If you’re trying to break free from the burden of cannabis addiction, know that it is possible. While some people may insist that you can’t become physically dependant on cannabis or cannabis-related products, psychological dependency can be just as disruptive.
But does the duration of its effects influence how long it stays in your system for?
It’s also worth noting that because CBD products are not regulated by the FDA, it’s possible that you could be taking CBD that is mixed with other cannabinoids, which could increase detectability. Also, it’s worth noting that the more frequently you use cannabis products, the wider detection windows become.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your Saliva?
According to the Mayo Clinic, THC metabolites can be detected for as long as 15 days post-administration among frequent and daily users. However, the research also suggests that these numbers can vary based on the dosage.
Most drug tests screen for THC, rather than CBD. THC is the main component of marijuana. However, as we mentioned, CBD contains trace amounts of THC.
Let’s take a closer look at the different ways you can take CBD and how your body processes it. Then we’ll walk through how long it will stay in different systems of your body.
There are many different factors to consider that influence how long CBD stays in your system as well as how it affects you. How long it lasts and is detectable is not the same for everyone. It can depend on:
There was a study on mice that showed potential liver issues from CBD but the doses given were so high (approximately 3200 mg for a 160 pound human) that it’s nonsensical.
Let’s look at whether CBD affects the results of blood panels next.
Always work with a doctor or naturopath with any supplement!
Does CBD affect liver panel
It’s also not addictive (see CBD and addiction), doesn’t build tolerance (see CBD and tolerance), and doesn’t cause withdrawals (see CBD and withdrawals).
We did a big review of CBD and estrogen since it’s such a critical supporter of serotonin function (see CBD and serotonin).
CBD is not tested in drug panels. Its cousin, THC is. CBD and THC are almost opposite to each other in terms of how they work in the body.
First, what does research show on the safety side where things might be measured?
Inhalation, via CBD vapes or smokable flower, is also an effective delivery method for CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
We have some insight into how long CBD remains in the blood, but there is little research on how long CBD is detectable in urine. In a 2016 study published in the Journal of Pain, participants were given different types of CBD-rich cannabis products, including oils, capsules, and flower. Two hours after administration, urine samples from all 15 subjects tested positive for CBD. The researchers followed one participant after the last day of administration and found that CBD was no longer detectable in the urine after 24 hours.
Based on existing research, CBD may stay in your system anywhere from 24 hours to a few weeks. That timeframe can change depending on a variety of factors including metabolism, consumption method, frequency of use, and dosage.
CBD may not produce the same intoxicating effects as THC, but it does get stored in the body. The time that CBD remains detectable in the body depends on several factors.
Studies show that when the liver metabolizes CBD compounds, they undergo what is called the “first-pass effect.” Enzymes in the liver reduce CBD concentration before the remainder is finally sent to the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body. While oral consumption of CBD has become popular for its ease of use, it can be an inefficient method of consumption compared with inhalation or sublingual administration. This is because only about 5% of swallowed CBD ends up in the bloodstream, meaning this method provides low bioavailability.
How long does CBD stay in your system? That depends on multiple factors. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Bottom line: Apart from the one study that showed CBD was no longer detectable in urine after 24 hours, there isn’t much research on drug testing for CBD in urine.