Our vape pens contain triethyl citrate (also known as tec temper oil, cannabidiol, natural flavorings, and other terpenes. Tec temper oil is GRAS, or generally recognized as safe, by the FDA, and has a long shelf life. CBD will be the limiting factor for the shelf life, which is about 2 years. As with the other products, we suggest that you use the pen within one year.
The more important aspect of this analysis is, will taking a CBD product make me fail a drug test? It depends on how much THC you have taken through your CBD products, and the type of drug test being performed. At Maku, we are aware of two customers who have passed a drug test while taking our full spectrum product, and we are not aware of any who have failed a test. However, this information is only anecdotal, and we suggest that you not poke the bear.
In order to understand the risks of taking CBD and being subject to a drug test, we must first understand the component parts of the product. As you are probably aware, there are three CBD solutions offering different terpene profiles. There are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, and each solution contains a subset of each. These solutions are known as: Full spectrum CBD, Broad spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolates contain different sets of Cannabinoids.
It’s a generic question. And, as I see it, there are three possible questions, for which you are seeking an answer. Firstly, How long does CBD last in your system? Secondly, How long do the effects of CBD last, after you take it? And thirdly, how long does CBD last on the shelf? The main focus of this article is to answer the third question: How long can you keep that bottle of CBD on the shelf without it going bad? However, the first part of this article will give a quick synopsis of the first two questions, and then give you a link to follow for more detailed information.
Despite many isolate and broad spectrum products stating that they contain no THC, all CBD products have some THC in them! But how could a broad spectrum or Isolate contain THC? It’s quite simple really, there are no industrialized mechanisms for extraction, either carboxylation (CO2) or ethanol, that can eliminate all of the THC from the product. So, how can a company claim that a product has no, or 0%, THC. It all boils down to the lab test performed on the product. If the lab testing equipment requires 200 parts per million to produce a reading (scientifically known as the Limit of Quantitation), and the contents have 199 parts per million, the test will come back with no detected THC.
Oral application is the slowest and least efficient method for getting CBD into your bloodstream. CBD taken orally is broken down by the stomach, intestines, and liver before being absorbed into the bloodstream. However, it’s the easiest method for dose measurement and actual administration. It can take as long as two hours for orally administered CBD to take effect, and the CBD effects are eliminated in 6-8 hours.
For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the carrier component, CBD, and THC in Maku’s CBD product offering. For the longest shelf life, cannabinoid solutions should be kept at room temperature in the dark. Exposure to light (all light, not just sunlight), and oxygen can create a significant increase in cannabinoid degradation. So, best keeping practices would suggest that you keep the bottle in the pantry, and replace the dropper bottle cap after use. Here are some specific “best by” dates for our products.
Settling on the ideal CBD dosage is an important part of the treatment process, and will also impact how long CBD stays in your system. Hemp-derived CBD products are not intended to give the user a stoned buzz or intoxicated feeling, so there’s no need to be conservative with the dosage amount. Still, it’s recommended to start with a lower dosage and gradually increase it until the ideal effects are discovered.
Studies show that when CBD compounds are metabolized by the liver, it undergoes what is called the “first pass effect,” where enzymes in the liver reduce CBD concentration before the remainder is finally sent to the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body.
CBD patches deliver a long-lasting dose very efficiently. Photo by: Shutterstock
How long does it take CBD to get out of your system?
Bottom line: Smoking CBD flower or vaping CBD oil is one of the fastest ways to experience the effects of CBD. Any effects you feel will set in almost immediately and last roughly an hour or slightly longer.
Bottom line: The relationship between CBD and the human body is complicated. The method of consumption, the quality of the CBD product, and individual body chemistry all determine how this cannabinoid moves through your body and how long it takes to leave your system.
Inhalation is often seen as an effective method of delivery for CBD because of how quickly it’s absorbed in the body. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
For those worried about THC showing up in their system, look for broad-spectrum oil or products that contain pure CBD isolate. Broad-spectrum oil, as opposed to full-spectrum oil, is refined to exclude the trace amounts of THC that may have been present in the hemp plant. Products with CBD isolate contain no THC or other plant-based cannabinoids. To find high-quality CBD, search for products that come with a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab to ensure that the information listed on the product label is accurate. Be careful not to confuse hemp seed oil or hemp oil, which seldom contain any CBD at all, with CBD oil. These products will provide a hearty dose of omega-3 fatty acids, but they won’t provide any potential pain-relieving or anti-anxiety effects.
Another interesting finding of the study was the absence of THC when the patients were tested:
In comparison, when administering CBD using a tincture product sublingually (using a dropper under the tongue), by vaping or smoking, CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream much more rapidly and the effects of the CBD are felt much faster.
Read our guide on how to take CBD oil for a deeper look into dosing and different methods of administration.
how long does it take for cbd oil to work?
Dosage amounts well below an ‘optimum’ level for an individual can result in no effect being felt at all. Finding the correct dose of CBD for your individual use can be tricky. When starting, it’s widely recommended to start ‘low and slow’ with respect to dosage amounts.
To accommodate this duration period, it’s common to see people in CBD communities choose to take a morning and evening dose daily, particularly for ongoing issues, such as anxiety or chronic pain.
Taking this sound advice, it’s recommended that you continue to experiment sensibly with different dosage levels before giving up if you don’t feel any effect from the first few times taking a low dose. Try changing your dosages incrementally, rather than suddenly, and keeping note of any changes you notice.
How long a product lasts = total CBD mg / daily mg use