How Long does CBD stay in Your System?

How Long does CBD stay in Your System?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, has many wellness benefits. For this reason, it has been becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Most people who use CBD daily take it to reduce stress and get peaceful sleep at night. But most people are put off by CBD because of its association with THC. They fear that CBD will cause them to fail a drug test and lose their jobs. But really, you have nothing to worry about.

CBD is not as potent as THC and will not produce any symptoms of getting high. Hence, your employers will never notice any strange behavior that warrants a drug test. Moreover, the CBD that is sold in the market does not have any THC, which tends to stay in your body for 30 days. CBD does not show up on a drug test, so you can be confident using it without any repercussions. If you wish to know how long does CBD stay in your system, stay tuned with us. Let’s dive in!



What is CBD?

CBD is a compound derived from the hemp plant. It is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the resin of cannabis plants. CBD has been used to promote good mood, relieve stress, and enhance mental clarity. CBD is used as a component in the production of “medical marijuana.” There has been much debate on the legality of CBD, and currently, in all 50 states of the US, it has been legalized with a few restrictions.

How Long Does it Take for the Effects to Kick In?

Most people who use CBD for the first time ask this question. The answer to this question is not going to be simple. CBD’s effects on the body will vary depending on the type of CBD products you use. You will find many CBD products in the market in the form of oils, tinctures, ointments, edibles, etc.


If you ingest CBD in the form of oils and tinctures, you may start to notice the effects within 15 minutes. But, if you take the exact dosage of CBD in the form of edibles like CBD gummies, it can take up to 45 minutes before you experience any effect.


How Long Do the Effects Last?

While the method of consumption plays a role in the time taken to show its effects, it has no bearing on how long they last. Since CBD has less potency compared to THC, its effects will only last for about 6 hours. Of course, it will depend on the dosage as well because CBD ingested at a higher dose can produce effects that last beyond 6 hours.

It is vital that you initiate it with a minimum dose and gradually increase it until you find the right dosage for your needs. This way, you can prevent any dependence or addiction from catching on.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

Now let’s discuss about the main point, how long does CBD stay in your system? We have, for ease of your understanding, divided the CBD tests into four categories: blood, urine, saliva, and hair. 

How long does CBD stay in your system


●     CBD in your urine 

If you are a regular user, CBD may be detected in your urine after a month of your last CBD intake. If this is the first time that you are using this supplement, it may be detected in your urine for the next three days.

●     CBD in your blood

Pure CBD does not show up on a drug test. However, if it is laced with THC or other metabolites, then it may be detected in your blood for 5 hours after consumption.

●     CBD in your saliva

Although testing saliva for CBD is a rare procedure, it can be detected within 72 hours of first consumption if the product is tainted with THC.

●     CBD in your hair

Typically, compounds such as CBD can be found in a hair test even three months after first taking them.

5 Factors That Determine How Long CBD Stays in Your System

Factos that determine how long CBD stays in your system


According to specialists, how long does CBD stay in your system can depend on the following 5 factors.

1. What you eat and how much you eat

Doctors have studied the effects of CBD and its duration on the human body and found that if you eat a meal with a high-fat content right after taking CBD, its effects will last longer. In fact, eating a big meal will extend the half-life of the substance by a considerable amount of time. That means ingesting CBD on an empty stomach and then starving yourself will allow the effects to die down sooner.

Also, taking CBD with foods like cheese, avocados, and nuts will retain the cannabinoid for a long time in your body. Fatty foods have been found to facilitate better absorption of CBD in your body.

2.  Medications for liver disease

Our livers secrete many enzymes that help in the metabolism of all things we consume. CBD is no exception. But if you take medicines for liver problems, it can have an effect on the activity of these enzymes. This will either cause you to experience CBD’s effects for a longer time or reduce its duration.

3. The frequency of ingestion

Like most other products, if you take CBD regularly, it will accumulate in your body. This would cause CBD’s effects to last for a prolonged time.


4. Your dosage

Your dosage will also determine how long does CBD stay in your system. A study conducted in 2005 by the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring observed that upon taking 1.35 mg of CBD, it was detectable in the individual’s body for the next 6 hours. Increasing the dosage caused the CBD to stay in the body for a longer period of time.


5. Type of CBD consumed

The method of administering CBD also play an important role in determining how long it stays in your system. For example, if you ingest CBD in the form of smoke, it leaves your system sooner than swallowing CBD oils and edibles.



We hope that this article was able to answer your question conclusively. If you still have doubts, we recommend that you ask your healthcare provider about how long does CBD stay in your system. CBD does not cause any addiction or come up on a drug test. Thus, you can use it without worrying

Bea Lyus

Bea Lyus is an experienced Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the regulatory body for Nutritional Therapists and is registered by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).