It’s true, CBD has been investigated as a “wake-inducing” supplement by some researchers. However, they’re still working on exactly how it works in our bodies and CBD’s exact effects on sleep cycles and general alertness. What does that mean for you and taking CBD for energy? Well, sometimes simple questions have complicated answers. But we’re here to explain why adding CBD to your daily routine may still benefit your energy levels.
First, a Little Science
To understand how CBD is going to benefit your energy levels, it’s good to know how it interacts with your body. CBD, known in more sciencey circles as cannabidiol, is a special molecule extracted from the hemp plant. It’s one of many such molecules, collectively called cannabinoids. And it’s definitely our favorite. CBD, like all cannabinoids, has the ability to connect to special receptors in your body. You can think of this like CBD having a conversation directly with the cells and systems inside of you, and those receptors are the phone line that connects them all to each other. But what’s going on during this microscopic chit chat session?
Well, those receptors – known as CB1 and CB2 receptors – are part of a widespread neuromodulatory network called the endocannabinoid system. Or ECS for short. That may sound a bit complicated. But don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling that way, and we have you covered. Believe it or not, the ECS is a recently discovered system, and it takes some time to get to know it better. What’s important for our chat here is knowing that the ECS plays a role in your central nervous system which may provide a gateway for relieving anxiety and stress symptoms. The ECS is also connected to your gastrointestinal system, which relates to gut health, essential for maintaining homeostasis.
CBD for Stress And Anxiety
When it comes to dealing with stress or tackling anxiety, we’re big believers in the potential of CBD to help. We’ve seen the benefits ourselves and heard it from professionals and customers we’ve talked to. And, in addition to our personal experiences, there’s some scientific investigation happening that indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for different anxiety disorders, with further research recommended in this area.
That’s because consistent use of CBD may have the ability to interfere with the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, from your adrenal glands. Overproduction of cortisol caused by stress and anxiety will have negative effects on all of your body’s systems. While we definitely recommend addressing the sources of your stress if they’re ongoing, adding CBD to your routine may offer a helping hand for the day-to-day stuff that’s just a bit too much. And, once you lower those cortisol levels, you’ll find yourself with more energy because your body won’t be under constant punishment anymore.
CBD for Gut Health
Gastrointestinal microbiota – that is, the helpful microorganisms that live in your gut – are essential to regulating immune homeostasis. When they’re interfered with, bad things can happen.
That means taking care of any issues that impair proper functioning of your digestive system is really important. And CBD could be helpful in this area. There’s some research that has explored CBD and how it works in the ECS, with regards to alleviating issues associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Additional research has also been done exploring how CBD may reduce intestinal inflammation in more than one study. When your body’s gastrointestinal system is functioning properly, you’re going to notice your energy levels kick up a notch. That’s because the energy that was being devoted to these issues is now free to help you elsewhere.
Choosing the Right CBD Products
The best way to take CBD is going to vary, depending on your personal preferences. But there are several options that exist. You can take it sublingually, which means under the tongue. This is usually done with CBD drops that are dispensed by using the provided dropper and held under your tongue for 30 seconds. Ours come in several different awesome flavors that you’ll love.
If you’re interested in portability, consider packing some CBD gummies. They’re convenient and discreet, not to mention also super tasty. Or if you’re looking for the same level of convenience with some different effects, consider CBD capsules.
For topical applications, which means on the skin, you can choose to rub on some rapid relief CBD cream for aches and pains or, one of our favorites, soak away your day’s stress with a CBD bath bomb. Whatever you choose, always be mindful of serving sizes.