I’m sure you’ve heard the hype about CBD and how it’s a miracle cure for everything from anxiety to inflammation. You may have even tried some but found that it didn’t do anything for your symptoms. If this has happened to you, don’t feel bad!
There are many factors to consider when using CBD products. First and foremost, what type of product is being used? Are they full-spectrum or isolated? Is the dosage correct? And finally, does the individual react well to THC?
I will detail each point below so you can be educated on your next purchase and find out why CBD doesn’t work for everyone.
First things first: there are two types of products available on the market today – full-spectrum CBD products and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum products contain the entire cannabinoid profile, including THC (unless you’ve purchased a zero-THC product, which is currently hard to come by). Isolate only contains the isolated CBD molecule itself; it does not include an entourage of other cannabinoids.
To be clear, full-spectrum includes the entire hemp extract (from seed to stalk) and is generally thought of as a more “whole-plant” medicine, whereas isolate is literally just the CBD molecule with nothing else inside.
With this said, full-spectrum products provide a broader range of benefits compared to isolates.
Why does CBD Oil work for some and not for others?
There’s no easy answer to this question. The truth of the matter is that CBD works differently for every individual and their specific condition; it responds quite differently based on a person’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), genetics, and biochemistry.
From my research and experience with countless customers, I can attest that CBD does not work for everyone; there are a few things to consider when using CBD and why it may not be working for you.
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Does the product contain THC?
For some, even if they’re looking to purchase a product with no THC (which is hard to find these days), it’s important to make sure that the CBD product contains at least a small amount. This small amount, or trace amount, is typically .3% of the total volume of hemp extract, which results in 0.03mg THC per milligram CBD. If you are sensitive to THC at all or have never consumed cannabis before, it might be best for you to avoid full-spectrum products because the smallest amount of THC can cause you to fail a drug test.
Even if you don’t know for sure, it’s possible that the product contains trace amounts of THC; some companies blend their CBD with hemp seed oil which contains naturally occurring trace amounts. This is why it’s important to ask your supplier how they extract and process their products, so you know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
Is the CBD product full-spectrum or isolate?
This is probably one of the most important questions that need to be answered when purchasing CBD oil. It’s crucial to know if the CBD product is derived from hemp extract, which contains all other cannabinoids found in the plant, including THC, CBG, CBN, etc., or if CBD is isolated from hemp extract and contains just CBD itself. For most people, a full-spectrum product with THC in the trace amount I mentioned above will provide a variety of benefits compared to a CBD isolate, which can be a one-trick pony when it comes to symptom relief.
What is the correct dosage?
Although CBD is very safe, it does react differently for everyone. Start with a low dose of 5-10mg and work your way up if need be. If you’re taking more than 15mg of CBD oil per day, you might want to reevaluate why that is; are you using it more frequently? Are you using a full-spectrum product, which is more likely to cause a reaction because it contains THC (in the small trace amount mentioned above)? Is your CBD isolate not working as well as you’d like?
Do you react well with CBD?
Some people have a hard time with CBD because their bodies are not used to it. If you have never consumed cannabis or CBD before, there’s a good chance that your first dose of CBD will cause some unwanted effects, including tummy troubles, headaches, nausea, etc. After taking CBD for the first few times, these symptoms should subside as your body becomes more accustomed to the cannabinoid.
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What type of product are you using?
There are many different types of products available, which all affect the body in different ways. For example, tinctures and vape oils are absorbed quickly by the body, whereas capsules take much longer for them to be digested before being metabolized by the liver and converted into usable for our bodies. This is why you may feel different effects from one product, like CBD vape oil, and not another like CBD capsules.
Does the brand of CBD work for you?
There are many brands of CBD on the market; we carry some amazing brands here at PureCBDiol™, including Mary’s Nutritionals, Bluebird Botanicals, Receptra Naturals, Hemp Bombs, Highland Pharms, PlusCBD Oil®, Hemp Remedies, and more! The best way to find a brand that works well for you is to conduct thorough research on each individual companies’ products by looking at their lab reports and making sure they have a solid reputation in the industry. If you know someone who has had success with a specific brand of CBD oil, then that product would probably work for you too.
When selecting a CBD brand, understand what you’re getting for your money. Look at their labels and make sure the company discloses all ingredients; if they don’t list them, the chances are they aren’t proud of what is inside. We recommend doing more research on companies who claim to have a “CBD-infused” product because typically, those products will include other ingredients besides just CBD, which makes them a poor choice due to a lack of transparency with customers.
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Isolate vs. Full Spectrum: Know Your Product
We covered this above already but wanted to mention again how important it is to know whether the CBD oil is derived from full-spectrum or isolate because each type has a powerful effect on the body.
Does your CBD oil work if you vape it?
Vaporizing CBD is the quickest way to feel its effects compared to other consumption methods like CBD capsules or taking CBD orally. If you’re using a vape pen and/or cartridge with CBD oil in it, then yes, I’d say vaping is probably the fastest method of consumption.
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Is your product expired?
Did you purchase this a while ago and didn’t follow directions when opening it? If so, maybe that’s why it doesn’t work anymore. Since not all products are sealed properly (e.g., edible gummies), after opening, they will start to expire; make sure you know how your product lasts before trying to use it.
Did your product ever work?
It’s possible you purchased a CBD oil that worked for a few months, but now it doesn’t seem to be working as well as it once did. If this is the case, then, unfortunately, your batch may have gone bad and is no longer effective.
Due to all of the misinformation out there, it’s not surprising that some people are having a hard time finding an effective CBD oil supplement. If you know what product works best for you or why your CBD oil doesn’t seem to be working as well as before, share your knowledge with others who may have similar experiences so they can learn from your experience.
TIP: There is no evidence that any of these issues mentioned above are related specifically to CBD by themselves!