Does CBD Stay in Your Urine?

CBD is a cannabinoid that is fat soluble and can stay in your system for weeks or even months, depending on how often you use it and how much you ingest. In fact, this can be a very good thing considering how CBD has an accumulative effect, rather than building up tolerance. From a medical standpoint, this is a desirable thing. In this article, we will go into detail about how and why CBD stays in your system and can show up on a urine test.

by: Anthony E. | 05/21/22 1:30PM


CBD, THC, and Other Cannabinoids

With the growing acceptance and usage of cannabis and its constituents, many people are worried about CBD and other cannabinoids showing up in their system through a urine test. While THC and other psychoactive substances might hinder your performance on the job and look bad on you through a urine test, CBD is legal in all 50 states.

CBD is not controlled by the government, nor is it regulated by the government. Even though CBD remains legal, there are some restrictions in place reserved for medical patients with a doctor’s recommendation, depending on which state you live in. The problem with CBD showing up in your urine is that it will likely show up with other cannabinoids as well.

This is because CBD is usually accompanied by trace amounts of THC, CBG, CBN, and other cannabinoids. Depending on what product you use, CBD will likely be in a broad-spectrum form that will include these cannabinoids. Your best bet is to use a product that contains only CBD as an isolate to avoid any other unwanted metabolites in your system.


CBD’s Accumulative Effect

The more you use THC, the more tolerant you become to its effects. Over time, you will need to increase your dose just to feel the effects the same way. CBD acts very differently and is used to mitigate the negative effects of THC. What makes CBD so interesting is that it does the complete opposite. The more you use it, the less you need over time as it builds up into your system and gets stronger with time.

Scientists are beginning to discover more about these cannabinoids and are trying to understand the mechanism behind this phenomenon. Unlike THC, which gets you high, CBD is non psychoactive and is used primarily as a pain reliever, among other things. Your body uses CBD and builds up over time to a point where you need less and less of it to achieve the desired result.

This makes CBD very convenient to use over time since less would be needed to provide the user with relief. This can also translate to money savings as CBD is quite expensive now. Less is more with CBD, and it is only a matter of time before CBD is adopted as the gold standard for modern pain relief.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

CBD metabolizes much in the same way that THC does. Depending on how much you consume and how often, CBD can stay in your system for up to 2 months or more, being as how CBD has an accumulative effect. This may or may not actually burn off in the body quicker since CBD is stored in the fat cells.

Because CBD is usually in a concentrated form, it will usually stay in the body for a much longer time compared to THC. Today’s cannabis contains much higher concentrations of THC, making CBD a much more desired cannabinoid. Most people who consume CBD do so without getting high. In fact, some strains of cannabis have virtually no THC in it whatsoever.

When CBD is consumed in an edible, fat usually makes it easier to absorb and assimilate within the body, allowing for a much quicker metabolism. Your age, sex, weight, lifestyle, method of consumption, quality of the product, quantity consumed, and how often you take it will determine how long CBD stays within your system.


CBD in Your Urine

The good news is that CBD drug tests are very rare, considering how CBD itself is not considered to be a drug. The fact that CBD is non psychoactive puts it in a very benign group, like aspirin. The difference is that even an aspirin can hurt you! The problem is that CBD is often found with THC and other cannabinoids when given a urine test.

Even with a legal, over the counter supplement containing CBD, you are likely to get trace amounts of THC, especially if the product is a broad-spectrum CBD. The bad news is that if CBD and other cannabinoids are found in your system, it will not determine whether it was medical or recreational in nature.

This means that the interpretation of the results can look bad on you, even if you take a harmless CBD product you just bought from Walmart. Fortunately, CBD that is in topical form cannot penetrate the skin far enough to enter the bloodstream, making it safe to use even if it contains moderate amounts of THC in it.

Final Thoughts

CBD is gaining traction among the population as a viable and efficient means to manage pain and other debilitating ailments. Since CBD does have an accumulative effect, you might want to also consider taking breaks in between so as not to inadvertently encounter side effects. These can range from fatigue and drowsiness to dry mouth and diarrhea.

Even so, CBD remains infinitely safer than any other medicine that can be prescribed or bought over the counter. Nobody has ever died from a direct result of consuming too much THC or CBD. If you happen to work for an employer in which CBD would be a problem, you must reconsider your career choices. Seriously.

No other time in history are we living in a more tolerant society towards cannabis and its constituents. People have come to acknowledge the many healing properties found within the cannabis plant and more studies are being done to discover more. CBD in a urine test may or may not be that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, though you would be best to exercise caution when dealing with restrictive employers.

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