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How Long Do CBD Capsules Stay in Your System

CBD CapsulesThere are lots of good reasons to take CBD, including:

Reduce anxiety

Less pain

Improve sleep

It's legal

Alleviate nausea

It's no wonder we're all clamoring for more. With its popularity, however, comes the buying question - which form is best for me, and how long will it stay in my system? If you're a busy mom needing a fast pain-reliever or a college student wanting quick relief, CBD capsules offer a great solution.

This post will cover how long CBD capsules stay in your system and the science behind it. Stay tuned to learn more, and don't forget to check out our loyalty rewards program by clicking here.

What Are CBD Capsules?

CBD capsules are edible forms of CBD, usually containing the same ingredients found in most CBD tinctures. For example, our CBD soft gels contain:


  • MCT Oil for absorption 
  • Purified Water
  • Glycerin
  • Broad Spectrum Hemp Cannabidiol (CBD) Extract


CBD capsules surrounded by CBD oilThe only difference is that CBD capsules are taken like any pill for convenience. Users also like that you don't have to fuss around with dosing, as each pill is clearly labeled with dosing information. 

How Do CBD Capsules Work?

CBD capsules work by interacting with your ECS, or Endocannabinoid System. Every mammal has an ECS, a complex physiological system responsible for regulating everything from organ function to mental health.

CBD capsules are first processed through the digestive tract before moving to your liver. Once there, cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, send signals to your body and brain to produce a therapeutic effect.

How Long Do CBD Capsules Stay In My System?

Because CBD capsules are consumed orally, they must be processed by the digestive tract first. 

According to a 2020 study published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, a single dose of standard CBD stays in your system four to five days after use. 

But that study didn't take into account other factors that may affect how long CBD stays in your system, including:

Four Factors: How Long CBD Capsules Stay in the System

Eden's Herbals CBD Capsules1. How Often You Use CBD: CBD, as well as all 100-plus cannabinoids, are fat-soluble, which means it builds up in your fat tissues over time. CBD is released slowly, over time, through the bloodstream. If you're a heavy CBD user, more CBD has accumulated in your system, meaning it may take much longer than the standard 14-day window of elimination.

2. What You Eat: High-fat meals increase CBD absorption, meaning they will stay in your system longer than if taken on an empty stomach

3. Your Medical Condition: If you're taking other medications, they will also be processed through the liver. By having to break down other meds, your liver enzymes may interact with CBD, potentially limiting its effects.

4. How Many CBD Capsules You Take: The more pills you take, the longer they stay in your body. In 2005, researchers published a Therapeutic Drug Monitoring report that taking 1.35 mg of CBD was detectable only about six hours after ingestion. However, high CBD doses stayed in the system much longer.

CBD Absorption: CBD Capsules vs. Other CBD Deliveries

Not all CBD works the same - in terms of how long it hits your system, as well as how long it lasts.


  • CBD Capsules vs. Vaping:2018 study found that vaping was one of the fastest ways for CBD to enter the bloodstream. With vaping, you're bypassing the gastrointestinal system, which takes longer.
  • CBD Capsules vs. CBD Oil: CBD oil typically takes up to five days to be eliminated from the body. Unlike CBD capsules, CBD tinctures are consumed sublingually, bypassing the gastro tract and having faster absorption rates than CBD capsules.
  • CBD Capsules vs. CBD Gummies: Just like CBD capsules, CBD gummies are edible. You'll find almost identical ingredients in gummies (minus the flavoring). In that respect, you'll feel the effects and process them out of your system, just like CBD capsules.


Will CBD Capsules Show Up On a Drug Test?

CBD capsules and oilsNo, it shouldn't. THC is what most drug tests look and test for. By law, CBD is sourced from hemp - one of two forms of cannabis. Unlike its sister variety, marijuana, hemp contains low levels of THC. 

This makes it perfect for CBD production, as the law stipulates that anything over 0.3% THC is illegal. Furthermore, the only CBD product type containing THC is full-spectrum tinctures. If you're nervous about an upcoming drug test and still want your CBD, consider the following substitutions:


  • Broad-spectrum CBD Capsules: Broad Spectrum capsules, like our own specially formulated soft gels, go through a process to eliminate THC but keeps all other cannabinoids intact.
  • CBD Isolate:The only ingredient you'll find in CBD isolate is CBD. Although not as potent as broad or full-spectrum CBD, it takes the guesswork of testing positive for THC.


Are CBD Capsules Safe?

Yes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the leading international health standard, CBD is considered safe and well tolerated. By law, CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, so you don't have to worry about getting high. 

The worst you might get is some nausea or a little 'stoned' if you take way more than recommended. Some people also report anxiety and maybe insomnia, but overall, CBD is safe to use.

Key Takeaways

The best way to ensure your CBD capsules are safe is to purchase from a reputable company. Things to look for when buying CBD capsules include the CBD capsules showing hemp plant on inside of capsulefollowing:


  • Lab Certification: We test all our CBD through a third party, ensuring THC content and purity.
  • CO2 Extraction: Eden's Herbals uses CO2 extraction, an expensive yet cleaner way to extract CBD - ensuring no chemical solvents or additives.
  • Organic: We source all our hemp from organic farms in the USA, free of pesticides.
  • Carrier oil: When choosing CBD capsules, consider your carrier oil. We use MCT coconut oil - a nutrition superfood!


If you plan on having a heavy meal and want the effects to last, CBD capsules are a great addition. Conversely, you can take CBD capsules on an empty stomach before bed to feel the effects faster. Either way, CBD capsules might be the most convenient and least messy way to get your daily CBD!

If you want to learn more about how long CBD capsules stay in your system, contact Eden's Herbals at today!

*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.

All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers, or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden's Herbals.

Individuals should learn the risks and side effects before taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA-approved.