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 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.
So, you wanna try taking CBD for energy? You can maximize the benefits of CBD with other ingredients. FOCL stacks its full-spectrum 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, Vitamin B6, and a plant called Bacopa Monnieri that’s known to support concentration. All these ingredients help protect you against that 2PM crash. (You can learn more about each of these healing herbs by checking out this article.)
The Bottom Line
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.