Even for the early birds, the winter season makes it tough to rise and shine…especially when there is no “shine” to be found. 5 am wake-ups hit differently in the darker months. We blame the lack of sun that would normally bring a natural sense of energy to kick start our days.
For many, shorter days correlate with unmotivated slumps, constant fatigue, and an overall sense of “bleh”. Being cooped up indoors throughout the cooler months can be an energy bust. Luckily, there are natural remedies to help lift our energy levels.
Did you know that CBD is known to have energising properties?
We all know the mellowing effects of CBD (if not, have a read here), but the cannabinoid may also be an energy booster. Research shows that lower doses of CBD have a positive stimulating effect on our brains. While higher doses (above 15mg) may contribute to helping unwind, lower doses (below 15 mg) are said to be waking agents.
The simple explanation behind this phenomenon is this: CBD activates neurons in the brain, sending them to the hypothalamus. This positively stimulates the hypothalamus. When the hypothalamus is stimulated, it helps to regulate the production and secretion of cortisol – our body’s stress hormone. In simplified terms, if CBD makes the hypothalamus happy, our brain may be better prepared to combat stress.
How does this relate to feeling energised?
Easy. CBD may have the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, all of which may contribute to brain fog, mental exhaustion, and anything else that wears the mind. This means after consumption, we have a higher chance of resting well. When well rested, we can feel on top of the world. And that’s exactly where we’d like to be. Even in the dead of winter.
Another revitalising fact about CBD is its potential anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. These benefits play a huge role in body healing, especially for athletes, or anyone who partakes in vigorous exercise. Several studies suggest CBD is good for athletes when it comes to joint and muscle pain relief. In fact, CBD is the only cannabinoid no longer prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This is groundbreaking for anyone interested in a natural pain reliever and restorative remedy post work-out. The quicker we can get back on our feet and feel like ourselves post-injury, or aches and pains, the better we feel.
While CBD won’t transform us into the energy bunny per se, it may help enhance our cognitive states. If you’re curious about trying CBD to help boost mental energy, we recommend finding THC-free cannabis products.
Whether you’re an early bird looking for a morning boost or a gym-goer seeking pain relief, CBD may help to revitalise your day.
Always remember that cannabis consumption differs from person to person. Be mindful of your dosing and consult your doctor if you’re uncertain whether CBD is right for you.
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