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Is Your CBD Not Working? Don’t Give Up Yet!

Few things are worse than trying a new supplement only to get no results. It can be disheartening and frustrating to experience. 

Maybe a friend recommended CBD for anxiety symptoms because it works for them, but you didn’t notice a difference when you tried it. Or maybe you had really good results using CBD but suddenly you aren’t experiencing the same effects. 

Is your CBD not working for you? If that’s the case, rest assured there are a few considerations to make before writing the compound off altogether. 

When investigating cases of CBD not working, it’s important to keep in mind that we’re dealing with human (and animal) bodies here. Like most bodily things, different people tend to react in different ways based on many factors. 

This means lifestyle, age, weight, and more can contribute to the differing effects CBD can have. It’s why you may hear different results from people even if they use the same product. 

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons that may explain CBD not working or why your body reacts differently from others. 

Biological sex and genetics are factors in CBD efficacy 

Bodies are unique. No two are the same. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that different bodies react in different ways to CBD. 

Differences in genetic makeup and biological sex both influence the way CBD affects individuals. Additionally, hormones may affect the way cannabinoids like CBD interact with the body. 

Genetic makeup plays a big role in CBD’s influence. There are various mutations of both the Cannabinoid 2 (CBD2) receptor and the genes that break down cannabinoids. Some bodies have more cannabinoid receptors than others. The endocannabinoid system varies in size and makeup. If you have more receptors, you may feel more effects. 

Further, biological sex is important to look at when figuring out the cause of CBD not working. Research points to estrogen’s potential to enhance cannabinoid sensitivity. With this in mind, it’s possible that biologically female people may experience more sensitivity to CBD than those who are biologically male. 

Differences in lifestyles may influence CBD efficacy 

Maybe you’re an athlete who uses CBD for pain. Or perhaps you are a college student with anxious thoughts who uses CBD for anxiety. Chronic pain and many other conditions may lead you to use CBD, as well. 

With so many users turning to CBD for various reasons, there’s no doubt the lifestyles of CBD users have a big range. And with different lifestyles comes different reactions to CBD. 

One example is stress and anxiety. If you use CBD for anxiety symptoms and stress, you may find relief from the compound. Because it influences receptors that play a role in stress and anxiety, the use of CBD may be very beneficial for you. 

However, if you’re not someone who experiences a lot of stress or anxiety, you may not even notice an effect from CBD. After all, your stress levels are already well-regulated. 

Another example is diet. Endocannabinoid systems are not only influenced by cannabinoids. In fact, there are certain foods you can eat to signal endocannabinoid activity without any cannabis. 

People with diets high in essential fatty acids (specifically Omega 3 and 6) may experience less effects than people with diets low in these fatty acids. You see, these fatty acids can boost activity in the endocannabinoid system. If your diet is already rich in these boosters, you won’t feel as many effects from CBD. 

Foods like flax, eggs, chia, walnuts, and more are sources of these fatty acids. Now, if your diet is low in foods rich in these fatty acids, you may experience more effects from your CBD. 

Final thoughts on CBD not working and various effects 

Hopefully you have a better understanding of situations of CBD not working. If you recommend CBD to a friend and they experience vastly different results, you can look to these factors to explain some of the differences. 

Additionally, the type of CBD used plays a large role in the effects you get. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate will all react differently with the body. 

Similarly, the way you take CBD will also have an effect. It’s important to optimize bioavailability to make sure you get the most from your product. 

It’s also crucial to shop for pure and potent CBD. This means choosing a product that has been tested by an ISO-accredited laboratory to ensure accuracy. 

Have you noticed differences in the way your CBD works? Let us know in the comments!

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