Why Don’t I Feel the Effects of CBD?
With the gradual move towards legalization across the western world, cannabis and cannabis products have never been more popular. Not only is marijuana being consumed more than ever by your average person, but CBD – the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that lives alongside THC in the cannabis plant – is also undergoing a huge surge in popularity.
Used to treat all manner of conditions, CBD is becoming incredibly popular as a medicine, available not only through doctor’s prescriptions but also in health food stores, sold as a food additive. However, for an unlucky few, CBD might not have the desired effect that you are looking for. For whatever reason, no matter how much you take – it just doesn’t seem to have an effect.
Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why CBD might not be effective for you, as well as possible solutions to the problem!
Is the CBD Product Ineffective?
Before looking at any other reasons why your CBD isn’t working on you personally, it is a good idea to make sure that you do actually have CBD. Though it might seem obvious, it is sometimes possible to get your hands on what you thought was CBD, but actually turns out to be something different. Part of this is because CBD is still a rather nascent industry, with a significant lack of serious industry safety and quality assurance practices. This is mainly due to the current position of the USA’s federal government, where there is a serious lack of clarity regarding cannabis products in general.
Though the FDA did just recently legalize the use of hemp products for textile and industrial goods, as well as awarding legal status to a particular type of CBD drugs for particular medical conditions, there are still woefully few laws and regulations governing the process whereby CBD is made. This means you might end up with very ineffective CBD. It is also possible that you might actually have a type of CBD that you are using incorrectly – remember, CBD comes in many forms! Though you might be used to the idea of CBD oil, CBD can actually come as a vaporizable CBD shatter or CBD glass, as well as the more commonplace CBD-rich marijuana buds.
The best way to avoid this problem is to make sure you know what you’re getting – do your research! Make sure that your preferred retail is not only reliable, but you also understand what each type of available CBD looks and feels like. By making sure you have enough knowledge, you will be able to reliably figure out whether or not your CBD is any good or not.
Assuming you have that worked out, you need to turn to other possible reasons why your CBD isn’t working.
Are You Taking the Correct CBD Dosage?
When you’ve found the perfect CBD product for you, you will then have to figure out how much of it you want to take! If you are taking CBD for a specific purpose, to treat a particular illness or condition, then it is likely that you need to be taking a certain dosage so as to allow the CBD to be effective.
For example, as discussed in a study by Blessing et al., to treat anxiety you generally need to take an exceptionally high dose of CBD when compared to treating other symptoms like inflammation. If you are finding that your CBD isn’t having the desired effect on you, this could be because you are not taking enough to achieve the required effects. Make sure you do your research and consult your doctor regarding what condition you are trying to treat, so as to fully understand how much you should be taking.
However if you are already on the correct dosage or the CBD effects seemed to have disappeared out of thin air, the problem could be something else entirely.
The Age Old Problem of CBD Tolerance
This reason is generally limited to those that are regular users of CBD, as it concerns tolerance. The idea of tolerance might seem strange when looking at it from a medical perspective, but it basically just means that your body starts to become too “used to” the effects of a certain drug, and thus it starts losing effectiveness.
When it comes to CBD, this occurs when CBD too frequently triggers the endocannabinoid system, causing the CB1 and CB2 receptors to become desensitized to cannabinoids, thus making CBD and even regular marijuana to have a reduced level of effectiveness.This is a significant problem for those that take CBD to treat ongoing, chronic conditions, as they are essentially punished just for medicating themselves regularly.
The only real way to combat this is to take what is called a tolerance break. This means taking a planned break from cannabinoids in their entirety. This will usually last about two to three weeks, which is generally enough time to allow your body to get rid of its tolerance and for CBD to go back to being effective again.
The Entourage Effect in CBD
Despite what you might have initially believed, there are actually two primary types of CBD oils – full spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate. They might have been sold to you as one and the same, but they are actually fundamentally different.
CBD isolate is made from extracted CBD and nothing else – every ml you take of CBD isolate is nothing more than pure extracted CBD and the oil used to preserve it. However, in the case of full spectrum CBD oil, there is a lot more than just CBD. Within cannabis plants, there are a lot more interesting compounds than just CBD and THC – there is actually a whole host of useful substances with medicinal applications, including lesser cannabinoids and terpenes.
If you are using CBD isolate, all of these compounds are removed, but in the case of full spectrum CBD oil, they are preserved. When you take a full spectrum CBD oil, you aren’t just getting a dose of CBD but a whole variety of cannabinoids, terpenes and protein acids that make up the plant’s internal structure, such as CBC. Though there still needs to be more research conducted on this topic, full spectrum CBD oil has been demonstrated to be more effective than CBD isolate in treating some conditions.
This could explain why the particular CBD oil you are taking has little effect on you, you may need to do more research on the condition you are treating and the particular type of CBD you need.
If you still aren’t feeling any effects from CBD…is it in your genes?
It is entirely possible that you’ve followed all these tips and CBD still doesn’t work correctly. It can feel like no matter what you do, it just won’t work. Why does this happen?
Well, it is possible that you merely aren’t genetically able to benefit from CBD. Generally speaking, this is more likely to happen to men, as cannabinoids work alongside estrogen in a woman’s body. Which can make their endocannabinoid system more receptive to external sources of interaction, such as with CBD.
Another issue could be an overload of cannabinoids. There is a small proportion of the population, possibly as high as 15% of all people, that produce a higher amount of internal cannabinoids on their own. This means that your endocannabinoid system is already flushed with receptor-triggering chemicals. And, makes your ECS far more likely to prefer your internal compounds than any external cannabinoids, thus resulting in a reduced efficacy for CBD and even THC.
There are also a few unlucky people that are born without the ability for their CB1 and CB2 receptors to work with external cannabinoids whatsoever, essentially making them immune to the effects of CBD and THC within marijuana. If you are completely immune to the effects of your CBD, or it seems to have only a muted impact on you, it could be possible that you are one of those unlucky few people. There isn’t any well known treatment for this kind of problem, sadly. However, your body is likely to cope pretty well without any additional CBD, due to the fact that your ECS is more easily stimulated when compared to other bodies. This could explain why some people are just naturally better at healing from wounds and injuries than others as well, so you might actually consider this a bit of a blessing!
At this stage, if you still aren’t able to experience any CBD effect, the only possible option is patience.
Do You Need to Wait Longer for the Effects of CBD?
Ever since the dawn of the internet, people have been frantically Googling their conditions in the hope of some quick and easy answers. Whether it is a sudden headache or an uncomfortable rash, we are naturally afraid of our bodies having something wrong with them. If you have followed this trend and have frantically searched why your CBD isn’t working for you, it is possible that you simply haven’t given it enough time to take effect.
Unlike with smoking marijuana, where the THC’s effects are sometimes felt almost instantly, CBD can sometimes take a little while to start having effects. Even then, the effects of CBD are gradual, rather than sudden and intense as with THC. If you have gone through each and every one of these steps, consider that it is possible that you just need to have a bit of patience and see what happens.
If you give it time, you might be pleasantly surprised.