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Does CBD Help with Energy, Concentration, Focus, and Sleep? – Oct 14

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Often our clients reach out to us to determine if CBD (Cannabidiol) is appropriate for treating various symptoms or illnesses. We always recommend contacting a physician before starting any new form of treatment, as we find it beneficial to share the background research we have come across.

Although there is limited available research on cannabinoids, new information is becoming readily available as more clinical trials are underway or completed.

With long work days and the additional stressors brought on by the COVID-19 virus, most of us are seeking that extra energy boost to combat fatigue. Two common questions relating to CBD we often hear are:

  • Does CBD give you an energy boost?
  • 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 studies have shown that THC (or delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is effective as a sleep aid, several groups have begun to explore the effect 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 within your brain, central nervous system, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

Meanwhile, CBD does not bind to a specific endocannabinoid receptor and does not produce psychoactive effects, suggesting that CBD is a compound with potential medical use. CB2 receptors are mostly found on immune cells, circulating throughout the body and brain via the bloodstream.

More importantly, CB2 receptors are present in the brain when inflammation or injury occurs. All systems within the body, including our nervous system, are constantly trying to reach a state of homeostasis.

It is important to note that when THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, it acts as an agonist.

When CBD binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, it acts as an antagonist and has the opposite effect on the body when directly compared to THC.

Therefore, it is suspected that CBD counteracts some of the effects of THC. This brings us back to our introductory question: “Does CBD give you an energy boost?”

Does CBD give you an energy boost?

In a 2004 study by Nicholson et al., researchers demonstrated the effectiveness of THC and CBD on sleeping patterns. The study found that administering 15mg of THC did not affect nocturnal sleep. However, for participants given 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD, there was a decrease in stage 3 sleep. The amount of CBD increased to 15mg, and the participants’ wakefulness increased.

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

Can CBD Help You Sleep?

We often hear from our customers that CBD does help them sleep. But does it make you tired?

More than likely, upon ingesting the CBD, it begins to express its well-known anxiolytic properties that decrease anxiety, allowing individuals to rest easily without the world’s worries on their shoulders.

The endocannabinoid system is continually working to reach homeostasis, so administering one cannabinoid or the other could have different effects due to the body’s state before consumption.

As we all know, a good night’s sleep helps our bodies recharge and take on a new day. CBD can indirectly be an energy and focus booster. However, CBD won’t be a quick “pick me up” like a caffeinated beverage.

The increased focus and concentration can be attributed to the anxiolytic properties of CBD. Everyone tends to perform better when anxiety is lessened, so 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 essential to decide on the precise effects of each cannabinoid. Currently, more than 120 different cannabinoids have been identified within the human nervous system, so researchers have plenty to investigate as more research funding on the Cannabis/Hemp Sativa plant becomes available.

 

 

CBD Products For Energy and Relaxation Effects

It is essential to note the method of administration and the type of CBD product being used. CBD tinctures are a mixture of CBD (whether CBD isolates or distillates) and essential oils.

Abundant Labs has developed two formulas for CBD tinctures — Energy and Calm.

Both of these CBD tinctures contain the same full-spectrum distillate. However, the accompanying essential oils vary.

The Energy formula is composed of essential oils known to be uplifting, while the Calm formula is made of essential oils that exhibit more relaxing effects.

Visit our online store to read more about our cGMP-certified cannabis/hemp extracts and retail products.

Abundant Labs is here to help you find the product best suited for you or your customer’s needs.

*Disclaimer*

Abundant Labs recommends contacting a physician before starting any new form of treatment, as we find it beneficial to share the background research we have come across.

Infographic Text

Studies have shown that THC (or delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is effective as a sleep aid.
THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors found naturally in the human nervous system.
CBD does not bind to a specific endocannabinoid receptor and does not produce psychoactive effects.
CB2 receptors are present in the brain when inflammation or injury occur.
All systems within the body, including our nervous system, are constantly trying to reach a state of homeostasis.
When THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, it acts as an agonist.
When CBD binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, it acts as an antagonist and has the opposite effect on the body when directly compared to THC.
CBD won’t be a quick “pick me up” like a caffeinated beverage.
The increased focus and concentration can be attributed to the anxiolytic properties of CBD.
More than 120 different cannabinoids have been identified within the human nervous system.
Abundant Labs has developed two formulas for CBD tinctures — Energy and Calm.
The Energy formula is composed of essential oils known to be uplifting.
The Calm formula is made of essential oils that exhibit more relaxing effects.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.