5 Reasons Why CBD Isn't Working For You

5 Reasons Why CBD Isn't Working For You

“CBD doesn’t work for me”

So, you’ve tried CBD but haven’t felt the effects that have been promised to you?

You may be feeling disappointed, scammed and like you have wasted your money. We get it.

BUT before you declare CBD to be a scam and dismiss it entirely, you may want to consider why it isn’t working for you.

There are several reasons why the CBD your tried may not be working, ranging from the quality or type of CBD, to your metabolism, individual genetic makeup and lifestyle factors.

So, let’s dive in!


 5 reasons why CBD isn’t working for you


1. Not all CBD is created equal

The quality and type of the CBD will drastically determine how well it works for you, if at all.

Unfortunately, the CBD market can be fickle. Not all CBD products on the market are of high quality, or reflect the same amount of CBD content stated on the label. Some CBD products even have no CBD at all. 

For example, an American study of 47 CBD products from different companies in USA revealed that 11% of products delivered no CBD whatsoever. A troubling 23% of the products delivered less than 80% of the CBD content advertised on the label.

The best way to ensure the correct content in your CBD products is to read an up to date lab report (Certificate of Analysis). This report will determine exactly what is in your product including if there are any heavy metals or nasty chemicals. A reputable brand will have lab reports visibly available for download on their website, and if not you can request one before making a purchase.


2. Is it even CBD? 

Another measure of CBD effectiveness can come down to the type of CBD.

There are 3 types of CBD:

Broad Spectrum + Full Spectrum CBD

Both these types of CBD contain a wide array of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (e.g. CBD, CBN, CBG) as well as natural terpenes. The difference being that full spectrum extracts contain THC (less than 0.3%) whilst broad spectrum extracts are THC free.

CBD Isolate

This is pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant. It is stripped of all the other compounds that full and broad spectrum extracts contain. Typically, this will be labelled in the ingredients list as “cannabidiol” or CBD. 

There is a rule of thumb in the herbal world known as the entourage effect:

"When plant chemicals are combined (as they naturally occur in the plant), the chemicals work together to produce a therapeutic effect that is greater than the sum of its parts" - Dr Dani Gordon – Author of The CBD Bible

So, whilst CBD isolate is still effective, due to the entourage effect, the synergy of compounds in full and broad spectrum CBD tend to be more effective and of greater value.

If you are using a CBD isolate and aren’t feeling the desired effect, you may want to consider switching to a full or broad spectrum CBD. Empwr Botanics Botanical Pwr Drops use high quality, tested, Broad Spectrum CBD mixed with just organic MCT Coconut Oil for a smooth, undisturbed experience.

Hemp Seed Oil

It is also important to note that it is not uncommon for Hemp Seed Oil to be confused with or misrepresented as CBD. Hemp Seed Oil, as the name suggests, is refined oil extracted from hemp seeds. It has wonderful health benefits being high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin E. However, it is not CBD, which is extracted from the fully grown cannabis plant, and will not provide the same benefits.

Be sure to read the labels and list of ingredients of your CBD product thoroughly! If you need clarification you should message the producer.


3. You need to increase your dosage

Dosing CBD is very personal and is certainly not a "one size fits all" scenario.

We are all unique. Everyone's endocannabinoid system responds differently to CBD. It largely depends on your symptoms, environment, your individual human make-up (metabolism, genetic makeup, size), and the state of your health. Some people naturally have lower or higher level of cannabinoids in their system which can impact the amount or strength of CBD required. 

It may take some trial and error to strike the correct dosage of CBD. It is recommended that beginners start on a lower dose of 30g of CBD a day. If you are not feeling the desired effect, you may want to consider increasing your dosage after a week of trying your initial dose or increase the strength of your product.

CBD is regarded as one of the safest herbal remedies. To date there are absolutely zero reports of overdoses and a very low risk of toxicity (with high quality CBD). So there is no need to be worried about increasing your dosage! Use this dosage guide to get started.


4. CBD can take time to build up in your system

For some the effects of CBD are felt immediately after first trying, and for others it can take some time. It usually needs a couple of weeks or more of consistent daily use to receive the full impact and benefits.

Marketing of CBD can form the unrealistic expectation that CBD will change your life after one day. However, it is not unlike many nutritional supplements which need to time to build up in your system to take effect.

Keeping a daily journal where you record your dosage and the way your feel can help to keep track of your progress. Consistency and patience is key! 


5. CBD cannot fix an unhealthy lifestyle

Whilst CBD has many incredible health benefits that can enhance your life and help you to live better, it is not a miracle cure or fix all solution. CBD is a health supplement, intended as an addition to your wellness. It works best holistically, complimenting healthy lifestyle choices.

Just like you can’t out-train a bad diet, you can’t expect CBD to override an unhealthy lifestyle. In order to get the best out of CBD, you need to work to make healthy lifestyle choices that nurture your wellness.


Bottom line: 

  • Research the quality of the CBD product and company
  • Read labels and ingredients carefully to ensure you are consuming an effective product
  • Understand if your dosing levels are too low – trial and error to build up to the correct dosage
  • Be patient and consistent with using CBD whilst it builds up in your system
  • CBD is a wellness supplement that works best to compliment a healthy lifestyle.


The information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content contained in this article is for general information purposes only.

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Really helpful article, education is key!

Trésor Karera

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