How CBD Can Help With Trying to Focus
Using cannabis-related products to help improve focus might sound strange at first.
After all, recreational users don’t exactly have a reputation for getting things done after taking a hit from their favorite strain. But we’re not talking about marijuana here, we’re talking about CBD.
Using CBD oil for focus, clarity and cognitive performance is a growing trend among businessmen (and women), artists and students around the world.
But why? Does it actually work for focus, and can this highly rated and immensely popular supplement help you perform better at work, at school or during other activities?
Read on to find out!
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100-plus chemical constituents of the cannabis plant. While molecularly similar to the infamous THC, small differences in the arrangement of atoms result in vast differences in the way it affects users.
Like THC, cannabidiol has the potential to alleviate a broad range of symptoms caused by a range of medical issues. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not elicit the euphoric “high” often associated with THC.
By contrast, CBD elicits a range of downstream effects, many of which are important for overall health and well-being, as well as useful to alleviate a range of negative symptoms from health conditions.
One such benefits of CBD is it’s potential as a cognitive aid, possibly increasing neurogenesis (an increase of brain cells), reducing inflammation associated with neurodegeneration, increasing blood flow, reducing anxiety and establishing a sense of “calm”, all of which may improve focus.
CBD is commercially available in many different forms, including oils, skin creams, food and beverages, pills or sublingual sprays. Note that CBD oil is sometimes labeled “hemp oil,” but that phrase is more properly applied to the edible—and CBD-free—oil pressed from cannabis seeds.
Some products are rich in both CBD and THC, as both may have medical benefits. Many CBD-only products do contain trace amounts of THC, sometimes enough to show up on a drug test, but not enough to make anyone high. If negligible or THC-free is important to you for legal or other reasons, be sure to purchase from a company that tests their products and guarantees a minimal percentage.
Because the CBD industry is unregulated, some products have very little CBD, contain unhealthy additives, or are inconsistent in some way. Research brands, ask for recommendations, and do not choose the cheapest alternative.
CBD and the Law
Cannabis comes in many strains, some having been bred for high-THC production, others for fiber and seed. Strains of the latter group are called hemp, and they are legal in the United States as long as their THC content is below a certain threshold.
CBD derived from hemp is regulated as a medicine by the FDA and is legal under some circumstances. But CBD derived from recreational strains, while chemically identical, is still classified as an illegal drug under the control of the DEA, as are all forms of THC.
State law on cannabis vary and are often in a constant state of flux. Users should educate themselves on the law in their area before using any cannabis product.
Improving Focus with CBD
Does CBD improve focus? You have to look no further than the internet to find countless claims and anecdotal reports from users saying it can do just that.
CBD has shown incredible promise for improving a number of cognitive parameters and in assisting with auxiliary issues that can reduce focus (such as lack of sleep or anxiety). In fact, this has led some manufacturers such as Rebel to create specific CBD formulations designed to energize, focus and revegetate your mind.
The key issue with the effectiveness of CBD for focus may reside with why the user needs help with focus in the first place (i.e. the underlying reasons they are unable to focus). CBD may well be able to help with some forms of lack of focus, while others remain more in question.
What Impairs Focus?
What makes focus difficult? The most obvious answer is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or other neurological challenges. While no direct research has yet been linked to CBD and the treatment of ADD or ADHD, the medical community is hopeful that further studies may reveal that CBD’s ability to calm and relax the mind may translate to improved focus for those suffering from attention disorders.
Issues with focus can also be caused, or at least exacerbated, by anxiety, worry, and/or sleep deprivation. And there is a treasure trove of medical and scientific evidence, and much personal testimony, that CBD can indeed address both anxiety and sleep problems.
It’s not unusual for people to get so used to chronic anxiety or chronic sleep deprivation as to forget these problems are there—but difficulty with focus remains. By utilizing CBD to address the root cause of the problem, you may be able to achieve improved focus, memory, and cognitive performance.
Ideally, CBD should be taken under the guidance of a medical professional (i.e. your doctor). For example, your physician may be able to help you with other issues causing your problems with focus, provide lifestyle advice, and educate on the potential for any reactions with other supplements or prescriptions you may be taking at the time.
When you do decide to take the plunge, CBD is available in a number of different mediums for use, ranging from pill and capsules, to edibles and tinctures.
The way in which you take CBD will be up to both personal preference as well as the reason behind why you’re taking it in the first place, and the desired outcome or result.
For example, muscle aches might be better served by the use of a topical cream, whereas fast-acting stress reduction before a big speech might require quickly absorbed sublingual drops or oils. By contrast, edibles are fun, tasty, easy to take on the go, but tend to digest and absorb slower, resulting in a steady onset of effects over time.
But regardless of how a person decides takes CBD, the most important factor is still quality. Make sure to go with a brand that is trustworthy, tests their products, utilizes organic ingredients, and provides an ample concentration or dosing of CBD in their products.
Lack of focus can be a symptom of several other problems, and there is evidence that CBD can help with some of these. CBD has also shown potential to help with neurogenesis, reduced inflammation in the brain, improved blood flow, relaxation and more…all of which can help improve cognitive function, focus and performance.
Ready to give CBD a try yourself? Consider checking out Rebel’s special formulations designed to revive and refocus!