Who hasn’t gone through the drive-thru for an afternoon coffee? Or run to the nearest gas station for a Monster or Bang energy drink? We are a people known for our coffee addiction and energy crashes, especially in the afternoon. But what if there was a more natural way to boost our energy?
What Is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the Cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that does not get you high.
The Endocannabinoid System & CBD
In order to understand how CBD works to boost energy, we must look at how it interacts with the body, beginning with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). All humans have this physiological system and it is involved in maintaining balance or homeostasis, with the goal of keeping a stable internal environment, despite the chaos in our external environment.
CBD works via its interaction with the ECS, primarily by activating endocannabinoid receptors: cannabidiol-1 (CB1) and cannabidiol-2 (CB2).
Why is this significant? Let’s look at some research!
A 2014 study in Current Neuropharmacology found the effects of CBD to be a wake-promoting agent. Researchers discovered that small injections of CBD into the hypothalamus activated neurons, which led to an increase in dopamine levels as well as increased energy.
Authors from Authority Magazine also concluded that CBD may enhance response time, reflex, and increase brain cell production in different areas of the brain.
The next time you feel that afternoon 3 pm slump, consider reaching for some CBD instead. It is used in a variety of ways and applications.
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