You might be wondering how CBD works as an energy booster. CBD has relaxing and soothing effects yet it manages to give the body the required energy for the day. Most of us take coffee to give us energy but we end up wearing out before the close of the day. Now, instead of taking several energy drinks or stimulants to work, you can just have a dosage of CBD oil instead.
CBD is a natural supplement that causes less harm compared to an overdose of caffeine in stimulants and energy drinks. It also covers a lot of other health benefits when in use. The question now is how does CBD work as an energy boost, at the same time, relax and soothes the body? Before answering these questions, let’s do a quick recap of what CBD is.
What is CBD?
CBD is an extract of Cannabis Indica or Cannabis sativa—the same plants that, when dried, make marijuana. It is believed by some to treat pain, reduce anxiety, and stimulate appetite in the same way that marijuana does, but without its psychoactive effects. CBD has also shown promise in treating certain types of seizures.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the two chemicals—among the dozens in cannabis—that have the most health benefits. The other, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is what gets people “high.” CBD oil generally does not contain THC, although some trace amounts may be present in products sold in certain states.
CBD oil contains CBD mixed with an inert carrier oil, such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil. The bottled oil, called a tincture, is sold in various concentrations. There are also CBD capsules, CBD gummies, and under-the-tongue CBD sprays.
CBD as an Energy Booster
Early experiments investigating the use of CBD for energy and focus show promising results. In 2014, a study was published in the journal Current Neuropharmacology. Researchers found pharmacological properties in CBD that suggest its potential use as a wake-inducing substance. However, the same study also notes that further research was needed to confirm these early findings.
The fact that CBD can boost wakefulness may seem to go against its known sedative-like effects. However, recent studies show that CBD may have a couple of different effects. A review of the literature on cannabinoids and sleep published in Current Psychiatry Reports shows us some interesting points. CBD may have varying effects depending on the dosage.
In other words, while a higher dose of CBD can produce a sedative-like effect, a lower dose can act as a stimulant.
How does CBD boost our Energy?
1). Lower doses.
In low doses, around 15 mg in young adults, it can act as a very mild stimulant. This will modestly promote alertness without anxiety or jitters. studies have however found biphasic or paradoxical effects of CBD on both humans and rats. Low-dose CBD, around 15 mg in humans, does seem to promote wakefulness. This applies to times when people would normally be asleep.
This comes despite CBD’s anxiolytic effects; the mechanism isn’t totally clear, but the researchers hypothesize that it is due to the dopamine-boosting effect of CBD.
To be clear, this does not mean that CBD acts as a stimulant in the same way as caffeine. the effects have always been much milder than that. At most, CBD didn’t make the subjects hyper or wired, but just a bit less tired and more alert.
2). From a Healthy sleep to an Active day.
CBD can promote healthy sleep, particularly in insomniacs and people with REM sleep disorder. In this capacity, CBD (at higher doses) is acting decidedly as a depressant and not directly boosting one’s energy levels. However, sleeping well gives you more energy the next day. CBD may in this capacity promote higher energy levels in the long run.
In higher doses before bed (doses vary, but are often in the low hundreds of mg) CBD can help you get to sleep, stay asleep, and sleep more deeply. Thereby giving you more energy the next day or over the long term
3). Anti-Inflammatory Effects.
As an anti-inflammatory, CBD may promote better health overall and better feelings of subjective well-being. When used in low to moderate doses, it works for people with chronic inflammation. This anti-inflammatory effect contributes to both its anxiolytic and sleep-promoting effects.
By not only improving objective markers of health but also enhancing your subjective sense of well-being, CBD might be able to make you feel like you have more energy. If it makes you healthier overall–particularly by reducing systemic inflammation. CBD can improve subjective well-being and increase your self-perceived energy level.
4). CBD minimizes the side effects of Stimulants.
Cannabidiol (CBD) might help ameliorate the side effects of stimulants as an anxiolytic. You can use CBD with energy stimulants. CBD in its role as an anxiolytic may offset the side effects of those stimulants. These side effects include jitters and anxiety.
The side effects of stimulants can sometimes create the opposite of the intended effect. It causes you to feel jittery or wired but still groggy, for instance. Under certain circumstances, in the right proportions, CBD could prevent that. This would allow you to enjoy the benefits of a stimulant while keeping the side effect profile mild. This does not mean it would be the case if CBD is used alone. When you mix it with other stimulants, CBD will increase effectiveness.
5). It also reduces the anxiety that comes with energy.
As an anxiolytic, CBD may also increase one’s subjective energy level. it does this by preventing you from wasting energy through anxious or nervous behavior. Another way is by preventing the subjective sense of tiredness or de-motivation that often accompanies anxiety. CBD also reduces anxiety. This might increase your subjective feeling of how much energy you have despite objectively exerting a depressant effect.
With its growing popularity, there’s no doubt that scientists will continue to study CBD. This can help us all become better humans and live happier healthier lives. In the meantime, try using CBD during the day to help naturally stimulate your brain. It will give you the tools you need to be more productive and present.