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  • by Nicola Boulton December 13, 2023 5 min read

    How Long Do CBD Capsules Stay in Your System?

    There is no exact answer on how long CBD capsules stay in the system. Various factors,such as body metabolism, weight, and age, affect how long CBD capsules stay in the system. This article discusses how long CBD capsules stay in the system, including whether CBD capsules can test positive on a drug test.

    CBD is one of the most prevalent compounds in the cannabis plant, alongside THC, CBG, flavonoids, and terpenes. It is extracted from hemp flowers due to its low concentration of THC.Unlike THC, CBD does not cause any psychotropic effects. It is available in various formulations, including but not limited to; capsules, gummies, oils, vapes, and tinctures.Research confirms that CBD  capsules have multiple health and therapeutic benefits, such as minimizing pain, alleviating anxiety, and improving sleep quality and quantity. Itexplains the reason its traction has surged in the past few years. However, individuals using CBD capsules regularly often wonder about their longevity period in the system. There is no standard answer on the longevity of CBD capsules in the system.It is influenced by various factors such as body composition, age, metabolism, and frequency of use.

    The Longevity Period of CBD Capsules in the System

    Cbdcapsules are one of the most effective ways of reaping CBD benefits. Its effects are slow acting compared to other products such as vapes. After ingestion, the compound is metabolized in the digestive system before traveling to the bloodstream. Working et al. (2022) stated that CBD reaches the endocannabinoidsystem (ECS) within thirty to ninety minutes. However, this dependson factors such as body metabolism and age.

    This is known as first-pass metabolism. Sohail et al. (2018) stated thatthe liver enzymes minimize CBD before circulating the rest in the body. Although CBD capsules are common among most users, it offers the lowest bioavailability. Around twenty percent of the ingested capsules reach the bloodstream. Since its effects take longer to kick in, they are longer lasting. It takes up to ten hours, depending on factors such as body metabolism.

    Factors That Affect How Long CBD Capsules Stay in the System

    Potency and Dosage of the CBD Capsules

    The amount and potency of your CBD capsulesaffect how long it stays in the system. The higher the dosage, the longer the body processes the compound and the longer the product stays in the system.Consuming a higher product concentration, the longer it stays in the system.

    Frequency of Use

    How often you consume CBD capsules greatly impacts the period, it stays in the system. When consumedregularly, the product compounds in the body over time.  The more you consume CBD capsules, the longer it stays in the system. For individuals who take CBD capsules consistently, the effects take some time before it subsides.However,  if you take CBD occasionally, it clears out of the systemquickly.


    The amount of food you eat, what you eat, and when you eat all impact the longevity period CBD stays in the system. Consuming CBD capsules on an empty stomach means that it is broken down faster and eliminated quickly than when consumed on a full stomach. Consuming CBD capsules when full slows down digestion, hence the reason its effectsstay longer in the system.

    Your Body Composition

    Body composition constitutes the body's muscle, fat, and water percentage. An individual body compositionimpacts how long CBD capsules stay in the system.  The key influence is metabolism. It goes hand in hand with body composition. For instance, the leaner your muscles, your body burns more calories. Hence, your body's metabolism works more quickly. A higher body metabolism means the body breaksdown the compound aster and excretes it at the same rate. The faster the body's metabolism, the faster the product leaves the system.

    Activity Level

    The more an individual engages in physical activity, the faster their body metabolism is. Since CBD is lipophilic, the more a person exercises, the faster the fat is metabolized. An individual who exercises regularly excretes CBD faster in their system than one who doesn't.


    According to research, youngerindividuals feel the effects of CBD faster than the elderly. As a result, it leaves the system faster too. Younger people have a faster body metabolism than older people; thus, CBD is broken down faster.

    Can CBD Capsules Test Positive on a Drug Test?

    Drew(2022) suggested that any CBD product doesn't test positive on a drug test. However, it contains THC it may. THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main active ingredient in the cannabis plant. This product is responsible for psychotropics and has high effects. Most CBD products contain low traces of THC. That depends on the quality and composition of the product.

    CBD capsules are available in three formulations. Consider the type you choose if you are worried about THC levels. Below is a quick breakdown:

    CBD Isolate

    CBD isolatecapsulescontain CBD only. All the other chemical compounds were extracted during production.

    Full Spectrum

    According to Bilge et al. (2021),full-spectrum CBD capsules feature most chemical compounds and phytochemicals in the cannabis plant, such as CBG, CBN, flavonoids, and terpenes. It also has THC. However, its level does not exceed 0.2 percent. Avoid this form since most brands mislabel the compounds' content level, misleading the consumers. It is considered to be the most potent.

    Broad Spectrum

    Broad-spectrum CBD capsuleshave all the cannabinoids, excluding THC.

    • When choosing full-spectrum CBD capsules, ensure it is derived from hemp and not marijuana. Hemp-extracted products do not contain more than 0.2 percent THC.


    CBD products are gaining momentum in the health and wellness industry since individuals have discovered their endless health benefits. CBD capsules portray multiple benefits, such as tackling pain, minimizinganxiety, and curbingcancer-related symptoms. However, most individuals wonder how long its effects stay in the body. It lasts in thesystem for aroundten hours. It depends on various factors such as age, body composition, frequency of use, and diet. Since CBD capsules contain insignificant THC, they can not appear ona drug test. Before taking any CBD product, it is important to talk to a medical professional.


    Bilge, S., &Ekici, B. (2021). CBD-Enriched Cannabis For Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Experience Of A Single Center In Turkey And Reviews Of The Literature. Journal Of Cannabis Research, 3(1), 1-11.


    Sohail, M. F., Rehman, M., Sarwar, H. S., Naveed, S., Salman, O., Bukhari, N. I., ... & Shahnaz, G. (2018). Advancements In The Oral Delivery Of Docetaxel: Challenges, Current State-Of-The-Art, And Future Trends. International Journal Of Nanomedicine, 13, 3145.

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    Nicola Boulton
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