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Five reasons why CBD may not be working for you



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With so many ways to use CBD, what works for one person may not work for another.

Everyone’s experience of CBD is different, but if it doesn’t seem to be working for you there’s a few things worth considering.

Cannabidiol has many uses, from easing anxiety to managing chronic pain. It also has a multitude of ways to consume it, from the traditional oils and balms to the newer methods of candles and even bedding.

However, there are occasions when users may find that CBD isn’t giving them the effect they are looking for, and there are a number of reasons for this.

Here are just five…

You need to try a different method

With so many ways to use CBD, what works for one person may not work for another. A rule of thumb is that if you’ve been taking CBD products consistently for over a month and haven’t noticed any changes or improvements, consider the type of product you’re taking.

Gummies, for example, may not always use the full spectrum of plant and have to go through your digestive system before they take effect, whereas full-spectrum oils offer a broader range and a more instant ‘hit’.

It can take a lot of trial and error to find what works best for you, and this largely comes down to what effect you’re looking to gain.

You’ve got the wrong dosage

As with finding the right way to take it, finding the right CBD dosage can also take some working out.

First-time users are always encouraged to start low and go slow, meaning they build up their intake over time until they hit their own personal sweet spot. 

However, it’s also worth remembering that, as with anything, your tolerance will increase over time; if you find that your regimen is not working as well after a while, try taking a break to reset your system before starting with a low dose again.

It takes time to work

For many conditions, CBD is not a quick fix. While a drop of oil on your tongue may relax you almost instantly, when it comes to issues such as chronic pain, it has a more cumulative effect.

Plenty of people take CBD for several weeks or even months before they see a difference, and that involves a level of commitment to trusting in the long-term gains. 

However, if you’re still not seeing any effects after even a few months, it may be time to go back to the drawing board with a different method, brand or dosage. 

It’s not good quality

Not all CBD products are created equal. In fact, some products may not contain any CBD at all; a recent study of 47 CBD products from different companies revealed that 11 per cent of products delivered no CBD whatsoever.

To ensure you’re buying a reputable product, always look for third-party testing, read reviews and buy from well-known, well-established brands.

It can’t fix everything

As varied as CBD’s benefits are, it’s far from a cure-all. While it is well-known for having a positive impact on pain, mood disorders and sleep issues, beyond that, much more research is needed.

Furthermore, everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different, and it may well be that yours just doesn’t get on with CBD.

Factors that may affect CBD’s effect include a person’s metabolism, biochemistry and genetics, which will all play a part in if CBD works for you or not.


Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister titles, Cannabis Wealth and Psychedelic Health. Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained. She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa. Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag


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