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CBD: Why It's Not Working for You (and How to Fix It)

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

CBD, short for cannabidiol, can potentially help many symptoms. However, some individuals feel that CBD simply doesn't deliver their expected results. In this blog, we'll explore the various factors that might contribute to this perception. Below are common reasons for this feeling.


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Type of CBD Products:

Patients and clients will usually find the greatest benefits from using products which contain compounds as close to the hemp plant as possible. CBD products come in a variety of forms, including Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, and Isolates. Full-spectrum products contain as many of the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, including THC (<0.3%). Broad-spectrum products contain as many of the cannabinoids except without THC. While Isolates only contain CBD. If tolerated, Full-Spectrum products are what we recommend for patients and clients. These allow the cannabinoids to interact with each other producing the “Entourage Effect.” If there is a concern about consuming even the smallest amount of THC, then we recommend Broad Spectrum Products.


Insufficient Time:

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to CBD. Many individuals expect instant results, and this can happen, but CBD often requires 10-14 days to build-up in your body to remain at a consistent level. This is a common phenomenon among many prescription medications also. Although you may get relief with one dose, our experts generally will explain to patients and clients to wait 10-14 days to experience the greatest relief.


"With CBD, it’s not about what you feel, it’s about what you don’t feel"


Not Using Enough:

CBD products can vary greatly in the milligram amount per dose. Taking too little will not produce the beneficial effects desired. We often find patients and clients become hesitant to take more than one edible piece or more than one dropper full of a tincture. Not using enough CBD will prevent the medication from interacting with its receptors and producing the desired effect. We often will have patients begin with 25mg of a Full-Spectrum product daily and increase if needed. CBD products can be repeated every 6 hours if necessary remembering the maximum dose of CBD is likely in the thousands of milligrams.


Individual Biochemistry:

Our bodies are intricate systems, and how they react to CBD can vary widely based on individual biochemistry. Elements like metabolism, genetics, and overall health can impact how CBD is metabolized and its effects on the body. What works wonders for one person might have a minimal effect on another. Some clients find edible products don’t work as well for them as other forms do. This may be secondary to the added steps an edible requires to enter the bloodstream. Whereas tinctures and inhaled products enter the bloodstream directly and are more consistent in their effects.


Unmet Expectations:

One of the primary reasons why people might think CBD doesn't work is the misconception of its effects. Different from its counterpart THC, where psychoactivity or a “high” can be felt, with CBD, it’s not about what you feel. It’s about what you don’t feel. Successful CBD users will potentially feel less anxiety and stress as well as potentially less inflammation and pain. Unlike some prescription medications, CBD is not usually a quick-fix solution. Its effects tend to be subtle, gradual, but significant rather than immediate and pronounced. It's crucial to approach CBD with realistic expectations, understanding that its impact can be subtle and gradual.


Discovering the right product, dosage, and consumption method tailored to your unique needs is the key to unlocking the benefits of CBD. We have developed high quality CBD products which can be purchased and shipped directly to you. We can also help you choose products and dosing with a Virtual CBD Consultation with a health care professional. A visit can be scheduled here. Remember, patience, realistic expectations, and a willingness to experiment are crucial in allowing CBD to provide the relief you're seeking.



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