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March 31, 2023 By Wild Orchard Co.

Why Don’t CBD, D8 or Delta-9 Gummies Work for Me?

Gummies are quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of cannabis products. They are discrete, easy to dose, and there are endless options for flavors and cannabinoid blends — so it can be very frustrating if you feel like cannabis gummies just don’t work for you. Today, we’ll discuss why that might be happening and how you can fix it. 


How Do CBD, Delta-8 THC and D9 Edibles Work?

Edibles are known for hitting harder and lasting longer than Delta 8, Delta 9, or CBD products consumed using other methods. This is because they are metabolized differently by your body. 


When you smoke, vape, or take a tincture, the cannabinoids pass directly into your bloodstream. When you eat an edible, the cannabinoids must go through your digestive system before they’re absorbed. This process turns regular THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent and longer-lasting. 


Why Don’t CBD, D8 or Delta-9 Gummies Get Me High?

There’s nothing more frustrating than eating a gummy, waiting a few hours, and realizing it’s never going to kick in. Here are four reasons this could be happening. 


1. Cannabinoid Gummies and Body Chemistry

A small percentage of people seem to need an extremely high dose to begin feeling the effects of edibles. Scientists aren’t sure why this is the case, but they think it has to do with genetics and how the body absorbs fats. 


No two people have the same metabolism. If you’ve ever eaten Delta 9 gummies with friends, you’ll know this from experience: not everyone starts feeling it simultaneously, and the effects don’t last as long for everyone. This differentiation could explain why you don’t feel the effects of gummies, too. 


2. Timing When to Eat CBD, Delta-8 and D9 THC Gummies

The timing of when you pop a CBD, D8 or Delta-9 gummy could affect how much you feel them (or don’t, as the case may be). 


Eating gummies on an empty stomach can help some people feel the effects faster, but others can’t absorb all of the cannabinoids without some other food in their stomach. Eating a gummy after a big meal may make it take much longer to kick in, too, since your body has to digest all of the other food you’ve eaten before it can digest the gummy edibles. 


3. Gummy Tolerance Occurs from Regular Cannabinoid Consumption

Many heavy cannabis consumers colloquially report that they don’t feel the effects of edibles. With regular consumption, your body builds up a tolerance to cannabinoids. If you find that it takes a much higher edible dose to get you stoned than it does for someone else, you might have a higher tolerance for cannabis. 


4. Some Edible Formulations Are More Effective than Others

Even though gummy edibles are delicious and convenient, they aren’t the most effective form of edibles for everyone. 


Cannabinoids are lipophilic, which means they bond to fats. That’s why ingredients like “cannabutter” are so popular — cannabinoids bond with oils very effectively. Some studies have shown that fats can help your body absorb cannabinoids better. Gummy edibles don’t have very much fat in them, so some people find that their body doesn’t effectively absorb the cannabinoids in these types of edibles. 


How to Make CBD, D8 and Delta-9 Edibles Work for You

Luckily, you can try many different things to make gummies and other edibles work better for you. Try these four tips.


1. Try a Different CBD, Delta-8 or D9 Edible Dose

You might need a stronger dose if gummies don’t seem to get you high. When adjusting your dose with any edible, make sure to go slow. Add just a few milligrams to your serving size, and wait at least two hours before eating any more. Keeping a journal when learning your ideal dose can be a good way to ensure you ramp up slowly.


2. Give Different Kinds of Cannabinoid Edibles a Go

Because cannabis is lipophilic and gummies have a relatively low fat content, your body might need a little more fat to absorb the cannabinoids in gummies. Try an edible with a slightly higher fat content, like Delta 9 cookies, or eat a fatty snack with a gummy edible. Exciting new types of edibles, like Delta 9 shots, might even work for you too. 


3. Take a Tolerance Break

Some people have a naturally higher cannabinoid tolerance than others, but heavy cannabis consumers can build up a significant tolerance to cannabis products, too. If you fall into the latter group, try avoiding cannabis products for a week or two to help bring your tolerance back down. When you try edibles again, you may find they are more effective. 


4. Consider Consuming Your CBD, D8 or Delta-9 Differently

If you’ve tried various edibles, experimented with your dose, and ruled out a high tolerance as the reason edibles don’t seem to work for you, don’t worry. There are tons of other cannabis products out there for you to enjoy. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to classic prerolls or flower. If you want something more discreet, vapes and tinctures are also great options. 


Effective Hemp-Derived Products for Everyone

Whether you’re looking to experiment with hemp-derived edibles, already know they work for you or want to stick with a different form of cannabis, Wild Orchard Hemp has you covered. We have a huge selection of products to suit every cannabis consumer.