The CBD market is growing fast. With that, it seems like new products come out everyday that claim they are infused with CBD. Everything from bottled water to pillows are being put to market using CBD as a buzzword to attract consumers. You may have tried some of these products out of curiosity and found little to no effect from them. All these products you see have great reviews on them from people who have purchased them and had fantastic results, so why don’t you feel anything?
This can be one of the biggest factors for determining if and when you will feel any effects from CBD. Products like bottled water that contain 10mg of CBD diluted in a liter of water are unlikely to have a noticeable difference. Even if you were to consume the entire bottle quickly enough to get all 10mg of CBD into your system at once, 10mg is still a fairly small amount. Products like CBD tincture are taken sublingually. This means the oil is dosed under your tongue to allow the oil to enter your blood stream directly through your sublingual glands. Since the oil doesn’t need to be filtered through your digestive system and your liver before entering your bloodstream, it leaves less room for your body to break it down before getting to the point of being used. Most tinctures will also usually contain anywhere from 20-80mg of CBD in 1mL, compared to 10mg in 1L of the bottled water.
Different consumption methods have higher bioavailability than others. Bioavailability is defined as the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity. Consumption methods such as edibles (gummies, chocolates, etc.) will have a low bioavailability as your digestive track must first break down the edible and then filter it through your liver before the CBD can enter your bloodstream. Methods like sublingual dosing and vaping allow the CBD to enter your bloodstream directly. These methods can have much faster results. The last method would be topical. Most consumers will use topicals if they have an area that they are specifically trying to target. While most topicals will not enter the bloodstream, they do allow you to apply CBD directly to the tissue where your pain is located.
The Endocannabinoid System
Every human has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Just like the humans they belong to; no two endocannabinoid systems are the same. If you and your friend were to take the same dose of the same product, one of you may notice near-instant results while it may take the other 2 weeks of regular use to notice the difference. This is just simply a difference in how receptive your ECS is to the cannabinoids in the product you are using. This is where you will sometimes need to do some experimenting to find the best dose, method, and routine. You may have tried an isolate-based product and found no effect, but then give a full spectrum product a try and find that it is much better, but only for the first half of your day. So then you split your dose in half between the morning and the afternoon. It is all about paying attention to differences in your body, and when you notice them in relation to your CBD use.
While CBD may not give you the instant change of life you are looking for, a little bit of experimenting with different products and dosing methods can go a long way. Keep in mind that just because you do not feel something instantly, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to achieve your wellness goals. Consistency is key with CBD.