7 Reasons why CBD is not working for you

It is, unfortunately, true that there is a lot of misinformation floating about on CBD. Dodgy salesmen are trying to relieve you of your hard-earned cash in return for something that is not what it appears to be. You are asking yourself if you’ve bought the right product and why CBD might not work.

Many people have tried CBD with disappointing results. But just because you haven’t seen any results yet doesn’t mean that CBD is a scam.

There might be legitimate reasons why CBD didn’t work out for you. The good news is that most of those reasons you can influence and change. If you have tried CBD but didn’t see any effects below factors might help you to turn things around.

7 reasons why CBD might not work for you
7 reasons why CBD might not work for you

1.) Low-quality CBD and false advertising

Let’s face it, the market is already awash with CBD brands. Sad to say, not all brands are delivering on their promises and holding themselves to high standards.

Due to a lack of regulation, nothing is stopping a company from selling low potency CBD products. Companies also don’t stop false advertising on their websites and labels.

At present, there is no governing body holding companies to account and making sure they are delivering on their promises. This is an unfortunate issue as it gives the whole industry a bad reputation.

If you have bought a CBD product from a dubious brand and the product doesn’t have any effect on you your CBD experience is already tinted.

Companies producing high-quality products were hoping this would improve itself. Self-regulation in the industry and growing customer awareness should have done the trick.

But test purchases conducted by NBC6 investigators this year found otherwise. The investigation included 7 companies and 5 different products from each company. Meaning the test included a total of 35 products. Each product was tested at an ISO accredited lab and the results compared to the labels of the products.

The outcome was shocking, to say the least. Some products had no CBD in them at all. 20 products contained less than half of the advertised CBD on their labels. The worst culprits were CBD gummies with the biggest difference between actual and advertised CBD content.

If your CBD product doesn’t do much for you it could be there is no CBD in it. Don’t just take any company’s word. Always do some background checks and make sure you’re buying from a brand which is playing by the rules.

Look out for 3rd party lab tests and be certain it is an independent, accredited lab. There is no point forking out your hard-earned cash for something that doesn’t do as promised. In case you are buying CBD oil, here are 8 things to consider before buying.

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2.) It needs to build up in your system – you need to give it more time

CBD is not a quick-fix cure-all substance. People tend to buy CBD with the wrong expectations. Whilst it might show quick effects for one person after only one application, that might not be the case for another.

If your system is out of balance it probably got there over time rather than overnight. To bring your body back into homeostasis the endocannabinoid system needs to re-balance with the help of CBD. And most of the time you will achieve this with frequent doses for a longer period.

Most manufacturers suggest to start on a low dose and increase it over time. Always read the dosing instructions of your CBD product first though to find out what the brand recommends as low and high dosages.

If you have tried CBD for one week but you haven’t seen your desired results yet don’t throw in the towel right away. It can mean that the CBD needs more time in your body to do its job.

To say, with confidence, if CBD works for you or not you need to give it at least a few weeks to a few months in some cases. A routine application also helps to integrate the CBD into your system. Depending on what you are using it for, you should take it either in the morning or in the evening.

Keeping an electronic log or a journal can help to track progress. Recording data points like time of application, dosage and how you feel will help you establish if there is any long term effect. This can be extended with before and after feelings as well as any changes in symptoms.

Don’t get me wrong, you can also use a paper booklet for your journal. The advantage of an electronic log is a better and easier analysis of the data you are collecting.

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3.) Different delivery method – You are not using it correctly

It seems like there is already a countless number of CBD products on the market with new ones emerging every odd week or so. The four main ways to take your CBD are:

  • Sublingual ingestion
  • Oral ingestion
  • Topical
  • Inhalation

You can read more on each method here. If you intend to target the whole body with CBD but you are using CBD patches on your arms you might not get the desired result.

The same applies to bioavailability which is a fancy expression of how much CBD your body can absorb. When you eat CBD gummies or have some CBD in your coffee the substance has to travel through your digestive system before it hits your bloodstream. If you put some CBD oil or tincture beneath your tongue it will reach your bloodstream quicker and you could get more noticeable results.

Think about why you are taking CBD and choose the delivery system according to your reason.

4.) Misguided expectations

There are still many people who believe CBD will get you high. Let’s not forget, in some countries the mass market has adopted CBD only a few years ago. If you mention cannabis in relation to CBD people automatically think of somebody smoking a joint or a bong and getting high whilst doing so.

There is still a lot of educating to be done by the industry. To recap, CBD and THC are two different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. THC will get you high, CBD will not get you high. If you are buying a CBD oil in the UK chances are there will be very little to no THC in the bottle. THC is a controlled drug in the UK, thus illegal and it’s content capped per product.

Still, too many consumers out there believe the claims that some companies make. Those consumers buy CBD with the expectation for their ailments to be completely gone.

They feel disappointed if CBD doesn’t deliver on that and doesn’t help them in removing 100% of their condition. It is more likely that CBD is supporting the healing process by improving the condition a bit. That might be 10%, 20%, 30% or more in some cases.

So, if you bought the CBD oil to have a nice “chilled” evening in front of the TV or you are expecting your anxiety to be gone within a day you will be disappointed.

In this case, CBD is not working for you because you were looking for the wrong effects. But before you chuck the rest of it into the bin, educate yourself about what CBD is able to do. Read some articles or sign up to a newsletter and find out what CBD can do for you.

Having the right expectations towards CBD means you will get the most out of it. Even if you find, after your research, that CBD is not for you.

5.) You are taking CBD on an empty stomach

Research shows that if people ingest CBD orally, its uptake is better with food. If taken on an empty stomach, CBD comes in touch with stomach acid first.

In case there is nothing to stop the acid from breaking down the CBD its bioavailability diminishes. If you ingest CBD with some food the food acts as a sort of barrier to slow down the acids from breaking down the CBD.

Not only should you consume some food, but you should make sure you’ll take your CBD with some healthy fats. Studies have shown that healthy fats also boost the bioavailability of CBD.

Hence also the reason why some CBD oils use MCT or Olive oil as carriers. MCT oil is easily digested by the body thus a preferred choice by manufacturers.

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6.) Your lifestyle

Another factor affecting how CBD works for you is your lifestyle. We live in a time where many people suffer from obesity and diabetes. Not being active and a sedentary lifestyle coupled with a nutrient-poor diet can lead to increased stress levels and anxiety.

Add stress and pressure from your work environment to the mix and you could end up living a toxic lifestyle. If you are consuming an unreasonable amount of alcohol, fizzy drinks and fast-food meals you are not going to overturn their effects with CBD.

In that case, CBD might not work for you as you need to make some more drastic lifestyle changes for CBD to have a noticeable effect on you. CBD might have a positive impact on your body but you might not feel it.

Some basics need to be in place first and having a healthy balanced diet is one of them.

7.) Genetics – It’s just not for you

There is no one-size-fits-all in the CBD world. Sometimes, the reason why CBD just doesn’t work for you is very simple: genetics!

As every human being is unique we have different metabolisms and endocannabinoid systems. Some people produce more endocannabinoids than others and as a result, have less “gaps” to fill. Cannabinoids like CBD are external sources which would fill those “gaps”.

Your body might already be in homeostasis most of the time and thus, you might have lower levels of anxiety. This affects 15% to 20% of the population.


There are several reasons why CBD might not work for you but most of them you can influence. Rather than jumping to conclusions, consider the above points and see if they apply to you.

If they do, switch it up a bit as suggested and give it another go. If you’ve exhausted all possible reasons why CBD might not work, you might be one in 15% to 20% of the population. In that case, there is nothing you can do about it.

Have you been taking CBD but stopped because you didn’t see your desired results? Share your experience in the comment section below and don’t forget to sign up to my blog.

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