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THCO and Drug Tests – Will I fail?

Drug test with the word "passed" stamped across it in big lettersTHC-o & drug tests. If you consume THCO will you fail a drug test? Well, maybe.

 THC-o, or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It is the precursor to the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is found in high concentrations in raw and live cannabis.

Will THC-o fail a drug test?

When it comes to drug testing, the question of does thc-o show on drug test is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no. Most drug tests are designed to detect THC or its metabolites, which are the byproducts of THC that remain in the body after it is metabolized. Since THC-o is not yet a metabolite and is not yet widely available, it is possible that it may not be detected by traditional drug tests.

However, it is also possible that a drug test may detect THC-o, particularly if the test is specifically looking for it. This is because when THC-o is exposed to heat, it converts to THC, which is the compound that drug tests typically look for. Therefore, if a person has consumed products containing THC-o and has recently heated or vaporized them, it is possible that the THC-o will convert to THC, which can be detected on a drug test. But there is no THC-o drug test itself.

The amount of THC-o that will show up on a drug test will depend on a number of factors:

  • Amount consumed - Depending on how much THC-o you have put into your system before the drug test will have a huge factor.
  • Frequency of consumption – How many times did you use THC-o before the drug test.
  • Type of drug test being used - Blood tests, for example, detect THC for a shorter period than urine tests which can detect THC for up to 30 days.

In terms of how THC-o is made, it is present in raw and live cannabis and is converted to THC when exposed to heat or when it ages (decarboxylation). THC-o is present in many cannabis-based products like flower, edibles, and oil.

THC-o can be found in a variety of products, including:

  • Raw or live cannabis flower
  • Edibles, such as gummies, cookies, and brownies
  • Tinctures and oils that can be taken sublingually
  • Topicals, such as lotions, balms, and salves
  • Capsules and pills
  • Concentrates, like wax, shatter, and live resin

It is not common to find THC-o products on its own, it is typically blended with other compounds or with other cannabinoids, such as CBD or THC. The reason is that, as it is not yet widely available and products containing THC-o are not yet widely available. But the market and demand for THC-o is growing by the day and more THCo infused products are being made, forcing cannabinoid producers to ramp up production.

Drug test next to a cannabis flower budIt is important to note that the side effects of THC-o are not well understood and more research is needed to fully understand its effects. However, it is expected that it could have similar effects as THC, such as feeling of euphoria, increased appetite, and a decrease in pain and anxiety.

So, to answer the question of whether THC-o will show up on a drug test is not a straightforward one, it is possible that it may be detected, particularly if the test is specifically looking for it. It's important to keep in mind that the availability and detection of THC-o may vary depending on the location and the legal status of THC-o. Will you fail a drug test after using THCO, probably.


*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Any medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.

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