How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?
If you’re new to taking CBD, you may be wondering how long it stays in your system. Maybe you’re applying for a new position or are faced with a routine drug test at work. In either case, you’re wondering if that CBD oil you’ve been taking for potential health benefits is going to show up on a drug test.
Luckily, you don’t need to worry -- CBD probably generally won’t show up on most drug tests, and studies show that the beloved compound doesn’t actually stay in your system for very long.
Interested in learning more? We can help. Here’s everything you need to know about how long CBD remains in your system.
Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?
First things first -- drug tests typically aren’t looking for CBD. Instead, they are usually testing for another popular cannabinoid, THC.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the compound that gives marijuana its intoxicating properties and causes users to experience a “high.” On the other hand, CBD is not intoxicating and won’t alter your mental state, so drug tests typically aren’t too concerned with it.
OK, So What’s the Problem?
The problem is that some CBD blends can contain small traces of THC -- some more than others.
Hemp-derived CBD must contain less than the federally regulated level of 0.3% THC. Hemp is a form of cannabis bred for its low THC and high CBD content. In states that have legalized marijuana, you can find marijuana-derived CBD, which can contain more than 0.3% THC because it doesn’t fall under the federally regulated products.
It stands to reason that if you take enough CBD that has a high THC content, it might show up on a drug test. That’s why if you’re worried, it’s a good idea to stick with broad-spectrum CBD oil rather than full-spectrum CBD oil — broad-spectrum has non-detectable levels of THC, while full-spectrum can have up to that 0.3%, which can build up in your system over time and become detectable on a drug test.
Full Spectrum? Broad Spectrum?
There are two main kinds of CBD oils: full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. Their main difference lies in the THC levels: full-spectrum hemp oil extract contains less than 0.3% (but more than 0.0%) THC, while broad spectrum contains undetectable levels of THC (less than 0.0%).
Broad-spectrum CBD oil also contains less of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and beneficial plant parts because some are lost in the THC refinement/removal process.
Despite this, there’s no definitive guarantee that you will not fail a drug test when using it, as there are many different variables to consider.
All that said, the type of CBD oil, the amount of THC shown on the lab tests, the amount you take, how often you take it, how you take it, the particular thresholds the drug tests have, and several other factors all play a role in determining how likely you will be to fail a drug test.
Given all the different factors, it’s really impossible to say how likely you are to fail a drug test. If you’re in a job or applying for jobs that do mandatory drug testing, discuss your options regarding CBD use with your employer.
As we mentioned, the amount of CBD you take has nothing to do with the likelihood of you failing a drug test or not. Instead, it purely relates to the amount of THC, which will vary across products, so we recommended reviewing lab tests and talking with the CBD company if you’re concerned.
Here at Healist, we give it to you straight so you can make the best decision for yourself without jeopardizing your livelihood. That’s why on every Healist product, you’ll find a QR code and batch code that allows you to easily view all lab reports so you can see exactly what goes into each and every product, including the THC content. Our pact to you is total transparency.
So, How Long Does CBD Oil Actually Stay in Your System?
CBD will stay in your body for anywhere from 24 hours to 5 days. But the truth is that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for when you can expect CBD to kick in, how long you’ll feel the effects, and ultimately, how long it will stick around in your body in particular.
That being said, there are some clues that can help you figure out whether your body is likely to get rid of the beloved compound on the faster or slower side. Things like:
Your Body Composition
CBD is a fat-soluble compound, meaning it gets stored in your body’s fat cells. Leaner individuals with more muscle and less body fat will metabolize CBD faster, so it’ll exit their systems faster. If you have more body fat and less muscle tissue -- CBD will stay in your cells a little longer.
Your Activity Level
How physically active you are can also affect how quickly -- or slowly -- CBD gets metabolized. If you’re the kind of person who exercises every single day, you can probably expect CBD to make its way out of your body on the faster side. Tend to be a bit more sedentary? The exit process might take a little longer.
How Often You Take It
Taking CBD oil on the reg will cause it to build up in your system, so it’s less likely to clear out. The opposite is true if it’s your very first time taking it or you only take it once in a blue moon. In that case, it’ll probably exit your system sooner.
Whether You Take It With Food
Taking CBD with food is kind of like drinking alcohol with food -- do it on an empty stomach, and it’ll probably hit you sooner and clear out quicker. Do it with something to eat (or just take a CBD chew), and the food will cause the CBD to be metabolized at a slower rate.
All in all? There’s no clear-cut answer to how long it’ll take CBD to leave your body. But you can expect it to take a little longer if you’re heavier or less active, if you take CBD oil regularly, or if you use it with food. On the other hand, it’ll likely clear out faster if you’re leaner or more active, only use CBD oil once in a while, or you take it on an empty stomach.
How Long is CBD Detectable in Your Body?
We need more research to get a definitive answer to how long CBD can remain detectable in the body. But here is what we do know so far:
CBD typically shouldn’t be detectable in your body past seven days after your last use -- unless you are a frequent user of CBD (more than 10mg per day for many weeks). In this case, CBD may linger for up to two more weeks, depending on how regularly you use it.
OK, What Does the Research Say?
In one study, 14 participants were given an extremely high dose of oral CBD for six weeks. The study found that the levels of CBD dropped to an average of 1.5 ng/ml one week after stopping CBD use. Cannabidiol levels were virtually undetectable after one week.
According to another study, participants were given a much lower dose of CBD and found it was only detectable in the blood for about six hours after ingestion.
It is important to keep in mind that the seven-day time frame can vary from person to person. Also, as we mentioned a little earlier, things like your body composition and activity level do play a factor. Still, in most cases, if you use CBD, it shouldn’t be detectable in your body past seven days after your last use.
A Final Word
So, how long does CBD stay in your system?
CBD is a very unique and complex compound that can affect everyone slightly differently.
Single-use CBD doesn’t really stay in your system for longer than seven days -- even if taken in the highest dose possible. However, with long-term CBD use, it may take more than a week to clear the body completely.
For those concerned about drug tests, we suggest sticking with broad-spectrum hemp oil extract like ours here at Healist, which contains 0.0% THC and is 100% non-psychoactive. We combine U.S.-grown organic CBD with clinically backed active natural ingredients designed to power your body’s innate capacity to find sleep, calm, relief, and overall well-being.*
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Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study about the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on the pharmacokinetics of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) after oral application of THC verses standardized cannabis extract | PubMed