How long does CBD stay in your system?

With the growing popularity of CBD oil and edibles made with it as an ingredient, more and more information is being published about the positive effects of CBD. However, there are still gaps when it comes to practical and useful knowledge such as how long CBD stays in the system, the most effective way to consume it and also how long it takes until you feel the effects.

The reality is that the effects of CBD oil will change depending on the person and also the way it’s consumed. The dosage can also play a part in understanding how long the CBD stays in your system and it can also be affected by how often you consume CBD products as well. In this article, we’re going to shed some light on CBD oil usage and how long it stays in your system after taking it.

Why is it important to know how long CBD stays in your system?

CBD has been legalised in the UK which means that most people aren’t as cautious as before about taking CBD oil. However, there are still many drug tests (especially those involving athletic pursuits and job interviews) that will actually return a positive if CBD is detected, even if the drug test was supposed to look for the psychoactive compound, THC. This means that if there is CBD still lingering in your body, it could compromise your chances of passing a drug test and may show a false positive which could be a detriment to you.

Although the majority of drug tests will not return a false positive when looking for THC, it’s important that you don’t take any chances and focus on understanding how long it really takes for CBD to completely leave your system because there are no noticeable effects that may make you fail your test.

How long does CBD stay in your system?

One of the first things to consider is that the effects of CBD oil and the actual presence of it in your system are two separate things. The effects can last several hours after taking it especially if you’ve consumed edibles that are made with CBD oil. However, they can also take quite a bit of time to actually appear as well. For instance, edibles will typically linger in your digestive system for a while until the CBD passes into your bloodstream through the liver. On the other hand, vaping can introduce CBD directly into your body so the effects are felt much sooner, but it tends to wear off quickly.

In both cases, the actual CBD compound will likely still be lingering in your body even though you aren’t feeling its effects. This is because the half-life of CBD tends to be anywhere from 2 to 5 days. Even though the compound isn’t visible, there may still be trace amounts of CBD still in your system which means it can take several days to actually completely vanish from your system.

A recent study that investigated how long it takes for CBD to leave the body found it takes around 7 days to be undetectable. In the study, each subject was given a dosage of 700mg CBD each day for six weeks, then their consumption of CBD was stopped to see how long it would stay in their system. The studies found that it takes around 7 days for the average person, regardless of gender, to completely expel the CBD from their system.

As a rough estimate, you should aim to wait at least a week before you agree to any kind of drugs test. This will give the CBD plenty of time to exit your system, and each day you wait will only increase your chances of passing the drugs test and returning a negative.

So what’s the conclusion?

So here are the main takeaways from this article.

  • CBD could potentially return a positive if you undergo a drugs test, making it important to learn when the CBD is completely expelled from your body
  • CBD lingers in the body for around 7 days
  • The presence of CBD in your body has no relation to the effects that you feel; even if you’re no longer feeling the positive benefits of CBD, that doesn’t mean that it’s gone from your body
  • The way CBD is taken and the dosage will affect the time it takes for the CBD to leave your system
  • You should wait at least 7 days before agreeing to a drug test to give enough time for the CBD to leave your system

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand more about CBD and how long it remains in your system. As long as you keep the rule in mind to wait 7 days, you won’t put yourself at risk of failing a drug test.

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