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Does Delta 11 Show Up On Drug Tests? A Guide

Delta 11 has a reputation as an especially powerful cannabinoid. User reports indicate it’s even stronger than Delta 9 THC. That’s the major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. 

Users have plenty of questions about Delta 11, from what it feels like to use to whether Delta 11 will show up on a drug test. Let’s answer some of these common questions.

We’ll first review what Delta 11 is, what makes it unique, its effects, and more. Then, we’ll take a closer look at if Delta 11 shows up on drug tests.

What is Delta 11?

Delta 11 is a psychoactive chemical — specifically, a cannabinoid — found in cannabis and hemp plants. Delta 11 is technically known as Delta 11 THC and is sometimes called D11.

When you vape, smoke, or eat Delta 11, it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. It’s similar in the big picture to many other cannabinoids, like Delta 9 THC and Delta 8.

Delta 11 was first identified in the early 1970s, as this article from the Journal of Organic Chemistry indicates. However, there was limited interest in Delta 11 in the following decades.

The market for federally legal, hemp-derived cannabinoids emerged in the late 2010s following the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. This piece of legislation legalized the commercial production of hemp. The only relevant restriction is a limit on the amount of Delta 9 THC present — a maximum of 0.3%.

Delta 11 only occurs in very small amounts in cannabis and hemp plants. However, chemical conversion processes can change more abundant cannabinoids, like CBD, into similar chemicals, like Delta 11. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, this process became legal federally.

With a legal path to producing Delta 11, this cannabinoid has quickly grown in popularity. However, Delta 11 is still new to most people. Research related to it is only starting to progress.

Why Do People Use Delta 11?

Delta 11 has certain effects that are similar in the big picture to other psychoactive cannabinoids, like Delta 8. Want to learn more? We’ve previously compared these two cannabinoids, focusing on their major differences.

Users tend to report effects like relaxation, enhanced mood, and pain relief when using Delta 11. Those are similar to the effects commonly noted by users of Delta 8, Delta 10, and other cannabinoids.

So, why use Delta 11 specifically? One key reason is the power of its effects. User reports indicate that Delta 11 is among the stronger cannabinoids available. It’s believed to be more potent than Delta 8 and Delta 10.

Side effects of Delta 11 are generally mild and have a lot in common with the side effects of other cannabinoids. Red eyes, dry mouth, and minor, temporary memory issues are commonly reported.

Everyone is different, including the ways their body will process cannabinoids. For that reason, we always recommend taking a careful approach when trying new cannabinoids.

Just a few puffs from a vape or ½ to ¼ of a suggested edible dose is a good place to start. Wait a little while until you’re sure you’re feeling the effects.

Want a more intense experience? Have the rest of that edible, or take a few more puffs. Feeling good already? You’ve found the right dose for you.

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Does Delta 11 Show Up on Drug Tests?

We’ve already mentioned it, but it’s especially important to repeat in this context. Delta 11 is a very new cannabinoid. That means there isn’t definitive research that explains why or how often Delta 11 will show up on standard drug tests.

However, we know some key facts about cannabinoids in general and drug testing that can help us answer this question. Many of the same findings related to Delta 8 and drug tests also apply here:

  • Many, but not all, drug tests look for metabolites of cannabinoids as opposed to a specific chemical. Some others look for any type of cannabinoid. In both cases, Delta 11 would lead to a positive result.
  • Delta 11 is chemically distinct from Delta 9 (the cannabinoid most commonly found in cannabis plants). However, these two chemicals are very similar in structure. Drug tests may not differentiate between them.
  • Drug testing is not always focused only on legality. While Delta 11 is federally legal, that doesn’t mean there is a ban on drug testing related to it.

So, does Delta 11 show up on a drug test? It can and often will. And it’s for the same reasons that Delta 8 shows up on drug tests.

How Do Frequency of Delta 11 Use and Other Factors Impact Drug Test Results?

Are you worried about whether Delta 11 will show up on an upcoming drug test? If you’re taking a urine drug test, keep the following guidance in mind.

Everyone’s metabolism is different. Some people will eliminate cannabinoids from their systems more quickly than others because of those differences.

That said, a few key factors besides metabolism can influence drug test results:

  • Frequency of use. If you frequently use Delta 11, it may remain in your system for a month or longer. If you only use it once or twice a month, it can leave your system in just a few days.
  • Size of dose. Using a lot of Delta 11 can mean a longer wait until it clears your system, as compared to small doses.

Exercise and hydration can potentially speed up the process of elimination. If you’re worried about passing a drug test, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of activity beforehand. It’s not a guarantee, but it may help.

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