While the effects of using any drug will only be felt in the short term, the actual compounds from it stay in your system far longer. That’s why drug tests can be positive even if someone hasn’t used them in a few days. But many people interested in CBD wonder about how long it lasts as well. So, how long does CBD stay in your system?
According to experts, it takes about three to four days for CBD to leave a person’s system. Once consumed, CBD starts breaking down in the body and after only a few days it should no longer be detectable.
This duration can be affected by several factors. A person’s metabolism rate will determine how quickly the CBD is broken down. Someone with a fast metabolism will break it down more quickly, while someone with a slow metabolism it may take longer. It also depends on how large a dose someone takes. A larger dose will take longer to break down than a smaller dose.
The method of ingestion will also determine how long it takes for CBD to leave your system. If someone takes CBD drops right under the tongue, it’s absorbed by the mucous membrane and doesn’t enter the digestive tract or get filtered through the liver as quickly as other methods. This means it will break down at a slower rate than other forms.
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Should I Worry About a Drug Test?
Regardless of how long it takes CBD to leave your system, you probably won’t need to worry about drug testing. While many people will test for marijuana in a person’s blood or urine, they usually do so by detecting amounts of THC, the compound in marijuana that gets a person high. Even though there is CBD in marijuana, most drug labs won’t test for it and will only look for THC.
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Now, you may know that there are CBD products with THC in them. But the federally legal products are only allowed to have 0.3% THC. These products have so little THC in them that they won’t give you that cannabis “high”. Even if you take CBD products with THC in them, you should not worry about failing a drug test that’s looking for THC. This is because drug testers usually only report positive reports if the THC reaches a certain threshold. Most CBD products will not contain enough THC to reach the threshold to determine a positive test. If you are someone concerned about passing a drug test, you could instead opt for CBD products that contain no THC (isolates and broad spectrum products) just to make sure you’re safe. But again, this shouldn’t be an issue.
So, CBD usually stays in a person’s body around three to four days. But this shouldn’t be a problem if you’re worried about a drug test.
Joseph has been writing and editing for a wide variety of publications over the last decade. His most notable roles were at Playboy, where he helped relaunch the iconic brand’s digital arm and Civilized — where he has written extensively about all aspects of CBD.