April 08, 2021

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

The quick figures are:

  • Effects of CBD: 2-6 hours
  • Presence of CBD: 2-7 days

Mmmm…not the most clear, complete, or informative bit of FYI — we feel ya. Those are pretty broad ranges, and what do they really mean anyways?

We know you were hoping for a simple, straightforward answer. One that features all the juicy details you’re jonesing for. But it just ain’t possible. Sorry, Charlie!

This is a more complex question/response because there are so many variables that come into play. Let’s take a look. You’ll surely be able to tease out the info you need in no time.

Duration of CBD Effects Depend Upon Many Factors

The nature of CBD’s effect on your body — and how long the CBD stays in your system — is influenced by many things. Here are some of the elements that can impact your experience with CBD. We’ll do a deeper dive in the following sections.

  • You! — You’re one of the biggest determinants of how CBD works in your system. Each person is unique, so you can expect variations in CBD effects that are equally as diverse.
  • Kind/Formulation. Not all CBD is the same. Different products can be present in your body for different amounts of time.
  • Amount. How much CBD you consume and how frequently you use it will impact its effects and longevity.
  • Anatomy. The systems and tissues of your body don’t interact with CBD in the same ways. So, it can stick around in some places but not others.

You Are A Special CBD Snowflake

You are one-of-a-kind, literally and figuratively. So it stands to reason that your body will react to various stimuli in its own particular way. This is why, for example, some people can guzzle coffee at night with no regrets while others would be climbing the walls in the wee hours.

As with any other substance that comes into contact with the body — like food, medicine, personal care products, etc. — CBD can also affect each individual differently. Meaning that how long one feels the CBD’s effects and how long the CBD stays in the system fluctuates from person to person, too. This is the magic of biology in action. It’s not good, bad, better, or worse — it just is how it is.

Things like your age, weight, metabolism, and health conditions can also speed up or slow down CBD’s journey through your system.

At a deeper level, when CBD enters your body, it engages with your endocannabinoid system. This system, which is throughout your body, can work with CBD in a variety of ways. This is partly dictated by what sort of CBD product you’ve used.

Which brings us to….

Different Kinds Of CBD Stay In Your System Longer Than Others

The type, preparation, and purity of CBD you’ve used makes a huge difference in how long it’s in your bod. Let’s explore this a tad.

Type of CBD

There are three kinds of CBD: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. These different forms of CBD can have other components (like THC) that may change the way your body utilizes the CBD. This, in turn, could sway how long the CBD stays in your system.

CBD Preparation

Formulation is key, too.

  • The CBD in ingestible and edible products — like CBD tinctures or CBD-infused foods and drinks — is delivered systemically via the bloodstream and/or digestive system. So it tends to be more disbursed in your body.
  • Topical CBD products — like CBD oil creams — are localized, external applications. As such, the CBD distribution is more superficial, targeted.
  • CBD patches (transdermal), CBD vapables and smokables, and other incarnations of CBD oil have their own characteristic degrees and mechanisms of circulation.

In addition to what kind of product you’re using — e.g., CBD gummies vs CBD softgels — you need to consider the actual molecular structure of the CBD. No need for an advanced chemistry degree here, promise. The main idea is that some CBD can be processed to be more absorbable — which is a good thing — than other CBD.

Pure Craft, for example, leverages cutting-edge nanotechnology. This fancy science makes our CBD more bioavailable. CBD that’s more bioavailable can produce quicker and more long-lasting effects because it can spread through your body more easily and because your body use the nano-CBD more effectively (than regular-sized CBD molecules).

A practical rule of thumb? The more internal and widespread the CBD is in your body, the longer it’ll be in your system. So it’s a good idea to pick CBD products that best suit your needs and preferences.

CBD Oil & Product Purity

The quality of your CBD and products can factor in as well.

For example, less pure hemp could yield CBD that’s contaminated with pesticides. Impurities can damage the CBD or change the way your system processes the CBD. This might mess with the CBD working its way out of your body.

CBD and CBD oil product purity can also impact bioavailability, potency, and other aspects of your CBD/CBD experience. So, choose wisely!

Amount Of CBD Used Can Affect How Long It’s In Your Body

Uh, yah, dosage is a key variable! Think about this in two ways, both of which will influence the amount of time CBD can remain in your system.

  • How much CBD you’re consuming
  • How often you use CBD oil

If you take large doses at one time, the CBD may take longer to metabolize in your system. This could extend the duration of the CBD presence in your body. Similarly, if you only knock back a couple CBD gummies once in a while, the CBD may leave your system sooner than if you take daily CBD oil drops.

Sort of a side note, but your metabolism is a critical factor in how fast CBD exits your system. Taking CBD with food, as opposed to on an empty stomach, can slightly altered the metabolic effect.

So, pay attention to your CBD potency, frequency, and routine.

Where CBD’s Hanging Out In Your Bod

CBD can play peek-a-boo in so many parts of your body! This, of course, is impacted by all that stuff we mention above. The kind of CDB products you use could be the biggest influence.

CBD — It’s In There

If you’ve consumed ingestible or edible CBD oil products, you’ll likely have CBD throughout your body. For instance, it’s commonly present in the urine, blood, saliva, hair, and breastmilk.

Here are some ballpark ideas of how long CBD might* be detectable in at least trace amounts:

  • Urine. 2 hours-3 days (occasional use) up to 1 week-1+ month (consistent use)
  • Blood/Plasma. A few hours (smoked/vaped CBD) to 9 hours-28 days (ingested)
  • Saliva. 36-72 hours
  • Hair. 3 months
  • Breastmilk. 1 week

* The research on these data points is pretty sparse, though we looked at several studies. Hence the Grand Canyon-sized number ranges. So, take these numbers with a grain of salt.

Maybe CBD Should Stand For “Caution Before Doing”…

With CBD floating around inside you, you should be extra cautious with certain activities. Meaning maybe don’t do them.

  • Drug testing. Screening for CBD is rare. Screening for THC is more common. It’s important to know that different kinds of drug testing — blood vs saliva — have different capabilities when it comes to measuring CBD in your system. And, certain tests (e.g., hair and saliva) are infrequently used for drug testing purposes. Often CBD is only “detectable” because the THC that accompanied it is detectable — so it’s really indirect. Using a truly THC-free product could be the solution! CBD itself hardly ever results in a positive drug test.
  • Breastfeeding. It’s recommended that you don’t use CBD or avoid CBD use for at least a week before nursing.
  • Driving/Operating Heavy Machinery. If CBD makes you sleepy or relaxed — like really, really relaxed — best not do it until the CBD’s cleared out.

If you’re new to CBD, give yourself a little while to fully understand how your body responds to it.

The Long & Short Of CBD Presence In Your System

You may feel the effects of CBD for 2-6 hours while traces of CBD could remain in your body for 2-7 days.

Many factors — including your body’s particularities, the kind and formulation of CBD you use, and how much and how frequently you consume CBD — influence how long CDB stays in your system.

When CBD’s in your body, it can show up in the blood, saliva, urine, and breastmilk. So be aware if you need to take a drug test, breastfeed, operate heavy machinery, etc. and act accordingly.


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