This Is Why CBD Doesn’t Work For Everyone
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CBD won’t solve all your problems.
While many other companies would like to have you believe differently, it’s true. It’s not a panacea. It’s not a miracle product. Millions of people have already begun to regularly use CBD for one reason or another, but the truth is it doesn’t work for everyone.
There are many reasons for this. Some of them have to do with the nature of CBD and the endocannabinoid system; some have to do with the fact that every person is different and has a unique lifestyle and genetic makeup.
Here are the top five reasons why, while CBD can contribute greatly to your health and well begin, it doesn’t work for everyone.
1. We all have a unique endocannabinoid system that responds differently to CBD.
Similar to a fingerprint, each person has a uniquely configured endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is one of the largest molecular systems in the human body and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptors scattered throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. It supports your body in maintaining a stable equilibrium in response to environmental changes.
Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique in its makeup and level of functionality. Just like any other system in the body, people can naturally have more or fewer receptors—or those receptors function in different ways. There can also be differences in the number of endocannabinoids that are produced or in how quickly they’re metabolized. Some people’s endocannabinoid systems are well-nourished and supported. For those people, introducing CBD may produce barely-noticeable effects.
How do you know if your endocannabinoid system needs support? Although there’s not enough solid research to make a definitive answer, if you have experienced changes in your environment, you might be needing some extra cannabinoid support.
2. CBD takes time to really work (sometimes a lot of time).
Thanks to some overzealous marketing hooks and media stories, there are many misguided expectations about what the effects of CBD “feel” like, and how long it takes to experience these feelings.
It is true that CBD does occasionally produce noticeable effects for some users right off the bat. This can usually be attributed to the person having a very different endocannabinoid system or possibly even experiencing the placebo effect. However, like many nutritional products, it usually takes several weeks of consistent daily use to observe any impacts, if not longer.
The misconception that CBD works right away is a damaging one because many first-timers find themselves disappointed when they don’t experience the effects they’re looking for on the first day or even the first week. When using CBD as a self-care tool, it’s important to set realistic expectations and recognize that it takes time, patience, and awareness.
3. There is a huge variety of products available and you might not have the right one.
Even if you’re opting for high-quality CBD products over CBD lattes, it still may require some road testing to get where you want to be.
If you’ve been taking CBD products consistently for over a month and haven’t noticed any changes, consider the type and concentration of product you’re taking. Full-spectrum extracts contain a wide array of 110 plus cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including CBD, CBG, and CBN (but no more than 0.3 percent THC by dry weight, legally speaking). CBD isolate products, on the other hand, are typically stripped of all these extra compounds to feature only CBD.
While both types can be effective, full-spectrum extracts tend to be more popular than isolate products. Full-spectrum extracts encourage what’s known as the “entourage effect,” which describes all of the compounds of the cannabis plant working together in a complementary way. In essence, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Similarly, some people require higher concentrations of CBD than others. Many first-timers start with between 5 to 15 mg of CBD per day for the first several weeks to observe. After that, though, some users find they may need upwards of 50 mg to achieve the desired effect. The general advice is to start low and go slow to find your sweet spot. We also recommend talking to your healthcare professional before starting any new product, especially if you have a health condition, taking medication, or are pregnant or nursing.
4. Some “CBD” products don’t actually contain CBD.
The number one rule when shopping for CBD is to always look for third-party testing.
If a company doesn’t share recent tests on its products, it’s possible that they are not trustworthy and their products could contain misrepresented amounts of CBD or potentially harmful contaminants, like pesticides or heavy metals.
For example, a study of 47 CBD products from different companies revealed that 11% of products delivered no CBD whatsoever. Twenty-three percent of the products delivered less than 80 percent of CBD than advertised on the label. Likewise, the FDA has responded with warning letters over the past several years to companies who have falsely labeled and marketed CBD products, misleading their customers into believing that they’re getting more CBD than they really are.
CBD manufacturers and retailers should be fully transparent and share a certificate of analysis for every single batch of every single product that leaves their facility so customers don’t have to blindly trust their product will be free from contaminants and contain the amount of CBD that they are expecting.
This is an example of one of Bluebird Botanicals’ Certificate of Analysis.
5. CBD can’t fix an unhealthy lifestyle.
CBD is a supplement, meaning it is intended to do what its name implies: supplement, or build on top of, an already healthy diet and lifestyle.
It’s true that CBD works well for many people, but it’s not a cure-all. It can help support bodily balance, but it can’t make up for a bad diet, no exercise, a lack of sleep, poor emotional hygiene, or disconnection from one’s community and/or social support network. In order to reap the benefits of CBD and maintain true wellness, you have to put together all the puzzle pieces.
The information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content contained in this article is for general information purposes only.
While the compound can help some people immensely, it's not a miracle product. Here are five reasons why.
Does CBD Oil Work? 4 Reasons Why CBD Isn’t Working for You
Written by QuitNet January 8, 2021
Over the last two decades, the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a supplement has become extremely popular worldwide thanks to the many reported benefits that come from regular CBD use. With so many people reporting positive changes in themselves as a result of CBD, this has seen people flock to try this new medical marvel. Have you tried CBD oil? Is CBD oil not working for you? In this post, we’ve included our top tips to ensure CBD products work for you.
Does CBD Oil Work?
Ever asked the question, “CBD oil doesn’t work?”
With little information available and poorly regulated companies springing up all the time, many have found that CBD (such as CBD oils) does not work for them at all. Do you feel the same? Are you wondering why CBD may not be working for you? We have looked at a number of factors that can prevent you from experiencing these reported benefits.
Here are 4 possible reasons why CBD hasn’t worked for you yet.
Is The CBD Product Genuine?
If you feel that the continuous use of CBD is not having any effects on your health, the very first thing you need to do is to authenticate the CBD oil you are using and find out if it is actually what it says it is.
One of the greatest plagues on the market today are companies promoting their CBD and other related products when they have very little, low quality and sometimes no CBD in them at all.
First, you should check whether the product is produced using hemp seeds or the hemp plant. Hemp seed pressed oil is fairly common but this is not the same as CBD oil. Both are good for your health but in very different ways. Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega 6 and Omega 3 but will not give the same benefits as CBD oil from the hemp plant.
Is the product full spectrum? Full spectrum CBD oils come with many different cannabinoids, including traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This type of oil is said to be the most effective when it comes to health benefits, as the cannabinoids work in synergy together with your Endocannabinoid system.
Here at Quitnet, we’re fortunate enough to be in a position to regularly test and evaluate all the newest CBD products and tinctures on the market. Although there are several effective CBD brands on the market, we feel cbdMD are currently #1 when it comes to creating genuine products that allow you to experience the benefits of CBD.
It’s important you check exactly how much CBD the product contains. A good retailer will list this clearly on the label and it will tell you how many mg there is in the oil, edible, spray or capsule. This then needs to be compared to lab testing results. Again, a good retailer will have this available, usually on the website or you will be able to request it via e-mail. If it is not available for this product then how can you trust that you have received what you paid for? If it is available is there enough in the product to make it worthwhile?
Vetting the product for purity and Cannabinoid profile is also extremely important. This helps you to know more about the product you are using, where it has come from, and whether it has been tested or not. Many of the best CBD brands available today openly share third-party lab test results for their products, demonstrating their purity and integrity. These will also be able to show you if the product is free of pesticides and heavy metals.
Have you set realistic expectations?
False claims prove to have long-run rampant in the cannabis niche. This is mainly due to rumors, lack of studies and anecdotal benefits that have over time been considered the fact. The practice of selling CBD on the basis of bold health claims has become common. So much so, the FDA (Food and Drug administration) has taken notice and started to crack down on all those businesses that make false claims about what CBD supplements can be used for.
The businesses that have been warned by the FDA (in the US) and the MHRA (in the UK) had made claims on their sites that the use of CBD can help cure Alzheimer’s disease, cure cancer, or various other illnesses. At this time there isn’t enough research to prove these claims (1, 2).
Some users may get instant results once they start taking CBD, whereas it may take longer for others to notice any changes in their body.
However, there are hundreds of Internet scams that are making wild claims of curing addiction and cancer just about instantly with the use of CBD. People see such claims and put CBD on a pedestal that is propped up by these false claims with no scientific research and this can lead people to have great expectations.
Don’t get me wrong. CBD is fantastic and here at Quitnet, we love it and will always stand by it for the wonderful medical benefits it provides. Many members of our team use CBD for pain management, fibromyalgia, and joint pain. However, don’t expect CBD to completely get rid of cancer, or completely fix your depression. It should be used as a daily supplement to help treat your conditions, not get rid of them permanently.
How’s your lifestyle choices?
Most of us are already well aware of the fact that each individual reacts quite differently to medications and CBD is no different in this regard. This is why it is tough for the CBD industry and even for medical experts to provide one-size fits all recipe when it comes down to CBD products, the cannabinoids they contain and the overall strength.
CBD affects every person differently depending on their age, lifestyle, weight, medical conditions, health history, and gender.
Are you taking the correct dosage?
One vital reason that people do not observe any benefits is that they are using CBD, but not the right amount. Improper serving sizes is a common issue. Fortunately, it is easy to fix!
The best approach for you to consider here is to start your CBD intake with a small amount. Then start building up from there. You must not consume too much at first as you will build a tolerance to CBD too.
If you start consuming a lot of CBD from the very start, you will quickly build a tolerance and will require even more for the same effect over the medium term. Similarly, you could be consuming too little CBD, particularly when there are several other factors at play, such as weight, gender, or age which can all have an impact on your tolerance.
Consuming too little CBD will be ineffective. That is why it is crucial for every individual to determine a dosage that works well for them by consulting their physician or by building up the amount over a period of time. If you’re also taking other medications, it’s definitely worth speaking to your doctor, as CBD may interfere with other drugs to produce side effects.
The best way forward is to consume it in small amounts initially. Take the same dose every 2 to 3 hours for a couple of days and monitor the effects. If you do not feel any relief consider increasing the amount. Eventually, you will find a point where you feel the positive effects. At this time, you have found the correct level for you. Over time you will need to increase this a little more as your body becomes more tolerant.
Increased consumption of CBD does not put you at risk of an overdose or any adverse effects of taking too much CBD. However, it is generally recommended that you should not exceed 200mg per day. Most people find that 10-20mg per day is enough to find relief. But remember, CBD works differently for everyone.
The use of Cannabidiol or CBD can be the best treatment for epilepsy/seizures and has worked wonders for several other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and inflammation. Until the use and production of CBD become fully regulated, it is imperative for you to take some time out of your busy schedule and find out exactly how CBD works for you in the first place.
Over the last two decades, the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a supplement has become extremely popular worldwide thanks to the many reported benefits that come