CBD (cannabidiol) is recognized in the health sector for its therapeutic properties. However, as it contains traces of THC, this can be counterproductive for some. It is easily detectable in drug tests.
In fact, recent research shows that screening tests cannot tell the difference if the product contains a certain amount of THC. This is a problem when you need to submit to drug testing for work purposes.
There is no simple answer as to how our body processes CBD. Since it all depends on several factors: form of administration, dosage and frequency of use. However, based on this, it is possible to make an estimate.
What influences how long CBD lasts in our body?
As we have indicated, there are many factors that directly influence how long CBD stays in the body, as well as how this can affect us. In other words, the duration and detection time of CBD is not the same for everyone.
Therefore, it may depend on:
- The amount of CBD used: The higher the dose, the longer it lasts in the body.
- Frequency of use: When CBD is used regularly, the accumulation time increases considerably. It is therefore recommended to use it for about a week to identify and compare results.
- How your body absorbs CBD: Body mass index, water content and metabolism are determining factors that depend, it should be noted, on each person’s genetics.
- Your regular diet: The eating schedule is vital, since CBD is metabolized and eliminated faster on an empty stomach than on a full stomach. Therefore, organization is key in this regard.
- CBD form: The method you use affects proportionally, from the duration of effects to the time it remains in the system.
In addition to the above, it should be noted that the different forms of CBD include:
- CBD oil.
- CBD edibles.
- CBD vaping.
- CBD flowers.
- Tablets and capsules.
- Creams and lotions.
So how long does CBD last in our system?
Generally, CBD stays in our body for 2 to 5 days. Although that range does not apply to everyone, of course. Depending on the factors mentioned above, some may retain the substance for weeks before metabolizing it completely.
In this aspect we must talk about the frequency of use. A determining factor that we can use as a tool in favor of our organism.
In this sense, scheduled and occasional consumption of small to medium doses is recommended so that the substance, after having adequately cleansed your system, will be eliminated in the corresponding estimated period of time.
Half-life of CBD
The elimination half-life is a common measure used to determine the time it takes for 50% of the initial dose of a substance to be eliminated from the body. Each half-life provides a proportionally shorter elimination.
So, let’s look at the following example:
Assume that the half-life of 10 mg of CBD is 3 hours:
- One hour after consumption: CBD reaches a maximum concentration of 10 mg.
- At the end of the first half-life (3 hours): 5 mg of CBD remain in the body.
- After the second half-life (6 hours): 5 mg of CBD remains in the system.
- After the third half-life (9 hours): 25 mg of CBD in the body.
- After the fourth half-life (12 hours): 62 mg of CBD to be eliminated.
The half-life varies depending on the method of administration and the doses of CBD consumed.
- Inhaled route: Half-life of approximately 31 hours.
- Oral route: About 2 to 5 days.