Can You Take CBD for an Energy Boost? (Spoiler Alert: Totally.)

Nov 19, 2019

by Catherine Conelly

Any coffee lovers in the house? If you start every day with at least one cup you’re like 64% of Americans. But admit it: Sometimes you’re still running low on energy in the afternoons. When you work hard, play hard, parent hard and celebrate hard, it comes at the expense of your energy levels. We’ve all been there — when it feels like no matter how much coffee you drink, you’re still struggling to get through the day.

So, what if there was another way to increase energy and motivation? You’ve likely heard a lot about how CBD promotes relaxation and can help you sleep soundly but less about taking CBD for energy. However, CBD’s link to increased energy and better focus is a benefit that’s too good to ignore. Several studies have found that it may be the natural boost you’ve been looking for — here we’ll break them down for you.  

CBD Supports Your Brain to Make You Feel Energized

Unlike coffee, CBD doesn’t make you feel energized by pumping you full of caffeine (potentially with a side of jitters). Instead, it’s thought to support the areas of your brain that are responsible for keeping you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when you need it. In a study published in the Behavioral Neuroscience journal, researchers administered CBD to certain areas of the brain. They found that it activated neurons in the areas responsible for waking us up. Another study tested the same theory on rats with similar results; CBD activated neurons in the areas of the brain responsible for alertness. 

And in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, researchers tested how both THC and CBD affected nocturnal sleep as well as early-morning performance. They found that at certain doses, CBD counteracted the sedative-like effects of THC during sleep, making the participants more alert during the night.  

But isn’t CBD also touted as a sleep agent? It can be confusing. Dr. Bonni Goldstein, medical director for Canna-Centers, explains further, telling Marie Claire that CBD in low doses can act as a stimulant while CBD in high doses can act as a sedative. Some people have even started experimenting with CBD-infused coffee, finding that it gives them more energy without the jitters and anxiousness. 

According to Jane West, also interviewed for the Marie Claire piece, who says her team is “drawing on a wealth of anecdotal evidence,” CBD in your java can really take the edge off. “My colleagues, friends, and I have found that CBD-infused coffee largely does away with the anxiety and acid belly typically associated with coffee,” she says. “That makes sense, because research suggests CBD has anti-anxiety and [anti-nausea] effects. We’ve also found that compared to the coffee we reach for regularly, testers experience a less jittery, elevated burst of energy after drinking CBD-infused coffee.”

CBD Gives Your Body More Energy

While CBD isn't an instant energy burst like a Red Bull or cup of coffee, the effects it has on your body create an all-natural, sustained boost energy that lasts longer and is healthier for you.

CBD and the endocannabinoid system (ECS): Your ECS controls your appetite, mood, memory, and sleep. When these are all functioning at their top level, you're baseline health level will be higher and allow you to put more energy to things that matter, not the things that aren't working.

Improves focus: Many people report burnout from workout and everyday stress as things that get in the way of their productivity and focus. CBD is a natural calmer that resets your body and mind, so everyday stress and workplace anxiety melt away. This allows your mind to focus on the task at hand, not the stress, which is an energy zapper. 

CBD Works Double Duty to Make You More Productive

Being the overachiever that it is, CBD doesn’t just support wakefulness. It can also increase motivation by quieting the chaotic, unproductive thoughts flying around  in your head, putting you in a state of calm and giving you more mental clarity. The result? You’re more equipped to concentrate on your to-do list and less likely to distract yourself with funny memes on your Instagram feed.

Picking the Right CBD Products for Energy

So, you wanna try taking CBD for energy? You can maximize the benefits of CBD with other ingredients. FOCL stacks its premium hemp CBD day supplement with other helpful adaptogens to help you feel energized and focused throughout your day. It contains Rhodiola Rosea, a flower linked to improved brain function and decreased stress, and Lion’s Mane, the king of mushrooms, thought to benefit cognitive health. Plus, green tea (L-theanine), Vitamin B6, and a plant called Bacopa Monnieri that’s known to support concentration. All these ingredients help protect you against that 2PM crash

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How to Start Using CBD for Energy

Ready to optimize your daily energy levels with CBD? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Find the right low dose CBD product for you - like a CBD oil or CBD capsule.

2. Incorporate CBD into your morning routine (take with your coffee, morning glass of water, or in your smoothie) or keep it in your car, purse or even on your desk for easy access throughout the day.

3. Make it habit. Take CBD everyday for it to build up in your body and have the most optimal effect.

With its growing popularity, there’s no doubt that scientists will continue to study how CBD 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 and give you the tools you need to be more productive and present. 

Catherine Conelly is a former beauty and health editor turned freelance writer and content marketer. She’s written for Shape, Thrillist, PopSugar and StyleCaster. Her work has also appeared on Forbes, Entrepreneur, the Glassdoor Blog and Adidas Game Plan A.

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