Pilots, truckers, drivers and others have long been subjected to alcohol and drug tests. Yet sleepiness while working and driving is at least as dangerous.
More than a third of respondents in one National Sleep Foundation poll admitted having fallen asleep while driving. Let that sink in for a moment.
And pilots in one of the Foundation's Sleep in America® polls turned out most likely to report sleepiness affecting their job performance. We'd better hope the co-pilots are paying attention.
Wake Up and Smell the... CBD!
Cannabidiol, known widely as CBD, is an important phytocannabinoid—that is, a non-psychoactive, plant-based component of the cannabis family, including hemp. And it offers scientifically noted value as a potential energy booster.
Researchers point out those alarming facts on sleepiness to note how it occurs wherever schedules are imposed on people. They also note the importance of exploring "alertness induced by CBD" for new ways to address sleepiness. Experimental evidence, they tell us, speaks to the value of studying potential CBD benefits in managing energy.
Their work is lending credence to people's anecdotal experiences of CBD as an energy booster.
So, how can CBD help with energy? Researchers found CBD acted as a "wake-promoting agent" and found that it helped increase dopamine levels and alertness in young adults. And today, you'll find CBD marketed, in small amounts, in energy drinks. But these drinks tend to have caffeine, taurine, sugar, and other ingredients that not everyone wants to take.
You can make your own energy drink with a simple juice and a dropper of CBD if you prefer a simpler style. Of course, you could also put it into your own soft drink, tea or coffee. It's your call!
Knowing the CBD Dosage That Works for You: How Much CBD Should You Take?
How much CBD will work best for you? It's an individual matter, and there are no hard and fast rules. Generally, people use CBD at higher doses suit hard-to-treat issues, while more general, steady enhancements are obtainable with lower doses.
Individual body mass has some relevance here. As a general rule a 150 lb. person might begin taking a 25mg daily dose of CBD, then adjust it, as the CBD response is unique for each person.
Most people start slow, and you can begin with as little as 10mg of CBD in the morning to receive a boost of energy and confidence to start off the day. Too much might actually cause you to feel a little drowsy, which obviously isn't your goal. But won't you need more over time? Won't you get used to it and develop a tolerance—as you do with, say, coffee?
It's a common question. But the answer is no, that's not how CBD works in your body. It has a completely different effect from caffeine or drugs. Unlike the situation with those substances, using CBD oil for energy creates what we call reverse tolerance. With longer use of CBD, your system becomes conditioned to its presence, and a smaller amount can achieve your desired effect.
CBD for Burning Fat and Boosting Metabolism? There's Science on This.
What system becomes conditioned, you ask? The body's internal cannabinoid system, which scientists call the endocannabinoid system (ECS) . Cells have mitochondria, which in turn have cannabinoid receptors, which CBD engages. Cannabidiol boosts the endocannabinoid system over time, without losing its impact. Remarkably, CBD doesn't get sleepy!
So, our bodies make their own natural cannabinoids. This means CBD works with what we've already got going for us! But how can CBD increase energy and make our bodies work more efficiently?
First, it's important to know that the browning of fat cells, which occurs naturally with the help of our metabolism, has been explored as a potential body weight regulator. Many foods and ingestible products are known to contribute to browning of white cells. One of the recently studied compounds is CBD. Turns out CBD has induced browning of fat-specific cells, and slowed the buildup of new fat cells.
So, CBD encourages our cells' mitochondria to work optimally, in part by supporting fat browning. This involves moving fat cells out of storage as white cells, and transforming them into burnable brown cells. Because their findings suggest that CBD optimized energy use by simultaneously inducing cell browning and encouraging efficient metabolism, researchers have concluded that CBD is "a potentially promising therapeutic agent for the prevention of obesity."
Perform at Your Peak, Mentally and Physically.
We've talked about research connecting CBD to optimal metabolism and healthful energy levels. It's notable that even some high-performance athletes regularly count on CBD for energy and focus enhancement.
They are aware of the antioxidant benefits of CBD, and that can not only support a healthy rate of oxygen release, but can also stimulate the brain. In other words, because of CBD's antioxidant properties, it promotes oxygen release, which is a big factor in averting brain cell decline.
We believe you'll find that CBD brings a unique synergy to the table—a blend of mental focus and alertness, and physical energy and readiness.
Are You New to the World of CBD?
Welcome! Enjoy the exploration. You might like to start your journey gently. The effects are subtle, and it's fine to let them develop over time. But you'll never need to worry about getting hooked. The World Health Organization has studied the effects of CBD, and determined that there's no abuse potential. CBD is a natural and safe wakefulness aid.
If you are looking into CBD to support your wellness, it is still important to consult with your medical health provider. CBD is not intended as a replacement for prescribed medications or as a cure for disease.
And of course, you are always more than welcome to contact us at Mtiva if you have questions about our organic CBD oils.