Hemp enthusiasts are by and large enjoying this new wave of federally legal psychoactive cannabinoids that are hitting the market. One of the most talked-about cannabinoids of the moment is tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), a compound that’s rich in properties beyond its ability to get you high. This means that while a lot of people choose it for recreational purposes, it does offer significant value that makes it sought-after for other reasons, especially pertaining to its potential effects on blood sugar and insulin.
A legal cannabinoid with such exciting usefulness sounds almost too good to be true. That being said, there’s one thing you need to know before taking THCV Products, which is whether or not it can interfere with a drug test result – that is, if you are someone who gets drug tested for work, probation, or any other reason.
What Is THCV?
Tetrahydrocannabivarin is a cannabinoid just like CBD and delta 8, meaning that it is a compound that has the unique ability to bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body through the endocannabinoid system to regulate specific processes that affect how we feel and function throughout the day. It’s an extremely minor cannabinoid, to the extent that consuming it in the form of full spectrum hemp or raw flower won’t really allow you to experience its effects, much like it is with delta-8 THC.
As you may have guessed by its name, THCV and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) share a lot in common with one another. THCV is a minorly psychoactive cannabinoid that will get you high in concentrated amounts. The reason why their names are so similar to one another is because they have a lot in common in terms of their molecular structure. Still, THCV and THC have unique properties and are used by the endocannabinoid system in different ways, meaning that THCV has value all on its own.
Can THCV Fail A Drug Test?
The short is answer is yes, THCV can fail a drug test as it may be mixed with other compounds that will definitely trigger a test. This includes Delta 8, Delta 10 and even Delta 9 products.
It is best to strictly avoid tetrahydrocannabivarin if you’re going to be tested in the near future. The risk of failing a drug test is simply too high to take the risk and failing a drug test can have major implications in your day-to-day life.
But, there are a few things to know.
- THC-COOH tends to remain in the body for up to 6 weeks, during which it can be detected by a drug test. This means that except in rare cases, if you have used THCV more than 6 weeks ago, you may be just fine.
- If you’ve only consumed a very minor amount of THCV more than 5 days ago, you also have a better chance of passing.
- Also, if you have been using moderate to heavy doses of THCV daily for the past few weeks, it can take at least a month before your risk of failing is no longer an issue.
Factors that May Trigger A Positive THCV Drug Test
There are, in fact, a number of factors that can influence the likelihood of failing a drug test after taking THCV. All of these can make a difference, so if you do have a test coming up, take all of these into account.
Factor #1: Dosage and Strength
THCV products come in different milligram strengths and can be consumed in various dosage levels. How much tetrahydrocannabivarin you consume directly determines how much THC-COOH is needed to break it down, and the more THC-COOH your body produces, the higher the risk is that you’ll fail.
Factor #2: Frequency of Use
How frequently you consume THCV products such as THCV vapes also matters. Daily THCV use is more likely to lead to a positive result, even after abstaining for several days, than, say, consuming a small amount once a week.
Factor #3: Delivery Method
The THCV delivery method makes a difference, as each one has a unique half-life. For instances:
Factor #4: Physiological Factors
Notice that we haven’t discussed specific dosages that determine the likelihood of a positive, or how frequently you should consume tetrahydrocannabivarin to avoid testing positive. Why? Because everyone’s body is different and metabolizes THCV at a different rate.
How To Buy THCV Products: Vape Cartridges, Tinctures
You can find THCV products such as vape cartridges and more on Binoid CBD website here! Or you can search “THCV" at the top header of their website. Binoid carries THCV vape cartridges such as Purple Haze, Candyland, Sour Tangie options and more. All sativa, indica, hybrid options. You can choose your regular THC favorites with our THCV vape cartridges.
How Do THC Drug Tests Work?
Employers, probations, and most other organizations rely on a urine test in order to determine whether or not an individual has been using marijuana recently. Delta 9 THC is the cannabinoid responsible for triggering a positive result, but indirectly. See, urine tests aren’t looking for the presence of delta 9 THC in a person’s urine. Instead, they are looking for THC-COOH, which is a metabolite that breaks down THC in the body and ends up in the urine.
Now, although THC-COOH metabolizes delta 9 THC, it also metabolizes all THC cannabinoids. Therefore, whether you’re taking delta 9, THCV, or another THC-based cannabinoid like delta 8, THC-O, delta 10, or THC-P, you’re at a risk of failing a drug test, as your body will need to release THC-COOH to process the cannabinoid. A drug test will not differentiate between delta 9 and legal THC cannabinoids, since a positive result is a positive result which can affect your employment, probation, or whatever is applicable to your reason for being tested.
Essentially, if you are going to be drug-tested soon, best to avoid tetrahydrocannabivarin. THCV is milder than delta 9, so there’s reason to believe that it yields lower THC-COOH in the urine, but this amount can still be enough to trigger a positive result.
What is the Difference Between THCV and Delta 9 THC?
As we all know, standard urine tests are designed to show evidence of marijuana consumption, and the key cannabinoid that is responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive properties is delta 9 THC. So, how does tetrahydrocannabivarin compare to delta 9? Well, in many ways, as it turns out.
- Delta 9 and THCV are homologues of one another. Meaning, their chemical structure is extremely similar, but different enough for each cannabinoid to offer its own properties and carry its own genetic characteristics.
- Overall, THCV is noted for being far milder than delta 9, and its psychoactive effects only take place after a certain dosage threshold has been reached. In other words, at lower doses, it doesn’t cause psychoactive effects at all. Perhaps frustratingly, we don’t know what that exact threshold is, and it’s believed to actually vary between individuals.
- THCV also produces a high that seems to last for about half as long as that of delta 9 THC, while having a higher boiling point before its properties are activated.
- Delta 9 has a boiling point of 315 degrees and THCV has a boiling point of 428 degrees.
Are There Ways to “Flush” THCV Out of Your System Before a Drug Test?
Some people are hopeful that specific methods can rid the body of tetrahydrocannabivarin prior to an upcoming drug test. Despite the fact that these methods are quite popular, none of them have been shown to be highly effective.
- “Weed Detox” Products: These beverages contain strong concentrations of minerals and vitamins aimed at boosting the rate of metabolization, which would theoretically make THC metabolize more quickly.
- Cranberry Juice: Cranberry juice acts as a diuretic thanks to its effects on bladder health, and some people hope that drinking lots of it will cause them to urinate out the THC-COOH at a faster rate.
- Zinc: Some people have said that zinc supplements interfere with a drug test in a way that can yield a false negative.
- Water: Another method people have tried is consuming an excess of water, in hopes of diluting the THC-COOH in their urine to undetectable concentrations.
THCV Drug Testing: The Final Verdict
Well, as you can see, tetrahydrocannabivarin is a pretty mild cannabinoid compared to more potent ones on the market like THC-O and THC-P. But, despite that, THCV can still result in a failed drug test since it causes THC-COOH to appear in the urine. Therefore, once again, try to hold off on using THCV products until after you have been tested. And, remember that there is still no proven way of flushing THCV out of your body before getting tested.
Bottom Line: Residual compounds in the formula can fail drug tests. Therefore, it is best to buy products from Binoid instead of untrusted brands!