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November 2, 2020

Can CBD Build Up In Your System?


CBDfx Staff

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When taking CBD, it’s normal to wonder if CBD can build up in your system. 

And the short answer is yes, CBD can build up in your system. 

When CBD builds up in your system—it’s true—you’ll develop a tolerance. But some people need this “build-up” to fully experience CBD and its effects. 

CBD affects us all differently for several reasons. Yet, most of them revolve around weight, body chemistry, genetics, the product’s concentration, and the results one is trying to achieve.

What works for one person, as far as serving amounts, may not do a thing for the next person. 

If you’re confused, don’t worry, we’re going to explain everything surrounding the concept of tolerance and experience levels with CBD. First, let’s lay out some basic CBD groundwork and discuss how it works in the body to build a tolerance in the first place. 

How CBD Functions in the Body 

A man laying down on the grassWe know CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that produces a variety of therapeutic and beneficial results. The reason CBD is capable of delivering such impressive results is heavily related to the endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

All mammals have this complex system responsible for maintaining homeostasis throughout the body. When any of the body’s primary functions go astray, this system communicates with different receptors as a means of restoring the balance needed. 

The ECS controls a variety of bodily functions such as sleep, pain management, mood, anxiety, stress, and much more. Amazingly, this intricate and vital system was only discovered in 1992. Moreover, researchers are still trying to figure out how expansive the system truly is. 

The CB1 and CB2 receptors perform an essential role in the process because each of them signals different parts of the brain and body. The CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system and influence memory processing, pain regulation, and motor control. This receptor also plays a significant role in human behavior and psychology. 

The CB2 receptors are mainly found in the white blood cells of the tonsils and the spleen, influencing the immune system and production of cytokines. These molecules send signals to the cells for the purpose of any needed immune response.  

Perhaps the most interesting part of our individualized ECS system is the fact they’re as unique as our thumbprints. 

Some Need “The Build-Up” More Than Others

Two women laughingHow well CBD works in your body depends on your individual cannabinoid level.  Your CBD product provides you with an increase of cannabinoids, but your body already possesses an innate level of cannabinoids. 

In fact, those with lower levels of naturally-occurring cannabinoids have to take their product daily to allow CBD to build up in the system. These individuals have to take their products a little longer before they feel the effects of CBD. 

How would you know if you’re one of those people? 

The number one sign would be you take CBD products and think they don’t work. See, some people can take CBD sparingly when they “feel the need” and be okay with this process. However, others need to take it every day and let it build up. If you connect more with the former, you may have lower levels of naturally-occurring cannabinoids. 

Tips To “Build Up” and Absorb More Cannabinoids

A woman holding a CBDfx tinctureIf you fall into this category, one of the first things you can do is pair some type of healthy fat with your CBD serving.  Some of the most popular “fatty foods” are avocados, tuna, nuts, seeds, and so forth. 

A quick web search will pull up dozens of options you can pair with your daily CBD intake. Some products already contain a fatty oil like MCT oil, and if it does, it’s fine. If you’re lacking cannabinoids, the more the merrier. 

Also, keep in mind some people respond better to a particular product type because of bioavailability and genetics. Don’t be afraid to explore different options to see which ones resonate with your system the best. 

Additionally, you always want to make sure you’re getting your CBD products from a reputable source. When you’re shopping for products, make sure they’re tested by an independent third-party lab with easily accessible lab reports on the website somewhere. 

Tips to Reduce “Build Up” and Lower Your Tolerance 

A woman looking at the cameraOn the other hand, if you fall into this category, you will want to take a different approach. Lowering your tolerance and experience means cutting down on how much and how often you take CBD. 

Understandably, some people need their CBD every day. A helpful approach to this notion is to try reducing the concentration level of your product. Surprisingly, a lot of people are taking a much higher concentration than needed in the first place. 

It’s understandable because you want your CBD to get straight to the issue, but the tolerance build-up is something you have to keep in mind. 

No matter what your approach is, and no matter who you are, everyone has to address this issue at some point in their CBD journey. 

The Rarity of “Reverse Tolerance” 

There are a small number of people who experience something called reverse tolerance. These individuals don’t build up a tolerance in a conventional way but in the exact opposite way. 

This is where CBD’s continued use requires less of the product to achieve the same desired results. 

So, if you’ve experienced this, you simply have to adjust your serving amount until you reach the desired effect. 

Parting Thoughts Regarding Tolerance 

Tolerance affects us all, but in different ways due to our personal genetics and biochemistry. 

No matter which end of the spectrum you’re on, one constant remains the same—everyone has to adjust their serving amounts from time to time due to tolerance.

However, when you’ve got information like this on your side, you know exactly what to do when it occurs. Transparency and knowledge go a long way when it comes to your CBD journey. 

Now you know all the different factors surrounding building up your tolerance (or cannabinoids), reducing your tolerance, as well as reverse tolerance. 

And with this level of understanding, you know what to do when any of these situations arise. 

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