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As explained above, genetics and metabolism also play a role in how you react to CBD. Everyone’s body produces endocannabinoids naturally; however, certain people may produce more than others.

Either way, the best option is to use high-quality products and keep trying different strengths and dosages until you find the ideal solution for your individual situation.

CBD oils made from full-spectrum extracts may contain hundreds of cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and nutrients. As a result, these components working in synergy may allow you to experience more noticeable benefits.

Genetics and Metabolism

In the case that you’ve been using CBD for some time and suddenly stop feeling the effects, it’s possible that you’ve reached your tolerance level. At this moment, the ideal solution is to take a break for a few days and start with the same dosage once again.

In this case, it’s possible you have a higher tolerance to cannabinoids ingested in the form of CBD oil. In such situations, you may have a more difficult time feeling the effects of CBD, as opposed to someone who has a lower count of natural endocannabinoids.

You should also consider the bioavailability of the oil, also called the absorption rate. This denotes the percentage of CBD that reaches your bloodstream, and varies according to the way you take your cannabidiol oil.

But, what happens when you follow the trend and don’t feel anything? Let’s see the possible causes of CBD oil not working for you, and what you can do to make it work.

“If a person purchases a high-quality CBD product, the key is that they know what CBD does and does not do,” said Mitchem. “CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. You may in fact need a more complex cannabinoid profile in the plant for it to be effective,” he explained. High-quality CBD can help with ailments like depression, and highly concentrated topical CBD can also be very effective for pain, he explained. If you want to use CBD to treat chronic ailments like Crohn’s disease, he said you would benefit more from a blend of CBD and another cannabinoid, like THC. But THC is a psychoactive compound, so these formulations would only be available in states where marijuana is legal.

“The longer-term effects of CBD, such as the anti-inflammatory properties, require daily use, and the benefits can be felt after two to four weeks,” said Dorn. “CBD over time interacts with the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system and the immune system to trigger a response from your cells, thus creating the painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects.” In regular-person speak, this means that it takes a bit of time for it to start working.

However, Dr. Burns told POPSUGAR that “there is no magic number because every condition is different. Dosing depends on the severity and chronic nature of a condition. There’s an art and science to all of this, so there is no blanket one-answer-fits-all dosage.” She starts her patients at a low dose and gradually increases the dosage. (POPSUGAR spoke to several doctors about how to find the right CBD dose here.)

You May Need a Blend of Cannabinoids

If you don’t live in a state with legal cannabis, you’re not totally out of luck — you just need to do your research on the products you’re buying. “Unfortunately, some products could have a very low concentration or even no CBD at all,” said Joel Stanley, cofounder and chairman of CW Hemp. “Sadly, when the FDA tested CBD products and released the results to the public, many of the products contained fractional to no CBD. It’s important to look for a trusted brand and reputable manufacturer.” He said to find out if it controls the manufacturing process “from seed to shelf,” to ask where its raw materials are sourced from, and to see if it does the CBD extraction itself. “A consumer should be able to request batch testing that shows purity and potency,” he added.

Todd Mitchem, managing partner and cannabis expert at, told POPSUGAR that one of the biggest issues is the lack of regulation in mail-order and over-the-counter CBD products. “If the consumer lives in a state with legal cannabis, we always recommend they go there first since the regulated products are far safer and of better quality.”

“There is plenty of science behind CBD oil,” said Dr. Elaine Burns, founder of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Centers in Phoenix and CEO of DrBurns’ ReLeaf products. “If it isn’t working for someone, it is either low-quality or the dosing is incorrect. Usually it’s a combination of both.” She went on to explain that since everyone has the same chemical receptors, if someone isn’t responding to CBD, that typically leads her to believe either the product is inferior or the dosage is off.

You’ve read numerous stories about how CBD has changed people’s lives. You’ve heard it referred to as “nature’s Xanax.” You’ve done your due diligence and devoured articles about how CBD can help relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, and even help your workouts. So you decided to try it and experience the magic for yourself. And then . . . nothing happened. If you’ve tried CBD and it didn’t work for you, several factors could be at play. POPSUGAR spoke to experts to find out common reasons CBD doesn’t work for people.