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How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last? How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?
CBD has taken the UK health and wellness industry by storm with many reported health benefits from chronic pain, anxiety and even skincare! However, there’s still a lot of confusion and misinformation around cannabidiol. One of the most commonly asked questions we get asked here at ULU is, ‘how long do the effects of CBD last?’ or even, ‘how long does CBD last?’
The answer to this questions depends on a number of factors. So firstly, we’ll talk about how method of consumption, dosage, body weight and lifestyle affects how long CBD lasts in the body.
Next, we’ll cover the question, ‘what does CBD feel like?’ as well as ‘how long do the effects of CBD last?’ Then, we’ll go on to cover ‘how long does CBD last on the shelf?’ ‘How long does CBD oil last before it runs out?’ and end with ‘Will CBD show up on a drugs test?’
How long does CBD last in the body?
Firstly, it’s really important to note that everyone is different when it comes to CBD (cannabidiol). In general, the effects of CBD will last in the body for around 2-8 hours. However, there are lots of different factors that affect how quickly cannabidiol becomes absorbed into your body, and how long it will last. It also depends on the person taking the CBD!
So, let’s take a look at some of these factors that affect how long the effects of CBD will last in the body.
Methods of consumption
There are so many different ways to take CBD nowadays! In fact, you can find almost any CBD product to suit any need! However, you should understand that different CBD products come with different benefits , but also different characteristics. The method of consumption you choose can actually affect how long CBD stays in your system.
Below, we’ll take a look at 4 common ways of taking CBD. For each of these CBD products we’ll discuss what happens when they enter your body and answer the question, ‘how long does CBD stay in your blood or in your system?’
CBD capsules are a favourite method of consumption among people who already take a daily multivitamin. They’re clean, easy to transport and easy to use!
However, just like any supplement taken in tablet form, it takes a while to become absorbed into your body. This is because the cannabidiol needs to pass through the digestive system and the liver where it is metabolised by the enzymes in your body. This both reduces the concentration of CBD and also leads to a delay in onset of effects.
So, it can take up to 60 minutes to feel any effects from CBD capsules, however the effects can last for 6-8 hours. This is also how long the CBD capsules will stay in your system.
CBD oil is perhaps the most popular CBD method of consumption in the UK. They’re also incredibly easy to consume – simply use the oil dropper to place 2-3 drops of CBD under your tongue and then wait 60 seconds for it to become absorbed.
So, what happens next?
Well, when you take cannabidiol oil sublingually, (under the tongue) it’s actually able to bypass the digestive system. This means that it will become absorbed into the body’s bloodstream within 30 minutes to an hour. So, then how long does CBD oil stay in your blood?- It should stay in your system for around 2-4 hours.
CBD vapes are the quickest way to get CBD into your system. You simply inhale the cannabidiol vapour using a compatible vaping device. Once again, this method of consumption allows CBD to bypass the digestive system and quickly enter the bloodstream for almost immediate effects.
Your lungs are able to quickly absorb the cannabidiol, so you could feel the effects within minutes – but then how long does the CBD stay in your blood? Well, due to the quick uptake into the system, the effects of vaping CBD will only last for around 30 minutes to an hour. This makes vaping CBD a great option for short-term support with anxiety symptoms as a fairly immediate relaxant.
Topical CBD products are designed to be applied externally – usually to the skin or hair. They also come in many different forms such as creams, ointments and oils.
So, how long do CBD effects last for topically applied products – and how long will it take to notice an effect?
Well, topical CBD products are absorbed though the skin. This means that the cannabidiol is able to bypass the digestive system and is able to get to work locally. It will take around 2 hours to feel the effects of CBD skincare and this will then last for around 5 hours or more before.
Whilst Topical CBD does not enter your bloodstream, it is able to target Endocanabinoid receptors in the skin which unlock the benefits of your body’s Endocannabinoid System. Learn more about the Endocannabinoid System and why it’s so important to your health!
Doses of CBD
In addition to method of consumption, the doses of CBD, or the amount of CBD you take will also affect how long it stays in your bloodstream or your system as a whole.
As a rule, the higher the dose of CBD you consume, the longer it will take for your body to process and metabolise it. However, there’s no exact measurement for this, as the results really do vary from person to person.
How much CBD should you take?
The amount of CBD you take depends on a number of factors including body weight, lifestyle and the health benefits you’re looking to receive.
As with any supplement, the higher your body weight, the more you will need to take. This is also affected by your fat and muscle percentage.
In addition, different doses of CBD are better suited to different heath issues. For example, if you’re looking for support with a long-term chronic issue such as inflammation, anxiety, chronic pain or depression, you’ll need to take a higher dose of CBD. On the other hand, for short-term, more immediate relaxation, a few puffs of a CBD vape are likely to help.
Whilst optimum doses of CBD vary from person to person, we recommend starting small. You should begin with around 5-10mg of CBD (regardless of product type) 1-2 times a day, every day for a week or two. Then, if you haven’t noticed any benefits, slowly increase the dose over the next few weeks.
Don’t worry, you can’t overdose from CBD! However, it’s best to take things slow to find the CBD dose that works best for you. As a rule, you should never take more than 70mg of CBD per day unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
Body weight is another one of the main factors that affect how long CBD lasts in the the body. This is because CBD is fat soluble and is stored in the body’s fat cells.
This means that if you have a higher body fat percentage, CBD will stay in your system for longer. You’ll also feel the effects and benefits for a longer period of time.
In addition, how long CBD stays in your system is affected by your metabolic rate. If you have more muscle than fat in your body, you’ll have a higher metabolic rate. Therefore substances like CBD will be processed much more quickly and will leave the body sooner than someone with a lower metabolic rate. You’ll also feel the effects for a much shorter period. This means that people with a higher muscle to fat ratio will need to take higher doses of CBD.
Lifestyle is another of the factors that affect how long CBD stays in your system. For example, if you lead an active lifestyle, your metabolism and your metabolic rate will usually be higher than someone leading a sedentary lifestyle. As we’ve already mentioned, this means that your body will process and metabolise CBD more quickly.
What does CBD feel like?
It’s important to understand that CBD is classed as a non-rewarding, non-psychoactive substance. This means that it does not cause a high or any kind of intoxication.
Some users report an immediate feeling of relaxation when using CBD. However, in general the short-term effects are very subtle. CBD works by targeting your body’s Endocannabinoid System – a complex cell-signalling system responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. So, when you take CBD it replenishes your body’s cannabinoid levels and keeps your ECS working optimally.
This process works over a long-term basis, so it can take a few weeks to see noticeable benefits and effects from CBD. However, this again depends on all of the factors we discussed previously: method of consumption, dose, body weight and lifestyle.
For example, vaping CBD enters the bloodstream more quickly, so many users report a more immediate effect of calm or relaxation. In addition, CBD rubs and salves have been linked to short-term benefits for chronic pain and muscle aches. The feeling of CBD capsules or oils is much gentler, building up over a longer period.
It’s important to stress that you’ll need to be patient when it comes to taking CBD. Many people expect to feel an immediate effect and are disappointed when this isn’t noticeable. In addition, many people stop using their CBD product after a few days because they haven’t noticed any benefit.
However, CBD actually works very subtly. Furthermore, depending on your chosen product, dose and lifestyle can take a few weeks to start having noticeable benefits. So, as we’ve already mentioned, keep going with your initial dose for at least a week. Then, if you can’t feel or notice any benefits, slowly increase the dose over the next few weeks.
As long as you’re taking a high-quality CBD product regularly, over a long-term period and at a high enough dose for your body weight and lifestyle, you are likely to notice some benefits.
How long do the effects of CBD last?
Regardless of the type of cannabidiol product you’ve used, how long you’ve been taking CBD also plays a role in how the CBD effects last.
If you use a single dose of any CBD product, the cannabidiol will only stay in your system for up to around 8 hours and the effects will last about the same amount of time. However, what happens if you’ve been using CBD for a few weeks or even months? How long do CBD effects last in this case?
Well, once again, this depends on your body, your lifestyle and the dose you usually take. However, CBD takes a few weeks to start working with your Endocannabinoid System. This means that any benefits and effects will take a while to build up in your body. Therefore, the longer you’ve been taking CBD, the longer it will take for the benefits to completely subside. However, long-term CBD users have reported that the effects of CBD start to subside after only a few days of stopping their regular dose.
How long does CBD last on the shelf?
Unlike other consumable items, the best before and sell by dates of CBD products are not regulated in the UK. Therefore, it’s up to the retailer to recommend expiry dates for their cannabidiol items. So, always make sure to check retailer guidelines carefully to ensure product freshness.
However, in general, how long a product lasts depends on how you store it, as well as the quality of ingredients.
CBD products need to be stored at room temperature and out of light. This is because all types of light can lead to significant cannabinoid degradation. You should also keep your CBD product sealed with the lid firmly tightened to avoid oxygenation.
How long does CBD oil last before it runs out?
Another concern for UK consumers is, ‘how long does a bottle of CBD oil last?’ CBD can be expensive. Therefore, it’s natural that customers want to know how many uses they’ll get out of a standard CBD oil bottle.
Again, this can vary from retailer to retailer. It also depends on CBD concentration (amount of CBD per drop) and product contents (number of drops per bottle.)
To work out how long a bottle of CBD oil will last you’ll need to work out these simple factors:
- How many mg of CBD are in the bottle as a whole?
- How many mg of CBD are in 1 drop of CBD oil?
- How many mg do you intend to take per dose / how many drops of CBD per dose?
- How many doses of CBD do you take per day?
- Then, divide the total mg of CBD per bottle by your mg per dose
- I buy a bottle of CBD oil with total 2000mg of CBD
- Each drop of oil contains 1mg of cannabidiol
- I want to take 10mg of CBD per dose
- I want to take 2 doses per day. This is 20mg total and 20 drops.
- 2000mg divided by 20mg is 100.
- Therefore, this bottle of CBD oil will last 100 days
Here at ULU, we always publish our mg of CBD per drop and total mg of CBD in every bottle. So, you can easily work out how long our products will last!
Will CBD show up on a drugs test?
A major concern for many UK customers is ‘will CBD show up on a drugs test?’ After all, nobody wants to be caught out by failing a drugs test accidentally.
The short answer here is that no, CBD products will not show up on a drugs test and will not cause you to fail, but let us explain a bit more about why that’s the case:
In the UK, drug tests are designed to look for metabolites of illegal drugs – the chemicals that are left behind after a drug is broken down by the body. This can be done by testing blood, urine, hair, sweat or saliva. Different companies will test for different drugs, but the most common package is a urine test for cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepine and opiates.
Whilst CBD comes from hemp – a plant within the cannabis family, UK drug tests for cannabis are actually looking for metabolites of THC – an illegal, psychoactive cannabinoid found within cannabis plants like marijuana.
So, if you’re wondering ‘will CBD show up on a drugs test?’ The answer is no! However, only as long as you’re buying CBD products from retailers that can guarantee less than 0% THC content.
Phew! There was a lot of information to take in here! So, let’s summarise the answers to the most important questions in this article:
So, how long does CBD stay in your system? – The length of time that CBD stays in your system depends on a number of factors including product type, method of consumption, body weight, dose and lifestyle.
how long will CBD stay in your blood? – Not all methods of CBD consumption will enter the bloodstream. CBD oils and vapes ensure that cannabidiol becomes absorbed into the bloodstream and will stay in your blood for up to 2 hours (vapes) and 4 hours (oils). However CBD capsules are absorbed into the digestive system and CBD topicals are absorbed by Endocannabinoid receptors in the skin.
What does CBD feel like? – Some users report an instant feeling of calm. However, in most cases, CBD users don’t feel any immediate effect. They do however notice long-term benefits for mental and physical health.
How long do the effects of CBD last? – This also product type, body weight, dose and lifestyle. It also depends on how long you’ve been taking CBD. For a single dose, the effects of CBD will last for only a few hours. However, if you’ve been taking CBD for a few weeks or months and you stop, it can take a few days for the effects to wear off.
How long does CBD last on the shelf? This varies depending on manufacturer, so always remember to check individual product information!
Will CBD show up on a drugs test? Nope! As long as the product contains less than 0% THC you won’t fail a drugs test.
For more interesting CBD information, or to read some answers to other common CBD questions in the UK, check out our recent blogs below!
How Long Does CBD Last? CBD Onset and Duration
Has your doctor mentioned cannabidiol (CBD) to you as a healthcare option? CBD is a cannabinoid compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD lacks the ability to cause a high or create addiction for which another prominent cannabis ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is famous.
In recent years, CBD products have gained attention from wellness and healthcare professionals because of their potential to replace prescription medications.
At SUPA Naturals, we want to help you better understand CBD’s potential. But how long does CBD last? Continue reading to learn more about CBD, its benefits, how long it lasts, and the determining factors.
What Is CBD, and What Are Its Health Benefits?
In cannabis plants, researchers have isolated 426 chemical components, of which over 60 are cannabinoid compounds. The major building blocks that have received the most research are
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, found as δ-8-THC and δ-9-THC)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
THC and CBN produce psychoactive effects, while CBD does not.
In fact, researchers have found that CBD has an opposing effect to that of THC. Instead of creating anxiety, transient psychosis, and memory disturbances, CBD tends to relieve those issues. CBD also targets and attempts to resolve different pain areas in your body.
How does this healing process work?
Human bodies have two cannabinoid receptors: one throughout the body and brain (CB1) and one in the immune system (CB2). CBD effects and stimulates your body’s endocannabinoid system, allowing you to increase cannabinoid production and signal central nervous system functions. Increased cannabinoid levels will relieve and reduce inflammation and also promote relaxation.
A study on anxiety and sleep in 2019 documented the effects of CBD on 103 adults from a psychiatric outpatient clinic with either anxiety or sleep disorder diagnoses. 79.2% of adults achieved reduced anxiety scores in the first month of taking CBD, and 66.7% saw improved sleep scores. The positive effects lasted for the duration of the study.
Other reported health benefits include:
- Reduced joint pain: A 2017 research study found that CBD might reduce the painful joint symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. A 2016 study confirmed CBD’s potential effectiveness for treating chronic pain symptoms from arthritis.
- Relaxed muscle spasms: Another 2016 study discovered that a δ-9-THC-CBD blend could relax spasms due to multiple sclerosis.
- Improved digestive system: According to a study done in 2016, CBD may also reduce gastrointestinal inflammation, offering various digestive system improvements.
While CBD oil may not cure a serious medical condition, it can relieve some painful symptoms. Read through our full list of benefits to understand all the capabilities.
How Long Do CBD Effects Last In Your Body?
When asking, “How long does CBD last?” you must remember that the effects vary from person to person. Many factors determine effectiveness, including the type of CBD product, how you consume it, and your body weight.
Generally, CBD effects last from four to eight hours. A randomized placebo clinical trial found that out of 24 volunteers, the median time it took for subjects to reach the maximum plasma concentration was four hours. If four hours is the median peak time, you can expect it to last as long as eight.
Note that consuming CBD on an empty stomach might cause it to kick in and dissolve faster. The study subjects above consumed the CBD products after a full, high-fat meal.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?
Like THC, CBD stays in your system beyond when you stop feeling the effects. Depending on your body’s fat cells, how often you consume CBD products, and your active lifestyle, CBD might remain in your body for days or weeks.
Generally speaking, the clinical study of 24 adults we discussed above found that the terminal elimination half-life of CBD was 70 hours. Half-life refers to how long it takes for a drug’s plasma concentration to reduce by half of its original value. According to this study, it should take an average of two to three weeks to eliminate any noticeable CBD concentration levels from your system.
Note that different CBD products stay in your system longer than others. According to the half-lives discovered in a 2018 systematic review, the following CBD products might remain in your body for anywhere from one day to a few weeks.
- CBD sprays: Between 10 hours and two days
- Smoking CBD: One week
- Oral CBD products: 10 to 25 days (a few weeks)
Does CBD Appear on Drug Tests?
Certain types of CBD may return positive results in standard drug tests, depending on the THC content versus CBD content. Hemp-derived CBD is the source of most CBD products in the United States. Hemp is a variant of cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC.
The main types of CBD include:
- Full-spectrum CBD: Contains all of the plant’s components, including CBD and THC. However, to be legal in the U.S., full-spectrum products must contain less than 0.3% THC (i.e., hemp-derived CBD products). Due to varying levels of THC present in different full-spectrum products, utilizing this type of CBD may or may not cause a positive result on a drug test.
- Broad-spectrum CBD: Undergoes a filtering process that removes THC, so it shouldn’t appear on THC tests.
- CBD isolate: Only contains CBD and won’t appear on THC tests.
How Long Before CBD Kicks In?
Now that we’ve answered, “How long does CBD last?” you may want to know how long it takes to work. According to a placebo-controlled study, CBD takes just 15 minutes to kick in. After consuming a meal and taking CBD, the study subjects had detectable CBD concentration levels in their plasma samples within that time.
Note that CBD consumption methods will impact how long it takes to kick in. For example, inhaling CBD offers faster effects than taking CBD edibles after eating a large meal.
The Type of CBD Matters
CBD works in different ways, depending on how you consume it. For example, when vaping CBD, your lungs absorb the product. When taking a supplemental dietary product, your liver enzymes break down the components, making CBD last longer.
Below, we discuss the effects of each of the most popular CBD product types. Continue reading to discover which might work best for your lifestyle.
CBD tinctures can contain a variety of ingredients. All tinctures contain the active ingredient of CBD extract. However, the other ingredients can vary. Some tinctures will contain alcohol and water; others, such as those created by SUPA Naturals, will contain oils like olive and coconut oil. The CBD tincture mixture comes in a glass bottle with a dropper so you can apply a controlled dose under your tongue. Because the CBD absorbs directly into your tongue tissues, not your digestive system, the onset time is faster.
CBD users often prefer tinctures for immediate, strong relief. It typically takes about 30 minutes to begin feeling the effects of CBD tinctures. Due to their potency, tinctures can last 12 to 25 hours, so you won’t need more than a dropper’s full daily.
Our CBD collection at SUPA Naturals includes Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and THC-free Water-Soluble CBD Tinctures. Our water-based products boast increased bioavailability, which means your body can absorb and digest the products faster.
CBD boosters include:
- Vape oils
- Vape juice
Boosters gain their name because they enter your body rapidly, offering a quick “boost” of pain relief and relaxation. For example, vaping CBD allows the product to enter your lungs instantly, though the effects won’t last as long as other methods.
How long does CBD last in booster form?
When you vape CBD or take other boosters, you might only enjoy results for two to four hours, though some people prefer the control you gain over this shortened period.
You can take CBD capsules as you would any other supplements. Your digestive system will break down and pass the CBD oil pills on to your liver, where your enzymes metabolize the molecules in the CBD capsules.
CBD oil capsules take longer to start working, though you can enjoy the effects of CBD for as long as 12 to 24 hours. You should expect approximately one hour for CBD oil products in capsule form to begin working. If you’re interested, we sell 25 mg capsules at SUPA Naturals with easy-to-swallow softgels.
CBD topicals are lotions, balms, creams, or salves you apply directly to your skin for targeted pain relief. People often use topical CBD creams for sore joints and spasming muscles since such symptoms only occur in certain areas. Some also use CBD topicals to clear up acne and other skin conditions.
Topical CBD applications usually take around 15 to 20 minutes to kick in and last approximately five hours. Dosing CBD topicals is often challenging since they don’t come in pre-measured amounts. We recommend starting small and listening to how your body reacts.
CBD edibles include any CBD-infused snacks like cakes, brownies, hard candies, sodas, gummies, and much more. Usually, edibles have different CBD oil dosages you can choose between, depending on your desired strength. A hefty dose usually consists of around 31 to 45 mg of CBD for a 230-pound individual.
We recommend starting with a small dose and gradually increasing it until you reach your desired effect. Like capsules, CBD edibles go through your digestive tract, so they take longer to kick in but offer results for up to 24 hours. If interested, shop online for 10 to 25 mg gummies from our SUPA Naturals collection.
Many of the methods above use CBD oil in the formula. CBD oil, like tinctures, comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. When administered underneath the tongue, CBD oil can be absorbed into the bloodstream in only 30 seconds to 60 seconds, allowing you to feel the effects of CBD within an hour.
The quick absorption time means it won’t last as long as CBD oil you consume through your digestive tract. CBD oil drops under the tongue usually last around two to four hours.
CBD oil transdermal patches are timed-release applications you can wear throughout the day to extend the effects of CBD.
How long does CBD last when used in the patch form? Some last as long as 24 to 96 hours, though they take much longer to begin working. Depending on your body hair and fatty tissue, patches may take multiple hours to kick in.
CBD flower is a dried product you can grind and smoke, similar to tobacco or marijuana. Many people smoke CBD as an alternative to more addictive or mind-altering substances. The onset and duration times for smoking CBD are around the same as vaping.
Other Factors To Consider
Aside from the type of CBD oil you use, many other factors determine how long it lasts, including:
- How much you took: Your dose impacts how strong of an effect the product will have on your body. The larger the dose, the more you may feel it and the longer it may last.
- Your lifestyle and metabolism: Your lifestyle affects how you absorb different nutrients. Active people with accelerated metabolisms absorb and digest CBD faster than most. If you have a strong metabolism, the effects may wear off sooner.
- Your bodyweight: CBD is fat-soluble, so your body stores it inside fat cells. Anyone with a higher body fat percentage will experience longer-lasting results than those with slim builds. CBD oils may also stay in your system for longer if you have excess fat.
- What you eat: If you have food in your stomach, it will take longer to digest infused edibles or capsules. The increased absorption time may help you feel the effects for longer.
How Long Does CBD Last on the Shelf?
CBD shelf life depends upon the product you purchase, the manufacturer, and how you store it. For example, infused brownies expire sooner than tinctures since they include perishable ingredients like eggs and dairy.
Even the shelf life for something like oil will vary between brands, so you should read your bottle to find the expiration or best-by date. It’s best to avoid expired products since they could cause adverse reactions or you may not be able to experience the full CBD effects.
How To Extend CBD’s Shelf Life
You can easily extend your product’s shelf life by storing it properly. We recommend keeping your products inside a cabinet to remove all light sources. Direct light increases cannabinoid degradation.
You also want to avoid oxygenation, which can decrease shelf life. Keep your products sealed in oxygen-tight containers to extend how long they last.
Feel the SUPA Lifestyle Effects Today!
CBD products gain popularity every day. With more confirmed research studies proving their effects, wide product options, and increased availability, more people want to enjoy everything that CBD can offer. Whether you need immediate or long-lasting relief, our SUPA Naturals collection has something for you.
If you have questions about how long CBD lasts, contact our SUPA Naturals experts today to learn about our products and benefits!