Why your cbd oil isn't working for you

CBD oil is one of the most powerful forms of hemp extract available, and while millions of people enjoy its benefits daily, some feel that they aren’t getting the most out of their experience. 

Everyone’s body processes CBD in different ways so there’s a degree of experimentation required to find the right serving size, but even once you’ve found an appropriate amount there are ways in which you can decrease its effectiveness.

Hemp oil grew in popularity at such a staggering rate that it led to a bit of confusion about how to use these products and many people even use CBD products without reading the instructions.

We want you to get the most out of your experience and have taken a look at some of the most common blunders people make when using CBD oil. Whether you’re just getting into the wonderful world of CBD, or a well-experienced cognoscente, this article will provide you with valuable insight as to how you might be missing out and some easy steps to make sure your CBD oil is working at its full potential.

Understanding CBD Oil And Its Specific Benefits

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound extracted from the hemp plant using one of a variety of extraction methods that commonly include the use of solvents such as ethanol, butane, or Co2.

Once the CBD and other desirable compounds have been extracted, they are diluted to the desired potency with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, or hemp seed oil. 

CBD is a powerful compound that indirectly interfaces with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system in your body. The endocannabinoid system is a complex biological system composed of lipid-based neurotransmitters and plays an important role in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Out of all the methods of cannabidiol consumption, CBD oil is often the least diluted and most natural. While vape juices, topicals, and edibles all require a much more diverse list of ingredients, CBD oils typically consist of two- hemp extract(CBD) and carrier oil. The best CBD oils are combined specifically with MCT-rich carrier oils such as fractionated coconut oil, or sunflower seed oil that help the body absorb the CBD more rapidly and efficiently. 

So, if CBD Oil is so great, why isn’t it working for you?

It isn’t really common knowledge at this point so don’t feel bad. However, to access the full potential of CBD, you have to treat the oil with care.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons people miss out on the benefits of CBD oil.

You Aren’t Taking Enough

This may seem obvious but it’s probably the most common reason people don’t feel the effects of CBD oil. It can be surprisingly easy to fall into a pattern of consuming the same dropper full of oil even if it isn’t working for you. 

The effects of CBD are wholly unique to the individual so it’s impossible for anyone to tell you what you “should” be feeling and that can make it confusing for the user to know what to look for. It’s not something anyone can truly describe, but when you’ve found the right serving size, you will know it.

Taking some time to experiment with higher potencies or larger serving sizes might seem like a bit of a task but it is one that’s incredibly worthwhile. It can also be a lot of fun. CBD is 100% non-toxic, so feel free to experiment with confidence.

We recommend starting small and increasing the serving size. If you take a full dropper, try a dropper and a half. This process works to a point, but if you find that you need more than two or three droppers at a time, then you should acquire more potent oil, and adjust your serving size accordingly.

You’re Swallowing Instead Of Swishing

Another common mistake people make when consuming CBD oil is swallowing instead of swishing. Many people put a dropper full of CBD oil in their mouth and gulp it right down. This is one of the least effective ways to go about taking your oil.

The best way to orally ingest CBD oil is to place it under your tongue and swish it around for 15-30 seconds. This allows your body to start absorbing the CBD sublingually before you even swallow it. Swishing the CBD around under your tongue also creates emulsifications in the oil that increase its surface area of the oil and its direct exposure to your body which increases the rate and efficiency of absorption.

CBD consumed orally heads down to your digestive system. This is a harsh, acidic environment that degrades the beneficial compounds in hemp oil to a degree and lessens the effects you feel. That is why it’s incredibly important to allow sublingual absorption and to emulsify the oil so it can work through the digestive system as efficiently as possible.

Are You Eating Foods that Enhance or Dilute Your CBD?

People love to pair CBD with food. The flavors can be quite complementary as hemp provides a robust, earthy taste that is unique and widely appreciated. 

The problem is not combining CBD with food in general, but combining CBD oil with foods that are detrimental to its chemical structure. CBD is a fairly delicate compound and is subject to its environment. If that environment does not enhance the CBD, it is more than likely degrading or diluting it. Many foods and beverages work wonderfully with CBD, but plenty don’t.


Temperature plays a big role in the activation and degradation of compounds and CBD is particularly sensitive to hot environments. If you are mixing your CBD oil with a hot cup of coffee or tea, it’ll have a negative effect on your potential benefits.


Another downside to adding CBD to coffee is that it is an incredibly acidic environment which means the CBD will be degraded by the acid in the coffee, the temperature of the liquid, and then suffer further loss in your stomach acid. If you’re mixing your CBD oil into coffee, that’s why it isn’t working. If you want to mix CBD with a beverage, try a smoothie, or a cool non-acidic drink. 


It is also possible to over dilute the CBD oil by taking it with foods like bread. Your body’s ability to absorb CBD depends on what’s in your stomach. Foods like salmon, that contain healthy fats, give cannabidiol something to bind to and become more readily absorbed. Consuming CBD with bread that doesn’t have any valuable fats or compounds dilutes it.

How to Enhance Your CBD Oil Experience

We all want to get the most out of our CBD experience, and when CBD oil is working, you’ll know it. It isn’t difficult to enhance your CBD experience but there are some considerations to take and some practices to maintain. 

One of the most impactful factors with CBD is the frequency with which you use it. 

Your diet is another important contributor to the effectiveness of CBD. So, try eating things like salmon, nuts, avocados, and other foods that are rich in healthy fats and medium-chain triglycerides, and avoiding foods like bread when you are taking your daily serving of CBD.

Be wary of what you mix your CBD oil with. If you put your CBD oil in a hot beverage or on a hot meal, don’t expect it to be as powerful. If you want to enjoy your CBD with a beverage make sure it is cool and non-acidic.

CBD oil can provide you with incredibly rewarding effects and with a little bit of consideration and experimentation, you can get the most out of these remarkable products.

If your CBD oil isn’t working for you, take heed to the advice on this list, grab yourself a new CBD oil tincture to motivate you, and get ready to make the most out of your experience!