If you're like most people, you're always looking for ways to improve your focus. You may have tried different methods, like meditation or focusing on your breath, but nothing seems to work. But what if there was a natural way to help you focus? CBD may be the answer you're looking for.
In this busy modern world, it's no surprise people are struggling to stay focused. Our lifestyles are busy, our technology is a constant distraction, and there always seems to be too much on our plates. It's hard to take a moment to pause and stay in the present moment, because we're constantly juggling various tasks or thinking ahead about what needs to get done next.
But if we're able to learn how to step back and practice mindful focus, we may discover that focusing isn't actually as difficult as we think. Using CBD is one way to help recenter ourselves and find the focus to get through the day.
CBD and Focus
Before we get into how CBD can help with focus, let’s talk about what CBD is and how it interacts with the body, and its legality.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Nowadays, most CBD is derived from the Cannabis sativa L. hemp plant. Unlike the more well-known compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not produce psychoactive effects, meaning it does not cause a "high" or alter a person's state of mind. Instead, CBD has been found to have a variety of potential therapeutic uses, such as reducing pain, inflammation, and anxiety. CBD can be consumed in various forms such as oil, capsules, gummies, and topicals.
How CBD Works With the Body
CBD interacts with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, consists of a network of cannabinoid receptors ready to uptake the natural endocannabinoids occurring in our systems. The main job of the ECS is to help keep our bodies in a state of homeostasis.
When a cannabinoid like THC is consumed it binds directly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS; binding to the CB1 receptors is what produces the “high” associated with cannabis consumption. However, when we consume CBD, the CBD doesn’t actually bind to the cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD molecules take up space in the receptors without activating them, like normal endocannabinoids would. By taking up space in the receptors, CBD can help regulate our system without causing any unwanted psychoactive effects.
Is CBD Legal?
The legality of CBD varies depending on the location and the source of the CBD. CBD derived from the hemp plant is legal under federal law in the United States, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. This is thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which made it legal to grow and sell hemp and hemp-derived products such as CBD. However, some states have their own laws regarding the use and sale of CBD, and these laws may be more restrictive than federal law. Additionally, CBD derived from marijuana is still illegal under federal law, even though some states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.
How CBD Can Help
By interacting with the endocannabinoid system, CBD helps us focus from the inside out. Research has shown CBD can help with anxiety, chronic pain, and sleep. Less anxiety and pain, along with improved sleep, allow our bodies to relax and concentrate on the tasks at hand. A study from the Journal of Cannabis Research, suggests CBD could even be useful when it comes to memory retention.
However, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD on focus and to determine the appropriate dosage. It's also important to note that CBD may interact with other medications and supplements, and it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any new supplements or medications.
How to Take CBD for Focus
CBD comes in many different forms: oils, gummies, capsules, and flower. However, some consumption methods show more potential than others. The effectiveness of a product depends on its bioavailability and biodelivery.
Bioavailability refers to the total amount of CBD our body is able to use and will vary based on consumption methods. In general, CBD has lower bioavailability meaning most of the cannabinoid doesn’t make it into our bloodstream and produce its therapeutic effects. Bio-delivery measures the time it takes for the compound to become effective, and like bioavailability, the rate largely depends on the intake method.
The most effective way to consume CBD is through inhalables, like vaping and smoking. When using inhalation methods, bioavailability can be as high as 50%, and bio-delivery takes only a matter of minutes. For these reasons, inhalation methods are considered the most effective methods available on the market today.
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