Why Don’t I Feel My CBD?

Knowing if you are really feeling the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) can be a bit tricky sometimes. Because CBD doesn’t have a “WOW!” factor like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) where you feel “high”, many people think that their CBD isn’t working.

However, some people may really not experience the effects for CBD and not feel their CBD working. There are a couple of reasons for this we will look at here.

Reasons why you may not experience the effects for CBD

1. Dosage

Especially when just starting out with CBD, the general advice is to “start low and go slow”. And although that is good advice in general, many people start with a dose that is simply too small to provide any noticeable effects. Simply up your dosage and see if you can then start feeling the benefits of CBD. To help you figure out how much to take, check out our virtual assessment.

2. Body Fat Composition

Because cannabinoids like CBD are lipophilic, they are attracted to fat which means that if you have a high percentage of body, it can interfere with the absorption of CBD into your blood stream. The reason for this is that your fat cells end up absorbing a large portion of the CBD you consume, leaving less available for absorption into your blood stream. You may need to gradually increase your CBD intake to compensate for fat absorption until you find a dosage that is right for you.

3. Time

CBD works by creating a state of homeostasis within the body, essentially giving your body the ability to correct and heal itself. This process takes time which means that it might also take some time before you start noticing its effects and benefits.If several weeks have passed and you still don’t feel your CBD working, it might be one of the other reasons mentioned here. Experiment with a different dosage and see if that helps.

4. Try A Full-spectrum product

If you’re using a CBD Isolate product, try a full- or broad-spectrum one as these contain various other cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant compounds which all work together synergistically, increasing the effects of CBD.

5. Bioavailability

Different types of CBD products have different absorption rates and times. So for instance, if you have been using CBD gummies with a bioavailability of about 4%, it might be time to look into an oil or tincture with a much higher absorption rate of up to 20%.

6. Quality

When it comes to CBD, quality is of the essence. Low quality products that contain little to no CBD, or even worse, synthetic cannabinoids, are not only ineffective, but also potentially dangerous. If you’re not feeling the effects of your CBD, do yourself a favor and invest in a good quality CBD product.

7. Genetics

If you’ve tried all of the above suggestions and still don’t feel anything, it might be that CBD is simply just not for you. In fact, recent research has shown that many people have a genetic mutation which cause them to naturally produce more endocannabinoids but also not see much of a difference when they take other cannabinoids like CBD.

Final Thoughts

If your first experience with CBD left you underwhelmed, don’t give up. Experiment with different dosages, products and delivery systems. And if all else fails, you might have to accept that your genetic make-up is just not suited to CBD.