CBD is one of the most misunderstood substances of the century where it is constantly confused for marijuana. The fact that you landed on this article tells us that you too were confused about its legality and are worried about your next drug test.
Don’t worry, today we’re here to clear the smoke and answer how long is CBD detectable in urine, what drug tests pick up CBD, and all other urine drug testing questions of yours!
So why is CBD so misunderstood as we mentioned earlier?
CBD and its legality have been a long-standing issue for years now.
While the fact remains that CBD is extracted from Cannabinoid, it has nothing to do with producing any sort of intoxication. Hemp (a variant of Cannabis sativa plant) derived CBD is a nonpsychoactive Cannabinoid that only produces medicinal and therapeutic benefits.
The intoxication properties that belong to Marijuana are only produced from THC which is a psychoactive compound and produces the “high” everyone talks about. Hemp is naturally abundant in CBD and low in THC, which makes it the perfect plant to extract the compound from.
So it’s legal?
Yes! Hemp-derived CBD and CBD products (That contain less than 0.3% THC) are legal in most states of America, the UK, Canada, and Europe. Another thing that comes into play while determining the legality of the CBD products is the type of CBD.
CBD isolate is pure CBD and does not contain THC or any other plant material and Cannabinoid in it, not even in trace amounts. This is legal almost everywhere.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains other Cannabis compounds and essential oils that are believed to enhance the effects of CBD. Please note that broad-spectrum CBD still, does not contain THC more than 0-0.3%, which is the legal limit for the amounts of THC in CBD products.
Full Spectrum CBD, in addition to Cannabinoids, oils, terpenes, and flavonoids, does contain some amount of THC and may not be legal everywhere.
Since this concept is not understood by many new CBD products manufacturers, make sure you buy from a well-reputed brand that tests its products through third-parties to consume a safe and legal product.
Also, remember to check both your state laws and federal laws because they may be a little different from one another as is the case with the US.
What does CBD do?
The effects of CBD are believed to be very therapeutic in nature and that it promotes general well-being in humans and animals.
For now, CBD is being studied as a potential cure to anxiety (and anxiety-related disorders), depression, pain, cancer, insomnia, lack of appetite, Schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease, acne, and other various mental and physical diseases.
We believe this may help you understand the difference between a THC abundant marijuana strain that is commonly abused throughout the world and a compound as therapeutic as CBD. How can they ever be the same?
However please note that CBD is still under testing phases and thus CBD manufacturers are not allowed to make any claims regarding their products.
All you have is reviews and testimonials to take up for their word. Researches are limited and most doctors do not medically prescribe it to anyone because as of now, CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. This is being done so that people do not leave their medication and treatment for serious diseases and rely solely on CBD which isn’t even fully understood.
How do you consume CBD?
CBD may be consumed in a number of ways.
CBD product manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to add more products to the line of this THC-free goodness merchandise.
The most popular ways to consume CBD are through CBD edibles (CBD gummies, CBD cookies, CBD chocolates), CBD vaping, CBD IVs, CBD dermal patches and creams, CBD oils, CBD tinctures, CBD sports gear, CBD infused cosmetics and many more.
So will CBD show up in my drug test?
In one word; No. Drug tests scan for THC and other illegal drug substances like opiates, methamphetamine, amphetamines, PCP, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, methadone, tricyclic antidepressants, ecstasy, and oxycodone.
Basically, your employers just want to know if you’re taking any sort of drug that is psychoactive or can alter senses. CBD, being completely separate from THC, is non-intoxicating and not something that is scanned for or detectable in urine drug tests.
CBD products are not even categorized as a drug!
Yes, it can be detectable in blood tests but your employer will not care for any compound found in your blood that is not intoxicating. The only thing you need to take into account is the type of CBD that you’re consuming because as mentioned earlier, Full spectrum CBD products may (and usually does) contain THC at a THC level greater than 0.3% and thus it will be detectable in a urine drug test.
Other than that you don’t need to worry about any drug testing or that job!
How long does CBD stay in your system if you smoke it?
How long CBD stays in a body really depends upon a lot of factors.
It is dependent on how you smoked it, how frequent a smoker you are, what quantity did you smoke, and other personal factors including your body weight, height, and metabolism rate.
To understand it a bit deeper, try to comprehend this.
CBD is just a normal compound that may be smoked or vaped. It is absorbed through the lungs from where it enters your bloodstream. From there it is usually stored in your fat cells. From there come into play the many factors that we listed earlier.
Let’s take a look at them in detail after which we will provide you with some general details towards the end.
1.The frequency of Consumption:
The frequency of consumption is relevant when determining how long CBD stays in your system because it takes time for any substance to make its place in your body. Similarly, CBD builds up over time too. When used occasionally, it is cleared out of your system faster as it does not get time to establish itself in your body. It will start building up and staying longer in your body when you have been using it regularly for at least a week.
As with any other compound, the higher the dosage, the longer it will take to clear out of your body.
3.Your Body Physique and Metabolism:
It is an established fact that even if all the people in the world ate the same diet and exercised for the same number of hours, they would still all look very different.
Because each of us is in a different race.
We have different metabolism rates and different processing systems. (Body mass index, water retention rate etc) Some bodies naturally process stuff faster. They dispose of much of the intake of food and use the rest in energy and other essential body functions. Some bodies (especially female bodies) store more food than they use and consequently waste less.
4.What else are you consuming?
CBD, when taken with food, taken time to be broken down and processed as compared to if taken with an empty stomach. Also, the type of food you eat and the timings at which you eat are also important factors that need to be considered.
5.Method of Use:
There are several ways to consume CBD products as discussed above.
Each method has different effects and an impact on how long it will stay in your body. CBD oil/tinctures and similar products are placed under the tongue and move to the liver where they are metabolized and it enters the bloodstream.
Creams and dermal patch products move down layer by layer into the skin to exert effects. Edibles also tell a similar story and need to be broken down before they enter the bloodstream, thus all three of these methods are a slow method of delivery. It takes longer for effects to kick in and it takes longer for CBD to exit.
Vaping is a relatively faster way to get CBD in and to get it out. Generally, when you smoke pure CBD, it can stay in your system for 2 to 5 days, but again depending on all the factors mentioned above, it could last for weeks!
The number, in addition to the above-mentioned factors, the time period isn’t really clear because the experiments that were conducted to conclude this value had some drawbacks:
- The study had a limited setting.
- It was conducted with male participants only.
5 young men were administered hemp-derived CBD either by smoking or intravenously after which their blood levels were monitored over the next 72 hours. Based on this experiment they concluded that the half-life of CBD products when smoked is 27-35 hours and 18-30 hours when administered intravenously.
What is the half-life of CBD oil?
It is necessary to understand the concept of half-life to understand how long is CBD detectable in urine drug tests. But before we discuss the half-life of CBD oil that we know what half-life really is. Half-life refers to how long a quantity of substance takes to reduce to half of its value.
The half-life of CBD oil is generally 18-32 hours. That is how long it takes to be metabolized in the liver and reduced to its half value. Notwithstanding any of the above-mentioned factors, we would like to point out again that the elimination half-life of CBD could extend from 18 hours to 2 days.
Also, the half-life of CBD oil isn’t crystal clear and accurate because the experiment failed to take into account how long does CBD take to metabolism if taken for a time period outside of the general experiment setting and also any of the above-mentioned factors.
How long does it take to get below 50 ng/ml urine test?
50 nanogram of THC per milliliter of urine is what is tested in drug tests as standard. THC below this point will not be detectable in the test. However, some tests do have a cutoff point as low as 20 ng/ml and some as high as 100 ng/ml.
We don’t want to sound cliche and tell you that the answer to the question is again that it depends on a lot of factors but that is the way it is.
No one can give you an exact time so as to when the THC in your CBD oil will detect negative.
As a general rule of thumb, we can guide you with this much and tell you that a light or occasional full-spectrum CBD products user will test positive for THC in their urine drug test for less than 4 days and a regular user may test positive for THC up until 7 days. (A heavy, regular THC infused CBD user with a high amount of body fat may test positive for THC for up to 30 days in a urine drug test). This however is still pretty less of a time as that was previously thought
We hope we’ve answered your queries on how long does CBD remain detectable in a urine drug test and we’re sure you have an idea of what role does the amounts of THC in full-spectrum CBD products play in the drug testing situation.
Just remember to know clearly if your product contains THC more than the legal limit of 0.3% THC and you will not have a problem passing any drug test.