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How long does CBD stay in your system?

You may be an avid user of CBD or maybe you are just starting out on your CBD journey. If you are looking to understand this compound further keep reading for more information! CBD has taken over the wellness world. It is being embraced by people all over for its many benefits and health properties.

For those looking for a natural product with very few side effects, CBD might be something you’d like to consider. Below we’ll take a look at how long CBD stays in your system based on the various factors involved in taking this product. Some of these factors include the absorption rate, method of consumption, and dosage.

How long do the effects last?

If you want to understand how long CBD lasts there are many variables involved affecting CBD absorption and its effectiveness from person to person. Research has shown the effects of CBD can last between 2 to 6 hours depending on the methods used to take it. CBD can stay in your system from 2 to 5 days but that doesn’t apply to everyone.

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Factors Affecting CBD Absorption

As we mentioned above there are many different factors affecting the absorption rate of CBD. One of them is how much you use. As with many substances including CBD the higher the dose the longer the compound will stay in your system. Another factor is how often you are using CBD. If used regularly, CBD builds up in your body over time. For this reason, it’s recommended to use it for at least one week to see how it affects your body and the way you feel while using it.

Everybody is different with their own unique composition and lifestyle. Your body mass index, metabolism, diet, and water content are just some of the factors that can influence how long CBD stays in your body. How long the CBD stays in your system can also be influenced by the foot you ate before.

Methods of CBD Consumption

The CBD method of consumption also plays an important role. There are many different forms of CBD including:

Depending on what effect you are looking for and also your preference of consumption, as you can see there are a variety of options to choose from.

Vaping CBD is probably the form that causes it to last the shortest amount of time. When the CBD enters your lungs it takes effect quickly but also leaves the body quickly. Oils or tinctures which are places under the tongue are absorbed into the bloodstream quite rapidly. The initial effect is normally felt in about 15 minutes. This form of ingesting CBD allows it to linger longer in the body. However, the effect can take an hour or two to kick in. In the case of creams and lotions, they have to pass through the skin which can cause the absorption to be slower similar to when you ingest CBD.  Girl jumping in air overlooking mountains

What dose of CBD should I Take?

As you know by now, the larger the serving size and the higher the dose, the longer CBD will stay in your system. You will also feel the effects of it longer. We recommend starting at a low dose if you are new to taking CBD, such as our starter pack, and working your way up from there.

It is also interesting to note that while some substances as you use them cause your body to develop a tolerance thus reducing their effects, CBD behaves differently. Some people have reported a reverse tolerance where they need smaller doses to achieve the effect they are looking for.

Feyza Olson

Feyza Olson is Content Manager at Endoca. Her passion for natural products and holistic health inspires her in creating wellness content on cannabis and cannabinoids, for both newcomers to the CBD world and experts. She loves continuing to learn about wellness and health from a holistic perspective and sharing her findings.

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