Honestly, the idea of CBD not working for someone is hard for me to hear. I want people to be well and it seems unfair! Though not often, it does come up and we are paving the road to greater understanding when we share our genuine experiences. It is always a good idea to be honest about how something is or isn’t working in your body! It’s easy to become very frustrated when you try CBD every which way and feel nothing. Or you find relief and then the body stops responding the same way it did months ago, at the same dose. Because we are all unique biologically and because things can change at a moment’s notice on a cellular level, this is normal and to be expected so don’t give up on yourself or your Endocannabinoid System. Below, I offer some suggestions for those who have experienced a lackluster effect from CBD.
Especially important is quality and knowing what you’re putting into your body, down to the details. High quality oil is not hard to find, at your local health food store, a practitioner’s office or a reputable CBD store. Ask these questions when reviewing your CBD Oil and choose the best for your budget:
- Where/how is the hemp grown and how is the end-product extracted? Most industrial hemp is from the US or Europe. Organic farming practices are preferred and used widely in reputable brands. Few will have the organic label as this requires time and money, but we’re sure to see this in the future. Extractions methods include CO2, Olive/Coconut Oil (or Lipid), Dry Ice, and Solvent (or hydrocarbon). CO2 extraction is the way to go and most utilized by producers who want the best and the safest oils for their consumers. This method provides a “clean” oil that keeps intact the beneficial compounds without contaminants. Isolate CBD (zero THC), is made with chromatography, a process which removes plant materials and other cannabinoids. The resulting compound is heated and activated or “decarboxylated” then dissolved in liquid to create the oil we take!
- Is the CBD Oil properly labeled as a Dietary Supplement with Serving Size, CBD per serving and Other Ingredients? Transparency is HUGE, and this is where it’s at. If you want the facts, they should be easy to locate, right? When you know how many milligrams are in 1mL of your CBD oil, dosing will be less of a guessing game. Use these numbers to compare pricing too and be aware that high-quality oils are generally going to cost more. Check the ingredients for anything you may be allergic to or a flavor that may turn you off.
- Is it Third-Party Tested? That transparency thing applies here as well and results to these tests should be readily available, if not very easy to request. Third-party testing means an independent (unaffiliated) laboratory has determined that your CBD oil is what the manufacturer has labeled it to be. Having their product(s) verified shows that these companies value the consumer and value their business.
- *For Indiana residents, is there a QR code? The small square barcode can be scanned for lab test results and more! It’s required on ALL CBD products in Indiana as of Oct 2018.
Across brands, CBD products will vary in terpene profiles, levels of cannabinoid varieties, and potencies and these play a role in the outcome you’ll experience. Buying and comparing different brands will be very useful to some, and others will find what they need with the first one they try. Again, be honest about your results and ask for help. If you haven’t, you may also consider another method of delivery. I’ve written and on the various ways and it’s worth a shot to switch it up. Try sublingual if capsules aren’t working or try inhalation or vaping for better absorption rates.
Another thing – are you taking enough? You may have asked yourself this and decided against another dose. Rest assured when you’re starting low and slow, daily use while increasing at a steady rate is the safest and easiest way to find your dose. Record what you feel and proceed until you feel the way you want to feel! Be consistent and be patient. Relief from chronic conditions could take months or years but could also show up in as little as 5 or 6 weeks. If you don’t feel effects immediately, give it time. If you’ve used CBD for a while but no longer experiencing relief, think about the next option…
A recent study in mice and humans showed us that a 3-day fast will reset the immune system and in similar fashion a cannabinoid fast may benefit an under-performing Endocannabinoid System. This is especially true of formulas containing THC, as it is the cannabinoid interacting with CB1 receptors. This will also apply to those who are using medical marijuana. Some Full-Spectrum CBD patrons have reported that going without for a few days then starting again at a low dose and working back up to what they were taking appeared to improve their sensitivity. This is because our CB1 receptors are quite touchy and can be thrown off balance very easily, which leads to changes in mood functions. Removing cannabinoids for a period can increase the number of added receptors and restore baseline receptors to normal function. This method requires stopping for at least 2 days and up to 4 weeks. Note: It has not been determined if this applies to Isolate CBD or CBD oils without THC. It is worth a try if you are able and wish to go without your CBD oil for a few days 😊
Our ECS is always working silently on our behalf, keeping us as “normal” as it can. As often as you can nourish it with whole, unprocessed foods, fruits and veggies full of antioxidants, mix in a good helping of exercise and self-care and you’ve got a recipe for bliss in the New Year!