Is CBD for you?

Have you tried CBD but found it wasn’t really working for you…?

Here’s 5 reasons why that may of happened…

1. Your CBD product isn’t from a reputable source

💚 It could be this simple, where did you buy your CBD oil? 💚

It seems like CBD is popping up everywhere — from online companies to over-the-counter shops. You might have even tried a free sample to see if it works without investing anything more than the cost of shipping!

Unfortunately, some of these products don’t contain high-quality CBD. Although things are changing the market isn’t currently regulated and some scammers take full advantage of that fact by selling low-quality products that aren’t as potent as they claim to be.

Some have even been found to contain no CBD at all!

So the next time you’re looking to invest in a new CBD product, use these three tips to make sure the product lives up to its promises:

🌱 Are third-party lab tests available? Lab testing can reveal exactly how much CBD is in the product, and the test results should be available for you to see for yourself.

🌱 Read consumer reviews. Websites like Leafly and CBD Oil Users provide reviews on brand effectiveness, delivery time, and customer service.

🌱 Pick from a list of well-established brands. Read lists of favorite CBD products and you’ll see some of the same companies pop up over and over again. Popular brands such as Charlotte’s Web, Lazarus Naturals, and CBDistillery have firmly established themselves as quality sources. By picking a brand from a list like this one, you won’t have to worry about the guesswork of figuring out if the brand you’re buying is trustworthy.

Many CBD users (including me, if you’ve been with me on my journey you’ll know this!) have reported trying several different brands before settling on one that works for them, so keep searching if your first try doesn’t produce the results you’re looking for.

2. You need to build it up in your system

🌱 Finding the right dosage of CBD can be tricky. The appropriate amount varies for each individual, as every person has a unique biology that results in a different reaction. 🌱

So how do you figure out what’s right for you?

Experts recommend starting with a low dose — 20 to 40 milligrams (mg) daily, according to Healthline’s Medical Network (HMN) — and slowly increasing dosage over time until you find your “sweet spot.”

Some folks find that taking a daily dose can help sustain a level of CBD in your body, which might stimulate your endocannabinoid system to make it react more to cannabinoids like CBD.

You may find it helpful to use a journal to log your results. Keep track of how much you’ve taken, how you feel before dosing and at several time intervals afterward, and any changes in symptoms that you notice.

Over time, this info can help paint a picture of how CBD affects you.

3. You need to give it more time

🌱 The first time I tried CBD, I wondered if I’d wasted my money on some overhyped trend. I put some drops of an oil tincture under my tongue, expected near-instant relief from my chronic pain, and got… nothing. 🌱

My experience isn’t at all unusual, because immediate results aren’t all that common. In fact, many people take CBD for several weeks or even several months before they see a difference.

Exploring the effects of CBD isn’t as simple as taking a couple of paracetamol and calling it a day. It actually requires a certain level of commitment to put time and thought into your process of uncovering the long-term effects.

If you’re still not seeing results after a while (think a few months), then it may be time to move on and try a different brand. Your CBD journal can help you keep track of how long it’s been and whether or not you’ve experienced any changes.

Patience is key, and while it can be frustrating to keep trying with no results, you may end up feeling super grateful that you didn’t give up.

4. You need a different delivery system

🌱 It seems like I’m hearing about a new CBD product just about every week. You can find everything from CBD coffee to bath salts and lube. 🌱

Common forms of CBD

💚 tinctures

💚 topical creams

💚 vape oils

💚 capsules or suppositories

💚 edible treats like gummies and chocolate

So if you’ve been trying one delivery system with no luck, it’s possible that a different form would work better for you.

One factor to consider is bioavailability, which essentially refers to how much of the CBD actually gets into your bloodstream.

For example, if you eat CBD gummies, they have to go through your digestive tract before you can absorb them, and the amount that ends up in your system may be relatively low.

On the other hand, if you take a tincture sublingually — which means under the tongue — you’re absorbing it directly into your bloodstream. So you could get quicker, more noticeable results than you would from waiting for your digestive system to process it.

In addition, your most effective method may vary depending on what type of relief you’re looking for.

For example, a topical balm won’t help you with your panic attacks. But it can offer potential relief for, say, sore muscles, if you zero in on that particular area.

5. It’s just not for you

🌱 CBD may be popular, but that doesn’t mean it’s a miracle drug that will work for everyone. After all of your efforts, it’s possible that you’ll find that CBD simply doesn’t work for you. 🌱

Your level of absorption and reaction to CBD depends on a variety of factors including your metabolism, biochemistry and genetics.

Your endocannabinoid system is the system in your body that interacts with the active compounds in cannabis, and each person’s operates a little differently.

And if you have persistent friends, don’t be afraid to tell them to stop bugging you about giving CBD a try. After all, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment!

Getting CBD to work takes time, patience, and research.

CBD isn’t as well-researched or regulated as many other treatment options like prescription medications, and people within the industry are still trying to narrow down the best practices for taking it.

But one thing’s for sure: It’s not as simple as taking some standard dosage and seeing immediate results. It takes time, patience, and ongoing research to find the right brand, dosage, and delivery method for you.

Which means the process can also get pricey — as you might have to buy products from several different companies over the course of several months before you find what works.

So before you give up on CBD altogether, use the above reasons as a check list to figure out why CBD isn’t working for you.

S x

DISCLAIMER: CBD is neither a medicine nor a cure for any illness and by no means do we make any medical claims. CBD can help to maintain and support your health and healthy lifestyle.

P.S. I run a friendly Facebook Group where we discuss these matters & more, here’s a link. I’d love you to join us. S x https://www.facebook.com/groups/573222906440222/?ref=share

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