Honestly, the idea of CBD not working for someone is hard for me to hear. I want people to be well and it seems unfair! Though not often, it does come up and we are paving the road to greater understanding when we share our genuine experiences. It is always a good idea to be honest about how something is or isn’t working in your body! It’s easy to become very frustrated when you try CBD every which way and feel nothing. Or you find relief and then the body stops responding the same way it did months ago, at the same dose. Because we are all unique biologically and because things can change at a moment’s notice on a cellular level, this is normal and to be expected so don’t give up on yourself or your Endocannabinoid System. Below, I offer some suggestions for those who have experienced a lackluster effect from CBD.
Especially important is quality and knowing what you’re putting into your body, down to the details. High quality oil is not hard to find, at your local health food store, a practitioner’s office or a reputable CBD store. Ask these questions when reviewing your CBD Oil and choose the best for your budget:
Across brands, CBD products will vary in terpene profiles, levels of cannabinoid varieties, and potencies and these play a role in the outcome you’ll experience. Buying and comparing different brands will be very useful to some, and others will find what they need with the first one they try. Again, be honest about your results and ask for help. If you haven’t, you may also consider another method of delivery. I’ve written and on the various ways and it’s worth a shot to switch it up. Try sublingual if capsules aren’t working or try inhalation or vaping for better absorption rates.
Another thing - are you taking enough? You may have asked yourself this and decided against another dose. Rest assured when you’re starting low and slow, daily use while increasing at a steady rate is the safest and easiest way to find your dose. Record what you feel and proceed until you feel the way you want to feel! Be consistent and be patient. Relief from chronic conditions could take months or years but could also show up in as little as 5 or 6 weeks. If you don’t feel effects immediately, give it time. If you’ve used CBD for a while but no longer experiencing relief, think about the next option…
A recent study in mice and humans showed us that a 3-day fast will reset the immune system and in similar fashion a cannabinoid fast may benefit an under-performing Endocannabinoid System. This is especially true of formulas containing THC, as it is the cannabinoid interacting with CB1 receptors. This will also apply to those who are using medical marijuana. Some Full-Spectrum CBD patrons have reported that going without for a few days then starting again at a low dose and working back up to what they were taking appeared to improve their sensitivity. This is because our CB1 receptors are quite touchy and can be thrown off balance very easily, which leads to changes in mood functions. Removing cannabinoids for a period can increase the number of added receptors and restore baseline receptors to normal function. This method requires stopping for at least 2 days and up to 4 weeks. Note: It has not been determined if this applies to Isolate CBD or CBD oils without THC. It is worth a try if you are able and wish to go without your CBD oil for a few days 😊
Our ECS is always working silently on our behalf, keeping us as “normal” as it can. As often as you can nourish it with whole, unprocessed foods, fruits and veggies full of antioxidants, mix in a good helping of exercise and self-care and you’ve got a recipe for bliss in the New Year!
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Can one fail a drug test using hemp CBD oil?
Yes, is the long and short of it but there are options to avoid this! Selecting the product that fits your needs is key so do your research or visit a trusted retailer for direction. Remember too, that sourcing and quality matters. One study revealed that up to 70% of online CBD products are mislabeled (1). Yikes! We’re not saying don’t buy online but be a conscious consumer for your health. Luckily, there are lots of local options with educated employees and why not utilize the free advice for your purchases?!