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I took CBD for 7 days and nothing happened, so it doesn’t do anything.


This is a comment I hear often, from patients, friends and on social media.  It is important to think of CBD as a supplement and understand that it takes time to experience the full benefits, especially if you are taking it for everyday stress relief or athletic recovery.

Understanding what CBD does at a cellular level can help you know what to expect when supplementing with CBD. CBD helps reduce enzymes that break down your body’s own naturally occurring cannabinoids thereby allowing for a more balanced Endocannabinoid (ECS) system.  The ECS helps regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and recovery.

Your level of absorption and reaction to CBD will depend on a variety of factors including your metabolism, biochemistry, genetics and lifestyle.  This is why it is so important to find a high quality, reputable product. Once you’ve found that product, the next step is finding the serving size and delivery method that works best for you.

I encourage everyone to “start low and go slow,” and I usually recommend starting with CBD tinctures because micro-dosing or increasing by small amounts is easier. Increases should be made every 2-4 days until you achieved the desired effect.  Starting at night to find the optimal serving size that makes you calm and relaxed will allow you to make adjustments throughout the day for desired effects.

It is important to pay attention to your body and your body’s reaction to CBD.  I encourage you to use your intuition and experiment with different methods in order to find your daily CBD routine.  It is dynamic and will need to be altered depending on your current state and goals.  A suboptimal serving will likely lead to minimal results and  too high of a serving might cause the opposite of what you may be trying to achieve.

Lastly, you must give it time to truly ascertain whether you are benefitting from supplementing with CBD.  In my experience, I have found that almost everyone can benefit from taking CBD. This is especially true as we age. Providing our body with a tool to maintain balance is A WIN and that tool may be CBD.

Jacqueline Montoya MD
Chief Medical Officer, CBDfit