Oral ingestion is the most common method of CBD consumption. Administering a couple of drops of CBD oil directly into the mouth is certainly a convenient way to reap the potential benefits of this therapeutic cannabinoid. However, ingestion is not necessarily the most effective consumption method for those who want to feel the effects of CBD immediately.
Swallowing CBD oil prevents the cannabinoid from entering the bloodstream right away. Instead, it will travel first through the digestive tract and eventually on to the liver, where it will be broken down before finally reaching the bloodstream.
Here, we’ll cover the existing research on CBD and its interaction with the human body as well as what factors can affect how long CBD stays in your system.
Consumers who want to be extra-cautious and use CBD with no THC should shop for a broad-spectrum oil or a CBD product that contains pure CBD isolate. Broad-spectrum oil is refined to exclude THC, while CBD isolates contain no THC or other plant-based cannabinoids. To ensure that your CBD contains no THC, it’s important to source products from reputable manufacturers that provide a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab.
With ingestion, it could take anywhere from one to two hours before the effects of CBD finally set in. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
This can be particularly worrisome if you are searching for jobs or need to consent to drug screenings for other reasons (e.g., being on parole). It’s a common misconception that CBD and THC are the same; while CBD is a natural supplement, it’s still possible for the THC metabolites to be detected during drug screenings.
Although blood tests are not nearly as common as urine tests for screening for CBD and cannabinoids, they can be used to detect THC metabolites. The reason they’re not the preferred method of drug screening is because of how quickly THC is eliminated from your bloodstream.
How Your Body Processes CBD and Factors That Affect How Long CBD Stays In Your System
Similar to hair, saliva tests for CBD or THC are incredibly rare for employment or legal reasons. However, the drug components could be detected within minutes after you take it and could last for up to 36 hours, depending on the dosage and frequency of use.
Most drug tests screen for THC, rather than CBD. THC is the main component of marijuana. However, as we mentioned, CBD contains trace amounts of THC.
Your method of intake can influence how it affects you as well as for how long it lasts. Popular methods and forms of CBD include:
CBD has taken off as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. CBD products like CBD oil can be made from either the hemp plant or the cannabis plant, which are closely related varieties of the same cannabis species, Cannabis sativa. CBD products contain a cannabinoid—a chemical—called cannabidiol, which does not make you high. The substance in marijuana that causes a buzz is a different cannabinoid, called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
If you are concerned that THC in your CBD oil or other CBD product may show up on a drug test, you may be able to reduce the chance of that occurring, though there is no guarantee. Some of the factors that may increase the likelihood of a failed drug test are:
Factors in CBD Oil Showing on Drug Screen
The legality of CBD products can be confusing. CBD products made from certain cannabis plant varieties are legal only in states where marijuana is legal, due to the potential THC content. CBD products made from hemp variety plants are legal throughout the United States as long as they contain less than 0.3% of THC and do not make any medical claims. (A hemp plant is defined as Cannabis sativa that contains less than 0.3% THC.)
Topical products that claim to contain CBD—like shampoos, cosmetics or creams—should not cause any reaction during a drug test because they do not enter the bloodstream. In the case of CBD oils, gummies, teas or transdermal patches, the situation is more complicated. In a test of 84 CBD products obtained online, 18 contained THC.
CBD products can still be problematic, however, when it comes to drug testing. Though drug tests screen for THC, not CBD, many CBD products contain a trace amount of THC which will be detected in your bloodstream during a drug test.