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Technician mixing CBD for energy, concentration, focus, and sleep

Does CBD Help With Energy, Concentration, Focus, and Sleep?

Oftentimes our clients reach out to us to determine if CBD (cannabidiol) is appropriate for treatment of various symptoms or illnesses. While we always recommend contacting a physician before starting any new form of treatment, we find it beneficial to share the background research that we’ve come across. Although there is not an abundant amount of research on cannabinoids, information is becoming more readily available as more and more clinical trials have been completed or are underway.

With long work days and the additional stressors brought on by the COVID-19 virus, most of us are seeking that additional boost of energy to combat fatigue. But doest CBD give you energy? Does CBD boost concentration and focus? In this post, we’re going to explore the clinical research on CBD as an energy aid.

Does CBD Give You Energy or Make You Tired?

While research has been performed to show that THC (or delta 9-tetrahydrocannibinol) is effective as a sleep aid, several groups have begun to explore the effects of CBD as a wake-inducing agent. In a previous post we discussed how THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors found naturally in the human nervous system. CB1 receptors are primarily active in your brain, central nervous system, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Meanwhile CBD does not bind bind to a specific endocannabinoid receptors but does not produce psychoactive effects, suggesting CBD is a compound with potential medical medical uses. CB2 receptors are mostly found on immune cells, which circulate throughout the body and brain via the bloodstream.

More importantly, CB2 receptors are present in the brain when there is inflammation or injury. Like all systems within the body, our nervous system is constantly trying to reach or maintain homeostasis. Its important to note that when THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors it acts as agonists, whereas when CBD binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors it acts as an antagonist or has near the opposite effect on the body when directly compared to THC. Thus, it is suspected that CBD counteracts some of the effects brought on by THC. This leads us back to our introductory question: does CBD give an energy boost?

Does CBD Give an Energy Boost?

In a 2004 study by Nicholson et al. researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of THC and CBD on sleeping patterns. They found that the administration of 15 mg of THC had no effects on nocturnal sleep, however, for participants given 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD there was a decrease in stage 3 sleep. As the amount of CBD increased to 15 mg, wakefulness increased also.

Conversely, in a 2013 study performed by Chagas et al. researchers found that systematic administration of CBD increased sleep time and sleep latency in rats. So why the conflicting information?

Can CBD Help You Sleep?

We often hear from our customers that CBD does, in fact, help them sleep. But does it actually make you sleepy? More than likely, the CBD is expressing its well-known anxiolytic properties that decreases anxiety allowing individuals to rest easy without the worries of the world on their shoulders. Remember, the endocannabinoid system is always working the reach homeostasis so an administration of one cannabinoid or the other could have differing effects due to the state in which the body is in before consumption. As we all know, a good night’s sleep helps us to recharge and take on a new day. So CBD can be an energy and focus booster indirectly, but is not going to be quick “pick me up” like a caffeinated beverage. The increased focus and concentration can also be attributed to the anxiolytic properties of CBD. We all tend to perform better when anxiety is lessened or overly consumed so that we can focus on the matter at hand.

Like most clinical trials, a large population is necessary to determine the efficacy of supplements. More research is necessary to determine the more precise effects of each cannabinoid. Currently, more than 120 different cannabinoids have been identified within the human nervous system so researchers have plenty of investigating to do as more research funding on the Cannabis sativa plant becomes available.

CBD Products For Energy and Relaxation Effects

Another important note is the method of administration and the type of CBD product being used. CBD tinctures are a mixture of CBD (whether it be isolate or distillate) and essential oils. Here at Abundant Labs, we’ve developed two different formulas for CBD tinctures, Energy and Calm. While both contain the same full-spectrum distillate, the accompanying essential oils vary. The Energy formula is composed on essential oils that are known to be uplifting while the Calm formula is made of essential oils known to exhibit more relaxing effects. Check out our online store to read more about our cGMP certified hemp extracts and retail products. As always, we’re here to help you find the product most suited for you or your customer’s needs.

 

Sources and Further Reading

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19045957/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4023456/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15118485/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23307069/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15158372/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23343597/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18833429/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19729208/

Collecting full spectrum CBD distillate and broad spectrum CBD distillate in beaker

Full Spectrum vs. Broad Spectrum CBD Distillate

So you’ve decided to procure some CBD after recommendations from a friend, colleague or reading online about the many benefits. You land on an online store webpage and a vast array of terminology comes flying at you out of the screen: isolate, distillate, broad spectrum, full spectrum, cannabinoids, terpenes and so on. As Austin Powers would say, “But what does it all mean, Basil?”

First thing’s first, let’s define some of these terms.

Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system first discovered in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The ECS is composed of endocannabinoids, receptors, and metabolic enzymes that help regulate a variety of functions in the human body including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, reproduction, and pain sensation. Endocannabinoids are molecules produced naturally by the human body. They bind to endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 & CB2) which lie on the outside of the cell, waiting to detect the presence of cannabinoids introduced into the body. Upon detection of cannabinoids, the receptors initiate the appropriate cellular response.

Cannabinoids

Naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Of over 480 different compounds present in the plant, there are at least 120 known cannabinoids that exhibit varied effects upon consumption. The most abundant cannabinoids within the Cannabis sativa plant are CBD and THC.

CBD – Cannabidiol

A prominent cannabinoid found within the Cannabis sativa plant discovered in 1940 that has no psychoactive effects but has been clinically found to reduce anxiety, enhance cognition, and treat movement disorders and pain. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is federally legal if it is derived from hemp.

THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol

Another prominent cannabinoid found within the Cannabis sativa plant that has psychoactive effects and is attributed to “getting high.” THC is a Schedule 1 substance and is federally legal unless it is derived from hemp and under 0.3% overall composition of the plant or extract.

Hemp

A variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of CBD. Conversely, marijuana has higher concentrations of THC and lower concentrations of CBD. As specified by the 2018 Farm Bill, the hemp plant can contain no more than 0.3% THC making it an ideal source for CBD as it can contain anywhere from 10-30% CBD.

Isolate

A chemical term used to specify that the only component is solely the specified material. In this case, we’re referring to cannabidiol, or CBD. Thus, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD that does not contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, fats, lipids or other compounds found in the hemp plant. Isolate CBD is a white, powdery solid that is 99+% CBD. Hemp processors receive the hemp plant and use chemistry and biochemistry techniques to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material then take further steps to isolate CBD in its pure form.

Distillate

A highly refined extract that has undergone the distillation process. CBD distillate is a golden, viscous oil that typically contains around 70-80% CBD including minor cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant oils and extracts. Distillation is the process of purifying a liquid by evaporation and condensation. From the perspective of our laboratory, we’re removing the ethanol solvent used to extract the CBD from the hemp plant leaving behind the desired cannabinoids and terpenes. The ethanol is removed during Ethanol recovery through falling film distillation. CBD is purified by wiped film distillation using evaporation and condensation.

Full Spectrum Distillate

An oil extract that contains all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the Cannabis sativa plant. Full spectrum CBD distillate is high in CBD, with only trace amounts of minor cannabinoids, and very low in THC. Despite these relatively low concentrations of other cannabinoids, the overall composition is considered “full spectrum” as the material contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant.

Broad Spectrum Distillate

Broad-spectrum distillate is defined as a Full Spectrum which is modified. It typically still contains CBD and other cannabinoids within the plant. The most common modification is the removal of THC, which is either partially or completely removed after the initial extraction. In essence, broad-spectrum contains the entire spectrum of cannabinoids except for THC as described above.

Which is Better: Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD Distillate?

Returning to our original question, which product is going to be the most effective for me? Or perhaps, for my pet? The answer depends upon the individual user and their desired effects.

Full spectrum distillate has the greatest effectiveness of these products due to the different cannabinoids working together synergistically. This is often referred to as the “entourage effect.”

Does Full Spectrum CBD Distillate have THC?

Users reap the benefits of CBD as well as all other cannabinoids naturally present in the Cannabis sativa plant, including a very small amount of THC. However, it is important to note that copious consumption of full spectrum distillate could possibly render a positive for THC during a urinalysis test, such as one would undergo while seeking or maintaining employment. THC has been shown to have pain-reducing and sleep-inducing effects but can also increase anxiety for some users. Although it is very small in concentration, it’s important to be mindful when choosing your extract.

Does Broad Spectrum CBD Distillate have THC?

Because broad spectrum extracts contain multiple cannabinoids, they also produce the “entourage effect,” but without the THC. For those seeking the benefits of all cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant, but not THC, broad spectrum distillate is the desired extract. Broad spectrum distillate is best for users with conditions that CBD isolate alone cannot help with, for users that have a sensitivity to THC, or users living or working in regions with harsh THC regulations.

Topicals, Edibles, and Pet Treats

Now that we’ve defined the various types of CBD extracts, go and explore all the products available containing CBD. Tinctures, gummies, cookies, salves, balms and even pet treats are available. Retailers should specify the extract used to create the product and include a certificate of analysis to show the user the composition percentages of each cannabinoid present in the extract.