Does Delta-10 Stay in Your System as Long as Delta-9? 

by Kat Austin May 23, 2023 5 min read

Does Delta-10 Stay in Your System as Long as Delta-9?  - Vida Optima™

Delta-10 is similar to Delta-9 in a lot of ways: both are intoxicating, both can be made from hemp, and both are accessible in most of the country. Unfortunately, hemp-derived THC can still trigger the same positive test result as marijuana products. The question is—Does Delta-10 stay in your system as long as Delta-9?

The answer mostly lies in the way that we metabolize Delta-10, but it's also affected by how much hemp THC you take and how often you take it.

Research regarding Delta-10’s effects and half life are limited, but it’s thought to be very similar to traditional THC products. Here’s what we currently know:

Key Takeaways

  • The length of time Delta-10 remains in your system will vary based on unique biological and dosing factors.
  • For a moderate user, Delta-10 can last in the system for around 30 days, which is the same amount of time that Delta-9 is detectable.
  • The type of testing used also affects how long Delta-10 is detectable.
  • As an alternative, CBD may provide similar therapeutic effects, but is unlikely to trigger a positive drug test result.
Natural hemp flower grown outdoors just before harvesting to make Delta-10 products

How Long Do Delta-10 Effects Last?

We’ll get to how long delta-10 stays in your system, but first let’s discuss how long the effects actually last. In other words, how long will a Delta-10 high last after dosing?

The answer is–it depends. Mostly, it depends on the dosing method but dosage also affects the overall duration of effects. On average, the effects of Delta-10 last between three and six hours.

Inhaled doses, like vapes and Delta-10 dabs, will wear off more quickly. Effects from these products usually last around 2-3 hours. Edibles, however, have longer lasting effects that can stick around for 4-6 hours (and sometimes longer).

The actual duration is also impacted by how much Delta-10 you take, your THC tolerance, and a few other biological factors, like body weight and metabolism. These factors all impact the way that Delta-10 is broken down by the body, which is why some people may experience psychoactive effects for just 2 hours while others are intoxicated for much longer.

How Long Does Delta-10-THC Stay in Your System?

All of the factors that affect how long Delta-10 effects will last also impact how long Delta-10-THC is present in the body after each dose. Let’s discuss:

Dosage Method

Some dosing methods metabolize more quickly than others. For instance, smoking Delta-10 flower or vaping Delta-10 in the form of vape pens or dabs provides effects much more quickly than an edible dose. Because inhaled doses metabolize quickly, they may also leave the body faster, although the amount of time a Delta-10 dose remains in your system still depends heavily on the other factors listed below.

Dosage Amount

It may be obvious, but the more Delta-10 you take, the longer it will take to leave your system. Your body can only metabolize substances and remove waste at a certain rate, so it will take more time for the body to clear a heavier dose than it will a small dose.


The same idea applies here. The more frequently you use Delta-10, the longer it will take for the body to clear Delta-10 from your body. This is especially true if you’re ingesting more Delta-10 before the last dose has cleared the body. THC is stored in the body fat and will stack up over time until it can be processed.


We mentioned that Delta-10 was stored in body fat. The more body fat you have, the more Delta-10 you can store, and the longer it can take for those stores to be depleted. Your weight can also affect other factors, however, like metabolism.


Your unique metabolic rate directly impacts the metabolism and removal process for Delta-10 in the body. It's difficult to measure exactly how much your metabolic rate will impact the amount of time Delta-10 lasts in the body, but it’s commonly accepted that those with a faster metabolism will be able to pass a drug test more quickly.

How Long Can Delta-10 Be Detected in the Body?

As you can see, the amount of time Delta-10 stays in your system can vary greatly. In some cases (like for infrequent users who took a small to moderate dose), Delta-10 may be undetectable after only two days. In other cases, (like for chronic THC users), Delta-10-THC may be detectable for over a month.

In addition to the factors listed above, the amount of time that Delta-10 is detectable in the body depends heavily on the testing method used. Here are what to expect from some of the most common testing methods:

  • Saliva: THC remains in your saliva for approximately 48 hours after ingestion,
  • Blood: It can be detectable in your blood for up to 36 hours.
  • Urine: THC may be detectable for up to a month (or possibly longer) in urine samples.
  • Hair: Hair follicle testing is the most effective way to detect substances and may be able to trace THC use back over 6 months or more.

A urine test that can be used to detect Detla-10 and other THC products

Does Delta-10 Stay in Your System as Long as Delta-9?

So, on to the big question–can you expect Delta-10 to stay in the body just as long as Delta-9? The answer is yes–for all types of THC, the average amount of time it may remain in the body is around 30 days.

As far as we know (based on very limited evidence), there's no substantial difference in the way that Delta-10 and Delta-9 are metabolized. The amount of time any form of THC stays in your system will vary based on your own unique biological factors, but just know that you'll likely have a similar experience with both Delta-10 and Delta-9 when it comes to drug testing.

Simply put, Delta-10-THC is not a good alternative to Delta-9 when a drug test is near. It produces the same THC metabolites and will trigger a positive test result for about the same amount of time after dosing.

An Option for Relief Without Worry

If you are limited from using Delta-10-THC for its therapeutic benefits because of a drug test, you may still be able to benefit from CBD instead. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is unlikely to trigger a positive test result. It has a wide range of therapeutic benefits, like potentially calming anxiety and easing mild to moderate pain.

Some people like to use Delta-8 and CBD in tandem to relieve more severe symptoms, but a high-quality CBD supplement can often do the job on its own. If you want to learn more about CBD’s benefits, you may want to read about:

Where to Get Delta-10 and CBD

Because Delta-10-THC and CBD are both federally legal, you can buy them in stores and online in many states. Keep in mind that hemp industry regulations vary from state to state, so it's wise to do a little background research before choosing a hemp product. Look for a brand with experience in the industry who uses clean hemp and third-party testing to ensure quality.

At Vida Optima, all of our products are made from U.S. grown, premium hemp that's processed in a cGMP compliant facility. Both our Elev8 Collection and our Vitality CBD Collection are 100% Farm Bill compliant and third-party tested.

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