We meet a lot of people who tell us, “I tried CBD once and it didn’t work for me.” As a product that many consumers are still familiarizing themselves with, there are a lot of misconceptions about hemp products. Here are 3 reasons you might not be feeling the desired effects, and what you can try instead.

  1. You need a higher quality source. All CBD hemp products are not created equal. These days, when you can find CBD oils and salves in a gas station or on Amazon, it’s important to know your source.

    • First, you’ll want to check and see if the product is a full spectrum hemp product. Full spectrum means that the whole cannabinoid and terpene profile has been preserved from the plant. Together, these compounds work together to create a beneficial, symbiotic relationship. If you’re using a product that is labeled “broad spectrum” or “isolate” it may not give the desired effect.

    • Another thing we recommend checking is the milligrams of CBD per milliliter (mg/mL), or milligrams per ounce. This way you know exactly how much CBD you’re taking, and precisely what dosage works for you. For example, our tinctures are 50mg per mL, and our 1oz bottles contain 1500mg.

    • It’s also important to find a company that provides the lab results for their product. To get a feel for how lab testing works, see some of ours here. For some examples of dosage visit our dosage info page.

  2. You need more time. One common misconception is that you should feel the effects of CBD right away, even if you’re using it for the first time. This may be the case for some people, especially with smokeable hemp.Smokeable hemp enters your system and begins working more quickly, but tends to have a short term effect. Many people prefer to use CBD tinctures or oils sublingually (under the tongue), or ingest CBD in edible form. 

    Any way you decide to take it, CBD has its greatest effect when it has a chance to build up in your system. Taking CBD on a regular basis allows it to stimulate the endocannabinoid system and begin to take on more long term effects.For more on the endocannabinoid system, check out our related blog post from a few weeks ago. Because many people are looking for more long term effects from CBD, we offer a subscription program with our tinctures to make sure you don’t run low. Learn more about that here.

  3. You need a different delivery system. As we mentioned above, there are many ways to use CBD. Smoking may provide quick onset and short term effects, while a sublingual product may have a longer onset time with longer lasting results. A topical is useful for zeroing in on a specific area that can be affected through the skin. Depending on the desired results, you may want to try a different type of delivery. We currently offer a sublingual oil, a topical salve, and smokeable hemp. See our entire product line here and get a feel for what delivery system might work for you.

One thing is for sure- CBD is not a one-size-fits-all product. Time, research, and a little trial and error are sometimes necessary to get the best results. Many companies will offer a small trial size product so you can try it before making a bigger investment. That’s why we carry a 4mL bottle of our tincture in three different flavors. If you’re interested, you can find that here: https://greenriverbotanicals.com/shop/

And if you want to start your research now, here are some great sources we found:

More about bioavailability.

More about the endocannabinoid system.

More about full spectrum hemp.