Realistic Expectations of CBD use


Many people expect instant results when they first start taking CBD oil. But that’s more the exception than the rule. The lack of immediate results can lead some to quickly give up on CBD oil and declare that it doesn’t work for them.

A better approach is to have realistic expectations when starting out. For many, results are not achieved for several weeks. Perseverance is key. And so is an understanding of the different variables at play that can determine both short-term and long-term effectiveness for you.

The purpose of this article is to present 5 potential reasons why CBD isn’t working for you, or may have stopped working, and suggest what you can do to increase your chances of achieving your goal.

1. Choose a brand and product wisely.

The first decision that you had to make after deciding to try CBD oil was where you would buy it from. You should get a high-quality product from a reputable company with third party lab reports.

But a product that works great for one person may not work at all for another person even if they are treating a similar condition.

Also be sure you know whether the product you’re using is full spectrum, CBD isolate (0% THC) or a hybrid of those. If you bought an isolate and haven’t gotten any results, you may need to try a full spectrum product or vice versa.

optimal dose.

Taking too much CBD or too little CBD is the #1 reason that hinders effectiveness for beginners. Unlike aspirin where a standard dose of 2 tablets will be effective for the majority of people, the “right” dose of CBD is highly individualized. Type and severity of condition, weight and body chemistry are just a few of the variables that make the “right” dose different for each person.

Your goal is to find the optimal dose for you specifically. Again, you’ll need to do some experimentation to figure out what’s best for you to find your personal “sweet spot” dose. Dosage is something that needs to be evaluated on a continuous basis.


  1. Bioavailability matters.

Bioavailability refers to the percentage of CBD that actually gets into your bloodstream. The different ways of taking CBD have different levels of bioavailability. For example, 25 milligrams of CBD taken sublingually typically results in 25-35% of the CBD actually entering the bloodstream. But taking a 25mg capsule results in only about 15% to 20% of the CBD actually entering your bloodstream.

So depending on how you are taking your CBD, you may be getting less CBD into your system than you think


  1. Genetics may be to blame.

Approximately 15-20% of people are genetically disposed to their body producing higher levels of natural endocannabinoids. This is generally a good thing for the overall well-being of those people. But the higher level of natural endocannabinoids can mean that they’ll get less benefit from taking CBD oil as a supplement.

5. Building a tolerance.

After you’ve been taking CBD for awhile, it’s natural to expect that a tolerance will build up over time. You may find that you have to take a higher dose to achieve the same results you got from lower doses previously. But at some point the effectiveness may plateau or higher doses become cost prohibitive.

At that point, you may want to consider taking a “break” from CBD to allow your endocannabinoid receptors to reset. After a couple of weeks, you can resume taking CBD and hopefully you’ll achieve your desired results again at a lower dosage than what you had built up to.


CBD oil is not a quick fix or miracle cure. You shouldn’t expect to achieve immediate results even if you follow all of the best practices discussed above. It is a great daily supplement to help your body perform well. Unlike many supplements that we take with no visible physical improvements. CBD has them beat hands down.

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