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January 05, 2021 3 min read

CBD has recently become popular due to its use for alleviating chronic pain amongst other conditions such as anxiety, seizure disorders, and insomnia. We’re here to answer some common questions that people often have about using CBD. There are a few different types of CBD that you can choose from depending on what you’re looking for, so it is important to do a bit of research before buying a CBD product to ensure it is the right fit for you. 


How long does CBD stay in your system?

According Healthline's article, “How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?” The answer to this question is dependent upon a few factors: how much you take, how often you take CBD, your body, how you ingest CBD, and the variant of CBD that you are taking. 

  • If you take CBD often, the amount of CBD you ingest will build up in your system and therefore will stick around for a while. Similarly, if you take a high dose of CBD, then it will take a longer amount of time for your body to process it out of your system. If you take a small dose of CBD every once in a while, it will be cleared out of your system sooner than somebody that consistently consumes a larger dose of CBD.
  • Everybody’s body is different which is the reason as to why each person’s experience processing CBD cannot be universalized. Some people have faster metabolisms and therefore, they may process CBD out of their system more quickly than another. 
  • The variant of CBD that you are taking matters. There are three types: Full-Spectrum CBD, Broad-Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate. The primary difference between these three categories is that Full-Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD may contain a small concentration of THC, whereas CBD Isolates do not contain any trace of THC.
  • The way that you choose to ingest CBD makes a difference in how long CBD will stay in your system. Healthline states that if you vape CBD oil, CBD passes through your system more quickly. If you take pills or ingest CBD through edibles, then the CBD may linger in your system longer due to the fact that they take longer to take effect.

How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD?

The amount of time it takes to feel the effect of CBD depends on how you ingest CBD.

  • Vapes: When you vape a CBD concentrate, you will feel the effects of CBD relatively quickly
  • Edibles and Pills: Due to the fact that your body has to digest both edibles and pills, it takes a longer amount of time to feel the effect of CBD
  • Lotions and Creams: It typically takes a longer period of time for your body to feel the effects of CBD when it is applied through a lotion or a cream.

Does CBD show up on a drug test?

The answer is, as you could have guessed: it depends! 

When companies give you a drug test, they are looking to find THC. There are a few different types of CBD that contain differing concentrations of THC, therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for the type of CBD you are consuming. The three main types of CBD are Full-Spectrum CBD, Broad-Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolates.

  • Full-Spectrum CBD: Full-Spectrum CBD contains all the varying extracts that are naturally found in a Cannabis plant. This means that Full-Spectrum CBD will contain CBD and THC. Therefore, if you were to take Full-Spectrum CBD and then take a drug test, THC would show up on a drug test
  • Broad-Spectrum CBD: Generally speaking, Broad-Spectrum CBD does not contain traces of THC, however, on occasion it does. Broad-Spectrum CBD is the middle ground between Full-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Broad-Spectrum CBD contains an assortment of the naturally occurring compounds that are found within Cannabis plants, but it is not often that THC is one of those compounds. With that being said however, there is still a chance that Broad-Spectrum CBD may contain a trace of THC that could show up on a drug test. 
  • CBD Isolate: CBD Isolate does not contain any trace of THC. CBD Isolates are the best option for people that want to take CBD, but do not want to ingest any amount of THC.

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