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Why CBD May Not Be Working


Since its appearance on the health scene, CBD has been taking the world by storm. CBD is a non-psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant and is used for its many benefits, including reducing inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and seizures.

CBD products have infiltrated every corner of the wellness world, supporting people in the management of chronic conditions, providing much needed relief. Everyone wants to get their hands on it. But what if CBD is not working? Below are some of the reasons why CBD may not be working.

CBD Not Working? Try Different Extract

It might be that CBD is not working for you because you need a different extract type. There are different types of CBD extract available that react differently for different people. To find the most effective and beneficial CBD extract type, it is important to understand their differences:

Full Spectrum CBD: this is an oil that comes from the raw cannabis plant. It contains a full spectrum of compounds, including THC, CBD, minerals, terpenes, and other parts of the hemp plant. Full spectrum CBD is what we recommend for most people.

Broad Spectrum CBD: this is a CBD product but with the THC removed. In the UK, all legal CBD products must have THC levels of below 0.2% to be approved for sale. A higher amount than this and it cannot be sold legally as it might produce a high or cause a positive drug test result. Some people find that CBD products work best when small amounts of THC are included. 

CBD Isolate: this is CBD in its purest form. CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD and is often labelled as ‘pure CBD oil’ on specific products. Pure CBD is the most effective form of CBD and one that most people experience benefits from when using. 


CBD Not Working Due to Poor Quality

If your CBD is low quality, it will yield poor results. CBD may not be working for you because you are using a bad quality product. Unfortunately, not all CBD products are made using high-quality ingredients. When making a purchase, understanding how CBD is made what you will be putting into your body is essential.

Even some of the most well-known brands have little to no CBD present in their products! A recent study carried out by Penn Medicine found that almost 70% of cannabidiol products sold online are incorrectly labelled.

One method you can use for discovering if a CBD product is quality or not is by checking the Certificate of Analysis. This should be easily found on sellers’ websites and will verify the product information, as well as confirm that it does not contain any dangerous substances, such as pesticides, heavy metals, or moulds.

CBD Not Providing a “Buzz”

Many people think CBD is not working because, when taking it for the first time, they expect to feel a buzz. However, while CBD can give people a sense of calm or relaxation, it is non-psychoactive. CBD will not produce the classic ‘high’ often associated with the cannabis plant.

Many people who take CBD regularly, report that it’s not so much about what you feel, it’s about what you don’t. CBD products are often taken to relieve chronic symptoms such as pain, anxiety, and depression. While CBD doesn’t provide a buzz, for many it can provide significant symptom relief.

Incorrect CBD Dose

To experience the benefits of CBD, taking the right dosage is essential. If CBD is not working for you, it’s time to experiment with different doses. People react differently to CBD products, depending on dose. If your CBD product is not producing the desired results for you, it’s possible you need to increase or decrease the amount you are taking.

Here at ULU, we provide dose recommendations on all our products to help you get off to the best start! Our recommendation is to always start slowly. Begin with a small dose of CBD and gradually increase the dose until you start experiencing the desired results. 

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CBD Interacting with Foods and Medicines

If CBD isn’t working for you, it might be an idea to consider whether you are taking CBD alongside anything else, whether that be supplements, medicines, or certain foods. CBD can interact with other products, lessening its effect on your body. Be sure to speak to your doctor if you take other medications.

It can be helpful to take CBD alongside healthy fats, such as yoghurt, peanut butter, or avocado. Research has shown that CBD gets to work much faster in the body if it is ingested alongside healthy fats.

CBD Not Working Due to Application Error

CBD products come in a variety of forms, tailored specifically for different applications. Not only does this help serve your personal preference, but it also means that you can control how quickly or slowly your body digests CBD and experiences results. 

CBD oil tinctures, for example, get straight into the bloodstream and tend to work quickly for fast results. Whereas CBD tablets need to be digested by the body first, making them more slow releasing. The application you decide on will ultimately come down to your preferred method and the results you are hoping for.


Try a Different CBD Oil Strain

CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and there are hundreds of formulations for each cannabinoid component that produce different results. Not all cannabis plants are the same, which means CBD products can differ widely, producing significantly different effects. We recommend trying a couple of different options and keeping a journal to monitor your symptoms so that you can know which products worked well for you and which didn’t.

CBD Products Must be Taken Consistently

Another reason why people find CBD isn’t working for them is often down to consistency. If you don’t take CBD consistently, you are unlikely to experience much change. You must follow a regular routine and have the patience (as mentioned above) to see the full effects take place.

CBD Works Together with THC

Most CBD products have small levels of THC and for many people, CBD works effectively in this way as both the compounds work together to produce the best results. THC is an excellent pain reliever and sometimes, people worried that CBD isn’t working for them are taking CBD without any THC in it.

A study carried out in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that taking CBD and THC together may be beneficial for the treatment of pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and inflammation. Many people have found that even extremely low THC levels may produce better results than those without.

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You Need to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

CBD should be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, CBD is not a cure-all for your problems. No amount of CBD ingestion will be able to reverse your poor diet choices, lack of sleep or lack of exercise. To truly reap the benefits of CBD and maintain proper wellness, you have to make good choices for a healthy lifestyle.

CBD Not Working? Patience is Key

CBD works in a similar way to most health supplements in that you need to wait for at least two to three months before experiencing the results. It can take time for your body to adjust, so don’t give up after a just couple of weeks. CBD works on the endocannabinoid system in the brain, and all bodies takes different amounts of time to respond.

Some people experience the benefits pretty much straight away, while others may take several days to months to regular use before they start noticing a difference. Patience is key.

Give your CBD plenty of time to take effect. CBD takes time to build up in your system before it can get to work properly. We recommend giving our products at least a month of consistent use before deciding if they are working properly for you.

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Final Thoughts

Research into the full benefits of CBD is still being carried out. However, one thing is for sure: seeing the results from taking CBD takes time and patience. So, before you give up on CBD completely, consider the points we raised above and make the necessary changes. More of than not, there is a simple solution!

Here at ULU, we always put quality first. Our mission is to provide the very best CBD products for our customers so they can enjoy fantastic results. If you haven’t tried out CBD products yet, browse our shop! We are confident our CBD products will be better than anything you have tried before.

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