Thanks to all the media buzz currently surrounding CBD, it can sometimes seem like there’s no end to its magical powers. But what if you’ve started taking CBD and notice absolutely zero effects whatsoever? There can actually be several factors behind the efficacy of CBD and whether or not it works for you. In this article, we’ll break down a few of the most common reasons why your CBD might not be yielding any benefits – and the elements to look for to ensure you get the most out of this incredible ingredient. Quality of product Just like pretty much every commercially available item out there, not all CBD products are created equal. If you’re failing to notice any positive effects from taking CBD, it could be down to a very simple reason – the product you’re taking just isn’t good enough! Make sure you’re buying from a reputable CBD company, who are totally transparent about their ingredients, production and testing processes. For instance, some products sold as CBD only contain hemp oil, rather than CBD itself. Others don’t use quality hemp plants, growers or extraction methods, or bother getting their products third-party tested. Needless to say, here at Gentle Bro, we use only the very best of the best. We work with small-batch organic hemp farms in Colorado, extracting CBD from the whole plant to reap the most benefits; our products are processed at an FDA-approved, GMP-certified facility; and everything we make undergoes stringent third-party lab testing for purity and potency – ensuring that all our products are guaranteed to be free from pesticides, heavy metals, microbials, and other unwanted nasties. Method of application Depending on what issues you’re hoping to remedy with CBD, how you take it can be very important – for example, if you want to soothe a specific muscle ache, popping CBD gummies probably isn’t the quickest way of relieving that pain. Topical CBD products have to work their way through our skin before they get to work on our bodies, so they’re best for tackling topical or localised issues – like using our Pain Cream to treat a painful knee or inflammatory skin condition. Similarly, edible products like our CBD Gummies need to go through your digestive system before your body can absorb any of their benefits – so while they’re a delicious and convenient way of taking CBD, the effects might be a little slower. The fastest delivery method is by taking CBD sublingually i.e. under your tongue, meaning it gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream. So if you’re looking for speedier, more noticeable results, our CBD Oil is probably the way to go. Strength, dosage, metabolism and genetics There are so many variables that can affect CBD’s efficiency, and not all of them are factors that we can control. Simply put, everyone is different, so figuring out how CBD can work for you is not an exact science. Some people’s individual metabolisms and genetics may result in them having a higher tolerance to CBD, while others may have systems that naturally produce more endocannabinoids – meaning it can take them longer to notice any benefits from taking CBD, or the effects may be less potent. While there’s not much we can do to change that, there are other elements that you can play with to hit that CBD sweet spot. Look at the strength of CBD products – for instance, our CBD Oil comes in either 1000mg or 1500mg concentrations; if you aren’t feeling any effects, consider switching to a higher strength. Similarly, use our Dosage Calculator to determine the amount of CBD to take based on your weight and preferred results. With CBD, it’s always worth starting from a low dose and gradually adjusting this up until you feel the desired effects – and expect there to be some trial and error involved. Finally, don’t forget to give it some time – or as we say here at Gentle Bro, keep it gentle. Working out how to make CBD work for you isn’t usually a quick-fix cure; it can take time, patience and research… but in our opinion, it’s definitely worth it once you experience for yourself all the amazing benefits that CBD can bring!