5 Reasons Why CBD May Not Be Working For You

So, you’ve finally decided to give in and try what everyone is talking about – CBD. You purchased a product, tried it and became disappointed because you realized that you’re not seeing or feeling any of the effects that you were expecting. You’re probably thinking, “Why isn’t CBD working for me?”, or “Is this CBD hype just a scam?”. Before you give up you must understand that CBD works differently for different people. Some people may notice that CBD works quickly for them whereas, for others, it may take weeks to see any change at all. It is not fair to expect instant results because many different things influence the effect of CBD on our body. If you’re one of those people who has tried CBD, have not seen any of the benefits that so many are talking about, and would like to find out why CBD may not be effective for you then check out these top 5 potential reasons.

#1 The Product Is Not From A Credible Source

If you’re not getting your CBD products from a reputable company, then that may be the reason why CBD isn’t having an effect on you. With CBD skyrocketing in popularity, the market will continue to flourish with brands that sell High Quality products and those that sell knockoffs with little to no CBD in them at all. Be vigilant and always make sure the product you are buying has been third party lab tested. This ensures the product is free of pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and most importantly the amount of CBD, all of which will be on the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA). A High Quality Product will always have a COA, companies usually publish this information on their website. One of NEKTERCBD best practices is to provide direct links to the COA with a QR code on all of our products to ensure full transparency and reliability. I would be weary of purchasing a product with no COA.

#2 You’re Not Giving Your Body Enough Time To Absorb The CBD

As stated earlier, some people experience effects immediately after consuming CBD but this isn’t the case for everyone though. All bodies and metabolisms are different so it may take longer for some people to feel the effects of CBD. Sometimes, CBD can take a few days or even weeks to integrate with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) before significant changes are noticeable. So you must remember to give CBD enough time to acclimate with your body, stay consistent and don’t give up.

#3 Incorrect Dosage

A lot of consumers are taking CBD but not a lot are taking the time to configure their dosage correctly. This is easily one of the most common explanations as to why some are not feeling the effects of CBD. An incorrect dosage will spoil the experience completely. Try starting with a lower dosage of CBD. From then on, double or triple up your dosage over the next few days until you have reached your comfort zone. Keep a daily journal on your CBD journey, this will help you tell what strength you need and what dosage is good for you. This process requires patience and is a much better way of doing things than risking your health with prescription drugs and their side effects. Here’s a quick table outlining rough estimates based on weight and pain level.


Mild Pain

Medium Pain

Severe Pain

50 – 99 Pounds

5 – 20mg

12 – 49mg

30 – 60mg

100 – 149 Pounds

10 – 30mg

21 – 74mg

50 – 90mg

150 – 200 Pounds

15 – 40mg

31 – 99mg

75 – 120mg

201 – 250 Pounds

20 – 50mg

41 – 124mg

105 – 150mg

251 – 300 Pounds

25 – 60mg

51 – 149mg

125 – 180mg

#4 Bioavailability Is Important

In order for CBD to be effective it must reach the ECS. Which means it first needs to be absorbed into the bloodstream, a concept known as bioavailability. Additionally, the delivery method, how the CBD is consumed has a lot to do with how much and how quickly CBD enters the bloodstream. Oral CBD formulations, such as capsules and edibles are among the most popular ways to consume CBD, but oral CBD has the lowest bioavailability of all delivery forms. Digestive acids and enzymes destroy a large percentage of CBD before it has a chance to be absorbed. The small amount that gets absorbed then must be metabolized by the liver before it reaches the rest of the body. Sublingual CBD, such as tinctures, take advantage of the ability of CBD to be absorbed straight into the bloodstream. Holding the drops under the tongue for 20-30 seconds before swallowing allows the mucous membranes to absorb the CBD directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive process. So keep bioavailability in mind when ingesting CBD through your preferred method.

#5 You’ve Built Up a Tolerance

If you’ve been taking CBD now for a while, it is possible to develop a tolerance to CBD but you need to take a significant amount for it to happen.  You may find that you now need a higher dose to achieve the same results you previously got from a lower dosage. At some point if you start noticing the effectiveness of CBD plateauing you may want to consider taking a “tolerance break” to allow your endocannabinoid receptors to reset. After a couple of weeks you should be able to resume taking CBD at a lower dosage and achieve the desired results you had built up to. Of all the reasons why CBD wont work for you, developing a tolerance is the least likely by far.


If you have used CBD and are disappointed in the lack of effects, you need to understand CBD in not a quick fix or a miracle cure. You shouldn’t expect to achieve immediate results but you can improve your chances of success by doing your own research, being patient, and understanding that it’s a process that will require some experimentation on your part. So look through this article to see if any of the points apply to you. Something as simple as not using a High Quality product, not taking a high enough dose, or even not using enough CBD daily can be easily over looked. So stay vigilant in doing your own research, remain consistent, and be remember to be patient on your journey to better health and overall well being.