If you’re new to the CBD trend and have been religiously chewing gummies and using tinctures but haven’t been feeling the effects, you might be discouraged and consider ditching CBD altogether. Before you break up with CBD for good, let’s look at how it works in the body and troubleshoot some of the reasons why it might not be working for you.
First, we need to understand how the endocannabinoid system works.
How does the ECC system work?
The ECS is responsible for a lot - everything ranging from muscle control to overall inflammation levels. In short, the ECS helps our bodies remain balanced. This is done through a complex system of cell signaling. The ECS is still being researched, but science definitively has discovered that it regulates the following in our bodies:
Endocannabinoids are molecules your body produces naturally and help keep internal functions running smoothly. Your body knows when to ramp up and when to scale back on the production of endocannabinoids and when you have reached optimal levels for each.
After your body produces the endocannabinoids, they bind to receptors to signal to your ECS that some action needs to take place. CB1 receptors are found in your central nervous system and CB2 receptors are generally in your immune cells. That sounds like a lot of complex anatomy, so let’s break it down.
Imagine your back is super tight and so you are trying to stretch to relieve the discomfort. Endocannabinoids might signal to your CB1 receptor in your spine to help you relieve pain. Another example is when you are in the early stages of getting a cold. CB2 receptors in your immune cell signal that your body is under attack and immune cell production ramps up.
How does the ECS interact with CBD?
The truth is, science has not completely uncovered how your ECS interacts with CBD. One thing for sure is that it does not bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the same way as THC. The prevailing theory is that CBD prevents endocannabinoids from being broken down, allowing them to be more effective in your body. Some emerging research suggests that chronic inflammation conditions like IBS and fibromyalgia are the result of endocannabinoid deficiency. This theory is supported by over a decade of research, which studied patients with a number of different autoimmune conditions and might be a key factor in why these conditions exist in the first place.
There are some legitimate reasons why your CBD products might not be working. Before you give up on, try altering a few things and see if you find any difference.
Reasons why CBD isn’t working
1. You don’t know that your CBD is from a reputable source.
This industry is playing on the sudden influx of interest, so it is the Wild West when it comes to purity and standards. That is one of the reasons why we are so committed to being transparent and providing you with the clearest understanding of our processes and our products. If you are buying a product that does not use good CBD oil to start, your results are going to be sub-par, no matter how carefully you follow a wellness routine. Protect yourself and your hard-earned cash and look for third-part lab test reviews along with customer reviews, both of which will help you establish brand quality.
2. You are so deficient that you are still filling your ECS well.
Remember that deficiency we mentioned earlier? Well, it turns out that if you are super low on endocannabinoids to start, taking therapeutic doses of CBD is only offsetting the deficiency. It is going to take a while for everything to reach optimal levels. Starting with a low dose of 20 to 40 mg, a day, and slowly increasing over time will help your system regulate. Keeping a journal or notes on your phone can help you see patterns and determine what the right amount should be.
3. Change your delivery system
The truth is that not everyone will respond to every CBD product the same. The reason is something called bioavailability, which means how much of the CBD can reach your bloodstream. If you are being an ardent gummy user and are not seeing results, try switching up to a salve or a tincture. When you use a tincture under your tongue, the CBD is hitting your bloodstream almost at once, which might result in better absorption, and ultimately, better results.
Getting the results you want from CBD can take time. That means that it is also going to take patience and some research on your end. Be sure you know what kinds of products you are purchasing. Brands that hide behind “proprietary” development guises probably are not worth your time. Instead, selecting one that gives you all the details about its growing process and its distillation process will help you know that the CBD items you are purchasing are high quality.