How long does CBD stay in your system?

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Figuring out the metabolic pathways of CBD will help physicians determine frequency of dosing.

As the primary non-intoxicating cannabinoid in cannabis, many patients are just as curious about CBD as they are about THC. Yet, with a long and complicated legal history, THC gets most of the scientific attention. Today, with cannabinoids more widely accepted as a medicine, the attention is shifting towards the other less controversial cannabinoids. How long does CBD stay in your system? And what does it transform into when metabolized? Does it appear on drug tests? Suddenly, with the rise of CBD for medicinal applications, there is much more curiosity about the inner workings of CBD as it travels through the human body.

How the Human Body Processes Cannabinoids

The most popular cannabinoid products fall into two categories — edibles and inhalables. The body processes edibles (capsules, infused foods, and to some degree, tinctures and oils) through the digestive tract. Once absorbed through the gastrointestinal system, the liver metabolizes these compounds into other compounds. Inhaled cannabinoids (vaporizer or smoked) travel through the respiratory tract for absorption through the cellular lining of the lungs.

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