How long does CBD stay in your system?
Many States have legal Cannabis and CBD, however, some states still mandate drug tests that discourage many users from using either CBD or Cannabis. While many drug tests are looking for THC, some of them pick up CBD, as well.
We all know that THC free CBD does not have any of the psychoactive effects that marijuana has on its consumer. But if you have a job that requires drug tests, you might be surprised with a positive test for cannabidiol.
CBD is being used by many for pain, anxiety, and as a sleep aid. The FDA approved the use of CBD for certain types of seizures related to epilepsy. There are many online CBD shops that sell CBD oil, CBD capsules, and even CBD gummies. Despite the therapeutic affects surrounding CBD, can they get you into trouble by showing a positive on a drug test?
Even though CBD does not cause a “high” and the WHO has classified CBD as a “safe and tolerable substance with no adverse health effects,” some people tested positive on drug tests for THC metabolites even though they used full spectrum, THC Free CBD capsules and oils.
That said, almost all full spectrum THC oils contain trace amounts of THC. The Federal government limits the legal THC content to 0.3%. At the 0.3% it’s possible to fail a drug test that tests for THC. Note however, there is a difference between full spectrum CBD oils and CBD isolate. CBD isolate is 100% THC free and if you’re using an isolate, you will not positive on any drug tests that test for THC.
Do Marijuana Drug Tests Look for CBD?
If you have an upcoming drug test, it’s helpful to know how long CBD stays in your system. Before answering this question, we have to let you know that there is little data out there showing exactly how long CBD stays in your system.
Epilepsy Currents published a scientific study that claims that that he half-life of CBD after a single oral dose is approximately 1 to 2 days, meaning that it will probably take your body approximately 4 days to 25 days to completely get rid of the drug. Let us explain why there is such a big range.
The half-life of a drug is the length of time it takes for the amount of the drug in your body to be reduced by half. The half-life of a drug varies between a few hours to a few days.
For example, if you took a 30mg dose of CBD orally, your body would retain approximately 15mg after 1 to 2 days. So, what does this mean for your drug test?
Most studies estimate that drugs are completely eliminated from the body after 5 half-lives. Calculating the exact point at which a drug is completed eliminated from the body to become undetectable by a drug test gets extremely complicated. Especially, when you add variables, such as the person’s age, sex, weight, and metabolic rate.
So, after doing some calculations, we concluded that it typically takes a minimum of 4 days and maximum of 25 days for CBD to be completely eliminated from your system.
Note that these are some rough estimates based on the half-life of CBD.
Different Types of Drug Tests
Please note that the most common drug tests employers use only test for the presence of THC metabolites. They do not test for CBD use, they only test for the recent use of THC.
Consuming a CBD isolate will not show up on a drug test, nor will it fail you for a marijuana drug test. If a lab technician was testing you specifically for CBD, they should let you know. As a measure of caution, ask them if they are testing for marijuana or CBD.
Please not however that if you are using a CBD product that contains trace amounts of THC, it is possible to test positive for marijuana, especially if you have been using that product for an extended period of time.
If you are using CBD on a daily basis, you should look for and purchase CBD products that contain no THC and are third-party laboratory tested. CBD Logik carries CBD oils, capsules, and gummies that contain 0% THC. So, if you’re looking for 0% THC CBD oils, check out their large selection of CBD products.