How long does CBD stay in your system?

CBD trended like no other in 2019. However, people are still looking to educate themselves on this unique cannabinoid and its' benefits. If you're asking yourself "How does CBD last in my body after consumption?", then reading this article will allow you to better understand so.

Taking CBD Sublingually Versus Vaping CBD

What happens to my body after consuming CBD?

There is no "one-size-fits-all" answer here. Each person is different and will have unique reactions or responses when using CBD. It is important for one to analyze the effects to help them find the right unique, individual dose that is beneficial for them. 

The most common way people administer their CBD is orally, or through the mouth. When CBD is ingested, it enters and absorbs into the digestive system. Although considered the easiest administration method, ingestion isn't the most efficient way to absorb high levels of CBD. 

However, it is recommended that if you are taking CBD oil, you hold it under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing the entirety of the recommended dose. This method, known as the sublingual method, allows CBD to bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism, which then allows to reach the bloodstream more immediately. 

Compared to the ingestion of CBD, absorption after the inhalation of CBD allows more CBD to be absorbed at a faster rate. When using a method like vaping, the compounds enter the alveoli in the lungs. Once bypassed through the alveoli, the CBD molecules enter the bloodstream very quickly. Although this method is felt quicker, the effects wear off quicker compared to oils and tinctures. 

Factors that influence how long CBD status in your system 

1. How much you use

As with most other substances - the higher the dose of your CBD, the longer the CBD will stay in your system. 

2. How frequently you use CBD

The more often you use the cannabinoid, CBD, the longer it will take to clear out of the body. Regular consumers of CBD hoping to remove it from their system will have a longer wait period. CBD is a fat-soluble molecule, meaning that it can build in your system and remain and store in your fat for sometime. 

3. Your body weight 

Everyone's body is different. That is why CBD and any other substance affects people different. 

Your BMI or body mass index is a large factor as CBD is fat-soluble. For instance, for someone who workouts regularly, metabolizes fat faster, and has less density of fat cells - the CBD storage is lower. Meaning, the CBD will not retain as long and will stay for a shorter time in the body. 

This also applies to those with a higher body mass and weight. The higher the fat cells within a body, the longer the period that CBD will stay in your body.

Food Can Affect How CBD Stays In Your System

4. Food 

What foods you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat matter. If taking CBD on an empty stomach, the CBD molecules metabolize faster and eliminate faster out of the body versus taking CBD on a full stomach.  

For example, people with high fiber diets/drinking more water are more likely to eliminate CBD from their systems more quickly than people who have poor fiber diets and aren't hydrating as adequately.  

In conclusion

Studies show that typically CBD stays in your system for 2 to 5 days, but that range does not apply to everyone. In some cases, CBD can stay in people's systems for weeks.

It's important to remember that existing evidence shows us that CBD can definitely be detected in the body for a certain period of time. However, most cannabis drug tests are specifically looking for THC and its metabolites. 

Therefore, the information is still limited on how long CBD stays in the body compared to other cannabinoids like THC. Research is still being developed on CBD and its effects on on our bodies. 



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