- Don't give up after one try!
- Talk to an expert about finding high-quality CBD.
- Hold your source of CBD accountable!
- It may just not work for you genetically!
CBD is everywhere these days and you probably have someone in your life that swears by it. However, some people have thrown in the towel after not seeing the effects that they were looking for. This can happen for a number of reasons, and some of them are not what you would expect.
First, let's quickly cover what CBD is. The term is short for "Cannabidiol" and it is one of over a hundred "cannabinoids" or compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its fellow cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not make the user high, but it has been found by many to provide health benefits for several ailments. These include:
- Chronic Pain
Many people rave about the positive results they have found using CBD, however there are some legitimate reasons why you might not be seeing similar results. So let's go over a few of them now before you give up or tell your friends that they are just experiencing some kind of "placebo" effect.
1. YOUR CBD IS LOW QUALITY
Hopefully this one is pretty obvious, but we need to cover it anyway. There are so many places that you can get "CBD" from these days. From the shelves of your local pharmacy, to the grocery store, to gas station countertops, to literally any health food store on the planet. This abundance causes mass confusion and severely varied results for people.
Unfortunately, this means that there is good CBD and bad CBD out there. Since the FDA is not yet directly regulating the quality of CBD products, there are some companies that actively take advantage of the consumer hype to make some quick money off of low quality products with a pretty label. In one study, a research group set out to test 84 different CBD products only to find that just 31 percent of them actually contained the amount of CBD listed on their label!1
If you are looking for high-quality CBD products, follow these simple rules to increase your chances of ending up with the real stuff:
- Request Third Party Lab Tests: If a company cannot provide third party lab test DON'T BUY IT! Any CBD product worth purchasing these days will have a QR code on the packaging that should give you access to a Lab Report on that specific product. Click Here to learn how to read these reports.
- Search for Consumer Reviews: Though some small companies may not have cultivated sufficient reviews, you should be able to find some people who vouch for the effectiveness of the product you are looking in to. Focus on topics such as effectiveness, delivery, overall quality, and customer service. Companies just looking to scam you with a useless product probably don't spend much on a quality customer experience.
- Talk to a Local Expert: It is becoming more and more common to find a shop in your local area where you can speak to a hemp expert! Don't trust the clerks at your gas station to sell you a quality CBD product! I'm sure they are very nice people that you have purchased petrol from for years, but understanding a good quality CBD product is not in their job description.
It is not unheard of to try a few different brands and products to find what works. Don't give up if you try one brand and it doesn't provide the results you were looking for.
2. LET IT BUILD UP IN YOUR SYSTEM
A select few users find that CBD works wonders for them on the very first dose. Many others need about a week of consistent use. In some rare cases it can take over a month to see anything worthwhile. The moral of the story is, don't give up after a single dose because it doesn't work miracles within minutes.
This is the unfortunate reaction that many people have due to the unfounded hype that some companies surround their hemp products with. Many CBD products are given the aura of being a miracle drug in order for that company to make a mountain of money before people realize they were being spoon fed a string of lies.
Good, high-quality CBD is great! It really is! However, it is not a miracle working compound.
We have talked about this is a previous article, but you need to take the time to find the dosage that works for you and let it build up in your system to a point that you are seeing consistent results.2 It's rare to see shocking results overnight. It is always advisable to keep a log of your dosages and take notes on any affects (positive or negative) that you see. This can be amazingly helpful in evaluating and targeting your CBD needs.
3. GIVE IT MORE TIME
This may sound like a rehashing of the previous bit of advice, but hear me out.
CBD DOES NOT WORK INSTANTLY. Here at Lovely Leaf, if we had a nickel for every time we heard a customer say that they heard a friend talk about a form of CBD that was so potent that it worked within 30 seconds, we wouldn't need to sell any products. We would be in six figure revenue just from those royalties. Anyone who has taken a deep look into what's out there in the CBD market has seen that claim at least once and it is absolute...well we are trying to keep these articles PG, so I will have to temper the word I'd like to use. It's straight up horse manure.
CBD doesn't work like that. Yes, you can end up with a higher amount of CBD absorbed into your system when you use a higher potency product. You will not be changing the timeline for the effects, however. Taking a higher potency can effect the amount of time it takes for the CBD to build up in your system, but what we are talking about in this section is a bit different.
This section is aimed at the person that popped a sublingual oil in their mouth, waited ten minutes, and then complained that they didn't feel anything. With that in mind, let's go over some general timelines for different delivery forms of CBD:
- Smoking/Vaping: 15-30 minutes for initial effects with a 1-2 hour lifespan.
- Topicals: 30-45 minutes for initial effects with a 1-2 hour lifespan
- Tinctures: 1-3 hours for initial effects with a 4-8 hour lifespan.
- Edibles/Capsules: 2-4 hours for initial effects with a 4-8 hour lifespan.
Everything listed above is working on an average range. This can change wildly depending on a host of different variables. It can also change somewhat if you are dealing with a water soluble or nano-CBD product. It is hard to determine just how fast a dose will work for you. Just give it some time and don't give up.
4. TRY A DIFFERENT DELIVERY METHOD
Piggybacking off of the last section, there are plenty of different ways to ingest or use CBD. You can put a water soluble powder in your coffee, rub a topical on an area you are feeling pain, drop an oil under your tongue, eat some gummies, vape it, or you can even pop a capsule. There are so many different ways to get CBD into your system and that list is just the beginning.
One of our primary jobs as "Hemp Experts" here at Lovely Leaf is being able to help a customer identify what their ideal delivery method is. This generally starts with evaluating the user's routine and preferences. However, there are times that a user needs to get out of their comfort zone and try something different. If the water soluble powder in their coffee isn't working for their anxiety, maybe they need to try a sublingual oil. If an edible isn't doing the trick for their back pain, maybe they need to apply a topical directly to the area. Everyone is going to be a bit different.
5. It's Just Not for You
This is a sad reality, but CBD is not for everyone. This isn't a matter of sensibilities or belief in the product. There are scientific and genetic reasons why CBD might not be effective for certain people.
There is research to suggest that up to 20 percent of Americans may have a genetic mutation that causes their body to produce more endocannabinoids than usual.3 These endocannabinoids are the very things that CBD is meant to help your body produce when you take it.
Everyone has what is called the "Endocannabinoid System" in their bodies.4 Cannabinoids interact with this system to produce all the positive effects we have talked about previously. Your body naturally produces cannabinoids. When you take CBD, its job is to signal your endocannabinoid system to request naturally occurring endocannabinoids from your body. Those then interact with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system.
If your body is already producing plenty of endocannabinoids, it is going to be much more difficult to see any kind of better result from the use of CBD.
Finding what works for you can take research and Patience
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Right?
Give it a chance to take effect, tinker with several different delivery methods, and talk to a hemp expert about finding something high-quality.
Here at Lovely Leaf we are always willing to help. We know our CBD and have spent plenty of time, sweat, and tears to gain that knowledge. We are willing to let you pick our brain if you desire to. Feel free to message us here on the website or over on our Facebook page!
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