There is no doubt that the current wave of legal, yet psychoactive hemp cannabinoids is changing the game and giving us the opportunity to enjoy the plant more than ever before. One of the fairly recent cannabinoids to hit the market is delta 10 THC, a relatively mild psychoactive that produces a very enjoyable high. Delta10’s high can be very uplifting, and even motivating, and so it’s not surprising that so many people are eager to get their hands on it.
But, it’s important to recognize that Delta 10 THC products, and so, if you’re someone who is drug-tested, you’ll need to consider the implications that it may have on your results. Now, you might be wondering how long it takes for delta 10 to fully clear out of the body, and as you’ll see, there’s no precise answer as the metabolization of THC is quite a complicated process.
How Long Do the Effects of Delta 10 THC Typically Last in Our System For?
In addition to knowing how long it can take for delta 10 THC to metabolize, it’s also important to know how its actual effects can be felt in the system after consumption. Once the effects have worn off and the user is no longer intoxicated, delta 10 does remain in the body for some time as it must get fully broken down by enzymes before it’s eliminated, primarily through their urine.
Delta-10-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-10 THC) is a psychoactive cannabinoid, and it’s reported to be about 70% as intoxicating as delta 9 THC. This makes the high of delta 10 milder by comparison. People who take delta 10 say that it offers a feeling of euphoria, offering an uplifting effect to both the body and the mind, similar to what we associate with sativa strains of the plant. Delta-10 is also less likely to interfere with mental clarity and focus than delta-9.
So, how long does the high actually last?
That mainly depends on the delivery method, since how delta 10 THC absorbs into the body influences how its effects are felt. While delivery method is the biggest determining factors, other influencing aspects include the user’s tolerance and how much they consumed at once.
- Inhalable Products (Vapes, Dabs, Flower): Products that are inhaled, such as vape cartridges, vape pens, flower, and dabs (concentrates), absorb into the body the fastest, and so their effects last for the shortest period of time – about 1 to 2 hours according to most users.
- Ingestible Products (Edibles, Capsules): Products that are ingested, like gummies, chocolates, capsules, and beverages, absorb into the body at the slowest rate, and therefore have the longest-lasting effects – 7 to 8 hours, according to most users.
- Sublingual Products (Tinctures): Sublingual products (tinctures) absorb through the sublingual tissue below the tongue and absorb at a rate somewhere in the middle. Effects last for about 4-6 hours, depending on the product’s milligram strength.
What Time Does Delta 10 THC Leave Our Body?
Like we said, even though you no longer feel the effects of delta 10 in your body, the cannabinoid is still in your system, being metabolized at a specific rate. This is true of any substance, such as alcohol, or a medication that you take per the suggestion of your doctor. This is the case with all cannabinoids, whether delta 10 or otherwise.
Delta 10 THC typically remains in your system roughly 2-24 days, with taking into account the many factors that can influence how much Delta 10 has accumulated in the body, such as frequency of usage, metabolism and when it was last taken. Exactly how long it will take for delta 10 to fully leave your body depends on many variables, that is why the range is so high. Interestingly:
- About half of the dose is metabolized within 30 minutes of feeling the effects kick in.
- Then, 30 minutes later, another 25% is metabolized.
- The 25% that’s left is going to take far longer to break down, since metabolization slows down at this point.
What This Means for Drug-Testing Purposes
If delta 10 THC remains in the body, then a drug test may be able to pick it up, and that’s the bottom line. Because delta 10 is metabolized by the same enzyme as delta 9 (THC-COOH), a drug test that shows THC-COOH levels present in the body will end up being positive. There are a few different kinds of drug tests that are used for different purposes, with urine tests being the most popular.
Method #1: Urine Tests: 90% of employers and probation officers rely on urine-based testing, which looks for traces of THC-COOH in the urine, which can be detected for several weeks after the last usage. They’re accurate, inexpensive and non-invasive.
Method #2: Saliva Tests: Saliva tests are only really used by law enforcement, especially to determine whether or not someone is driving while intoxicated. Saliva tests show THC usage within the last 10-hours.
Method #3: Blood Tests: A blood test will only show evidence of usage if the person is presently high, as the cannabinoid leaving the blood means that the high is no longer active.
Method #4: Hair Tests: A hair strand test is usually performed in an autopsy, due to THC not appearing in the hair until about 90 days after the last use. Keep in mind that these tests can be somewhat inaccurate, and are very expensive to perform, too.
Method #5: Perspiration Tests: A perspiration test relies on applying a patch to someone’s skin for 2 weeks, where trace amounts of THC-COOH may appear from a person’s sweat. It’s an invasive and expensive method that is really only used for clinical studies.
What Actually Plays a Role in How Long Delta 10 THC Could Normally Last in the Body For?
We know you’re dying to get a clear answer about how long it will take before delta 10 THC is fully gone from the system, but we don’t have one. That’s because, as you’re about to find out, a surprising number of things can influence the body’s metabolizing process.
#1: Frequency of Use
The frequency at which you use delta 10 products is going to play a role in how long it takes to clear your body. The more often you take it, the more you end up with a traffic jam effect, as it’s accumulating in the body faster than it can be broken down.
#2: Delivery Method
The product’s delivery method may play a role, just as it does when discussing the duration of effects. It’s likely that Delta 10 edible product is going to take longer to clear than a tincture, followed by an inhalable product, based on the unique way in which it absorbs.
#3: Product Strength
The strength of the product also matters. This is the same principle that we discussed with frequency of usage, and the traffic jam effect. The more delta 10 you put into your body; the more time is needed to properly metabolize all of it as it continues to accumulate.
#4: Your Metabolism
As we know, some people just have metabolisms that work faster than others. This can be related to age, genetics or the person’s state of health, as well as lifestyle habits like their diet and their exercise practices. There is no way to know how fast a person’s metabolism works when it comes to processing delta 10, since too many aspects are at play.
#5: When You Last Took Delta 10 THC
Of course, the last time you took delta 10 is gonna matter.
- If it has been a couple months since you last took delta-10, it’s not going to be in your body at this point.
- If it has been a couple of days, chances are that your body is still finishing up the process of completely breaking it down.
#6: Product Quality
If you’re buying delta 10 that’s expired, stored improperly or made using poor extraction methods, it may not be as potent as it claims since all of these issues can cause the cannabinoid to break down prematurely. This means that you might not have as much delta 10 in your system as you think, thus allowing it to metabolize faster.
How Long After Using Delta 10 THC is it Safe to Take Any Type of Medication (Prescription or Non-Prescription)?
Like other cannabinoids, delta 10 THC likely suppresses the CYP3A4 enzyme which is responsible for breaking down a lot of common medications. Basically, if delta 10 is in the system at strong enough concentrations, certain medications could accumulate in the body instead of metabolizing, which could potentially be dangerous.
No research has shown delta10’s specific impact on CYP3A4, so we can’t tell you exactly how long to wait until you take a medication dose after consuming the cannabinoid. This is why it’s critical that you talk to your doctor if you use delta 10 and are on a medication.
The Bottom Line: It All Depends
Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to the question regarding how long it takes for delta 10 THC to fully be eliminated from the system. What can affect your ability to clear the cannabinoid includes everything from when you last took it to the quality standards of the manufacturer.
If you’re curious about this information because you have a pending drug test, we always recommend erring on the side of caution, and avoiding this compound if possible, just until after the test is over.