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Duration Of CBD & How Long It Stays In Your System

Duration Of CBD & How Long It Stays In Your System

CBD popularity continues to rise with the ongoing research and as people look for more holistic solutions to their problems. But CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plant, with over 120 known cannabinoids and more being found. Cannabinoids are what gives people the desired effects from the hemp plant with the two most popular being Delta 9-THC and CBD.

One major reason why CBD continues to build momentum, is because unlike Delta-9 THC there is no psychoactive high produced from consumption. CBD actually has the ability to balance out THC effects which is why more people are seeking higher CBD concentration flower strains.

But many people ask the question “How long does CBD stay in your system?” or wonder “How long does the effects of CBD last for?”. Sometimes people want to know because they assume CBD can be detected in a drug screening. While the majority of drug test are just looking for THC, and not CBD, it is still important to know the duration that CBD stays in the body.

Duration Of CBD Effects

CBD products have a great reputation since they are organic as long as you are buying from a reputable supplier. They also offer a much more holistic and natural remedy compared to their pharmaceutical counterparts. CBD products work because the CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which all mammals have. Your ECS is a network of receptors that play a important role of bodily functions. CBD and other cannabinoids have the ability to bind with your ECS which is how they work so well.

You are also able to consume CBD in multiple ways. Each method has its own unique timeframe on how long it takes to feel the desired effects and the amount of time that the effects last.

  • Topicals – CBD topicals include products like salves, lotions, bath bombs, and roll-on oils. Effects seem to kick in typically around 20 to 40 minutes. Different factors which will affect the time include what part of the body the topical is being applied to and how clean the skin is. Skin that is washed with soap and water and then dried will absorb much better than skin that is oily or dirty. Effects will last hours with many users reporting easily over 6 hours of positive effects.
  • Inhalation – CBD inhalation products typically include hemp flower and vape liquid. Inhalation is by far the fastest method to consume CBD with desired effects happening almost immediately. Inhalation is also quickest in regard to how long the effects last with most people noting they are gone by 2 hours.
  • Tinctures (Oils) – By far the most popular method to consume CBD, tinctures are generally taken sublingually. It is best to leave the oil under the tongue for a minimum of 1 minuet and then swallow. Effects can usually be felt within 45 minuets but some CBD oils, like water soluble CBD, do have a quicker absorption time. The effect with tinctures, depending on the dose and strength, will last around 5-10 hours.
  • Edibles – CBD edibles include softgels, gummies, drinks, or homemade cooked CBD consumables. Upon consumption edibles take the longest out of all CBD products to kick in. Results normally happen, with a few factors to take into consideration like body weight and the last time you ate, anywhere from 45 minuets to 2 hours but last around 6 or more hours.

How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?

Because CBD is not psychoactive like THC it will not get a user high, but many people are still curious as to how long it stays in their system. When you must take a drug test you should not have to worry about CBD showing up in your system. This is because your typical drug screen does not test for CBD and even if it did there is no workforce policy discriminating against CBD. THC is a whole different cannabinoid, and you SHOULD be cautious about its consumption if failing a drug test is a concern.

Since THC does give you the psychoactive high a lot of studies and research have been compiled with how it metabolizes in your system. CBD on the other hand gets far less attention but we actually do know its metabolized time. There are, of course, different factors that will decide the outcome but we do have some general guidelines to offer.

The biggest factor will be how often a person uses CBD:

  • One time use – up to 3 days
  • Moderate use – 3 to 5 days
  • Heavy use – 10 days or more

Also, just like THC, CBD is a fat soluble cannabinoid. This means it is stored in your fat cells and can build up in your system. This is why most people report better effects the more consistent they are with taking CBD products. Everyone’s body is different though so some other factors that will play a role in how long it stays in your system include:

  • Bodyweight
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Metabolism
  • How much CBD you consume