Your best bet is the uptitration method. This is where you continue to take more each day until you feel that taking more offers no added benefit. The uptitration method relies on you: it’s all about how you feel when you take a supplement. This is the dosage method that most manufacturers recommend. But the issue may be that CBD just isn’t for you. Whatever the case, you should read our piece below. We explain everything from why CBD might not work, to what to do when it doesn’t, and why CBD might not be suitable for you. So, read on!
There are several reasons why your daily dose of CBD oil might not be working as you expect it to. The first is that you aren’t taking enough to feel its full effects. This isn’t anything to worry about as it’s easily remedied through the uptitration method (taking more each day). But why else might CBD oil not work?
One common reason is that the CBD oil you have bought may not be up to scratch. According to CMC (Centre for Medical Cannabis) lab tests, more than half of the most popular high-street CBD oils on sale today don’t contain the level of cannabidiol that they claim to. This is the result of new manufacturers flooding a deregulated market with new products.
The oil they sell isn’t a cheap knock-off, like vegetable oil packaged as CBD oil! Rather, this is a sign that their distillation process isn’t of high quality. The issue may be that they use low-quality hemp, for example, or that they destroy the CBD with excess heat. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell whether your oil has lots of CBD or hardly any, at least not at home. Proper scientific testing is required.
What you can do is ensure that you only buy oil from trusted manufacturers like Hempura! We use the best distillation process, which involves expensive lab-grade equipment and lots of know-how from having been making CBD for years.
It’s usually suggested that you begin your CBD journey by taking only a small dose each day. You then up the amount you take gradually through a process called uptitration. Each day, you take more than you did the previous day.
If you are just starting taking CBD, we recommended that you start with a low dose of around 10-15mg, taken in two doses, evenly spaced throughout the day. The milligram amount is conveniently on each of our CBD product pages.
Eventually, you get to the point where you feel a strong effect each time you take your daily dose of CBD. You may notice that taking any more CBD at this point doesn’t seem to hasten or strengthen this effect. If so, then you’ve reached your optimal level of dosage and should stop.
The reason why uptitration works is that CBD builds up in your body over time. As you continue to take more and more, your reserves build-up. After a while, you’ll have enough that the oil you’re taking is only replacing that which your body uses. You’ll then have a continual source of just the right amount of CBD in your body. Understandably, people call finding this correct dose ‘hitting the sweet spot’!
One particularly good idea is to keep a journal on the effects of CBD on your body. Using this journal, you can gauge whether you should up your dose, whether you’re taking the right amount, or whether you should consider cutting back.
Taking CBD oil sublingually isn’t the only method. You can also take CBD by swallowing it. Or, you can buy CBD capsules, gummies, vape liquids or any number of other products—even chocolates. Take a look at the Hempura store.
While sublingual administration is the easiest and most effective method, it may not work for you. If so, that’s fine. Try swallowing your CBD oil or taking CBD capsules instead. You might find that taking a capsule is a more pleasant experience and that the effects of CBD taken this way are longer lasting for you.
If that’s the case, don’t worry. In our online store, we stock CBD capsules as well as oil. Give them a try and see how they work for you!
If your CBD oil still doesn’t seem to have an effect on you, it might be time to speak to a doctor.
To be clear, the lack of an effect isn’t a sign of a medical emergency. But if you’re taking CBD to help combat a medical condition, and you still feel bad even after you take it, then it’s an issue that CBD won’t be able to fix.
In the face of an issue like this, you should see a medical professional, either for a diagnosis or expert help. Don’t rely on food supplements like these, or herbal remedies, instead of medical assistance.
Another reason you might not feel the effects of your CBD oil is that it’s gone bad, or gone stale.
Like any other natural product, CBD oil can only last so long before it starts to break down. When this happens, there will be less CBD in the product for your body to ingest, and you will, therefore, feel less of an effect.
This process is hastened if the oil is exposed to sunlight. The warmth of the sun’s rays, as well as UV light, cause chemical reactions in any product that make it break down quicker. This is how food goes stale.
It’s also possible for the oil to go off, i.e. for bacteria to get inside your CBD. Bacteria feed on sugars and excretes waste that changes the taste and smell of a product. They’re responsible for the typical ‘gone off’ smell of food that’s spoiled. It’s possible for this to happen to your oil, too.
You may continue to take stale CBD oil if you like—it doesn’t have any ill effects—but it won’t be as effective as fresh oil. But if your CBD oil has gone off, there’s nothing you can do but buy more. It would taste rancid and could even make you ill, just like eating spoiled food can.
With legal drugs like caffeine, alcohol, and illegal drugs, it’s possible to build up a tolerance. This is where the body reacts to the drug by making more or less of something.
Take caffeine for example: when ingested, it attaches itself to particular neurons in your brain. In normal circumstances, particular neurochemicals would attach to these neurons, which would signal tiredness to your brain. When the caffeine molecules are in the way, they can’t, so you won’t feel tired.
But the body is smart. So, when it notices this happening, it creates more of the tiredness neurochemical so that it can overcome the effect of the caffeine. This means that you have to drink more caffeine than you used to in order to stay awake—you’ve built up a tolerance.
This is also the reason why you experience a coffee crash, and withdrawal symptoms of intense tiredness if you stop drinking caffeinated drinks altogether. It’s not good for your body. You might expect that a product distilled from cannabis might be addictive in the same way.
Ironically, it doesn’t appear that you can build up a tolerance to CBD. While the effects of CBD oil still haven’t been fully researched, anecdotal evidence suggests that you cannot become tolerant to cannabidiol. You can build up a tolerance to THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in recreational marijuana, though.
It’s therefore unlikely that your CBD oil isn’t working because you’ve taken too much.
While CBD is becoming ever more popular, that doesn’t mean it will definitely work for you.
Levels of absorption depend on your unique metabolism and biochemistry. Your body may only be able to absorb small amounts of CBD at a time, which would mean you have to take capsule after capsule to feel any effect at all!
The endocannabinoid system, which CBD affects, isn’t well understood. But according to the New York Times, some people naturally produce more endocannabinoids than other people—meaning that CBD isn’t needed for these people. Around 20% of people in the U.S. have a genetic mutation that makes this the case.
And if you have a healthy lifestyle, and you already feel well, then the effects of CBD might be lost on you. If so, don’t worry—it means you’re already healthy and well, which is a good thing!