Why doesn't CBD work for me?
Does that sound familiar to you? If you've tried CBD products to no avail, you're not the only one - but that doesn't mean the entire industry is a scam.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. It is being researched for many potential medicinal benefits, and unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this ingredient does not get you "high".
People use it to treat a range of ailments, including:
Before treating any disease, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor to determine if CBD is the right option for you, especially if you are taking other medications. CBD can interact with many over-the-counter or prescription drugs and supplements.
You might have heard before that people with chronic conditions rave about good results - and that's because for them it's one of the few ways that works.
However, there are some legitimate reasons why CBD may not work for you.
So before you give up and tell your CBD-obsessed friends that they are just talking nonsense, check out if any of the following reasons apply to you.
Your CBD product does not come from a reputable source
Where did you buy your CBD oil?
As CBD grows in popularity, it seems to be popping up everywhere - from online businesses to over-the-counter stores. You might even have tried a free trial to see if it works without investing more than the shipping cost.
Unfortunately, some of these products do not contain high quality CBD. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved any over-the-counter CBD products. Some scammers take advantage of this fact by selling substandard products that are not properly labeled.
A Research group analyzed 84 CBD products and found that only 31 percent of them contained the advertised amount of CBD.
So the next time you're looking to invest in a new CBD product, there are three tips to keep in mind to ensure the product does what it says on the tin:
Look out for evidence of laboratory tests by third parties. Laboratory tests can tell how much CBD is in the product and the test results should be available to you so that you can see for yourself. Read customer reviews.
Choose from a list of well-established brands. If you read enough lists of popular CBD products, you'll find that some of the same companies keep popping up. Popular brands like FrankysFarm have firmly established themselves as quality providers. Many CBD users have reported trying several different brands before deciding which one they like.
You have to build it in your system
Finding the right dosage of CBD can be a daunting endeavor. The right amount varies from person to person because each person has a unique biology that leads to a different reaction.
So how do you find out what is right for you?
Start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you find your "sweet spot".
Some people find that taking a dose every day can help maintain levels of CBD in your body, which could stimulate your endocannabinoid system to make it more responsive to cannabinoids like CBD.
Many people use a microdosing technique to find their personal dosage and adjust it as needed over time.
You may find it helpful to keep a journal of your results. Record how much you have taken, how you feel before and at various intervals after it, and what changes in symptoms you notice.
Over time, this information can help paint a picture of how CBD affects you.
Building a tolerance
Remember, like many other drugs and chemicals, tolerance can develop with CBD. So, if you find that it doesn't work as well after a while, try taking a few days off to get your system back in shape before starting again on a low dose.
You have to take more time
The first time I tried CBD, I wondered if I had wasted my money on an overrated trend. I took a few drops of CBD oil under my tongue, expecting almost immediate relief from my chronic pain, and got ... nothing.
My experience is by no means unusual, as immediate results are not that common.
In fact, many people take CBD for several weeks or even several months before noticing a difference.
Researching the effects of CBD isn't as simple as taking some Tylenol and calling it a day. It actually takes a certain amount of commitment to put time and thought into the process of discovering the long-term effects.
If after a period of time (say, a few months) you still don't see results, it may be time to try a different brand. Your CBD diary can help you keep track of how long it has been and whether you have noticed any changes.
Patience is key, and while it can be frustrating to keep trying without getting results, in the end you can be very grateful for not giving up.
You need a different delivery system
It seems like I hear about a new CBD product almost every week. There's everything from CBD coffee to bath salts to lubricants.
So, if you've tried one delivery system with no success, it is possible that another form may work better for you.
One factor to consider is bioavailability, which is how much CBD actually gets into your bloodstream.
For example, when you eat CBD gums, they have to go through your digestive tract before you can ingest them, and the amount that goes into your body may be relatively small.
On the other hand, if you take a tincture sublingually - that is, under the tongue - you will absorb it directly into your bloodstream. This allows you to get results faster and more noticeable than waiting for your digestive system to process the tincture.
In addition, the most effective method may vary depending on the type of relief you want.
For example, a topical balm will not help you with panic attacks. But it can provide relief from sore muscles, for example, if you focus on this particular area.
It's just not for you
CBD may be popular, but that doesn't mean it's a magic bullet that will work for everyone. After all your efforts, it is possible that you will find that CBD just isn't for you.
How well you absorb CBD and how you react to it depends on a number of factors, including:
Your endocannabinoid system is the system in your body that interacts with the active ingredients in cannabis, and the system works a little differently for everyone.
A professor of clinical psychiatry found that 20 percent of Americans have a genetic mutation that causes them to naturally produce more endocannabinoids, which are similar to cannabinoids but are made by your body.
Having this mutation may make you less prone to anxiety, but since you already have more endocannabinoids, you may not see much of a difference if you take CBD.
Talk to your doctor about other options that may be appropriate for you.
And if you have stubborn friends, don't be afraid to tell them to stop bothering you with CBD. After all, there is no silver bullet for treatment!
For CBD to work, it takes time, patience, and research
CBD is not yet as well researched and regulated as many other treatment options, e.g. B. Prescription Drugs, and the industry is still trying to figure out the best ways to use CBD.
But one thing is certain: it is not that easy to take a standard dose and see results immediately. It takes time, patience, and continuous research to find the right brand, dosage, and dosage form for you.
That means the process can also get expensive - since you may have to buy products from different companies over the course of several months before figuring out what works.
Before deciding on a product from a reputable company that costs a lot of money but may not work, see if you can purchase trial packs of the product.
So before you forego CBD altogether, use the above reasons as a checklist to find out why CBD isn't working for you.