There is often a fair degree of caution around CBD products and their benefits. And we can understand this. Although cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, the CBD industry as we know it is fairly new.
One concern people have is that the CBD might not work for them at all. And just as with any other treatment, there is a chance this could happen. If you’re finding that CBD isn’t providing you with the benefits you expected, here are some reasons why.
You’re expecting a buzz
This is one myth that continues to persist and can cause plenty of confusion. Many people taking CBD may find themselves asking, “why can’t I feel anything?” The answer is: you’re not supposed to, and that doesn’t mean that the CBD isn’t working. Because CBD is derived from cannabis, it’s often expected that it will give you the same high. But due to the low levels of THC, which is the psychotropic compound, it’s not going to have the same effect as smoking marijuana for example.
In some cases, CBD may bring on a pronounced feeling of calm and relaxation that results in what we call a “body high”. But this is not indicative of how well it is working. What you should focus on is what you’re not feeling. The most common reasons for taking CBD are for reducing and relieving pain, anxiety and tension.
Your CBD is low quality
Like many things in life, with CBD, you get what you pay for. If you come across a price that seems too good to be true – it probably is. With the spike in the popularity of CBD, thousands of products have flooded the market. And as such a new industry, there is little regulation and very few guidelines to help the consumer sort the good from the bad.
An oil that’s priced far below competitors will often contain only hemp extract (rather than hemp oil), which contains none of the beneficial CBD. Other cheap products may contain much lower concentrations of CBD than what they claim. In these cases, you’ll find your CBD is not working because you simply aren’t taking the amount that you think you are.
The best way to avoid getting scammed is to look for a reputable seller that provides the results of third-party lab testing. This means that the CBD levels written on the label will match what’s inside the bottle. It also means you can avoid taking higher levels of THC than is legal in your country.
You haven’t been taking it long enough
If you’re taking CBD to help with ongoing health problems, it’s important that you have realistic ideas about how soon you’re going to see the effects. It’s probably more helpful if you think of CBD as a supplement rather than as a medication.
Although it can have immediate effects on things like increasing calm and relaxation, don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t help with all of your issues right away. Due to the way that CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, it often works better when we have built up a reserve of the substance in our bodies. This could take days or even weeks, depending on the person. But if after a month you haven’t noticed any benefits, it could be that CBD is not right for you.
You’re not taking the right dosage
Unlike with mediation that might be prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist, there’s no “correct” dosage when it comes to CBD. There are so many factors that affect how CBD works with your body, so finding the right amount for you and your needs is just part of the learning curve.
If you’re not feeling any benefits from CBD, you might be tempted just to take more, but this isn’t always helpful. Advice for beginners is to “start low, go slow”. The idea is that you gradually build up the dose over time, allowing your body time to adjust to each new amount. This continues until you hit what people refer to as the dosage “sweet spot”.
You’ll know that you’ve reached your ideal dosage when taking your regular amount provides an instant effect, and taking more doesn’t give you any added benefits.
You need a different method of administration
Our premium CBD oils are our most popular products, and they’re great for a wide variety of uses. But depending on your needs, taking oil may not be the right method for you. Fortunately, there are lots of other ways to get the benefits from CBD.
For a condition that requires instant relief rather than a slow release over time, you may want to try an inhalation method, such as smoking CBD flowers or using an intranasal spray. For pain or discomfort that is highly localized such as joint or muscle pain, using a topical treatment will get the CBD directly to where it’s needed.
Genetics are to blame
Finally, there’s the question of whether there is a reason that CBD isn’t working for you in particular. Everyone’s body works differently, and things like metabolism and general level of health will affect how CBD is processed by your body.
Endocannabinoids are compounds that are produced naturally in the body, as well as being found in things like cannabis. Some people are genetically predetermined to produce more of these than other people. This generally gives them a greater feeling of wellbeing on a day-to-day basis, but the downside is that they have a higher tolerance to external cannabinoids such as CBD.