Last Updated on November 20, 2022 by Team Spinfuel

The benefits surrounding CBD are still up for debate as long-term studies are still to be carried out for many applications. What isn’t up for dispute is the popularity of the products using CBD in them.

Many proponents of CBD espouse the physical and mental wellness benefits the compound can give. Because of this, many people are now using this to aid with sleep, anxiety alleviation, and for pain relief.

However, there is still plenty of confusion surrounding the laws and other areas regarding CBD, and especially, THC. Despite the promising potential benefits of CBD, information can sometimes be scarce, or conflicting.

One question that many individuals have, is just how long does CBD stay in the system, and what are the implications of this?

How long can you expect CBD to stay in your system?

Many people have concerns about CBD staying in their system. And even more so where THC is concerned.

While there are no hard and fast rules surrounding everyone, there is a base guide you can follow. According to Healthline, CBD will stay in the system for 2 to 5 days. However, this isn’t the complete story.

The research study behind these results was made 30 years ago and could be considered outdated. Other tests have shown CBD to stay in the system for 9 days, but others have shown it is flushed from the system after 24 hours.

What other influences could affect how long CBD stays in your system?

Trying to determine how long CBD might stay in someone’s system isn’t completely straightforward due to some other aspects and factors that need to be considered.

Metabolism for one needs to be factored in, along with age, weight, etc. Then consider how much CBD you are using, and for how long.

Someone who regularly uses CBD will have more building up than someone new to the compound. The amount of CBD being ingested will also have a bearing on how long it will stay in your system.

Does CBD include THC?

One of the concerns that some individuals have about CBD is the possibility of THC in the compound.

There are different types of CBD and these determine whether there are any traces of THC in them. Reputable vendors of CBD will make it clear what kind they are selling and the contents of such. Tennessee Farmaceuticals for instance make it clear on their packaging which tinctures carry THC and how much.

To be federally legal, CBD must contain less than 0.3 percent. But the presence of THC in some products is what concerns some consumers when it comes to their system retaining traces.

Is it a problem if CBD is in your system for a long time?

There has been a lot of talk about CBD causing false positives in drug tests, yet this may be something of a myth.

CBD in itself cannot cause any positive results in drug tests because it isn’t tested for. Indeed, CBD itself doesn’t cause the high that THC does so it doesn’t factor into these kinds of tests.

However, full-spectrum CBD that does have to contain THC could end up leaving traces in someone’s system. This could then possibly cause positive results but would be very minimal amounts.

Medical News Today has stated that in theory CBD could cause a false positive. CBD in the system though shouldn’t be of too much concern. CBD has been approved by sporting associations such as the NFL and WADA, so even athletes don’t need to worry about testing of the compound.

Though, there is talk that the police in Idaho are still making arrests related to CBD. So, some care should be taken regarding which state, or region you are in. Japan for instance, still bans THC so any CBD products you take there should be free of this ingredient.

How should you take CBD?

If you are new to CBD you will obviously have some questions. No doubt, one of which will be where to buy the compound, and how to use it.

There are many effective ways for CBD consumption, and the choice for the consumer is almost endless now. Gummies are a highly popular way to consume CBD, and tinctures and vapes, and topical rubs are also common.

Many swear that the best way to take CBD oil is to put a drop under the tongue. By doing so you are utilizing this capillary heavy area. After holding for one minute, the individual can swallow. This helps the CBD get to the bloodstream faster.

Are there ways to flush CBD from your system quickly?

If you are still concerned about CBD being in your system, then you might want to know how to flush it out quicker. Or possibly you would rather not have a build-up of CBD occurring.

CBD will leave the system through sweat and from urination. Therefore, there are two effective ways to speed up the removal of CBD from your body. These are hydration and exercise.

Exercise increases metabolism which in turn will speed up how fast CBD leaves the body in the long run. In the shorter term, it will help you to sweat out the compound.

Drinking plenty of water will necessitate the need for urination more frequently, and therefore help to remove CBD from the system. It is also said that increased fiber in a diet can help to flush CBD from the body quicker.

Yet, it should be remembered that there is likely to be no legal recourse to having CBD in your system.


There is no doubt that many people are finding great benefits from using CBD in its many forms. Some find that gummies are useful as they are a pleasant way to absorb CBD while avoiding the flavor that some find not to their taste. These can aid sleep, and help with pain relief too.

The time this compound stays in your system may vary, but the effects will only be for 2 to 6 hours. If you are concerned with CBD being in your system then simply drink more water or try exercising, both of which are beneficial to health.