The Scientific Reasons Why CBD May Not Work on Your First Tries
Considering the hype and success stories surrounding CBD, which at times can seem almost like urban legends of a universal magical cure, it’s only natural for many new CBD consumers to have very high expectations, perhaps even unrealistic ones. But in reality, this build-up is often capped off by rather anticlimactic first-time CBD experiences.
However, CBD rookies shouldn’t be quick to lose hope. There are several potential reasons why CBD may have not worked for them initially, which go beyond common sense like low-quality products or insufficient dosages.
The potential reasons we’re going to discuss are rooted in science, neurology, and physiology, and lifestyle.
Underdeveloped Cannabinoid Receptors
Cannabis is actually famous for letting eager first-timers down. While no definitive cause of this reputation has been established, there is a very plausible theory that likely applies to CBD as well.
Cannabinoids, and THC in particular, are believed to actually stimulate the development of cannabinoid receptors, similar to the way working out stimulates the development of muscles. It takes time for our brain to acquire a taste for cannabinoids, so to speak.
The argument against this theory is that some people do get high the first time they try cannabis, just like some people do feel the effects of CBD on their first try. But that argument is as valid as saying that because some people get angry when they’re drunk, alcohol makes people angry, period. Those are isolated cases, influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics. But we’re concerned with the big, 360-degree picture, and the majority of it shows it takes a few tries for our cannabinoid receptors and CBD to warm up to each other.
Another potential reason why first-timers’ cannabis and CBD experiences may vary between actually experiencing something and experiencing nothing is a rather surprising one. Physical exercise, especially during adolescence, has actually been found to stimulate the production of CB1 receptors and heighten their sensitivity. This theory is further reinforced by the widespread, fervent advocacy of CBD, as well as cannabis altogether, among world-class athletes, who continuously proclaim CBD as an absolute game-changer in terms of both recovery and overall sense of wellbeing.
Need to Build Up CBD in Your System
Perhaps as somewhat of an extension to the previous point, some people believe inexperienced CBD consumers need to build up CBD levels in their body in order for the compound to get through to the endocannabinoid system. This is partly why the general rule of thumb about CBD dosage is to start low and gradually increase it until the cannabinoid begins taking effect.
Another reason for a lackluster CBD experience might be your diet, and that’s not meant to sound like a knock on your eating habits – if anything, just the contrary. CBD, like all cannabinoids, is fat-soluble, or in layman’s terms, CBD and fat like each other, which is why a diet, rich in fat, has been found to increase cannabinoids bioavailability. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular seem to sharpen our cannabinoid receptors and thus enhance cannabinoids’ effects.
This doesn’t go to say you should just stuff your face with fat, as that would defeat the purpose of obtaining CBD’s health benefits. The good news is fat intake almost immediately improves our body’s reaction to cannabinoids. Even a single meal could serve as an icebreaker that paves the way for CBD to reach your endocannabinoid system’s heart instead of only scratching its surface.
If you’re yet to see what all the hype around CBD is about, addressing those issues might give you the key to the Promised Land. Keep in mind there’s a bit of speculation and strictly individual factors at play in this discussion, so it’s also possible that there’s just a lack of chemistry between you two. However, don’t be too quick to give up, allow some room for experimentation within reason, and don’t be a slave to unrealistic expectations. CBD is an acquired taste for some, and as such, it has to be acquired naturally.