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How Long Is CBD Detectable In Urine?

CBD is catching the attention of everyone all over the world. Today, we take a deep dive into the cannabinoid and its benefits. We also take a look at how long CBD stays in the system.

When people think of CBD, they are overcome by relief and gratitude for what the simple cannabinoid has done and continues to do for them. CBD is a hydrocarbon, and alongside THC, it is one of the numerous compounds present in marijuana and hemp. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you high. This makes it perfect for people looking to enjoy the medicinal benefits of marijuana without feeling inebriated.

The cannabis industry has been getting a lot of press coverage these past few years. From the shady underworld of the black market, the industry is now commanding investor presence and popular support- and is well on its way to becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. The legalization of marijuana has made CBD, CBD oil, and other derived products accessible to millions of people all over the country that rely on medicinal marijuana.

So let’s get right into it.

Will CBD show up in drug tests?

In general, CBD might not show up in a drug test. It will only show up on drug screenings if your CBD product contains THC. Most drug tests screen for the presence of THC in your urine, blood, saliva, or hair. Unlike CBD, THC is psychoactive and is known to cause a “high” effect on its users.

Hemp-derived CBD contains trace amounts of THC. However, since the CBD industry is highly unregulated, you could have a positive test result depending on the quality of the product you purchase.

To ensure you buy a CBD product with the correct THC levels, you should consider the types of CBD products you take. Of course, you can test positive for THC even after taking only CBD oil in rare cases. That’s why you check every ingredient in the product before purchasing. Sometimes you may need to stay away from CBD if you have a drug test due soon.

Do You Have an Upcoming Drug Test?

Since CBD enters your bloodstream, it might show up in your urine should drug tests be administered. This begs the question: how long does CBD stay in your system?

For most people, CBD stays in the system for 3 to 6 days. For some, it may be detectable for as short as two days or up to a few weeks. If you do have a drug test coming up, it would be a good idea to steer clear of the CBD oil since it is indeed detectable.

Factors that determine how long CBD stays in your system

Can I test positive for THC if I only use CBD?

If you use CBD only, you likely aren’t expecting your urine test to come back positive for marijuana use- especially THC. However, there are circumstances under which this may happen.

The first has to do with accidental cross-contamination during the extraction and manufacturing process. Depending on how a company handles the extraction process, there may be instances where the CBD is contaminated with THC. This may also happen in stores or even at home, where CBD products are kept in the same space as THC products.

You may also test positive for THC if you’ve consumed full-spectrum CBD, which contains all cannabinoids- including terpenes and THC. Read through the product’s labeling to ensure you’re only using CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD, which doesn’t contain THC. That said, there’s the threat of product mislabeling, which may make you believe you’re only using CBD when, in fact, the product has some THC as well.

How long does CBD stay in the urine?

How long CBD will stay in your system will depend on various factors, including the amount you take and the product concentration. For heavy CBD users, it might take up to a week for CBD to leave the system, and it might be detectable in the urine for up to a month. On the other hand, CBD is detectable in the urine for about three days for infrequent users.

You will likely get a positive test if you take more than 2,000 mg of legal CBD per day. Besides, frequent use of CBD products could result in a false-positive test especially bearing in mind that THC and CBD accumulate in the body.

Your physical attributes and other factors

Just like different people have different tolerances to marijuana, some people’s bodies will retain CBD longer than others. This can be attributed to physical factors such as weight, age, and metabolism.

CBD is insoluble in water, but soluble in fat, thus dissolves in the body’s fat cells, from where it is metabolized. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will play a very instrumental role in how fast this process occurs. For example, CBD is present for longer in people who weigh more and have a higher BMI. Knowing how much you weigh and how your body’s metabolism works will help guide your dosage.

The amount of CBD you consume

Although CBD has a half-life of 2-3 days, this period may vary depending on the amount of CBD you take. Large doses will typically take longer before they leave your system. If you have an impending drug test, it would be a good idea to reduce your intake; if you can, you could even stop using it until after the drug test.

How often you consume CBD

The number of times you consume CBD, say in a day, will also determine how long the cannabinoid stays in your system. For example, people who use CBD oil for pain may have to use it several times a day. CBD will therefore be detectable in their urine longer than it would be for people who consume it intermittently.

The amount of food you eat

You’ve probably been told not to eat edibles while you have a full stomach and discounted it as a myth. In truth, this is a protip that most stoners use. CBD is best taken on an empty stomach since it is digested and absorbed faster this way. It is, therefore, expended quicker in the body as well.

Is CBD legal?

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Although most states are now in favor of medicinal (and recreational) marijuana and have legalized the bud at the federal level, the legality of CBD is still in limbo in several states. Different states have unique Controlled Substances Act; you should look at your state’s CBD laws to ensure CBD is legal for sale and consumption where you live.

That said, the Farm Bill of 2018 stipulates that only hemp-derived CBD products are eligible for sale in America. These products must also contain less than 0.3% of THC. However, in states where THC is legal for recreational use, it’s possible to come across CBD products containing significant THC amounts. Before consuming a CBD product, you should check the packaging to ascertain all the product’s contents and additives.


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How long before CBD gets in the bloodstream?

The duration it takes for you to feel the effects of CBD depends mainly on the method of consumption and the amount of CBD you take. There are numerous ways of consuming CBD.

The most popular of these is smoking or vaping CBD- this method is the quickest since the cannabinoid is inhaled directly into your bloodstream. It may take as short as 15 minutes to set in. Another common method is consuming CBD oil in edibles and teas, which take quite a while before kicking in since the compound must be digested in the stomach, metabolized, and then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Ointments, oils, salves, and lotions are other means to administer CBD. These are applied directly to the skin, after which they are absorbed into the bloodstream. The time these products take to produce effects will depend on the consistency of the product itself. Due to the ease of application, these ointments and salves have become very popular among CBD users.

How long is CBD detectable in urine?  – bottom line

CBD is here to stay. Judging by all the uses and benefits the compound has, it’s safe to say that the CBD industry is only getting bigger and better. And while this is great news for investors, it’s even better news for consumers who require CBD products to combat issues like insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain.

In reality, CBD shouldn’t show up on a drug test screening for marijuana use. However, the party ordering for the drug test may sometimes ask that CBD be screened for as well, especially for a job interview.

If this is the situation, and you use CBD for medical purposes- say you have a doctor’s prescription and it is legal in your state- be open and proactive about it. Explain why you use CBD; you could also mention that since CBD doesn’t result in altered senses, it wouldn’t affect your performance, only enhance it.

If you have a drug test coming up soon, however, you should steer clear from the CBD for at least a week. Otherwise, you may get a positive drug test result, and we bet you don’t want that to happen.

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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