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How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?
A Detailed Guide

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CBD is all the rage at the moment, with the global CBD market size poised to reach an incredible $13.4 billion by 2028 from $2.8 billion in 2020. In recent years CBD has gained widespread acceptance for its vast array of healing properties.

But while the benefits of CBD are well documented, people who’re still new to CBD products often hesitate to use them for fear of failing drug tests. The last thing you want is to get in trouble for failing one of these tests.

So, how long does CBD stay in your system? Knowing the answer to this question can help you make an informed decision before using CBD.

In this comprehensive guide, we shed light on this issue. Read on to learn more.

What Is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. This plant also goes by the names marijuana and hemp.

The naturally occurring substance is one of the hundreds found in the cannabis plant. It is the second most prevalent active ingredient of the plant, after (THC). But unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t cause intoxication.

While CBD doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects that THC does, it still gets stored in the body. Cannabis drug tests usually screen for THC. However, many people are still interested in knowing how long CBD stays in your system.

We’ll answer that question in the next section.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

The effects of CBD last at least a few hours. However, even when these effects wear off, there’s still CBD content in your system. Generally, you should expect CBD to hang around in your body for 2 to 5 days.

Of course, this is only a ballpark range. There’s a wide array of factors that can determine how long CBD will remain in your system. We’ll take a look at these factors individually.

But first...

What Happens When You Take CBD?

To better understand how long you can expect CBD to remain in your system, it helps to know exactly what takes place the moment CBD enters your body.

After you’ve taken CBD, you start to feel its effects within 15 to 45 minutes. You may notice that you start feeling calm and relaxed. It’s the same feeling you get after a great yoga class or massage.

The feeling of relaxation you get after using CBD is unlike how you’d feel after smoking marijuana. You’re not intoxicated but mellow and chill. It’s the reason experts recommend CBD for anxiety.

The stay-calm effects of CBD can last between an hour and days, depending on your delivery system. Generally, vapes wear off quickly, while a skin patch can help you experience the relaxing effects of CBD for up to 2 days.

Factors Influencing How Long CBD Stays in Your System

As we pointed out earlier, how long CBD remains in your system can vary significantly depending on:

Your Body Composition

Like all fat-soluble compounds, CBD is stored in your fat cells. That means a leaner person with less body fat and more muscle metabolizes CBD much faster than other people. As a result, CBD exits their body faster than it does in people with less muscle tissue and more body fat.

Your Activity Levels

People who are more physically active also tend to metabolize CBD faster than people who aren’t. You can thus expect CBD to exit the system much faster in active people as opposed to people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

How Frequently You Take CBD

Given the CBD benefits, many consumers opt to take it regularly. As a result, CBD builds up within the system, which means it takes longer to clear out. Simply put, people who take CBD more frequently will find that the stuff remains in their system longer than someone who only uses CBD on occasion.

How Much CBD You Use?

This has to do with dosage. As with most other substances, the more CBD you use, the longer it’ll take to exit your system.

Whether or Not You Take CBD With Food

When you use CBD on an empty stomach, chances are the effects hit you much sooner. Similarly, the substance clears out of your system much faster.

The opposite is also true. When you take CBD with food or simply opt for a CBD edible, both CBD and food take a longer time to be metabolized. The CBD also lingers longer in your system.

Does CBD Show Up on Drug Tests?

For many people, the issue of CBD showing up during cannabis tests is a major concern. We’ve already pointed out that cannabis tests usually screen for THC. Pure CBD doesn’t contain THC, so you shouldn’t be worried about CBD showing up on drug tests.

That said, it’s still important to note that the CBD market is largely unregulated. That means that knowing whether a product contains pure CBD isn’t always easy. Certain products may contain enough amounts of THC to show up on drug tests.

One of the best ways to ensure the CBD you’re using is THC-free is to stick to types of CBD that are made from hemp, broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolates. All three are THC-free.

If possible, veer away from full-spectrum CBD. That’s because it contains all compounds naturally occurring in the Cannabis plant, including THC.

You should also carefully read labels on CBD products to ensure they don’t contain THC before purchasing the product. Research vendors too, and purchase only from those with a solid reputation.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System? It Depends

As you can see, there’s no clear-cut answer for the question: How long does CBD stay in your system? The fact is there are different factors that determine how quickly CBD is metabolized in the body and how soon it gets removed from the system.

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