How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

We're often asked how long CBD stays in your system, so we will dive into what we know about consuming CBD today. CBD is fat-soluble, which stays in your system for 2 to 5 days on average. That range does not apply to everyone, however. CBD can remain in a person's system for weeks for others. 

It all depends on various factors. If you only use it here and there, your body won't build up a tolerance to it, and you'll likely eliminate it within a couple of days. However, if you use CBD regularly, your body will accumulate the cannabinoid, taking longer to get out of your system. 

CBD And Drug Testing

CBD does not show up on a Urine Screen drug test unless your CBD product contains THC, present in marijuana. THC, the main psychoactive component in cannabis, usually compiles most of the cannabinoid profile in cannabis. Many CBD products include tiny amounts of THC. However, the amount of THC in most CBD products is not enough to cause a positive drug test. So, if you're using CBD and you're worried about failing a drug test, make sure to choose a THC-free product. 

A study conducted in 2016 evaluated a variety of CBD formulations, including capsules, oils, and blooms. Participants' urine samples were tested at two hours and 24 hours later; all showed positive results. On the other hand, CBD levels were no longer measurable after retesting urine samples 24 hours later. This is only one older study, and more research needs to be completed before we have a definitive answer. 

The bottom line; there is no standard for CBD-specific drug screens. There hasn't been enough need to require the research and development for CBD drug screening standards. As a non-psychoactive substance, it's considered benign in the world of illicit drugs. Therefore, very few if any resources have been dedicated to the development of standardized CBD drug screening. 

How You Consume CBD Matters

The amount of time CBD stays in your system also depends on how you consume it. CBD ingested orally has a different effect on the body than inhaled CBD. When you ingest CBD, it has to go through your digestive system before it's absorbed into your bloodstream. This process usually takes a little longer than other methods of taking CBD, such as vaping or smoking. 

As a result, the effects of ingested CBD can take up to 2 hours to kick in, but they usually last much longer (up to 8 hours). On the other hand, inhaled CBD enters your bloodstream almost immediately, and its effects are felt within minutes. However, these effects don't last as long, lasting only about 1-2 hours.

What About Breastfeeding While Consuming CBD?

CBD isn't recommended while breastfeeding. If you plan on continuing to breastfeed in the future, don't use CBD for at least one week before. Because of the absence of extensive research on CBD's effects on breastfed babies, the Food and Drug Administration advises against it. Thus far, we know that some CBD is present in mother's milk.

While THC is present in CBD products, it may be combined with other chemicals that could be harmful to a breastfed infant. Although research is still ongoing, it's best to avoid using CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding until officials know more.

CBD Products Without THC

One type of product to consider is THC-free CBD. With the evolution of the cannabinoid extraction process, the ability for CBD extraction without THC is possible. These products are lab tested and verified to have zero THC present. As we mentioned above, if you are concerned about drug testing, this is your best bet to receive CBD benefits without the worry of failing a drug test. Another option is to look for products with minimal THC. We carry a wide selection for you to choose from, including tinctures and topicals. 

The Takeaway 

As you can see, CBD can stay in your system for 2 to 5 days on average, but this range will differ from person to person. If you're using CBD products that contain THC, there is a slight chance that you could fail a drug test. However, the amount of THC in most CBD products is not enough to cause a positive drug test. Ultimately, it's hard to say precisely how long CBD will stay in your system because everyone is different. More research is needed to understand this landscape better. We will always share our findings with you as we learn more about the magnificent cannabinoids provided by cannabis!

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