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How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

Whether you’re a fresh newcomer or a seasoned CBD user – we understand that it doesn’t take long for the questions about CBD to pile up, especially for those who may have to take drug tests. We want you to feel both heard and well-informed, so here we cover one of the most commonly asked questions amongst our customers; how long does CBD stay in your system?

When introducing a new supplement into your lifestyle especially when it is cannabis or hemp-derived; knowing the effects, how it works, how long it lasts and what to expect, is a good place to start. So you can make an informed decision as to whether CBD is right for you.

How CBD works with your system

Before we dive into how long CBD stays in the body lets remind ourselves how CBD works with your system. CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. This system, also known as the ECS,  is a key homeostatic regulator that plays a vital role in almost every physiological system in your body. These include functions such as sleep, mood, appetite and weight.

The endocannabinoid system is best explained as a vast network of receptors and chemical compounds. These receptors impact your overall well-being and are activated by natural compounds like CBD.What does CBD do

The cannabinoid receptors line the surface of cells that are spread throughout your body. There are at least two types of receptors that work as part of your endocannabinoid system: CB1 receptors that are most abundant in your central nervous system (CNS), and CB2 receptors that are found outside of the CNS, including in your white blood cells and in the cells of your immune system.

Now, this is where CBD comes into the picture–by stimulating the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CBD has the potential to stimulate your system and start working towards restoring your overall balance and well-being.


So, how long does cbd stay in your system?

As far as resaerch goes there isn't really much to suggest a specific time duration that CBD stays in your system. A recent medical study suggests that it can take up to 2-7 days for CBD to leave your body. However, all bodies are different, and so the amount of time it takes for the molecule to leave your body might not be the same as the time it takes for CBD to leave someone elses.

Here are some key factors to consider when evaluating how long CBD will stay in the body:

  • Weight
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Metabolism speed

In addition, the time it takes for CBD to leave your system after consumption also depends on the following three things:

1) How much CBD oil has been taken

This probably goes without saying for most people, but the amount of CBD taken is bound to have an impact on the time frame CBD works within. The less CBD taken, the shorter the stay in the body – and the bigger the dose, the longer CBD will stay in your body.

2) How often you’re taking CBD

When considereing CBD clearance time, it’s important to note that the frequency of your CBD oil consumption is a rather important aspect of this. If you try out CBD oil once, it’s not going to stay in your body for as long as if you’re using it every day.

Based on early scientific data, here are a few suggestions and general guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Single use: up to 3 days
  • Moderate use: up to 3 to 5 days
  • Repeated use: up to 10 days (perhaps more)

*At Endoca we cannot give medical advice, therefore this serves as a brief guide. Our recommendations are always based on trusted medical research.

3) The delivery method you’ve chosen

When we talk about delivery methods, we're also talking about bioavailability. Generally speaking, the bioavailability of a substance is the degree and rate that it is absorbed into the bloodstream after it passes through the body.

Now, most people are not aware of the bioavailability of their particular chosen method of taking CBD, but as bioavailability has everything to do with the effect of CBD, this is definitely something worth paying attention to.

Head over to our what are the effects of CBD oil to learn more about the absorption rate of different CBD products.

How long is CBD detected in your urine?

CBD drug testing is not a generalized test subject especially in standard drug testing, so, there really isn’t much data on how long CBD is detected in your urine. Most drug tests are set up to reveal psychoactive THC levels.

As CBD is non psychoactive there hasn’t been much need to conclude results on testing for CBD. Some reports suggest THC can be detected in the body for up to 30 days after consumption.

Will CBD show up on a drug test?

If drug testing is part of your profession it may be wise to do your research before starting your CBD journey. Jobs such as teachers, enforcement officers, and government workers may be required to do mandatory drug testing at different points during the year. Some companies have a zero THC policy.

Most CBD products are derived from hemp, which means their THC levels will be less than 0.3%. It would be wise to check with your employer to find out their policy on taking CBD before you start. 

Even though CBD products derived from hemp have a very low and sometimes untraceable amount of THC in them. It’s still worth noting that there can still be a possibility that even tiny trace amounts could show a false positive. For this reason it may be wise to take caution with full-spectrum CBD products, however, users may still be able to use CBD if they choose THC free options such as CBD isolate or CBD crystals, however this still carries some risk.

What to consider when taking CBD

So, we’ve covered a few points on how long CBD could potentially stay in your system. It is worth proceeding with caution if you are concerned about drug testing, always consult your employer to find out their guidelines on CBD consumption. Remember everybody's body is different and how long CBD stays in your system is down to your own physiological system.

Did we manage to answer your questions, or are you still not entirely sure about 'how long CBD stays in your system?' We recommend reading trusted medical research on how long CBD lasts.

Still unsure about CBD? we can’t give medical or legal advice, but feel free to send us a message via the chat box in the right corner or drop us an email. We’ll be more than happy to assist you with Endoca products.

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