February 17, 2021 4 min read
To meet the day means being alert and energetic. A clear mind is better for learning, productivity, and decision-making. Many of the stimulants we commonly use to feel awake, like caffeine, can have side-effects or cause dependence.
The Focus Tincture Collection combines organic CBD with plant terpenes well-known to help with mental clarity and energy. Here, we take a look at how caffeine works in our body and compare that with the research on how CBD and plant terpenes support vital energy and mental clarity.
As we do physical or mental work during the day, our central nervous system releases adenosine. It builds up as the day winds onward, making us feel tired. We burn adenosine while we sleep, allowing us to wake up with energy for the day.
Caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors. Caffeine actually works through several mechanisms, but a primary one is interfering with adenosine's ability to bind with receptors in your nervous system. Even if you've been active or using your brain for an extended period and a fair amount of adenosine has built up, the caffeine blocks its effect and reduces the feeling of tiredness.
Caffeine is safe for consumption, and most people do not have side-effects. Doctors recommend consuming the equivalent of no more than four cups of coffee a day.
Side-effects of caffeine can include sleeplessness, anxiety, nausea, dehydration, or an accelerated heart rate.
CBD functions differently than coffee. While coffee's full effects come on and fade within a few hours, CBD builds up in your body over time. You may feel its effects shortly after taking it, and CBD becomes more effective with consistent use.
You may know CBD as a sedative rather than a stimulant. Because of its interaction with the endocannabinoid system that stretches from head to toe, CBD appears to have a biphasic effect. Specifically, people experience different results depending on the dosage they receive.
According to a 2017 review, the effect of lower doses of CBD may be stimulating, and higher doses sedative.
A single dose of CBD increases blood flow to the part of the brain associated with memory function, according to recent research at University College London. Scientists found 600 mg of CBD increased blood flow to brain regions involved in processing memory, particularly the hippocampus.
Early studies in CBD discovered that CBD can promote wakefulness, though the precise dosage and methods require additional research.
Anxiety and stress are exhausting. Another way CBD may reduce fatigue is by alleviating stress and anxiety.
Studies using hair analysis in regular cannabis users found more significant CBD concentrations to be associated with better cognitive performance – especially memory – fewer psychotic symptoms and increased gray matter in the hippocampus.
Terpenes have their own host of benefits for cognitive function. Each of the plant terpenes in our Focus SETI formulas, with or without CBD, was selected to enhance vitality and brain function.
Pinene offers several benefits to the brain and nervous system. It is often said to provide a concentration boost coincided with a feeling of alertness.
Research shows it can enhance memory retention by inhibiting the breakdown of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Alpha and Beta-Pinene show potential to help treat and prevent neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Further brain benefits of pinene are under study.
Limonene supports your vitality in several ways. It relieves anxiety and depression and fights stress allowing you to function better.
It has an impressive ability to help your liver's detoxification enzymes cleanse the body of harmful chemicals and fats. A healthy liver supplies glucose to your blood to keep your energy and blood sugar levels even. Today's lifestyle can be hard work for our livers, and it appreciates all the help it can get.
Limonene has other brain benefits – it reduces brain inflammation and protects it from toxicity.
B-caryophyllene improves and even restores memory in preclinical trials. It is abundant in hemp and cannabis plants as well as ginger, oregano, and thyme. It is a CB2 antagonist that fights inflammation, helps reduce anxiety and depression, and accelerates cell healing.
A-phellandrene boosts immune function and helps keep us healthy. Plants containing this terpene, like ginger, were commonly used in Chinese medicine to increase energy.
Preclinical studies show a-phellandrene may reduce pain and relieve depression.
Cadinene's woody scent is widely used in fragrances.
Preliminary studies show cadinene fights inflammation. It's also may help reduce anxiety and high blood pressure.
Delta 3 carene is an anti-inflammatory with applications for fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other painful chronic conditions.
It's shown to kill candida species, which can drain our vitality if overgrown.
Delta 3 Carene is also under study for its potential benefits to bone density. Researchers have seen evidence it can have a beneficial effect on bone health.
Phytol's invigorating effect is said to increase mental alertness. It is under investigation as a possible alternative treatment for Alzheimer's patients for its ability to disrupt the amyloid proteins that accumulate with that disease.
Phytol also acts as an antioxidant and reduces inflammation.
Sustained energy is not a product of poor sleep patterns, artificial stimulants, and poor self-care. The better our health and our cells' vitality, the easier it is for our organs and systems to feed us the energy we need to get through the day.
Some people enjoy combining coffee and CBD. Each impacts mental clarity differently. Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant that stops us from feeling tired. On the other hand, plant terpenes are natural molecules designed to help balance and regulate your body's systems to stimulate mental clarity and support vitality on a cellular level.
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