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How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

By Shirley Mistry

Whether you are using CBD to relax and unwind or to address a specific problem such as discomfort, part of being a CBD user is knowing how long it stays in your system. While it is a simple question, unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite as straightforward. 

The duration for which CBD stays in your body can be a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks! For a definitive answer, you have to take into account a number of factors. Here are the four main aspects that you should be aware of to understand just how long CBD stays in your system.

How much are you consuming and how often?

Answering this question is step one. The more CBD you consume, the longer it will stay in your body. The same rule applies to frequency. When you use CBD regularly, it accumulates in your body, almost like a reserve. This is why it stays in your body for longer too. If you consume or use CBD products sporadically, on the other hand, you’ll find that it leaves your body quicker, as there is no accumulation.

Take into account the type of CBD

Apart from dosage and frequency, the type of CBD product you use also has an impact on how long it stays in your system. For instance, when you vape CBD, you will notice its effects almost instantly, and it will leave your system just as fast, in a matter of a few hours. On the other hand, when you consume an oil or tincture, CBD stays in your system for about 4 hours. Prefer the convenience of CBD capsules the most? Know that they are in your body for about 6 to 8 hours. 

In essence, the bioavailability—that is how easily absorbable each CBD product is by your body—determines how long it will stay in your system. Typically, the higher the bioavailability and the faster the absorption, the shorter is the duration for which CBD stays in your system.

It is personal!

Your physical makeup and lifestyle, more specifically your weight and metabolism, also play a part in determining how long CBD stays in your system. Since CBD is fat-soluble, it is stored in the fat cells in your body. So, if the fat percentage in your body is on the higher side, you can expect CBD to stay in your system for longer. 

Similarly, if you are active or have a high metabolism, any CBD that you consume will be metabolized in a shorter span of time, and will subsequently make a swift exit from your body. This is also the reason why younger people, with a naturally agile metabolism, can expect CBD to leave their body promptly, while older people can assume that CBD will be retained by their body for a while longer.  

In addition to these factors, your Body Mass Index (BMI) and the water content in your body also have a role to play in how quickly or slowly CBD is expelled. 

Are you pairing CBD with food?

The last determinant is when you consume CBD. This is applicable to CBD products that you consume orally, and not topically. For instance, when you eat a CBD capsule on a full stomach, it takes time for it to be digested. As a result, it lingers in your body for longer. On the other hand, when you consume CBD on an empty stomach, the effect is likely to be stronger and it will leave your system quicker too, as it can be digested almost instantly.

Since there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, understanding these 4 aspects is crucial to knowing how long CBD is likely to stay in your system. Moreover, as dosage is a key determinant, as a first-time CBD user, it is a good idea to start with a low dose, around 10–20mg per day and increase from there. Be sure to take into account your body weight and the concentration of the product to determine the right dosage.

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