How Long Will One Smoke Session Stay in Your System?

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Hemp has become pretty popular among users since the 2018 Farm Bill. Some hemp-derived cannabinoids have also become widely accessible, like Delta-8 THC or HHC. With so many new options on the market, people have started to enjoy legal flower and vape carts more easily.

However, new and veteran users might be asking themselves if it is okay to drive or even take a drug test after having a few tokes, thanks to these unique cannabinoids. Even CBD users might worry if smoking their fully legal weed could be positive in their next test.

In this guide, we’ve gathered the most common questions regarding THC, Delta-8 THC, HHC, and even CBD and how long they take to leave your system. So let’s go ahead and take a quick tour of how THC and cannabinoids work and how long will a smoke session stay in your system.

Key Takeaways

  • Depending on the cannabinoid you’re smoking and your metabolism, the time it takes for it to leave your system will change.
  • Cannabinoids can be detected in different forms of drug tests, urine tests being the most common.
  • Depending on your tolerance and consumption habits, the time it takes for your body to clear off cannabinoids can take between 3 to 30 days.

How Long Does it Take for THC to Leave Your System?

This is a tricky question to answer. It all depends on your consumption frequency, metabolism, and method of consumption. The drug test used can also be a factor. One of the most commonly used to detect THC in your system is a urine test. But, to understand how much time THC could stay in your system, we need to have a quick review of how it is metabolized.

When smoked, vaped, or ingested, Delta-9 THC is broken down into several compounds and stored in the system, including body fat, brain, and heart. These small pieces are called metabolites and can be found in traces depending on the consumption and method.

Most urine tests will find traces of THC metabolites anywhere from 1-3 days for infrequent users, 7-21 days for regular users, and more than 30 days for chronic users. And to put things into perspective, edibles take a little longer to be processed when compared to smoking or vaping.

So consuming weed orally can also affect the window in which a urine test detects traces of THC. Your metabolism is also key, as some people with faster metabolism and a healthy lifestyle might be able to flush out cannabinoids from their system quickly. But the best way to flush it out is to stop consuming before a drug test.

How Long Does Delta-8 Stay in Your System?

While Delta-8 THC has milder effects than regular THC, this does not mean it stays less in our system. Effects of this cannabinoid can last up to five hours, according to users, but the assimilation and secretion of the byproducts might take a little longer.

Traces of Delta-8 metabolites can be found anywhere between 2 and 30 days after use. Much like regular THC, it depends on your metabolism, frequency of consumption, and how much you’ve consumed lately.

According to anecdotal evidence, people who use Delta-8 THC once or twice per week can usually get rid of all traces of the compound in about 7 days. The goof news is that standard cannabis drug tests won’t be looking for metabolites of this compound. However, as regulation and cannabinoids have become more popular, some tests might have broader testing, including Delta-8 THC.

How to Clear Delta-8 from Your System

As of now, there are no proven ways to clear this cannabinoid from your system. And using other cannabinoids like formulas that add CBD or CBG could also prolong the window in which Delta-8 THC metabolites can be found.

If you use THC regularly, you might be looking at anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks, especially if you use edibles in high doses. That said, drinking water, eating organic and less processed foods, exercising daily, and having a balanced diet could all lead to a faster metabolism.

With this, your body might be able to process toxins a little faster, but it all comes down to your body naturally secreting the Delta-8 traces at its own pace. You can also learn more about how long it will take for cannabinoids to flush from your system in the following video.

How Long Does HHC Stay in Your System?

This is a little of a tricky answer as well. Hexahydrocannabinol is a THC analog with a similar structure to Delta-9 THC. However, anecdotal evidence has suggested that HHC varies from person to person regarding drug tests.

HHC metabolizes differently from Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC. According to this study, while HHC undergoes a similar process in the liver, it creates another active metabolite. This complicates things, as traces of this specific metabolite can be found up to 30 days after your last consumption, thanks to HHC’s natural bioavailability when processed.

That said, urine tests do not look for specific HHC byproducts but THC metabolites. So depending on the drug test and the spectrum of cannabinoids that it looks for, HHC might be found or not in your urine. This also happens to other cannabinoids that might have traces of THC or cross-contamination, like Delta-10 THC.

Sometimes brands use the same equipment or have full-spectrum formulas that might have traces of THC that could show up in a drug test. To sum it up, we can assume that HHC, like most cannabinoids, can stay up to 6 weeks stored in the fat tissues in your system.

If you are curious to test if other cannabinoids can be found in a drug test, you can try our Pineapple Haze with 1g of our potent Delta-8 THC + Delta-10 THC Vape Cartridge. Or try this strain in our delicious Pineapple Haze Delta-8 THC flower for some bud smoking at our store.

How to Get HHC Out of Your System

As with other cannabinoids, there is no evidence that purging and specific exercise or supplements can help you clear out the metabolites. The best way to get cannabinoids out of your system is to exercise and keep a healthy diet so your metabolism can flush on its own.

Don’t try to take excessive water, as taking too much water in a short amount of time can turn into water intoxication. So it is best to take your recommended dose and stay low with your HHC dosage if you know there’s an upcoming test.

How Long Does it Take for CBD to Leave Your System?

Now comes a common question about CBD: when does this compound flush out of your system. CBD’s effects can usually wear off in a few hours, depending on the method of consumption. Usually, the effects of using CBD can wear off in a few hours.

However, Cannabidiol traces can usually linger in your system from 1 to 3.5 days. Some drug tests can detect traces for up to 15 days of consumption. Nowadays, Cannabis urine tests don’t look for CBD traces. Some formulas can contain either Delta-8 THC or Delta-9 THC traces in small quantities, specifically full-spectrum formulas.

Because of this, CBD vapes with these formulas could send a positive signal for the testing. So even if Cannabidiol might sound safe, there is a slim chance that your test might get a positive even if there’s no THC involved.

How to Flush CBD Out of Your System

The best way to flush CBD traces from your system is by having a balanced diet, exercising, and adding fiber to your diet. And, of course, time. Exercising can promote sweat production and can quicken the release of toxins. Adding fiber to your diet and taking your daily liquid intake can accelerate digestion and help your metabolism flush the toxins fasters.

Your age and general habits also influence this, so the only way to flush out all cannabinoids thoroughly is by letting your body take its time. And if you want to try CBD products to take a quick rest from other psychoactive compounds, you can try our Super Sour Space Candy Pre-Rolls.

These come with a whole gram of flower and are ready to light up and enjoy, with delicious sweet and candy-like notes. Or, if you want to skip CBD altogether, we have CBG-based vaping cartridges with the delicious Lemon Diesel strain as a base. This vape cart has a whole gram of cannabinoids, including CBG as the star of this formula, with sour and citrusy notes that won’t get you high, but users claim it might provide quick pain relief. 

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