Health & Wellness

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

By Melena Gurganus
Jannes Jacobs

With more people taking CBD supplements for health and wellness benefits, there has been some concerns about how long this cannabis compound stays in your body. This is especially relevant information for people who may have to take drug tests and are unsure about how CBD may affect their results.

The most common question that we get asked is “How long does CBD stay in your system?”

The answer to this question may be slightly different for everyone, but generally, CBD stays in your system for 5 to 7 days after the initial dose. And for people who do not use CBD on a frequent basis, this time frame may be even shorter.

What Science Tells Us

There isn’t a lot of research to determine exactly how long CBD stays in your body, but one study from Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior showed that CBD levels in the blood were virtually undetectable one week after CBD use was discontinued. The CBD was orally administered to patients with Huntington’s disease over a six week period at 700mg per day, which is a pretty strong dose for the average person. From this clinical trial, it was estimated that the half-life of CBD is two to five days.

Factors that may affect how long CBD stays in your system

From observation of other cannabinoids like THC, certain genetic factors or personal preferences play a part in the time that it takes for cannabis extracts to be eliminated from your system. These characteristics may include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Body weight
  • Metabolism
  • Dosage
  • Frequency of use

Essentially, your body may not absorb CBD in the same way as your neighbor, and it may take a different amount of time for the compound to leave your system.

Does CBD make you fail a drug test?

The short answer to this question is no, CBD should not cause a failed drug test. However, there are instances where it is possible. Drug screenings typically only test for the presence of THC, or the element in cannabis responsible for creating a “high” sensation. Full spectrum CBD products may contain up to 0.3% THC, which produce no psychoactive effects, but a drug screening may pick up on these trace amounts of THC. To mitigate this issue, there are many THC-free and CBD isolate products on the market for people who want to ensure they have zero levels of THC in their body.

If you are concerned about an upcoming drug test, don’t hesitate to ask the testing facility what compounds they test for. It’s also worth mentioning that the use of CBD may prolong the existence of THC in the body for anyone who has recently used marijuana.

How long is CBD detectable in urine?

While there is some indication as to how long CBD stays in the blood stream, it is unclear how long it can be traced in urine. We know that THC can be present in urine for up to 30 days, but since few screenings test for the presence of CBD, it is unlikely to cause you to test positive for a drug test. Because of this, there is not a lot of documentation pertaining to CBD found in urine samples.

What does CBD make you feel like?

Many people have taken to using CBD oils and other hemp-derived products to aid in a number of various ailments. From anecdotal evidence, there has been much feedback about the effects that people experience when using CBD, many of which relate to alleviating pain, reducing anxiety and stress, and aiding in sleep. While you won’t get the same “high” feeling associated with marijuana, CBD often creates a calming or relaxing sensation. However, some people don’t always experience these effects, but they are more aware of the absence of symptoms that let them know that CBD is working.

How long do the effects of CBD oil last?

When it comes to the effects of CBD, how long they last will depend greatly on your method of consumption and preferred dose of CBD. Different CBD products have different lengths of time for when they take effect. For instance, if you use a sublingual tincture to place CBD oil below your tongue, the CBD will enter your bloodstream much more quicky than a CBD edible, which has to first be processed and digested before the CBD can begin interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The amount of CBD you take may also determine how long the effects last, but you shouldn’t aim to increase your dose in the hopes that the effects will last longer. Instead, find a dose that works adequately and administer as needed.

What to Remember When Taking CBD

With CBD becoming a more popular wellness supplement, there’s no doubt that more research will offer better answers in the future for questions like “How long does CBD stay in your system?” or “Is CBD detectable in urine?” But for the time being, it appears that there is no definitive answer, especially since you may process cannabinoids differently than someone else. And if you’re worried about a drug testing issue, opt for THC free CBD products just to stay on the safe side.

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