In fact, recent research has shown that drug tests can’t tell the difference.
Let’s take a closer look at the different ways you can take CBD and how your body processes it. Then we’ll walk through how long it will stay in different systems of your body.
How Your Body Processes CBD and Factors That Affect How Long CBD Stays In Your System
If you take a dietary supplement or edible that contains CBD, the effects won’t be felt immediately. Your metabolism and diet can influence how soon you feel the effects. However, symptoms are often felt within an hour of digesting it.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, has grown in popularity over the past couple of years, particularly as a supplement. However, because it contains trace amounts of THC, it’s still possible that it is detectable in drug tests or screenings.
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:
How long CBD effects last depends on several factors, including the user’s metabolism and if they use CBD regularly. A single dose of CBD may keep working for several hours, and the cannabinoid may persist in the body for days or weeks. The non-intoxicating compound CBD is known to have a variety of beneficial effects, including reduction of pain and inflammation, and anxiety relief. But it does not get you high.
CBD (or cannabidiol) is stored in fat cells in your body, and theoretically can remain detectable for days or even weeks in a blood test. However, research on how long CBD oil stays in the system is spotty, because there’s no real demand for testing. Few employers care if employees consume a non-intoxicating drug that is used mainly to treat pain and anxiety—and commercial testing protocols don’t measure CBD anyway.
How long does CBD last in your system?
Because inhaled CBD reaches the brain rapidly, users may feel a much more immediate and pronounced effect than they would from tinctures or edibles. But the therapeutic effects—reduced inflammation, pain and anxiety—are eventually noticeable from all forms of consumption, assuming you use enough. Proper CBD dosing can require some experimentation.
The first thing to know is that you need to absorb enough CBD for it to have any effect at all. Depending on how you administer CBD, much of its benefit can be lost. Swallowing it forces the drug to first pass through the liver, and as much as 95 percent never gets into the bloodstream. The highest bioavailability (how much is absorbed and gets into the bloodstream) comes from CBD that’s vaped or smoked, with CBD oil tinctures applied sublingually (under the tongue) finishing second.
Generally, the effects of CBD wear off within just a few hours, but that depends on the amount of CBD taken, the method used, and the user’s size, metabolism, and history of use. If you begin to feel the pain or anxiety begin to return, you can simply take more CBD. There is no practical way to overdose on CBD.
Take my 82-year-old grandmother—who weighs only about 90lbs. She uses CBD to help reduce inflammation with her arthritis. The reduction of inflammation works in tandem with the cannabinoid to help ease the chronic pain she suffers from it. She usually takes her CBD Oil in the mornings with her tea and it keeps her feeling good all day until the night. Then she has her second dose after dinner which she swears by to help her sleep.
The under-the-tongue method is the second fasted way to feel the effects of CBD. Using a CBD mist or CBD tincture to drop a few drops under your tongue is the perfect way to consume this cannabinoid. When taking CBD Sublingually the effects are often felt from 4-6 hours depending on the person. The nice thing about sublingual ingestion is that the compound enters your bloodstream almost immediately as it doesn’t have to pass through your stomach or liver.
What are some other factors that contribute to how long the effects of CBD are felt for?
If you take 100mg of CBD all at once, except for the effects to last longer than if you took just 10mg’s of CBD. But don’t expect the effects to last ten times as long. Depending again on the person and all of their factors like age, sex, metabolism, etc. The difference in amount will affect everyone differently. You should notice though that the more you take CBD, it will increase the duration it takes for it to both leave your body and dissipate the effects. Learn more about finding the proper CBD dosage.
When applying CBD through a topical application like a balm or CBD cream, it isn’t actually absorbed into the bloodstream, but instead, act on receptors to activate the endocannabinoid system. The CBD is then absorbed at a very slow rate, the slowest of all consumption methods. The effects however have been known to last the longest lasting over 5 – 10 hours. Topical CBD is currently being researched as an anti-inflammatory solution to some skin conditions.
The period between doses is roughly 9 hours apart for her. She does occasionally have a third dose in the afternoon on days when she is visiting her grandchildren. The method of ingestion for this afternoon dose is usually a CBD mist which she takes Sublingually by squirting a few sprays under her tongue. Sublingual CBD use is supposed to be the second quickest way to feel the onset of effects after smoking or vaping.