6 Reasons Why CBD May Not Be Working for You

It might seem a little disheartening when you’re able to read so many raving reviews about CBD and how many people are reaping the benefits, but nothing feels like it’s changing for you.

There are several reasons why CBD oil might not be working for you; take a look at our list and see if any of them are relevant!

Your CBD Product Isn’t from a Reputable Source

As trends come and go, so does the supply and demand, and CBD is no different.

There are many distributors of CBD all over the UK now trying to catch up with the interest and curiosity of the general public. But with great power comes great responsibility, and unfortunately, some distributors lack the second part.

Just like with anything, many products are claiming to be what they aren’t or claiming to contain something that they don’t, and this can be particularly damaging when it comes to products intended for wellness.

If you end up with a CBD oil that isn’t what it says it is, this can lead to disappointing results.


Because CBD oil isn’t a regulated medicinal product, companies selling these products can say what they like on their labels.

The authorities (like FSA or MHRA) cannot check every single ‘non-regulated’ product out there, and hence a dishonest label may only come to their attention when something goes wrong or when someone denounces it.

Products with little or no CBD may just pass under the radar because they would be as safe as virgin olive oil – some of them may be ‘just’ virgin olive oil!

To avoid falling into this trap, look for companies that sell CBD with a certificate issued by a well-known independent laboratory that indicates what is inside the bottle.

You Need to Build CBD Up in Your System

CBD works in our body’s endocannabinoid system. This is one of the many different communication systems of our nervous system.

Communication in the nervous system involves “senders”, “messages”, “receivers”, and “feedbacks”. CBD in full-spectrum CBD products acts as “messages” and “feedbacks” to help to modulate this communication. Therefore they can be more effective the more “senders” and “receivers” there are.

Adapt and Build

Our body needs to adapt to CBD, and research has shown that a slightly higher dose for a week allows the body to tune-up and become more responsive to complete CBD extracts.

Then you can gradually reduce the dose until you find what works best for your body and wellbeing.

You Don’t Have the Right Dosage

A lot of CBD products don’t come with dosage information. This can make it hard for CBD users to work out the right amount for them, and many end up taking less than they should, and therefore, don’t see any results.

Here at ElleVance, our dosing recommendations are based on the weight of the recipient, and we target an optimum dose of 2mg/Kg for the first week (Loading Dose) and 1mg/Kg for maintenance after that.

The dosage used will depend on the potency of the product, so it is important to check the product you have for information if it is available.

You Don’t Have the Right Expectations

Sometimes, people expect CBD to make them feel something, when, in reality, CBD is more about helping you “feel” less, by working to alleviate pain, stress and tension.

CBD products should not contain THC, which is the component of the cannabis plant that can make you feel high. As such, taking CBD oil is not likely to give you a buzz!

If you’re taking CBD oil and expecting a dramatic experience, then you could be missing the more subtle indicators that it is actually working, such as feeling a bit more relaxed!

CBD oil takes time to build up in your system, so you might be waiting a few weeks before you really notice changes. 

You Need a Different Method of Taking CBD

You will have probably heard that the most common delivery of CBD is a drop of oil under the tongue. Some research has shown that the mucous membranes in the mouth can absorb the CBD efficiently.

However, we now know that absorption down the gastrointestinal tract is also very good, especially when CBD is taken together with fatty food.

A good quality, full-spectrum CBD oil will smell and taste strong, and that can put some people off. Flavourless gel CBD capsules are a great alternative to taking full-spectrum CBD extract and reap all its benefits without noticing the taste or smell.

For joint pain and muscle ache, the topical application of CBD in the form of a balm is also a method that may work better for you.

Hemp Just Isn’t for You

This is the worst-case scenario, but there is a chance that it might just not be for you, which is the same for every product out there.

There are varying factors that will affect how your body responds to CBD and if it can at all. These factors include your biochemistry, genetics and metabolism.

For instance, you may produce a high level of “messages” and “feedbacks”, or you may have a low number of “receivers” and adding CBD will make no difference to you.

If you’re ready to give CBD oil a try, why not browse our online store?