Our energy and focus are influenced by many different things. Sleep, stress, diet, medicines, and many other factors contribute to our energy levels and ability to focus. Most of us wake up in the morning and the first thing we grab is coffee or a caffeinated drink. While caffeine is the most popular option, too much caffeine can sometimes leave us too jittery. Which is why it is not always the best option. Caffeine can also contribute to a lack of sleep which may even lower your energy and focus levels. Can CBD help this vicious cycle? Read on to find out!
A LITTLE ABOUT CBD
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that is found naturally in hemp plants that have balancing effects on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD works within the endocannabinoid system, specifically with the C1 and C2 receptors to help keep the overall health of the body in balance. The endocannabinoid system helps maintain the healthy functions of your nervous system, brain, immune system and so much more. CBD has many benefits, including reducing anxiety and depression, aiding in sleep, anti-inflammatory properties, and more. Benefits can be different for everyone based on age, gender, weight, genetics and other factors, even what you’ve eaten can affect how CBD benefits you.
CBD products can be an Isolate, Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum. Isolate is just CBD. Broad Spectrum is when the CBD contains some, but not all, of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are found in the cannabis plant. Broad Spectrum CBD doesn’t contain any THC, but you can still benefit from the entourage effect. The entourage effect simply means that all cannabinoids are working together to create a more effective and beneficial experience for the user. Full Spectrum CBD is often considered to be more effective than other forms. This is because Full Spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids, including THC, producing the entourage effect.
CBD FOR ENERGY AND FOCUS
Energy and focus go hand-in-hand. If you don’t have energy, it makes it near impossible to focus. As you are focusing, your brain is using a lot of energy, so you are depleting it. You can also focus excessively, without giving your brain the breaks it needs. You must “recharge” if you need to focus. This cycle continues on and on. How can you improve though? Is CBD the answer? That answer may be a little complex.
At the time of writing this article (March 2022), there is little evidence and research that says, with 100% accuracy, that CBD can directly improve energy levels and focus. But that’s not the way we will look at it for this article.
Here are some things that can affect them:
- Chronic conditions (i.e. pain, anxiety, etc.)
- Lack of sleep
- High stress
- Poor diet
- Bad habits (i.e. smoking, drinking, etc.)
The thing about CBD, you can use it to combat these negative factors that are affecting those levels. In addition to CBD, some CBD products contain other ingredients that can help improve your energy and focus, such as terpenes. Taking care to check out the type of terpenes in CBD products can be beneficial, as different types of terpenes lend to different effects. Read more on terpenes here.
By using CBD, you are helping improve your health overall. Some of the benefits of CBD can overlap all of these factors that are negatively impacting your energy and focus. CBD helps;
- Pain management
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Sleep aid
- Help reduce drinking and smoking
- Headache relief
- Appetite management
While using CBD to combat those factors, CBD can also promote stimulating wakefulness, according to a 2014 study. This study shows CBD does help enhance energy and focus in low doses, less than 15mg. Of course, like I’ve harped on you all in the past – everyone will react differently because everyone’s body is different. Follow our guide on how to ensure you have the right product and right dose of CBD meant for you. Read it here.
HOW TO TAKE CBD
There are many options for how you can take your CBD and different products with different doses and flavors. You’re sure to find a CBD product that works for you and get the energy and focus you’re looking for.
CBD oil is the most popular form to take. CBD oil products have a dropper that makes dosing more accurate than other forms. The easiest way is to just sublingually take the oil while some people do choose to add it to a drink just know doing that you do risk losing some of your dose. Sublingual oil is fast acting and longer lasting.
There are also CBD capsules which are an easy and accurate way to take your dose as well. It’s also a more discreet option which some like. Capsules do have a delayed reaction because they have to go through digestion, during which they lose some of their potency.
CBD topicals are another form of CBD that are widely used. If you are looking for a product that you can put on a designated area for relief this is a great option. Topicals come in many different forms creams, balms, lotions, roll ons, patches and even bath bombs. The topicals target specific areas of your body and are usually enhanced with different ingredients such as menthol for extra relief.
CBD edibles are another popular option for taking your daily dose of CBD. Edibles are like capsules in the way that they take longer to kick in since they have to go through our digestive system. CBD edibles include gummies, chocolate, coffee, and tinctures. They come in many different doses and flavors, ensuring that you find the right (and tastiest!) product for you!
CBD Flower & Vape
Smoking CBD, whether it be flower or vape, is another option. This is the most effective and fast-acting way to receive the benefits of your CBD. Smoking vape or flower is immediate because it immediately gets into your bloodstream, bypassing your metabolism, and can feel stronger than the other products.
OTHER WAYS FOR ADDED ENERGY AND FOCUS
There are more ways to increase your energy and focus that aren’t solely relying on CBD products to “fix” you. Plus, if you add these to your routine as well as CBD, you can enhance your energy and focus even more. Here are some more ways that can help, with or without the addition of CBD;
- Get enough sleep
- Use caffeine, in moderation
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily
- Get outside at least 2 hours per week
- Use products with Ashwagandha
- Eat well, with enough fruits and vegetables
- Drink enough water based on your weight and activity level
- THC products such as THC-V
No – CBD will not get you high. THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for making you feel high because of its psycho-intoxicating properties. Even full-spectrum products, that contain trace amounts of THC, will not make you feel high.
Maybe – if you are using CBD isolate or broad spectrum products, you will pass a drug test. Most drug tests are only created to seek out THC. Full spectrum CBD does have trace amounts of THC and may make you fail a drug test.
Yes – There are some products may have added ingredients that could help with energy and focus, such as caffeine. Overall, CBD will help negate the negative factors that are contributing to your lack of energy and focus.
FINDING THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR YOU
Whichever of these options you choose, just make sure it’s the best one for you. Does it fit with your work schedule? Do you want a discreet product? Is taste something you’re worried about? There are many ways to choose the right form for you. Does it have extra ingredients that help with your energy, like caffeine or fruit extracts? With over 250 products on our website, you’re sure to find the perfect product for you. If you’re still having trouble finding the right product, feel free to contact our team for an over-the-phone or in-person consultation. Use our contact form here to schedule your consultation.