Sometimes when you take CBD, you might not see the results you were hoping for. In these instances, it’s important to understand the reasons why CBD may not be working for you, and the adjustments you can make to get the benefits you’re looking for.
Our friends at the Realm of Caring, a non-profit dedicated to helping people enhance their health and quality of life through cannabinoid research, education, and services, have helped us compile this list of reasons why CBD may not be working for you:
Reason 1: Poor Quality = Poor Results
Unfortunately, all CBD products are not created equal. It’s critical to know what is in the product you are taking. Several studies have actually shown that products made by some well-known brands have little to no CBD in them!
In order to be sure that a product actually contains what the label says it does, you will want to look at the Certificate of Analysis (COA). The COA should be easily found on the company’s website. A COA is a third-party test that verifies the information on the product label. It also certifies that the product does not contain harmful levels of dangerous substances, such as molds, pesticides, or heavy metals.
Reason 2: You Need the Right Amount for You
When it comes to CBD, the amount you take is very important. We often see people that are taking an amount that was recommended by a friend or family member. The issue with this is that everyone’s body is different. We all metabolize natural products differently, whether it be caffeine or hemp extract.
If your CBD products are not working for you, you might need to increase or decrease the amount you are taking. The endocannabinoid system regulates several physiological processes in the body, including pain, digestion, mood, and the immune and nervous systems – just to name a few. The endocannabinoid system is not one-size-fits-all; it varies from person to person. This is why you may need to adjust the amount you take to get the results you want.
If you need help finding the right amount for you, get started with this guide. If you still aren’t sure, reach out to the Realm of Caring Care Team for help making a plan.
Reason 3: Unrealistic Expectations
Many people have unrealistic expectations when they first start taking CBD. They assume that it will start working immediately. For some people, it does. But for others, CBD takes more time to work in your body.
Don’t be surprised or discouraged if you don’t see results in the first week that you take CBD. For more information on when to expect results from CBD, check out this article. And, if you want to understand how long CBD takes to work, look for more information here.
Reason 4: Interactions With Other Products
It might be a good idea to consider spacing out the time between when you take CBD and when you take medications or other products. Interactions with certain products or medications could alter or lessen the effect that CBD has on you.
Additionally, it is recommended that you take CBD with a snack that is rich in healthy fats, such as peanut butter, yogurt, or avocado. Research has shown that CBD is better absorbed into the body and more effective when ingested alongside fat.
Reason 5: It’s Not the Best Form for You
Different CBD products are tailored for different applications. That means that if you’re taking the wrong form of CBD for your needs, you might not be getting the full benefits. For example, if you are taking CBD to alleviate stress, a topical cream might not be the best product for you. Sometimes, a combination of more than one product might be ideal.
When it comes to taking CBD, routine is everything. Tracking your progress with a journal and being consistent with your routine are keys to success with CBD. If you want to learn more about starting a CBD routine, check out this guide.
If you still have questions, Realm of Caring offers no-cost personalized care plans. They can help to guide you on a new and exciting journey with cannabinoid therapies.
Thanks for reading and be sure to keep an eye out for the next article in the series!