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CBD Troubleshooting – Common Reasons It Isn’t Working For You


So, you’ve just started taking CBD and…nothing’s happening. Don’t feel discouraged; this is a fairly common issue. In most cases, you only have to tweak your routine a bit to start feeling CBD’s effects.  

Let’s run through a few of the most common reasons why CBD isn’t working for you and a few simple tricks you could use to enhance its effects. 

Four Reasons CBD Might Not Be Working For You   

1. You Went With A Low-Quality Product

The top reason people don’t feel CBD’s effects is they’re really not taking CBD at all! Unfortunately, unscrupulous companies are now flooding the market with sub-par CBD products. Recent research suggests that many CBD goods have well below the CBD levels that they advertise.  

Why is this happening? Well, the FDA still doesn’t officially oversee the sale and manufacture of CBD products. Without federal oversight, bad actors can sell products listed as “CBD” even if they contain minuscule traces of the cannabinoid.

Thankfully, you can rest assured all of our products are the real deal. We take pride in the fact that we source all of our CBD goods from the highest quality American-grown hemp — grown locally at a family farm in the US. We also send all of our products in for third-party lab testing. Learn more about our product testing here.

2. You’re Not Taking Enough CBD

After quality, the most common reason people don’t feel CBD’s effects is that they’re taking too low of a dose. How well your body absorbs CBD depends on multiple factors, including weight, genetics, and metabolism. So, if you’re not experiencing results at current levels, you may need to ramp up your CBD dosage.

We recommend starting with a small CBD dose and gradually increasing until you feel positive effects. Keep in mind too that, because CBD contains little to no THC, you won’t be feeling any type of “high” sensation. CBD’s benefits are more gradual and long-lasting compared to its THC counterpart.

It’s also a good idea to use a daily journal to track how different levels of CBD affect you. Finding your optimal dosage will take a bit of time and experimentation, but it’s well worth the effort. 

3. Different CBD Products Have Different Potencies

Please keep in mind that all CBD products are not created equal. How you take CBD has a significant impact on what effect it will have on you. Even though CBD has the same chemical structure in tinctures, oils, and capsules, our bodies don’t absorb all of these products in the same way.

For instance, our Mellow Mint CBD Tincture has a high absorbability rate when you place a few drops under your tongue. Interestingly, there are “sublingual glands” under the tongue that can absorb CBD directly into the bloodstream. This translates to potent and almost immediate effects.

CBD capsules, on the other hand, must go through the liver before entering your bloodstream. Although the effects of capsules are less intense than tinctures, they are a better choice for people interested in milder & longer-lasting effects.

Please don’t forget to consider this factor when browsing Chil Wellness’ wide range of CBD products.   

4. You’ve Built Up A CBD Tolerance

Like any other supplement, you can build a tolerance to CBD over time. Indeed, many people who take CBD daily start to notice diminishing effects after four to six months — much longer than its THC counterpart.

It’s a good idea to cycle on and off your CBD supplements to help keep your tolerance at a steady level. For instance, try taking CBD every other day and see how it works for you. Alternatively, you could try using CBD five days in a row and then taking a break for two days. This can help extend your tolerance build up for many months.

Just like figuring out your optimal dose of CBD, it will take patient experimentation to uncover your tolerance levels. For the most accurate results, we recommend keeping a detailed list of dosage info and effects in a journal. 

Before Buying CBD, Please Set Reasonable Expectations

In addition to all of the considerations listed above, you must have the right expectations before you start taking CBD. Yes, CBD has fantastic healing potential, but that doesn’t mean it’s a “wonder drug.” Some people may experience phenomenal results with low levels of CBD, but others may require more to feel similar effects.

For the best results, we recommend adding CBD to a healthy lifestyle routine. To learn more about CBD and healthful habits, be sure to check out our blog on how to keep your mind and body healthy

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