The natural plant compound called CBD (Cannabidiol) was discovered to be a cannabinoid obtained from the hemp plant (cannabis family). Studies have shown that it is a compound that does not intoxicate the user. CBD has a variety of products you can convert it to. Down from capsules to oils, lotions, edibles, and other forms. The fame of this particular compound has grown due to its functionality as a supplement for health and wellness. When thinking of the question “How long does CBD stay in your system?”, there are lot of things to consider. Let us take a look at how the natural plant compound works.
How Does CBD Work?
The functionality of CBD is done by interacting with the endocannabinoid system of the human body in a unique way. This system consists of multiple receptors responsible for maintaining a state of balance within the body. The effect of CBD is produced when some receptors are activated by it. It also kicks off other effects by raising the quantity of anandamide that exists in the body system. The activation of the ECS is done when CBD binds with CB 1 and 2 receptors all over the body.
How Long Does CBD Stay in The System?
The amount of time that CBD stays in depends on how it affects your body. It varies among different people based on their genes and other physical factors like body chemistry, Body Mass Index (BMI), age and weight. Since CBD exisits as a fat-soluble substance, having a higher BMI means it lasts longer in your system. Some other factors that affect the lasting time of CBD in the system are:
- The amount of CBD taken
- How often CBD is used
- The last time the CBD was ingested
- Type of food you eat and the time you eat
The form of CBD you ingest also affects the time it lasts in your body system. The common forms are:
- Tinctures – oil drops
- Other forms ie. Vape, gummies, drinks, dried flower
On average, the half-life of CBD ranges between 18 to 30 hours. However, it can still be detected in the body system, even if the effects are no longer felt. Full-spectrum CBD contains some traces of THC and this is what drug tests search for in the body. It can be detected by tests up to 7+ days. In most situations, passing a drug test doesn’t prove that you do or do not have those THC traces. In an actual sense, you might just not have enough to be detected by the tests or be below the limits of the test. A research study found that consumption of 2.5mg or more of THC products on a daily basis was required to fail a World Anti-Doping Agency Drug test. By comparison, the most concentrated of Champions + Legends products being our PREPARE Tincture 1000, RECOVER Tincture 1000, and our RECOVER Muscle Rub 1000 would contain a total of 3mg of THC in the entire package which can last up to 30 days.
Here is some testing information on how long THC can be detected:
Drug Test Lasting Time In Urine
This type of test is the most common when trying to detect drugs in the body system of employees, athletes etc. Even with this type of test being very common, it also varies on the dosage of CBD you took. How often you use it also greatly affects the probability of being detected in the body. Research has shown that the traces of THC can be detected by test up to 15 days after use.
Need a little more information on the urine drug tests? Learn more about about the clinical interpretation of urine drug tests.
Drug Test Lasting Time In Hair
Detection of drugs via hair tests are not very common but are done for more accurate results. One of the reasons this type of test comes up is due to the employer’s request. The other reason is that hair tests can detect Traces of THC up to 3 months after use. As accurate as this type of test is, it is still very rare for people to request it.
Drug Test Lasting Time In Saliva
Just like hair tests, the rarity of your employer requesting for saliva tests are very high. The same goes for any legal issue that you might possibly have. The detection duration ranges from minutes up to 36 hours after being ingested. It also depends on the dosage and frequency of the use similar to the other types of tests.
Drug Test Lasting Time In the Blood
Although blood tests are not as common as urine tests, it is also frequently used for the detection of drugs. Unlike in your urine, traces of THC do not stay very long in the bloodstream for it to be detected. It can only be detected 5 to 6 hours after use, it won’t be detected any time after that. This doesn’t mean it is completely out of the system; other tests can possibly still detect it.
How Long Does It Take for CBD To Work?
The time it takes for CBD to work varies among different people based on some particular factors. These factors determine the dosage of CBD required to be ingested, which means the functionality period will vary. Compared to other substances, CBD takes just a few minutes for it to start working in the body. Despite this, you might not feel the effects if you take dosages lower than the one required for your body. If you are not sure what dosage of CBD to use, be sure to meet your doctor. You can also try taking small doses often to get your body accustomed to the dosage.
How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Be Effective?
Despite the fact that CBD needs to reach the Endocannabinoid system to have any impact, not all is absorbed. To state it accurately, not all is absorbed into the bloodstream which is why the dosage and form are important. Ingesting the oil form of CBD causes two things to occur during digestion. The CBD gets broken into two parts, part of it is absorbed while some of it deemed non-usable by the body and treated as waste. This is the same as what our body does with other foods and supplements that we use. The rate at which CBD oil shows effects and how long it takes depends on some factors. These factors are physical factors (weight of user), body chemistry, metabolism, and quality of the CBD oil used. However, the average time it takes goes between 20 minutes and 1.5 hours after use depending on the ingestion method.
How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?
The time it takes for the effects of CBD to last in the human body widely varies among different people. On average, it has been recorded to take up 2 to 12 hours, but it can last longer. The reason for the effects lasting longer is due to physical factors, genes and the dosage you take in. A larger dosage will definitely make the effects last longer, while smaller amounts can do the opposite.Learn more details on CBD based products and the effects of CBD on our metabolism here. Read our blog post on CBD dosage tips and guidelines to learn more.
CBD Use Amongst Athletes
The use of CBD among professional and amateur athletes have been revised. This revision states that the world anti-doping agency (WADA) has excluded CBD from its prohibited substances. The agency stated this in the article below.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, widely marketed to athletes for claimed effects such as decreased anxiety, fear memory extinction, anti-inflammatory properties, relief of pain and for post-exercise recovery. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has excluded CBD from its list of prohibited substances. Nevertheless, caution is currently advised for athletes intending to use the compound—except CBD, all other cannabinoids are still on the prohibited list. CBD products, specifically non-medicinal, so-called full-spectrum cannabis extracts, may contain significant levels of these substances, but also contaminations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (>2.5 mg/day in >30% of products on the German market), potentially leading to positive doping tests.
Labelled claims about CBD content and the absence of THC are often false and misleading. Contaminations with the psychoactive THC can result in adverse effects on cognition and, in general, the safety profile of CBD with respect to its toxicity is a controversial topic of discussion. For these reasons, we would currently advise against the use of over-the-counter CBD products, especially those from dubious internet sources without quality control. (A Warning against the Negligent Use of Cannabidiol in Professional and Amateur Athletes, 2019).
Read more on the regulations and prohibitions here.
We hope that you have found this article on How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System to be Useful and Informative.
At Champions + Legends we use full-spectrum CBD in all of our products because we believe quality inputs offer our customers the best potential results.
To ensure the high quality standards demanded by elite athletes, our full range of custom formulated CBD is tested six times throughout the manufacturing process. We make sure it works, so you can work harder.