Takeaway: Stay tuned for news of CBD clinical trials confirming or questioning the promising health benefits many believe CBD provides.
In this post, you will learn that many experts refrain from being optimistic about the benefits of CBD, pointing out the lack of evidence from controlled trials and systematic studies. The promising CBD clinical trial results will give them compelling evidence.
Clinical trials of CBD have been relatively limited so far, but as the claims of CBD benefits increase and the popularity of CBD grows, we are likely to see more trials.
If you want to see some solid data on current and completed clinical trials, you can browse the US National Library’s CBD Clinical Trials Database.
THC vs CBD
CBD and THC are different compounds. THC is psychoactive; it affects your mental processes (uplifting). CBD is not psychoactive.
CBD and THC, like siblings, have a lot in common, but they also have many key differences.
The different compounds or cannabinoids, CBD and THC come from the same parent plant, but they interact in your body , especially your body ‘s endocannabinoid system, in different ways.
CBD and THC share a common molecular structure, but they have different atomic arrangements. This simple difference in the arrangement of atoms explains why the two compounds interact differently with endocannabinoid receptors, and why CBD does not trigger highs while THC does.
Short answer: CBD can stay in the average person’s system for up to 5 days. However, the length of time CBD stays in any person’s system fluctuates depending on a variety of factors, including dosage, form of CBD, person’s weight, and more.
If there is a chance, you might have to take another test. Then of course you are wondering how long CBD stays in your system, just in case. (But for reference, if the CBD you took does not contain THC or CBN, then you should be fine even if the CBD is still in your system.)
Studies investigating the lifespan of CBD in the body have found – in general – the compound can remain in the blood for up to 5 days. Other studies have shown that CBD can remain in urine for as little as 24 hours.
In the same way that different bodies and different circumstances affect the metabolism of food and alcohol, different circumstances and physical characteristics affect how the body will absorb, process, and retain CBD.
So what factors most affect how long CBD stays in your system?
- How do you feel about CBD. (Results will vary depending on whether you ingest, smoke, or vaporize CBD.)
- Your individual metabolism.
- What else, including food, is in your body when you take CBD.
- How much CBD do you take and how often.
What medications should not be taken with CBD?
Many medications may interact with CBD, and it is important to consult your doctor before mixing CBD with medications, including over-the-counter medications.
By and large, the experts have really just touched on CBD research, experimentation, and research. This is why it will be difficult for you to find a simple answer about which drugs should not be mixed with CBD.
Experts we know that our body uses the same set of enzymes to metabolize CBD that we use to metabolize most of the drugs available on the market. This means there is a chance that CBD can interact with most medications.
This does not mean that interactions will be catastrophic, significant, or even noticeable; it simply means that there is a good chance that CBD and your medication may interact and alter each other’s intended effects, resulting in different results in your body.
Experts will take years to come up with a more definitive answer to this question. For now, don’t risk talking to your doctor or pharmacist before mixing CBD with any medications.