How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

CBD oils, sprays, capsules, and edibles have continued to grow in popularity over recent years, but this hype is not unwarranted. Extracted from dried hemp plants, cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural supplement with an extensive range of wellness-promoting health benefits.

Given that it burst onto the scene relatively recently, there is still a lot of curiosity around the compound. One of the biggest questions surrounding it is: how long does CBD stay in your system?

What Factors Affect Levels of CBD in the Body?

How long CBD remains in your circulation depends on:

  • · The amount taken
  • · The frequency of the dosage
  • · Individual genetics
  • · Age and bodyweight
  • · The administration method

The Amount Taken

The amount of CBD that you consume directly corresponds to the length of time that it stays in your body. This applies to both volume and concentration, and so that is why you need to be aware of the strength of the product you are using.

For instance, if you are using our 2020 Botanics 5000mg CBD oil, we recommend starting off with 0.25ml (10 drops). However, if you are using Love Hemp’s 300mg low-strength CBD oil, we recommend starting with 1ml (40 drops).

Frequency of Dosage

CBD has a cumulative effect on the body; therefore, if you take it 3 times a day, it is more likely to stay in your system longer than if you only took it once per day.

Individual Genetics

This is mostly because of metabolic rate, a bodily function that is largely considered to be determined, at least in part, by genetics. It is natural that how quickly your system can burn something off will affect the length of time it remains in your body.

Age and Bodyweight

Since CBD is fat-soluble, body tissues store the compound with ease. As a result, people with a high BMI (body mass index) usually retain it for longer until the metabolic processes can eliminate residual traces.

Age comes into play similarly because of its link to metabolism. When you are younger, you have a naturally higher metabolism, and therefore CBD is likely to leave your body sooner than it would for an older user.

Method of Administration

Whilst oils and tinctures taken sublingually (i.e. placed under your tongue) are absorbed into the bloodstream faster and linger there for longer, CBD edibles take longer to enter your bloodstream. This is because CBD oils are immediately absorbed through your mucus membranes, whilst your body takes time to digest and metabolise a CBD edible.

Meanwhile, CBD skincare products, such as body salves, are equally slow to both enter and leave your body.

CBD edibles

When taken as a dietary supplement, CBD edibles take an hour to act with noticeable results. However, the effects typically last for one to three hours before the body begins to eliminate it.

CBD capsules and other edibles take approximately 5.5 half-lives to disappear from the body. Each half-life is between eighteen and thirty-two hours. In other words, the quantity in the body halves each day or so.

Although the initial changes are more pronounced, total elimination is a slow curve that gradually approaches undetectable levels after several days. Thus, CBD edibles should leave no trace in the body after eleven to twenty-eight days.

Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

As CBD is legal, a test for illegal substances would not flag it. However, such tests would pick up THC. CBD and THC are two naturally occurring substances that derive from the same plant: the cannabis sativa plant.

The biggest difference between the two substances is THC’s psychoactive effect. It works by stimulating cells that interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Meanwhile, CBD does not possess any psychoactive properties, and thus, cannot create a ‘high’. 

Before we continue, it is important to make a distinction between the different types of CBD extract:

  • Full-spectrum: when a CBD product contains a number of naturally occurring cannabis plant extracts – including THC (up 0.3%) – it is considered full-spectrum CBD.
  • Broad-spectrum: broad-spectrum CBD undergoes the same extraction process as full-spectrum, before undergoing an additional one to eliminate THC. Therefore, it is typically THC-free. Our range is entirely made up of THC-free broad-spectrum CBD products!

The only way that a CBD product could make you fail a drug test for illegal substances is if it contains a significant amount of CBD. CBD products cannot legally contain more than 0.3% THC. This amount is so low that for it to register on an illegal drug test you would have to take an enormous amount of full-spectrum CBD, around 1,000mg or 2,000mg a day!

At CBD Oils UK, we specialise in broad-spectrum CBD products and thus guarantee that our products contain zero THC. Supplying our customers with high-quality CBD goodness is our only goal!

Further information

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