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Four Reasons Why CBD Oil may not be Working for You

It might seem a little disheartening when you’re able to read so many raving reviews about CBD oil 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!

1 – Your CBD Product Isn’t from a Reputable Source

As trends come and go, so does the supply and demand, and this is where 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. But 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.

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2 – 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 and other cannabinoids in full-spectrum hemp products act 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 organisms need 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 the cannabinoids in complete hemp extracts. Then you can gradually reduce the dose until you find what works best for your body and well-being.

If you want to know more about how your nervous system communicates, you can watch this short video from

3 – You Need a Different Method of Taking CBD

You will have most probably heard that the most common delivery of CBD is a drop of oil under the tongue, sublingually. Some research has shown that the mucous membranes in the mouth can absorb the cannabinoids 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 hemp oil will smell and taste strong and that can put some people off. Taste-free products are easier to take but are lacking a lot of the beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids. So, if you cannot endure the taste of a good CBD oil you need to look for a different method of taking rather than for a lesser quality product.

Flavourless gel capsules are a great alternative to take full-spectrum hemp extract and reap all its benefits without noticing the taste or smell of it.

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4 – CBD 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.

Interestingly, a study conducted found that those with a genetic mutation produced extra cannabinoids. If you happen to fall into that category, it could be that you don’t notice much of a difference when you take CBD.

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