Feeling tired and run-down? It could be lack of sleep, or poor diet, or simply being too busy. In most cases, our first response to fatigue is to reach for another cup of coffee or take a nap. But of course, too much coffee can leave you wired and strung out. And you can’t always just have a snooze at your desk!
Enter CBD, the all-natural energy booster that can help you refocus and feel on top of the world again.
How CBD works
CBD is one of the main compounds present in the cannabis plant. It’s a safe, non-addictive substance that harbors a huge range of therapeutic benefits for the body and mind. Many of these benefits have been confirmed by both scientists and CBD users around the world.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid that is similar to the cannabinoids our own bodies produce. Our own endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an important role in regulating many of the processes that keep the body functioning every day: mood, energy production, immune function, glucose metabolism, appetite, pain management, and more. The CBD compound interacts with our ECS, behaving like our own cannabinoids and encouraging our body to provide relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress, and other complications.
Taking CBD for energy
CBD’s unique way of interacting with your brain and the endocannabinoid system can have powerful benefits for your energy levels. The effects of CBD on blood pressure, sleep quality, and many other body systems can go a long way in helping you feel more alert and motivated.
It’s important to note that in most cases, CBD boosts energy levels indirectly. This means that its effects on other body systems or neurotransmitters results in better energy production or reduces fatigue.
Here are some of the many ways that CBD can support energy levels…
CBD can be a stimulant
CBD is a proven stimulant, and some studies have shown that this is due to the effect it has on your TPRV-1 receptors. These are the receptors responsible for mediating pain sensation, inflammation and body temperature. CBD appears to stimulate TPRV-1, which means it makes them produce therapeutic effects that reduce your perception of pain and inflammation. In this way, users say that CBD helps to boost their mood and improve mental focus. Some anecdotal reports suggest that just a few drops of CBD oil can have similar effects to caffeine—but without the ‘caffeine jitters.’
CBD may boost motivation
Research has shown that CBD can promote dopamine by stimulating the adenosine receptor. Dopamine is an important neurotransmitter that affects your motivation, cognitive function, motor control, and sense of reward. Although little is known about the specific ways endocannabinoids affect the mesolimbic dopamine system or its exact signaling mechanisms, new evidence appears to show that there are positive benefits for disorders of motivation. Some sources suggest that by increasing dopamine concentrations in the brain, CBD can be helpful for boosting levels of motivation. This can be a major asset to energy levels, while also boosting focus and concentration.
CBD helps to reduce anxiety
A major cause of poor energy levels is anxiety. Anxiety can make you feel tired and lethargic, especially if it’s keeping you from sleeping well. The key to managing anxiety is through GABA, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in your nervous system. GABA works by slowing down the activity between and within neurons in your brain, acting like a kind of ‘brake pedal’ for anxious thoughts.
It’s been found that CBD can interact with the GABA-A receptor, enhancing its ability to bind with GABA. This allows the GABA-A receptor to amplify the natural calming effect of GABA so that more of this important neurotransmitter is available in your brain. This can be extremely beneficial for those who suffer from low energy and sleeplessness as a result of anxiety.
CBD manages cortisol levels
When under a lot of stress, your body will produce cortisol—the ‘stress’ hormone. Although cortisol is released to make you feel more alert, prolonged stress actually uses up a lot of energy. Higher levels of cortisol make it difficult to focus. CBD may help to increase focus and mental clarity by modulating your body’s excretion of excess cortisol.
The cannabinoids in CBD are anti-catabolic, which may mean they help regulate the amount of cortisol released by the endocrine system. This can help to reduce the effects of prolonged stress on your body and mind. In turn, this promotes the release of more dopamine and serotonin, the ‘feel good’ chemicals that boost motivation.
Best CBD products for increasing energy
CBD is available in many different forms, from drops and tinctures to capsules, gummies, and vape oils. Choosing the right product to boost your energy levels will depend on what fits in with your personal preferences and lifestyle.
CBD drops are a convenient way to give yourself a quick energy boost and relieve the effects of stress and anxiety. They also act fairly quickly—within 15–20 minutes—when held under the tongue for a few minutes. This allows the CBD to enter your bloodstream through the sublingual glands, providing a much higher level of bioavailability than orally-ingested products.
Everyone is different, so It’s a good idea to experiment with different CBD products to figure out which CBD product works best for you.
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