We hear a lot about people using CBD for anxiety, pain, and to get a better night’s sleep. It can also help you boost your energy and focus. More energy is something we can all use right now. Many of us are juggling work, family, side hustles, sports, kids’ activities, and the world’s general state during a pandemic. It’s enough to drain our batteries. CBD to the rescue!
CBD and Energy
Some days it feels as though we’re in a constant state of stress. These stressors can be anything from a close call with another car on the highway to our kids needing our attention when we’re mid-zoom call to negative election headlines. When we experience a stressor, our bodies produce the hormone cortisol. Typically, cortisol levels rise and fall naturally throughout every 24-hour cycle. Levels are higher in the morning and lower at night. Stress can increase cortisol levels, which can impact our immune system’s effectiveness, make it harder to get to sleep or stay asleep, and negatively affect energy levels. When our cortisol increases, it can be harder to concentrate and focus. Chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue, where we have no get-up-and-go, especially when we need it most.
CBD interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, also called the ECS. When we give the body a healthy serving a CBD, it can help bring the body back into balance and maintain our natural rhythms. CBD may interact with excess cortisol excretion, allowing the body to release more dopamine and serotonin. These are two of the body’s “feel-good” hormones, which can help with memory, focus, clarity, and general well-being.
Chronic stress can really take a toll on the body’s adrenal glands, which help to manufacture hormones and provide healthy responses to stress. Adrenal fatigue is a condition where cortisol levels quickly shift from really high to really low. This can leave the body more vulnerable to infections and make it harder for the immune system to do its job effectively. When our adrenals get fatigued, it can feel like you’re always wiped out. When in this state of chronic stress, it can feel hard to sleep, hard to quell anxiety, hard to get out to exercise, and even harder to recover. CBD is known to help the body cope with these kinds of stress by influencing serotonin levels, reducing anxiety.
CBD, Sleep, and Energy
Adrenal fatigue and varying cortisol levels can make it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, and feel well-rested. CBD helps regulate circadian rhythms and encourages the body to get into the REM cycle. When combined with terpenes from herbs such as lavender, chamomile, hops, citrus, and pine, CBD sleep blends promote a sense of calm at bedtime. Bonus–they are non-habit forming like so many sleep aids.
Once your cortisol levels are stable and your circadian rhythms are balanced, your body can stay more focused. Your energy levels can remain more constant.
CBD and Pre-game & Pre-meeting Jitters
Suppose you have experienced performance anxiety before a big event like a presentation, a game, or a test. In that case, you know that feeling of a knot in your stomach, sweaty palms, shaking, racing heartbeat, and rapid breathing. While some stress can be motivating, too much can deplete our systems. CBD’s role in restoring the body’s sense of calm and focus can help with the pre-game, pre-meeting, pre-test jitters. CBD can help reduce anxiety symptoms without the side effects associated with prescription medication. One study shows CBD can help modulate GABA receptors leading to a calming, almost sedative effect. Another bonus for athletes; CBD does more than fight off the pre-game jitters. It is also known to be anti-inflammatory, which can help you to recover after exercising.
How much CBD?
You need to experiment with the type of CBD and serving size to discover what works best for you. There are gummies, tinctures, capsules, sprays, balms, and more! No matter which type you choose, always start with a low dose and try it for a couple of weeks. Then, make adjustments. Talk to your doctor before taking CBD and beginning an exercise program, especially if you take other medications. When you’re shopping, look for lab-tested products and have a COA or Certificate of Analysis. This means they have been independently verified to contain the ingredients they say they contain. If you’re not sure where to start, talk to one of our customer service agents. We love giving you more information to help you make the best choices for your body and your family.