Not finding the relief you were hoping to with CBD products? Here are four reasons why CBD might not be working for you.
Whether it’s a friend, family member or an Instagram influencer, chances are someone you know has hyped the amazing healing power of CBD. Maybe they even shared their products or convinced you to use their discount code, but the experience left you feeling underwhelmed. It’s kind of a bummer when what’s touted as a miracle cure seems to be snake oil. But before you write CBD off as a placebo (trust us, it’s not—as study after study shows), it’s worth doing some troubleshooting to find out why CBD may not be working for you. After all, 64 million American CBD users (and growing by the day) can’t be wrong. Here are a few avenues to explore when finding your sweet spot regarding CBD products, doses, and more.
1) You might not have taken it for long enough.
Depending on the method of ingestion, it might take anywhere from a few minutes (if you smoke CBD and inhale it) to a few hours (if you ingest it orally as an oil) to feel the effects of CBD—and it’s not uncommon to feel nothing at all after a dose or two. But if you’re using CBD for more serious or chronic issues, you might need up to eight weeks to experience results. That’s because, like many mainstream pharmaceuticals, it takes CBD time to build up in your body. Commit to taking it consistently for a few months in order to experience its full effects. Some CBD users also find it helpful to track their symptoms and dosage in a journal, so they can get a sense of its efficacy over time.
2) You might have taken the wrong dose.
To paraphrase Plato, the difference between a remedy and a poison is the dose. When taken responsibly, CBD will not harm you (it would take a human consuming bottles upon bottles of CBD oil at one time to reach established toxicity levels). But it is possible to waste your money and time with an inadequate dose—and finding the right dose of CBD does take some trial and error. It’s good to start with lower doses taken consistently and work up to higher doses until you find a dose that fits your needs.
3) You might need a different consumption method.
When it comes to CBD, your consumption methods are plentiful and, in many cases, pleasurable (eating tasty gummies or getting a CBD balm massage come to mind). With this many routes of ingestion, it’s natural to expect that some will work better than others for each individual. It also makes sense to tailor your delivery system to your issues. For example, CBD topicals are great for targeting inflamed, sore muscles but may be less effective when it comes to boosting your sense of focus. Likewise, if you eat a CBD-infused snack, the CBD goes through the digestive system, and less of it enters your bloodstream. You may find sublingual consumption (under-the-tongue placement) gives you a better result, as the CBD enters your bloodstream directly and bypasses the digestive system. Again, playing around until you find a method that works for you is key.
4) You might not have a quality product.
All CBD products are not created equal, and although we hate to say it, it’s possible the product you tried was…bunk. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to avoid if you opt for American-grown, organic, third-party lab-tested CBD products. Seek out a brand that provides independent certification that their products are free of contaminants, pesticides, and heavy metals.
Final Word of Advice
It may go without saying, but if you have a serious medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult with a doctor to determine the best CBD regimen for your specific needs.
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