I read a lot about CBD and how it helped people with their chronic pain, sleep issues, anxiety and a variety of other ailments that were also bothering me. I ordered a 500mg tincture online and started taking drops per the instructions on the bottle. And…nothing.
This experience left me wondering “Why isn’t CBD working for me? Is all this CBD hype just a scam?”
But I was set on finding a natural alternative to pills that I was prescribed by my doctor for anxiety and the lack of sleep that I was troubling me for the past few months. I did some research to find out why CBD isn’t working for me and, as it turns out, I was not the only one and there are a few things that you should consider when buying a CBD product and how you use it.
Below are 3 legitimate reasons why CBD might not be working. So, before you give up, check to see if any of the following reasons apply to you.
1. Your CBD product isn’t from a reputable source.
Seems like CBD is popping up everywhere —online, over-the-counter shops and even some grocery stores have started to carry CBD products. You might have even tried a free sample to see if it works from an ad that claims that you’ll “only pay for shipping.” Unfortunately, some of these brands may not have high-quality CBD or any CBD at all in their products. There have been many instances where companies offer low-quality products that aren’t properly tested or are inaccurately labeled and have only a small percentage of the CBD strength that is advertised on the bottle.
How can you avoid scams? If you are looking to invest in a new CBD product, look for evidence of third-party lab tests. Lab testing can reveal exactly how much CBD is in the product, and the test results should be readily available to view online.
2. You need to build it up in your system.
Finding the right dosage of CBD takes some time and it should also be noted that the appropriate CBD dosage varies for each individual, as every person has a unique biology that results in a different reaction.
3. You need to give it more time.
The first time I tried CBD, I put expected near-instant relief from my chronic pain, and got… nothing.
My experience isn’t at all unusual, because immediate results aren’t all that common. Most people take CBD for several weeks or even several months before they feel a noticeable difference. That’s because CBD is a natural solution and that works gradually with your body to help in a
gentle, yet very effective way that has long term benefits. It isn’t like popping a couple of Tylenol and calling it a day.
Also, for me, topical treatments have shown more immediate results when I needed localized relief, like for sore muscles. I use a topical CBD cream on sore muscles after working out as it helps me to alleviate post-workout muscles soreness and fatigue. This cuts my post-workout recovery time and helps to get back on my feet after that dreaded leg day:)
Last note, remember that patience is key, and while it can be frustrating to keep trying with no results, you may end up feeling super grateful that you didn’t give up.
So before you give up on CBD altogether, use the above reasons as a checklist to figure out why CBD may not be working for you.