Busy schedules, exhaustion and job stress can make life feel overwhelming and chaotic. When we are busy, it can be difficult to focus and maintain attention. CBD is proven to have benefits that improve focus and productivity, especially during times of stress. Can CBD oil can help manage the symptoms of anxiety and ADHD? How exactly does it work?
How CBD Helps Concentration
CBD is one of several cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Unlike its better-known and more notorious counterpart, THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning you will not experience a “high” when using it. This means that unlike THC, which may detract from your ability to concentrate, CBD can actually help you pay attention and could improve cognitive function.
While CBD has established benefits for certain neurological conditions such as epilepsy and mental health issues such as anxiety, studies regarding how and why CBD can increase focus and attention are ongoing. Initial research findings are starting to connect the dots between anxiety and attention.
Anxiety and attention issues often go hand-in-hand. Research shows that CBD has a significant reductive effect on anxiety. Feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed detract from our ability to maintain concentration. The anxiety-reducing effect of CBD helps to reduce issues with attention and focus. For this reason, many people who suffer from anxiety, ADHD and other attention issues use CBD oil to manage their symptoms.
How Does CBD Work?
When you ingest CBD, receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system known as CB1 and CB2 are triggered to create more of the cannabinoids that they naturally produce. This increase in endocannabinoids leads to a soothing effect on the body’s systems, as the endocannabinoid system helps regulate many body processes and regulates homeostasis throughout the body.
CBD acts on the brain by increasing serotonin signaling, much like pharmaceutical SSRIs. Increased serotonin levels reduce the perception of pain, ease the symptoms of stress, aid in recovery from physical exertion and help reduce anxiety. Users report a sense of calm, increased focus and greater productivity.
CBD Safety and Side Effects
Side effects of CBD are few, but they may include dry mouth, nausea and sleepiness. The World Health Organization says that “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” It reported that as of November 2017, there was “no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
To avoid any unwanted side effects, choose CBD products that are pure, natural and lab-tested. Start with a low dose and increase the dosage as needed. Speak with your doctor before starting any supplement regimen.
Thanks to increased accessibility and legality of hemp-derived CBD, more studies are underway to investigate the mechanisms through which CBD impacts our brain and body. So far the trends are positive and the future of CBD in wellness looks very bright.
Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in cannabis, real estate and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.