If you’re new to the world of CBD and edibles in general, you might wonder how long the effects of CBD last and how long it remains in your system. These are two pressing concerns for many people, especially for those who are just beginning their journey into CBD wellness or for those who might need to pass a drug screening for employment purposes.
CBD sticks around
Testing positive on a drug test without using cannabis can be a blow to a budding career. This can happen even if the only product you are using is CBD. That’s because there’s almost always a small bit of THC present in anything with a CBD label. The infamous 2018 Farm Bill provides legality for CBD provided there’s no more than 0.3% THC in a product. That means that no matter how small a dosage of CBD you’ve taken, you’re still going to fail your drug screening. The only failsafe way to ensure you pass a drug screening while using CBD products is to use a full-spectrum CBD oil.
Employment screening aside, how long CBD stays in your system is an important thing to know, especially as you work out your personal dosing schedule. There’s no definitive answer about how long it takes to get out of your system. For most people, CBD effects can last up to four hours after being consumed. But this is a very broad number, so your personal experience might be different.
Some studies show that the half-life of CBD might be as long as four days. That means that after ingesting, it takes four days for it to be completely out of your system – important knowledge for someone who is trying to pass an employment screening. The study followed both men and women who used CBD over six days, with an average dosage of 700mg. Then their use was halted, and the researchers took blood samples daily to determine the rate at which it was removed. Ultimately, the study concluded that the length of time CBD remains in your system will depend on three factors – your age, weight, and the amount of CBD you’ve consumed. If you’re prepping for an employment drug screen, be safe and give yourself one full week to get all of the residual CBD from your system.
Potential CBD side effects and safety concerns
Side effects of using CBD are generally minimal, in part because everyone has an endocannabinoid system which helps prevent disastrous negative effects. However, there has been some research which indicates users might experience side effects. These include the following.
• Abdominal upset – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
• Appetite changes
• Changes in mood
• Dry mouth
Some research has shown that users of CBD have elevated liver enzyme levels, which might show a correlation between use and liver damage. More research is needed to confirm this.
New CBD enthusiasts should also be aware of its potential to interact with several pharmaceutical medications. A recent study showed that short-term exposure to CBD can increase the permeability of the placental barrier in pregnant women, which might place the fetus at undue risk. The most responsible thing to do is to just discuss your interest in CBD with your physician. Then you’ll be armed with the right information to make the most accurate decision about your personal use.
Overall, CBD is safe to use daily. Its effects typically last for a few hours after consumption, but each person is going to experience the effects differently. Your age, height, and weight all factor into how CBD is absorbed by your system. These three criteria will also play a role in how long it takes for the trace amounts of THC found in all CBD products to be removed from your body.
Most CBD products contain up to 0.3% THC (unless you’re using a full-spectrum CBD oil). So it’s possible that your screening will show positive even if you haven’t had any THC active products.
To be safe before an employment drug screen, it is generally recommended that you stop using all CBD products for a week. This will give you plenty of time to expel the trace amounts and you are more likely to pass your test.
The most important thing to remember is that the amount of CBD you consume should be as minimal as possible. This helps you avoid overdosing and removes the potential for excess THC to build in your system.
As with all CBD products, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the purity of the products you’re using. Understanding how hemp is grown to produce the CBD products is essential, as it will ensure the reliability of your products. This is one of the reasons why we’re so committed to being transparent in our entire process. Even trace amounts of THC can significantly change the course of a person’s life; our CBD products are well within the Farm Bill limits, making them safe to use.