Many people expect instant results when they first start taking CBD oil. But that’s more the exception than the rule. The lack of immediate results can lead some to quickly give up on CBD oil and declare that it doesn’t work for them.
A better approach is to have realistic expectations when starting out. For many, results are not achieved for several weeks. Perserverance is key. And so is an understanding of the different variables at play that can determine both short-term and long-term effectiveness for you.
The purpose of this article is to present 5 potential reasons why CBD isn’t working for you, or may have stopped working, and suggest what you can do to increase your chances of achieving your goal.
1. Choose a brand and product wisely.
The first decision that you had to make after deciding to try CBD oil was where you would buy it from. If you chose a brand from our recommended list, then you got a high quality product from a reputable company. You also got a brand that has been well-reviewed by others and that makes third party lab reports available to its customers.
Buying from a company that has a strong track record is a good first step since there are poor quality products on the market. But it doesn’t ensure immediate success. Each brand and product has its own unique cannabinoid and terpene profile. So a product that works great for one person may not work at all for another person even if they are treating a similar condition.
Many people tell us that they had to try several brands before finding the one that worked for them. So be sure to always buy from a reputable source but know that it may take some experimenting to find “the one” that works for you.
Also be sure you know whether the product you’re using is full spectrum, CBD isolate (0% THC) or a hybrid of those. If you bought an isolate and haven’t gotten any results, you may need to try a full spectrum product or vice versa. This page of our website explains the difference between full spectrum and isolate products.
2. Find your own personal optimal dose.
Taking too much CBD or too little CBD is the #1 reason that hinders effectiveness for beginners. Unlike aspirin where a standard dose of 2 tablets will be effective for the majority of people, the “right” dose of CBD is highly individualized. Type and severity of condition, weight and body chemistry are just a few of the variables that make the “right” dose different for each person.
Your goal is to find the optimal dose for you specifically. Again, you’ll need to do some experimentation to figure out what’s best for you. This page of our website on CBD oil dosage gives specific suggestions on how to find your personal “sweet spot” dose. The page also includes links to a CBD dosage calculator and CBD dosing log that can be helpful tools for users.
Dosage is something that needs to be evaluated on a continuous basis. So even once you find your “sweet spot”, you may have to experiment with higher or lower amounts if you experience unfavorable side effects or a decrease in effectiveness over time. This is especially true if you switch products or use multiple products simultaneously since different products have different potency levels.
3. Bioavailability matters.
Bioavailability refers to the percentage of CBD that actually gets into your bloodstream. The different ways of taking CBD have different levels of bioavailability. For example, 25 milligrams of CBD taken sublingually typically results in 20-30% of the CBD actually entering the bloodstream. But taking a 25mg capsule results in only about 5% of the CBD actually entering your bloodstream.
So depending on how you are taking your CBD, you may be getting less CBD into your system than you think. This article about the different ways of taking CBD oil explains bioavailability by delivery method in more detail.
4. Genetics may be to blame.
Approximately 15-20% of people are genetically disposed to their body producing higher levels of natural endocannabinoids. This is generally a good thing for the overall well-being of those people. But the higher level of natural endocannabinoids can mean that they’ll get less benefit from taking CBD oil as a supplement.
5. Building a tolerance.
After you’ve been taking CBD for awhile, it’s natural to expect that a tolerance will build up over time. You may find that you have to take a higher dose to achieve the same results you got from lower doses previously. But at some point the effectiveness may plateau or higher doses become cost prohibitive.
At that point, you may want to consider taking a “break” from CBD to allow your endocannabinoid receptors to reset. After a couple of weeks, you can resume taking CBD and hopefully you’ll achieve your desired results again at a lower dosage than what you had built up to.
CBD oil is not a quick fix or miracle cure. You shouldn’t expect to achieve immediate results even if you follow all of the best practices discussed above.
But you can improve your chances of success by doing your research, being patient and understanding that it’s a process that will require some experimentation on your part. If you have any questions, please join us in the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook where you can share experiences and ask questions of other CBD oil users.