The Real Reason Why Your CBD Oil Isn’t Working

August 27, 2020 at 11:23AM


Here’s the thing about CBD that I was never able to totally understand. Why doesn’t it work for me?

After reading countless articles and glowing reviews from friends, I was optimistic that CBD oil would be the magical potion that would, once and for all, cure my anxiety. Afterall, the non-psychoactive compound found in hemp has been praised for its healing powers such as reducing pain, anxiety and inflammation, and is apparently the key to a good night’s rest.

I had tried nearly every brand on the shelf (and online for that matter) only to conclude that maybe it just didn’t really work for me — or perhaps, my anxiety was insurmountable.

As it turns out, I’m not the only one whose previous CBD experiences were far from life-changing. So we asked our friends at FOCL to help us navigate just where we’re going wrong…

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Table of Contents

Mistake No. 1: You’re Not Taking It Regularly.

It probably goes without saying, but each person’s body will respond to cannabinoids in its own way. While some people notice immediate changes from using CBD products, others may experience more gradual benefits.

Longer-term effects of CBD require daily use, with benefits following after two to four weeks. In time, your CBD intake will interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in your body’s endocannabinoid system and immune system causing a response from your cells. In other words, give it time.

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For the best results, FOCL recommends taking CBD as part of a daily wellness routine. Now, I take mine as a tincture like FOCL’s 300mg CBD Drops in my morning coffee or in a smoothie. My favorite is the Mint, but the Cherry CBD Drops are also really great in a smoothie!

Mistake No 2: Is Your Dosage Too Low?

While again it’s important to note that everybody is unique, your dosage of CBD can really play a major factor in why you may not be reaping all its amazing benefits. CBD products on the market range from 10 mg of CBD to more than 1,000 mg — and to make matters more vague, there’s no one-dosage-fits-all!

FOCL recommends users start with small doses and pay close, careful attention to how your body responds before increasing your dosage. The “slow and low” method encourages you to find your own chill, safely. Once you get a better understanding of how your body responds to CBD, that’s when they suggest increasing your dosage until you find what works for you and ultimately gives you desired results.

According to a review on the side effects of CBD conducted by the journal Current Drug Safety*, it’s normal for human bodies to safely tolerate doses of up to 1,500 mg of CBD per day — but that doesn’t mean you should push that limit.

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Another interesting fact about dosing comes from Dr. Bonni Goldstein, medical director for Canna-Centers, who recently explained to Marie Claire that CBD in low doses can act as a stimulant while CBD in high doses can act as a sedative. Interesting right?

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In a study published in the Behavioral Neuroscience Journal, researchers administered CBD to certain areas of the brain. They found that it activated neurons in the areas responsible for waking us up*. Another study tested the same theory on rats with similar results; CBD activated neurons in the areas of the brain responsible for alertness*. In small doses, some people find that infusing their coffee with CBD tincture gives them more energy without the jitters and anxiousness.

Yet, preliminary studies have linked high doses of CBD to improved sleep quality*, likely because of the calming effect it is thought to have on the nervous system.

It all comes down to the dosage and first it’s key to find the dose that’s right for you. FOCL recommends starting with 20 to 40mg a day.

Mistake No 3: You’re Using A Low-Quality Oil

One of the biggest issues consumers face when buying CBD products is the lack of transparency and regulation currently seen throughout the industry. Consequently, some products end up containing a very low concentration or in some cases no CBD at all! FOCL prioritizes testing, certification, and high-quality ingredients. That means each CBD product contains exactly the dosage listed, no THC, and does not contain any pesticides, heavy metals or microbials. It’s key to shop for CBD as discerningly as you would your groceries or your skincare. FOCL even owns their own farm for their products, which is incredibly rare. That makes any mystery about sourcing ingredients totally null.


FOCL creates top quality true Broad Spectrum CBD in multiple dosage ranges. Tinctures range from 300mg to 100mg per bottle so everyone can dose the way that suits them. They also make CBD capsules enhanced with adaptogens and botanicals to dial up the benefits of each product so you don’t have to think twice about what’s inside.

Finally, FOCL’s CBD tinctures are also the best tasting on the market. In mint, cherry or orange cream you can add the flavor of your choice, in either dosage strength, to coffee, smoothies or — my preferred method — straight from the bottle.

Get 15% off your first FOCL order with our exclusive offer code. Check out our favorite FOCL products like the Mint CBD Drops at 1000mg and the FOCL Day & Night Bundle that offers their CBD capsules blended with other functional ingredients for either energy or restfulness.

This story is brought to you in partnership with FOCL. From time to time, TCM editors choose to partner with brands we believe in to bring our readers special offers. The Chalkboard Mag and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.

* Research links: 1, 2, 3, 4

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