It’s no secret that by now, CBD is being praised for its many potential benefits, increasingly being supported by clinical research that supports CBD (cannabidiol)’s efficacy for bringing the body to balance as well as supporting the symptoms of many medical conditions.
CBD is becoming more and more integrated into the lives and lifestyles of all demographics, from seniors to mothers, to busy professionals who are looking for a little boost, especially when busy and on the go.
Since CBD is non-intoxicating, in that it doesn’t provide the “high” that is commonly associated with its psychoactive counterpart THC, which is why many professionals are integrating CBD into their lifestyles, even consuming throughout the day as they face their busy schedules.
There are a few good reasons why CBD is good for on-the-go and busy professionals, and here we will cover in detail some of the research and buzz around CBD and the many reasons it is being used by thousands of Americans.
First, CBD is being used for those with anxiety and stress, with many reporting that CBD has significantly altered feelings of anxiousness, especially when faced with a heavy workload.
Second, as many Americans are facing tough times, especially in relation to employment in an uncertain time, CBD may help lessen feelings of depression.
Third, many professionals have a hard time sleeping properly at night, with the next day’s to-do lists running through their heads. Many consumers of CBD are using it to help with getting to sleep, and staying to sleep, with research increasingly supporting the efficacy of CBD for sleep.
Finally, CBD, especially in combination with terpenes, may be able to give busy and on-the-go professionals an energy boost to help tackle the challenges of their busy days.
The Importance of the Endocannabinoid System
One can’t discuss CBD without also discussing the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This miraculous system is present in all mammals, and is responsible for the regulation and balance of all our body’s systems.
Most people don’t recognize that we already have cannabinoids present within us (called endocannabinoids). These cannabinoids are the same type of cannabinoids that are present in both cannabis and hemp. Our ECS contains receptors all over the body that act as “master conductors” of cannabinoids, both the ones we naturally produce and the ones that are added to our bodies, via hemp and cannabis.
These master conductors deliver cannabinoids to the areas of the body that are deficient of cannabinoids quite miraculously, as cannabinoids are intuitive and know where they need to go to help your body achieve balance or homeostasis.
CBD and Mental Health
In increasingly uncertain times, Americans are facing challenges and are having to make decisions about work and their family’s safety, with these challenges often taking a toll on mental health.
CBD has quickly gained popularity because of people’s experiences of CBD helping to combat mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Here are a few things that have come out in the research that are supporting the positive experiences of CBD users. Here are a few things we know now.
CBD and Anxiety
Anxiety is a common mental health condition affecting almost 20% of the adult population in the United States. For some, anxiety is viewed as a fear response, linking anxiety to the fight or flight model common in psychology.
A 2013 study tested CBD’s impacts on the conditioned fear response in 48 participants, who were in a setting where they were conditioned with a fear response in one context and then put into a different context where responses were extinguished (i.e. reversing the feelings of anxiety. In the study, CBD was administered either before or after extinction.
After 48 hours, participants were reconditioned into the fear response setting, and it was demonstrated that not only were they able to re-enter the fear response setting with less anxiety, but also had tools through which they could extinguish their own fear. This study showed promise for extinction-based treatments for anxiety disorders like phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For the on-the-go professional, one can often find their anxiety levels rising: a big meeting, trying to land a promotion, or just the everyday stress of dealing with one’s pesky boss. CBD is support for helping calm the mind when faced with stress, without feeling intoxicated. In other words, a busy professional will be able to function just fine on CBD!
CBD and Stress
Stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, and while both may result in the fear-based response, anxiety’s causes are a bit more challenging to identify, whereas stress can often be linked to external factors such as one’s job.
Stress is linked to the six largest causes of death, which are heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
Studies looking at the issue of stress point to the endocannabinoid system playing an integral role in the regulation of stress and that chronic stress can lead to a dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system and a reduction of the efficacy of the receptors in the brain. Further research has established that endocannabinoids, including cannabinol (CBD), inhibits the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, meaning that CBD can be a support for the body in returning to homeostasis, or balance, after experiencing stress.
CBD for Sleep
The typical on-the-go professional who is managing both work and family life may have a hard time sleeping. It’s all too easy to give up sleep for running one’s lengthy to-do list in their heads, resulting in waking up feeling groggy and depleted of energy.
Initial studies provide evidence that the Endocannabinoid System is integral in the sleep-wake cycle as well as sleep homeostasis (i.e., balancing out sleep). The process of sleep homeostasis is not necessarily directly connected to the circadian rhythm but may help regulate the feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness along with the sun’s patterns. Sleep homeostasis ensures our bodies get enough sleep through signaling that sleep is necessary when a person is experiencing sleep deprivation as well as compensating for lack of sleep by extending subsequent sleep.
Further research shows that the cannabinoid receptor, CB1, is an integral part of sleep regulation and that activation of the CB1 receptor can induce sleep in animal models.
It’s important that the user understands the CBD can cause stimulation and wakefulness, which we will cover below, so it’s not always necessarily a good idea to dose CBD before bedtime. Instead, regular dosing of CBD throughout the day and afternoon is thought to contribute to sleep homeostasis.
CBD for Energy
Since we know that CBD can provide stimulation and feelings of wakefulness, it can be incredibly helpful for giving the busy on-the-go professional a boost of energy when needed. When you opt for a full-spectrum CBD product (rather than just isolate), the user gets the added benefits of terpenes. Terpenes are what give cannabis and hemp their aroma and taste, and are present in all plants. When terpenes and CBD are ingested together, a phenomenon called The Entourage Effect occurs, where the CBD, other minor cannabinoids, and terpenes all work together for a greater cumulative effect.
The terpenes limonene, pinene, myrcene, and terpinolene are regarded within cannabis and CBD for their energetic effects. If you take CBD that has terpenes added in, the terpenes will increase the effectiveness of the CBD and vice versa.
Some CBD companies offer CBD and terpene based energy shots that are a great demonstration of The Entourage Effect. One shot of a specialized CBD-terpene concoction and the user will likely feel uplifted, and energetic.
Choosing the Right CBD for the Workplace
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to be discrete about CBD use, even though it is legal. This is especially important if you’re smoking hemp-CBD flower, as the smell may be off-putting for some.
Luckily, the CBD market has almost every method of consumption to fit any taste and situation. One may opt for a discreet CBD vape that will allow the user to discretely pull off it in order to dose. One may like edibles or beverages, where the CBD absorbs through the gastrointestinal system. Others may opt for tinctures or oils. Tinctures can be added to food and beverages, while oils are best taken under the tongue (called sublingually), where the CBD can absorb through the mucous membranes.
When anyone is sourcing CBD, it’s important you understand exactly what you’re putting in your body, as not all CBD products are created equal. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unethical companies trying to profit off the popularity of CBD by creating products that haven’t been tested for concentration, potency, and the absence of pesticides, heavy metals, or other contaminants.
While the passing of The Farm Bill of 2018 made CBD available for wide purchase, we recommend you visit your nearest CBD or cannabis store to obtain regulated and tested products. When you buy from a regulated store, you are also able to get education and recommendations for specialized products that will help you find the best option and method of consumption.
The busy, on-the-go professional deserves a little break, and to ensure that their health and mental health is being taken care of. While CBD isn’t a “cure all”, the benefits of CBD are being supported by people’s experiences and research. We recommend that when looking for CBD that you do your research, understand dosing, and find the best method of consumption that will produce the desired results.
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