person uses tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which determines how long one must be “clean” in order to pass a test.  While those who strictly use THC on rare occasions likely need a couple of days to clear the metabolites from the system, heavy users may have detectable levels of these metabolites for weeks after their last smoke. 

    Still, is this applicable to THC-O?

    Can You Fail a Drug Test After Taking THC-O?

    Yes, THC-O-acetate can cause a failed drug test result, due to being metabolized by an enzyme called THC-COOH.  This enzyme essentially breaks down every THC compound in cannabis.  Drug tests are not looking for marijuana traces, but this enzyme.  This is why any THC compound can result in a positive drug test result.

    Which Types of Drug Tests Might Be Able to Pick Up THC-O?

    Most of us who have ever been drug-tested have taken a urine test, as this type of drug test is easily the most commonly administered throughout the United States.  But, there are actually a few different ways to test for drugs, as you’ll see below.

    • Urine Tests: Account for 90% of drug tests in the country, because they’re reliable, inexpensive and relatively non-invasive. A urine test can identify THC-COOH from 2 days to 6 weeks after a THC compound was last taken, depending on how much THC has been in the system.
    • Saliva Tests: Can display whether or not a person has taken THC-COOH within the last 10 hours. This type of drug test is usually used by law enforcement, particularly if a person is suspected of driving while intoxicated. 
    • Hair Strand Tests: Show whether or not a person has used THC, but only 90 days after it was consumed, or later. This type of test is expensive and somewhat unreliable, and therefore it’s not commonly used.  A hair test is most commonly performed during an autopsy report, to see if a person had drugs in their system at the time of their death.
    • Blood Tests: Pretty much shows if a person is currently intoxicated, because once the high of THC-O wears off, it’s no longer detectable in the blood. This type of test is usually done in hospital environments.
    • Perspiration Tests: Most uncommon type of drug test that’s administered, and, is usually only used for clinical studies. It involves applying a patch to a person’s skin that collects samples of sweat for 2 weeks, and this sweat can contain traces of THC-COOH.

    How Likely is Failing a Drug Test After Taking THC-O?

    Now, if you do have a drug test coming up and have taken THC-O-acetate recently, that doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to fail.  There are a few things which can influence the likelihood of testing positive.  We also want to mention that to date, there has been no proven way to fully flush THC-COOH out of the body leading up to a drug test.

    Factor #1: When You Last Used THC-O and How Often You Use It

    The last time you took THC-O is going to be a big factor.  If it has been a couple months or more, then you’re almost definitely in the clear.  If you’ve only used THC-O very infrequently, then you can test negative even sooner.  The more often you take THC-O, the longer it takes for the body to no longer show detectable levels of THC-COOH.

    Factor #2: Your Metabolism

    If you’ve a particularly fast metabolism, you might be able to rid the body of THC-COOH sooner than most, and, pass a test.  Your metabolism can be influenced by all kinds of things including genetics, our immune system, hormones, hydration levels, and even our levels of nutrients.  Of course, it’s unwise to rely solely on a fast metabolism, by taking THC-O and assuming you’ll pass.

    Factor #3: Milligram Strength and Dosage 

    How much THC-O you’ve recently taken, in terms of the number of milligrams, matters.  The more THC-O you’ve consumed, the longer there will be THC-COOH in the body that can show up on a drug test.  If you’ve only taken a tiny amount of the cannabinoid recently, it may fully metabolize by the time of your drug test.

    Verdict: Using THC-O Can Lead to Failing a Drug Test

    Taking THC-O-acetate turns out to have a strong likelihood of causing you to fail a drug test, and we all know that failing a drug test can lead to some pretty significant consequences.  This is why you need to be fully up to speed on what hemp-based or THC-based products you’re consuming, as this will ensure that you are purchasing products via a reputable manufacturer, such as Gas.  Here is where you can cross-check third-party lab test results to ensure that their pure, potent, and are of high-quality.

    Now, a way you might have a slight chance of passing a drug test is by getting plenty of rest, drinking more water, and exercising on a consistent basis.  Why?  Because tetrahydrocannabinol metabolites attach to our adipose (or fat) cells in the human body.  Hence, systematic exercise will help lessen these, but cannot be depended on removing them in their entirety.

    So, if you’ve a drug test scheduled, you will need to be safe rather than sorry, and abstain from THC-O as well as other THC compounds for the time-being.  While failing a test is never a guarantee, the chances are simply too high to make the risk worth it.