How Long does CBD Last?
How can you take CBD?
As the popularity of CBD continues to gather momentum, we’re constantly discovering more about mother nature’s natural healer and how it can positively impact both our mental and physical health.
There are four ways to take CBD:
- Sublingually: placing CBD oil under your tongue and letting it absorb, by-passing the digestive system.
- Orally: ingesting CBD capsules, tablets or gummies.
- Topically: applying oils, serums or creams directly on to the skin.
- Inhaling: Inhaling the cannabidiol vapour using a compatible vaping device
CBD oil is a great way of introducing CBD to your daily life, while topical products such as balm, body oil or cream can become an invaluable element of your skincare routine. Many people also enjoy the convenience of capsules or tablets.
How long does CBD take to work?
As with all remedies, it’s only natural that we want to know how long it will take CBD to have a positive effect on our wellbeing. Of course, there’s no ‘hard and fast’ answer to this – it varies from person to person and depends on three key factors:
- Method of use
- How much you take
- How often you use it
The method in which you take CBD directly effects how quickly it takes effect and how long it stays in the body. Inhaling (vaping) is perhaps the most effective method of delivery, sending the cannabinoids straight to your lungs and into the bloodstream with peak concentration taking around three minutes and results felt within around 15. The sublingual method is also effective, bypassing the digestive system and liver. If you digest a CBD tablet or capsule, your body absorbs CBD through the stomach lining where it is broken down and metabolised before entering your bloodstream. As a result, the CBD intake is slower and more regulated, possibly taking a couple of hours before effects set in. And, while a CBD skin cream or oil applied topically won’t reach the bloodstream, it can be absorbed though the surface of the skin to interact with cannabinoid receptors. This is generally a slower process.
Of course, we are all different and these differences, including body mass and age, can influence the dosage of CBD we need for it to be effective. One person’s experience of CBD is likely to be completely different from someone else’s.
Finally, as CBD gradually builds up in the body, a regular user is likely to find that it becomes more effective over time.
How long does CBD last in the system?
The effects of CBD can last around four to six hours, with CBD staying in the system for around two to five days although again, this varies and regular users can find that this becomes weeks rather than days.
Studies continue to look into this, with one following 14 patients with Huntington’s disease, each given a high dose of CBD (700mg) daily for six weeks. The study found that the levels of CBD dropped to an average of 1.5ng/ml one week after discontinuing CBD. The elimination half-life (the measure to determine the time it takes for 50% of the starting dose to leave the body) was around 2-5 days.
This elimination depends chiefly on two key factors – the method of administration and the amount of time CBD is used.
Dosage and frequency of consumption will have an impact on how quickly your body expels CBD. The higher the dose, the longer it is likely to stay in your body. Experts also find that CBD builds up in the body over time so, if used regularly and consistently, it will stay in the body for longer.
BMI and metabolism are two further factors that can influence how long CBD stays in your system. We know that CBD is stored in fat cells which means that people who regularly exercise or have a lower density of fat cells will find the effects of CBD wearing off more quickly than others. Equally, age can make a difference as older people generally metabolise compounds slower.
To sum up – single use CBD is likely to have left your system within a day while regular users of CBD can expect it to stay in the body for a week or longer.
If I take CBD, can I fail a drugs test?
As we know, cannabis is a Class B controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, making it unlawful to supply, produce or export it. In the UK, the compound THC taken from the cannabis sativa plant is responsible for the psychological ‘high’ and remains illegal. However, cannabidiol (CBD) is the legal, non-intoxicative and non-euphoric compound.
Generally speaking, drug tests do not test for CBD, but rather THC. With that in mind, it’s essential to choose only reputable CBD products that do not contain THC.
You’ll find only the highest quality products in our ULU CBD skincare line and, even though they are full-spectrum, they are entirely free of THC.
Where should I buy CBD?
If you’re looking to buy CBD products, be sure to educate yourself as much as possible, knowing who is behind the product you plan to buy and checking out their lab results.
For premium, full spectrum CBD products, look no further than ULU. Our focus is on quality, positivity and purity and you’ll find our lab test results here. We use only the purest extracts of CBD, entirely free of pesticides, to bring you the highest quality plant-based cannabidiol products. We’re open, honest and transparent about our business and our products and our ULU range includes organic CBD oils, CBD skincare, CBD vape oils and liquids, CBD skincare, CBD tablets and even CBD pet care. Here are just a few of our most popular products:
ULU Full Spectrum 5% Organic CBD oil
A fantastic introduction to CBD oil, this is one of the purest cannabidiol oils available. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a regular dose of the purest grade CBD to relieve anxiety, insomnia, joint pain and skin concerns.
At the heart of our ULU skincare range, this luxurious face cream works deep into the skin, offering intense hydration through organic coconut and jojoba oils alongside our own organic CBD oil at a 5% concentration. A natural anti-inflammatory, CBD works to ease aches, soothe stress and prolong your skin’s health.
Our gel capsules contain the highest quality CBD. Easy to swallow and convenient to introduce into your daily routine, they are designed to support busy individuals who want the benefits of full-spectrum CBD with the convenience of a soft gel capsule. You can take them in the morning with your daily multivitamin and they’re also a great option for people who don’t like the taste of CBD oil. Each capsule contains 10mg of cannabidiol, making them among the highest concentration full-spectrum CBD tablet in the UK.
ULU 5% Organic CBD Oil for Cats and ULU 5% Organic CBD Oil for Dogs
Designed to support overall feline and canine health and wellbeing in combination with a balanced diet and an active lifestyle, our pet range is proving popular. As a natural relaxant, CBD provides calming benefits that range from reduced inflammation to increased appetite and healthy skin. Our oil for cats has a subtle fishy flavour that simply mixes into food, while the oil for dogs is a tempting sausage flavoured CBD spray.
Always consult a veterinarian before use.
While dependent on dosage, regularity and method of consumption, the speed in results from CBD also varies from person to person. While some see results fast, others need to adopt perseverance and consistency before they realise the benefits of CBD.
Consider the products that best suit you, gradually building up the dosage if you feel you need to. And remember, if you have any questions, our friendly CBD experts are just an email away.
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