Can CBD help you focus and study?
Students feeling excessively stressed is a noticeable problem at the universities. Every third student feels stressed in their daily life and this leads to many negative side effects. Sleep, social relationships and the ability to learn and concentrate are just some of the areas that can be affected when we are stressed.
As if stress were not enough to limit students in their ability to work effectively, studies have shown that our ability to concentrate is generally lower as a consequence of our modern lifestyle with the endless entertainment offered by social media and society’s need for always being “switched on”
So what can we do to get our focus back and de-stress in a time where everything seems purpose built to steal our attention? With cannabis’ well-known properties of promoting focus and energy, with documentation dating back to antiquity, researchers have started investigating how CBD can help boost concentration and focus.
To understand how this works, we must first understand the Endocannabinoid system and its effect on our brain and body.
The Endocannabinoid System, Focus and CBD
The endocannabinoid system is an internal system in humans and animals. Among other things, it is responsible for, primarily, regulating the brain’s neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that bind to receptors in the brain and affect the function and ability of our brain cells to function.
Studies have shown that neurotransmitters regulate many of the body’s functions, such as sleep, pain, appetite, mood and more. Neurotransmitters also affect our body’s motor and sensory functions, as well as our energy levels, focus, concentration and memory.
If the brain has an imbalance of these chemicals, it can lead to negative effects such as anxiety, sleeplessness, depression as well as lack of focus and ability to concentrate. Among other things, stress is known to lead to an irregular balance of chemicals in our neurotransmitters, which is why many of the above symptoms are also typically associated with stress.
CBD against stress and for increased focus
Studies have shown that CBD has a direct positive effect on our endocannabinoid system which can help to get it in balance, while it helps regulate our dopamine, serotonin and cortisol in the brain. Due to this effect, CBD has been shown to help reduce mental, physical and emotional problems.
CBD can provide mental clarity and calmness in our daily lives, as well as having a de-stressing effect during busy periods. At FJÖRÐ, we ourselves have benefited from the effects of CBD during our studies, which has made it easier to maintain concentration during long hours in the study halls.
Does CBD not make me tired when I have to study?
The short answer is no. Studies have shown that CBD is excellent for promoting a good night’s sleep, but that it should not be seen as a sleep-inducing agent such as sleeping pills. CBD provides your mind with a natural calmness, shuts off unnecessary mental clutter and can be seen as a boost to your body’s natural “flow”. Having a late night reading, it can help keep your concentration longer. When you need to go to bed, it can help giving you mental peace-of-mind so you can easily drift to sleep
The relaxing effect of CBD coupled with its positive impact on the endocannabinoid system and regulation of your neurotransmitters can be a great help for your study or work. Studies suggest it can help by boosting your focus and ability to concentrate, help you de-stress and improve your appetite, sleep and energy levels for maximum performance – every day.
Other ways to increase energy and focus
- Regular exercise
- Reduce stressors
- Abundant water intake
- Limit excessive drinking and smoking