The ultimate guide to understanding how CBD affects your body.
It’s no surprise that CBD is all the rage in different health circles. It’s a new and refreshing way to take the edge off and relax. But seasoned CBD users and new users alike still have many questions about CBD, especially those who need to take drug tests due to its close relationship with marijuana.
So, we thought we’d answer one of the most frequently asked questions about CBD in this post: How long does CBD stay in your system?
We want Farmacy Bliss customers to be the most informed CBD consumers out there so you can answer other people’s questions. So we’re going to cover how CBD works in your body, how long it stays in your system, how long it can be detected in your urine, and if it will show up on a drug test.
Let’s jump right in…
How CBD works in your body
First, let’s start with a recap of how CBD works in your body:
CBD works by interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our endocannabinoid system is a vast internal system of controls that helps regulate important daily functions such as your sleep, mood, and appetite.
CBD helps to stimulate receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which helps your body create its own endocannabinoids. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, you’ve felt the effects of endocannabinoids in action!
Since your endocannabinoid system regulates so much of your important daily functions, it’s possible that CBD can play a vital role in restoring balance in your body and increasing your overall well-being.
Many CBD users report that CBD has a relaxing and calming effect on them that makes life more enjoyable.
Now that you know what CBD does to your body, let’s examine how long it stays in your system.
How long does CBD stay in your system?
There is no hard and fast research that suggests CBD stays in your system for a specific amount of time. Most studies suggest that CBD only stays in your system for 2-5 days. However, each body is different and there are several different factors that can impact how long CBD stays in your system.
Some of the factors include:
- Method of taking CBD (vaping, capsules, oil, etc.)
- How much CBD you’ve consumed
- How frequently you consume CBD
With so many variables, it’s hard to say with certainty how long CBD will stay in your system. But let’s dive a little deeper into the ones you have the most control over…
How much CBD you’ve consumed
The amount of CBD you’ve consumed will impact how long it stays in your system. Generally speaking, the more CBD you take, the longer it will stay in your system and vice versa.
How frequently you consume CBD
How often your consume CBD is an important thing to consider when wondering how long it will stay in your system. CBD won’t stay in your system as long if you’re a first-time user. However, it could stay in your system longer than average if you’re a daily user.
While the research is still young, here are a few guidelines to consider:
- First-time user: About 3 days
- Moderate user: About 3 to 5 days
- Heavy user: About 10 to 28 days
Again, these are just general guidelines to keep in mind. Do not take this as medical advice.
And remember, all the other factors mentioned above will impact these guidelines.
Let’s move on to how long it takes CBD to kick in and how long it lasts…
How long does it take for the effects of CBD to kick in and how long do they last?
Other forms of CBD such as capsules, edibles, and topicals can take up to 1 hour until you start to feel the effects.
The effects of CBD can last from anywhere from 2-6 hours in most cases. Typically, the effects from vaping and CBD oil drops don’t last as long as capsules and other edibles. But again, this will largely depend on your body, your tolerance to CBD, and the total dosage you take.
How long can CBD be detected in your urine?
Most drug tests do not test specifically for CBD so it’s tough to say exactly how long it lasts in your system. Instead, they’re designed to test for THC — the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.
There hasn’t been much testing on CBD levels since CBD is not psychoactive like THC. But the general consensus is that THC can stay in your body for up to 30 days.
Does CBD show up on drug tests?
This is a tricky question that doesn’t lend itself to an easy yes or no answer.
While CBD is not psychoactive, most CBD products are derived from hemp. Meaning, there are usually trace amounts of THC contained in CBD. THC levels will be under 0.3% in CBD, which is not nearly enough to make you feel “high.” But it could be enough for a false positive on a drug test.
If you work at a job that frequently (or randomly) makes you submit drug tests, then it’s best to find out what their policy is on CBD. Some companies have a 0 THC policy. While others will understand that CBD doesn’t have any of the psychoactive effects.
That’s why we recommend to proceed with caution, especially if you’re taking a full-spectrum CBD product.
Some CBD products exist that are completely THC-free, including CBD products made from CBD isolate. While these are safer than full-spectrum CBD when it comes to a false positive on a drug test, they still carry some risk and you shouldn’t consider them completely safe.
When in doubt, find out your company’s policy and be honest about your CBD use. Remember, most companies are only worried about the psychoactive effects of drugs and might not fully understand CBD. You can learn more about CBD by clicking here.
Is CBD right for me?
It’s important to weigh all the factors mentioned in this post when determining if CBD is right for you. And if you are worried about drug testing, be honest and ask your employer what their guidelines are around CBD consumption.
As previously stated, some companies enforce a 0% THC policy, while others will have a better understanding about CBD. And don’t forget, all the variables mentioned in this article are merely guidelines — each body is different and interacts with CBD in a slightly different way.
If you have any questions about CBD and drug testing, feel free to send us an email at [email protected].