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Can CBD help you focus? Let's shed some light

Can CBD help you focus? Let's shed some light

Posted by Victor Madril on 14th Feb 2022

In today's digital world it has become increasingly more difficult to stay focused and concentrated on any given task. Our days have become dominated by the constant flow of alerts and messages from Instagram, email, Facebook, and a dozen other apps that play a role in our personal and professional lives.

All of these digital distractions can affect our productivity, our comprehension and memory, can generate extra stress and can lead to low quality sleep. A lot of people are looking for a quick fix for their lack of concentration - turning to caffeine, stimulants, and energy drinks. Now these substances can be widely effective in the short-term, but can lead to long-term complications.

But what if there was another way, a natural way to realign your focus? Enter CBD. CBD is one of many phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Also known as Cannabidiol, CBD has a wide range of benefits for the physiological system. Some of the science-backed health benefits include pain relief, immune support, neuroprotection, sleep regulation and more. Although there is no evidence to support that CBD will directly help you focus, looking at the indirect effects might give us some insight on how to achieve the concentration you desire.

Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.
- Jack Nicklaus

Sleep Regulation

A good night’s rest can be very hard to come by and is a contributor to low energy levels and the inability to focus. But for most adults, achieving the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep is slightly out of reach and can lead to a laundry list of negative consequences. Research shows that CBD has a calming effect on the Nervous System. CBD can also alter mood because it affects the serotonin system. With this in mind, the effects of taking CBD Oil can in turn lead to a decrease in both stress and anxiety, allowing the body to reach a more restful state. For more information on how CBD can help aid sleep click here.

Anxiety Relief

Stress and anxiety often cause people to feel tired and contribute to the inability to focus on certain tasks. Because CBD calms the nervous system, early research indicates that CBD can be used to treat anxiety-related disorders. One study showed that nearly 80% of participants who used CBD to treat their anxiety reported lower anxiety levels within a month. CBD does this by regulating several neurotransmitters in the brain, to include dopamine and serotonin.

Pain Relief

Researchers have confirmed that chronic pain doesn't just cause physical discomfort; it can impair your memory and your concentration. In a recent study two-thirds of participants with chronic pain showed significant disruption of attention and memory when tested. [1] CBD can help mitigate pain and discomfort by reducing inflammation and altering the way pain signals are sent to the brain.

To begin understanding CBD and the body, we must start with the awareness of a complex network of two different receptors in the body, known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These make up the Endocannabinoid System. We are still researching all the mysteries that the Endocannabinoid System has to offer, but what we do know is that it plays a role in regulating pain from conditions such as migraines, neuropathy, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other general pain. [2]

Other ways to improve your concentration

Now that we have a clear understanding of the indirect effects of CBD and how it can help us concentrate, we have added the following tips to realign our focus.  

Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Focused-attention meditation is like weight lifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention. During the meditation process, our brain becomes calmer and our whole body becomes more relaxed. We focus on our breath during the process so that we will not be distracted by our minds. With practice, we can learn to use our breath to bring our attention back to a particular task so that it can be done well even if we get interrupted.

Connect with nature

Most of us are now working from home or from a fluorescent lit office behind a computer screen most of the time. We need to find the time to reconnect with nature and allow time for being outside. A short 10 minute break every few hours can boost your concentration and help you feel refreshed.

Exercise

Studies have shown that regular exercise releases chemicals key for concentration, memory, and mental sharpness. Exercise can be attributed to an overall feeling of wellness and mental clarity. Start your day with light movement, sunshine, and a healthy meal to optimize your energy levels.

Listen to music

Music has been shown to have therapeutic effects on our brains. Light music may help you to concentrate better, but some music may distract you. Experts generally agree that classical music and nature sounds, such as water flowing, are good choices for concentration while music with lyrics and human voices may be distracting. [3]

[1] University of Alberta. "Chronic Pain Can Impair Memory." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 May 2007.

[2] Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Mar; 19(3): 833.

Published online 2018 Mar 13. doi: 10.3390/ijms19030833

[3] Sam Chia. 15 way to improve your focus and concentration skills. BetterUp.com

Written by Victor Madril