Why CBD might not be working

Monday June 14, 2021

Many people find that CBD is helpful for managing their conditions but you might be wondering why CBD might not be working for you.

You may have read about how CBD has made a huge difference to people’s lives by relieving anxiety, reducing chronic pain and inflammation and promoting better sleep. There is also evidence that it can treat issues like inflammatory bowel disease and epilepsy.

You may have decided to try it for yourself. If you think that you are not seeing the benefits you have heard others claim, there may be several explanations:

1)    The quality of the product matters

It is important to look for a trusted brand and reputable manufacturer. With CBD becoming more popular, established brands have introduced a number of products and many newcomers have entered the market. Not all CBD products are equal though.

Not all CBD products offer the same level of the active ingredient, with some containing incredibly low levels compared to what is stated on the bottle.

You might assume that if you buy the larger bottle then it will contain more CBD. Unfortunately, this assumes that the products have the same concentration of CBD. There is often a significant difference in concentration between brands and bottle sizes and larger bottles tend to contain a more diluted version of the product.

We recommend you look into the brand you are considering. Reputable CBD brands will share their lab results for each batch to show CBD consistency and strength. You can see our independent lab reports here.

As of 31 March 2021, UK regulators have addressed this issue by including CBD products in the regime set up by the Novel Foods Act. Now brands face more stringent regulation, part of which requires that they test and prove the CBD content of their products.

2)    Are you taking enough to make a difference?

Finding the right dosage of CBD can be complicated as there is no single answer for everyone. An incorrect dose might be why CBD might not be working for you.

Your level of absorption and reaction depends on a variety of factors including your metabolism, biochemistry and genetics. Each person’s endocannabinoid system – the system in the body that interacts with the active compounds in cannabis – operates a little differently. The severity of the condition that you are trying to treat will also determine the right amount that is needed.

CBD is one of the only substances deemed by the WHO to have no major side effects or risk of dependency.

We always advise to start low and build up to your required level.

3)   You may need a blend of cannabinoids

There are three main types of CBD: CBD isolate which is the pure form of CBD and contains no other cannabis plant compounds; full-spectrum CBD, an extract containing other compounds of the cannabis plant including essential oils, terpenes, minerals and more; and broad-spectrum CBD, which also contains additional cannabis plant compounds.

It may be that you are taking an isolate CBD product and a product with a more complex cannabinoid profile may be more effective. Because full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabis plant compounds, it may have a more potent effect than pure CBD.

More research is needed on the health benefits and effects of all three CBD types, but there are published papers suggesting whole-plant extracted products have more health benefits and better results.

CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD products both have their advantages. Before making a decision about what to take, read the labels carefully and discuss the options with your doctor.

4)   You Haven’t Been Using It Long Enough

If the CBD doesn’t seem to be working, it may be because you haven’t allowed enough time and this may vary depending upon the condition you are trying to treat.

CBD takes time build-up in your system and interact with your cannabinoid receptors before longer term effects may be experienced. Anti-inflammatory properties, for example, require daily use, and may only be felt after a few weeks.

In a 2020 study of 397 adults living in New Zealand, evaluating the effect of CBD for a variety of aliments including pain, neurological symptoms and mental health problems, all groups reported improvements in their overall quality of life after 3 weeks of CBD treatment.

5)    Oil, Cream or Edible – is one best for you?

CBD comes in a range of formats and some are more readily absorbed in the body. We sell oils, Gel Caps, capsules and a rejuvenating cream. CBD can also come in misting face sprays, gummies and vape pens. The most popular format is the CBD oil, which is considered the most efficient way of absorbing CBD into the body when dropped under the tongue. Research shows that eating CBD is partially broken down by the digestive system, resulting in your absorbing only 20 – 30% of what you consume and for it to take up to 2 hours to start working.

When considering CBD for beginners CBD cream is a good place to start. Sativa Gold’s Intensive Rejuvenating Cream keeps your skin moisturised throughout the day. Its luxurious, silky texture not only feels amazing but enhances the transdermal absorption of CBD cannabinoids into your body. Creams will provide concentrated relief to a particular area, but because the permeability of your skin is relatively poor compared to your mucous membranes, you’ll need to use a product with a high amount of CBD.

There are many things to consider in order to get it right for you. And in some cases, after all of your efforts, it’s possible that you’ll find that CBD simply isn’t for you.