How long does CBD stay in your system?

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Jon Scott- Author and Owner of Scott's Essentials CBD Bath and Body

Understanding the duration of hemp derived CBD's presence in our body is important. In this article, we'll talk about the factors affecting the duration of CBD in your system and what you need to know.

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Longevity of CBD in Your System

Several factors determine how long CBD remains detectable in your body: 

  • Dosage-

The amount of Hemp based CBD you consume plays an important role in how long it stays in your system. Obviously, higher doses take longer to clear from the body.

  • Frequency of Use-

CBD accumulates in your body over time, which can lead to a longer detection window.

  • Method of Consumption-

How you consume CBD matters. For example, if you inhale it using a vape, the effects could be shorter-lived compared to taking it orally.

Metabolic rates vary from person to person, which will help determine how fast your body will process and eliminate Hemp derived CBD.

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  • Quality of the Product-

The purity and quality of the CBD product will influence its duration in the body. High-quality, well-tested products are likely to have more predictable elimination time rates.

  • Body Composition-

Weight and overall health can impact how long CBD remains in your system. Someone with a higher body fat percentage may retain CBD longer. It can accumulate in fat cells.

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What is Hemp Based CBD?

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

CBD can be pulled from hemp or from non-hemp plants. Hemp is any part of the cannabis sativa plant with no more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering substance in marijuana.

Types of CBD

  • Broad spectrum- Broad spectrum CBD products contain all the compounds from the cannabis plant, except THC, including cannabinol (CBN) and terpenes.
  • Full spectrum- Will contain several naturally occurring cannabis plant extracts, such as terpenes and other cannabinoids, including and up to 0.3% THC.
  • Isolate- The purest form of CBD oil. These products do not contain any other cannabinoids other than CBD.
  • Water soluble- One of the latest and greatest additions to the vast assortment of Hemp based CBD products available on the internet. This type of CBD extract can do things that other extracts can’t, and it’s ideal for a variety of products that were previously hard to produce.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

The effects of CBD usually peak within a few hours after consumption. However, the presence of CBD in the body can linger for a longer period.

  • Occasional users- Can take 1-2 days on average. An occasional user is someone who takes CBD about 2-3 times a month.

  • Average users- It can take approximately 3-5 days for most of the CBD to clear from your system. But this duration can vary from person to person. An average user takes CBD about 2-3 times a week.
  • Frequent users- Up to a week or more. A frequent user takes CBD about once a day or more.


Human Endocannabinoid System

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It's important to note that trace amounts of CBD may still be detectable in some drug tests, especially for those using high doses or using CBD products with traces of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

It's very important to understand that drug tests can have different detection thresholds, and some may not even distinguish between CBD and THC. It's essential to be cautious if you are subject to drug testing and use CBD products.


         The immediate effects of Hemp derived CBD may wear off relatively quickly, trace amounts of it can linger in your body for a few days to a week or more. If you are concerned about drug tests at your job or want to be completely free of CBD for any reason, it's essential to consider the dosage amounts, the frequency of use, and the quality of the CBD products you are or will be using. Always consult with your healthcare professional for personalized advice on CBD and its potential effects on your body. How long does CBD stay in your system is a very complex  question and depends on many factors.