How long does CBD stay in your system?

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How long does CBD stay in your system?

How long does CBD stay in your system?

CBD can stay in your system for days or even weeks depending on a variety of factors.

Unfortunately, there is still somewhat of a long-standing stigma attached to cannabis and CBD products.  Many people are still reluctant to try the compound for fear of this association.  A common concern is wanting to know how long CBD will remain in one’s system.

When trying to determine how long CBD will stay in a users system, it’s important to take note of the following factors:


In almost all situations it is fair to say that the more CBD one consumes, the longer the compound is going to stay in their system.


Similar to dosage, the frequency at which you consume CBD will determine how long it stays in your body.  Obviously, the more frequent the use, the longer the CBD will take to leave your system and vice versa.


Metabolism could play the key role in dictating how long CBD will stay in your system.  This is problematic though, as metabolism can vary dramatically from person to person.  It also depends on whether you are consuming CBD on an empty or a full stomach.  Consuming CBD on an empty stomach will increase its absorption rate and therefore increase the overall amount of the compound in your body.


Trying to determine how long CBD will stay in someone’s system is also very dependent on their method of consumption.  Capsules, edibles and beverages for example, have to go through your body’s digestive tract, and this filters out some of the CBD.  Oils or tinctures, on the other hand, are administered under the tongue.  This method allows for the CBD to be absorbed into your bloodstream, delivering more of the compound into your system.  Vaping CBD has the highest absorption rate of all consumption methods.  Vaping delivers CBD directly into the lungs and will often produce an almost immediate effect.

As you can see, many factors come into play when determining how long CBD will stay in one’s system for.  Each individual is different and it’s therefore impossible to precisely predict just how long the compound will stay in your system.   A good suggestion is to start off slow if you are a new user.  Read through how much CBD should I take for a simple guideline.

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Disclaimer: We recommend consulting with a qualified medical doctor or veterinarian when preparing a treatment plan for any and all diseases or ailments. Do not exceed more than 20mg of CBD(Cannabidiol) in your daily dose as per South African government regulations. Regulation amending s22(A)2 of the Medicine and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act no.101 of 1965) Published 23 May 2019