CBD can be an amazing addition to your everyday health routine. The evidence proves it’s useful for many different things, and we’ve heard from so many people the difference a daily dose makes.
However, sometimes when you take CBD, you might not see the results you were hoping for. If this is where you currently find yourself, it’s important to understand the reasons why CBD may not be working for you, and the things you can do to get the benefits you’re looking for.
CBD Not Working: 5 Reasons Why
To start, it’s important to note that there are several individual-specific characteristics which impact how CBD makes you feel. These include things like:
- other medications
Yes, you may not have a ton of control over these characteristics, but there are things you can control though, including how much you take and how you take it.
Here are some of the reasons you might find your CBD not working as well as you’d like.
There are dosing guidelines with CBD, but these are based on averages – so the amount it takes the average person to get results. That means that not everyone feels the effects at those dosage amounts. Some need a little more, some need a little less.
To find your perfect dose, start slow and work your way up to the recommended dosage, maybe over a few days to a week. If you honestly feel no difference, try adjusting the dosage after that point.
Also, try taking your dose at different times of the day. If, for example, you’re taking it for sleep, try it about 30 mins before bed.
It’s trial and error with CBD, so it might take time to get to your ideal dose.
When it comes to CBD, results really do have a lot to do with the quality of the product you’re using. If you’re using a cheap product (and haven’t checked the Certificate of Analysis), you may not be getting enough CBD.
You may also not be getting the right carrier oil. CBD alone isn’t super bioavailable, so the carrier oil matters. We’ll cover more on that below.
Full spectrum? When you take full spectrum CBD, you get the benefit of the Entourage Effect. This is when all the different compound in hemp work together for greater results – the other cannabinoids, the terpenes, the flavonoids. Finding full spectrum may just deliver those missing results.
CBD is a natural substance, so although some people do see results almost immediately, others may need more time. Make sure you’re giving your body enough time to see the results. This might mean time as in hours after you take it, or it might means days or weeks, as in the time after you start taking it.
Also, consistency is critical. For any dietary supplement to work properly, you need to take it on a regular basis. This is especially true with natural substances, like CBD. Missing a few doses can affect how it’s working in your body, and thus the results you’re seeing.
CBD is a fat-soluble compound. That means it dissolves in oil rather than water. By infusing CBD in a saturated fat, it enhances its bioavailability dramatically.
Bioavailability refers to how much, and at what rate, something gets absorbed by your bloodstream. On its own, CBD isn’t very bioavailable, but the right carrier oil can boost that bioavailability, allowing the CBD to be absorbed and used by the body.
We prefer coconut oil because it has little to no flavor, it’s very thin, plus it has natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Find out more about carrier oils here.
Additionally, for it to work best in your body, it might help to take it with CBD friendly foods. Research shows that the body can absorb CBD better when you take it alongside a healthy fat, like .
5. Method of Application
How you use your CBD has a lot to do with how it works in your body. And that means it can also impact whether or not you’re getting the results you want.
For example, if you’re taking CBD to help with stress or anxiety, a topical salve may not be the best. For this, you’d probably be best with a tincture or a vape. Save a topical for localized muscle pains, or for wounds.
CBD Not Working… Or is it?
Another important thing to not is that, with CBD, the goal is to address the body as a whole and bring it back into homeostasis, or balance. That means getting your body back to a place where it’s in tune, in sync. Sometimes, that means you won’t actually “feel” anything at all because you feel good! Remember, CBD is non-intoxicating, so technically it shouldn’t make you feel – if it’s working, it should make you not feel that imbalance 🙂