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While cannabidiol (CBD) has risen in popularity lately, especially as a wellness aid, it's important to remember that some CBD products can contain tiny traces of THC. Full Spectrum CBD products contain over 120 different plant compounds derived from the hemp plant including no more than 0.3% THC. Broad Spectrum CBD also contains 120 different cannabinoids, but the THC has been extracted out. Because it is still legal to contain trace amounts of THC in Full Spectrum products, there is a chance that it could cause a positive drug test for THC.
This is a particularly serious issue if you are looking for work or need to agree to drug screenings for other reasons (such as being on parole). For those individuals who are required to undergo drug testing, we suggest that they only take Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate products.
How Your Body Processes CBD and Factors That Affect How Long CBD Stays In Your System
There are several variables to consider regarding how long CBD stays in your body and how it affects you. The length of time that the compound is active and detectable varies from person to person. It's influenced by a variety of factors, including:
- Physical characteristics and genetics, such as your metabolism, age, and weight
- The last time you took it
- Frequency of use
CBD is fat-soluble, so it's stored in your body's fat cells rather than the water cells. As a result, your Body Mass Index (BMI) affects how quickly CBD is metabolized. The greater your body mass and weight, the longer it will take to clear your system.
The potency, quality, and form of CBD you take may all influence how it affects you as well as how long it lasts. The following are some of the most popular ways and forms of CBD:
- Dried flower
CBD enters your circulation almost immediately if you smoke dried flower CBD or vaporize it in a vape cartridge. As a result, the neurological effects of CBD occur most quickly this way.
You will not feel CBD’s effects right away if you ingest an edible that includes it. The speed at which you start to feel its effects is determined by several factors, including your metabolism and diet. However, CBD's effects are generally felt within an hour after ingestion. Regardless of how you take it, the effects can typically last between one to three hours.
But does the duration of its effects influence how long it stays in your system?
How Long Does CBD Stay In Lab Tests?
The half-life of CBD is between 18 and 32 hours. It can be detected on lab tests, however, most drug tests look for THC rather than CBD. They do this by detecting a byproduct of THC binding. If the CBD product you consumed did not contain any THC, then you will not fail a drug test. As we mentioned earlier, Broad Spectrum and CBD Isolate products should not contain any detectable amounts of THC. We say ‘should’ because it is up to the manufacturer to ensure that proper testing has been done.
Different drug tests have different cut-off levels. Legal hemp products can contain up to 0.3% of THC, although these legal hemp products could potentially trigger a positive test for THC.
Furthermore, specific tests are more successful at detecting THC and for a longer duration of time. The type of drug screening you're given, as well as the length of time since you last took CBD, may influence whether it's detected.
It's also important to remember that since the FDA does not regulate CBD products, you could be taking CBD combined with other cannabinoids, which may increase detectability. Also, it's worth noting that as cannabis items are used more frequently, detection windows expand.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your Urine?
Urine tests are the most common and popular drug testing technique for businesses. THC's detection window through urine screenings varies considerably. It is mainly based on the amount you took and how frequently you use it. These metabolites can appear in your urine anywhere from three days to two weeks after your last dose.
According to some research, THC metabolites can be detected for 15 days post-administration among frequent and daily users. However, the study also found that these figures can differ depending on the dosage.
How Long Does THC Stay In Your Hair?
Hair testing is capable of detecting drugs for a more extended period than urine or blood tests. THC metabolites may be seen in hair samples for up to three months after consumption.
How Long Does THC Stay In Your Blood?
Although blood tests aren't as frequent as urine drug testing both can be used to spot THC metabolites. THC is quickly eliminated from circulation due to its short half-life, which is one reason why it's not the preferred method of drug screening.
THC is only present in your plasma for approximately five hours after you take it. However, THC metabolites may remain in your system for up to a week.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your Saliva?
Saliva tests for CBD or THC are infrequent for employment and legal reasons, much like hair tests. However, drug components may be detected within minutes of ingestion and can last up to 36 hours, depending on the dose and frequency of usage.
It's possible that this test and the others can detect it for longer if you ingest CBD products in large amounts and regularly. But again, this is only if the test is designed to detect CBD; most are not.
The duration that CBD stays in your body is greatly influenced by many factors as we mentioned above. Not all CBD products run the risk of producing a failed drug test; Full Spectrum CBD products can contain up to 0.3% THC where as Broad Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate contain non-detectable amounts of THC or zero THC. If you are worried about the results of the drug test or you believe you might fail the test, we recommend that you only take Broad Spectrum or Isolate products and check the product testing to ensure there is no THC. Generally speaking, drug tests are not designed to detect CBD and typically only detect byproducts of THC binding.