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    by Jason Higgins February 14, 2021 6 min read

    We all know what it’s like to not be able to focus at times and the older we become the more difficult it can be. Having difficulty concentrating is a common occurrence for most people; especially these days with the added stress resulting from the pandemic and everything going on in the world. But when it’s not taken care of, lack of focus and concentration can be discouraging, overwhelming and interfere with your daily life.

    Luckily, these issues don’t have to control your life. Natural remedies like CBD oil have shown promise in relieving symptoms like anxiety and fidgeting while potentially improving cognitive health, attention span and concentration; giving you more energy and making you more productive throughout the day.

    What Causes Us to Lose Focus?

    Concentration and focus are vital to thinking, memories, learning, reason, and decision making. There are many potential causes of having difficulty concentrating. A few examples of some of these causes include:

    • Medical conditions and chronic illnesses (i.e. sleep apnea, traumatic brain injury, infections)
    • Cognitive issues (i.e. learning disabilities, ADHD, dementia)
    • Psychological conditions (i.e. anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD)
    • Sleep issues, medications and alcohol or drugs can also negatively affect concentration.

    Fortunately, understanding what is causing your difficulty concentrating can be helpful in addressing the problem. For example, if you’re dealing with mild stress you can consider picking up meditation, if your problems are a result of a medical condition you can contact a doctor for help.

    For those looking for a natural means of boosting their ability to focus throughout the day, CBD can be a perfect solution. Let’s delve a little deeper into why you should consider CBD to improve your concentration and the properties it contains that can make it effective.

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    How CBD May Help Improve Concentration

    Many people are familiar with the anti-inflammatory properties and potential of CBD to help with a variety of conditions but it turns out it might help improve our ability to focus, stay energized throughout the day and be more productive.

    CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system which regulates functions like stress, sleep, memory, and mood. When properly balanced this interaction can improve wakefulness, activeness as well as concentration. By helping the endocannabinoid system function more effectively, CBD can also potentially help increase our productivity.

    CBD has also been known to help concentration through stimulating a response from dopamine receptors. Dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter and is largely responsible for memory and focus. Lower levels of dopamine can make focusing and being attentive more difficult. By triggering these receptors to balance dopamine levels, CBD can potentially improve concentration and make focusing easier.

    Serotonin is another neurotransmitter that is commonly associated with fatigue, anxiety or mood issues. Because CBD might promote a better flow of serotonin it can help improve mood, focus and energy levels.

    Getting to The Root of The Problem

    While research is still being done on whether CBD directly improves focus and concentration; there have been promising results that it can help in dealing with a range of conditions that often get in the way of attention span. These symptoms are also common among students; making CBD a promising study aid.

    Anxiety and Stress

    • Anxiety is a common culprit of feelings of fatigue and inability to concentrate. CBD has been known to reduce symptoms of anxiety.

    Insomnia and Fatigue

    • Insomnia and sleep issues can be another condition that makes it difficult to function optimally throughout the day. CBD has the ability to potentially help you get a better night’s sleep as well as relieve some of the common symptoms of insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome so you feel more attentive the next day.

    Pain and Inflammation

    • Pain and inflammation can distract us from the task at hand and what we are trying to accomplish. Fortunately, the anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD may help relieve these symptoms.

    Mental Health and Mood

    • Whether it’s trauma, anxiety or depression; CBD has shown promise in helping a wide range of mental health conditions that often get in the way of being productive and at the top of your game.
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    Can CBD Help ADHD Symptoms?

    ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a mental health disorder that usually begins during childhood and continues to persist as we grow. ADHD is commonly associated with patterns of impulsive behavior, mood issues, disorganization and difficulty staying focused for long periods of time.

    According to research, neurotransmitter balance can play a role in the development and potentially worsening of ADHD symptoms. Because of the way CBD affects our endocannabinoid system, experts believe it might help in relieving some of the common symptoms associated with ADHD.

    While such research is still in its early stages, a 2017 trial study titled “Cannabinoids in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” supported the effectiveness of CBD in these cases. In the study, adults with ADHD who were given CBD and THC noticed a reduction in symptoms without side effects.

    The study noted that “this study provides preliminary evidence supporting the self-medication theory of cannabis use in ADHD and the need for further studies of the endocannabinoid system in ADHD“.

    That said, if you have been diagnosed with ADHD or believe you might be struggling with a similar disorder make sure to consult with your doctor for advice and whether CBD would be a good option for you.

    Can CBD Help With Memory?

    Research is also exploring the potential of CBD to strengthen memory which can play a crucial role in improving learning as well as concentration.

    While many associate marijuana with short term memory loss, because CBD only contains little to no amount of THC it may have the opposite effect. This effect is largely due to the way in which CBD and THC interact with each other. In other words, high levels of CBD reduces the effects of THC (like getting high) while maintaining some of the benefits.

    In fact, early research and case studies have indicated that CBD might help slow down or even prevent neurodegenerative diseases that affect memory like Alzheimer's and epilepsy.

    What CBD Product Is Best to Improve Concentration?

    CBD comes in a wide variety of forms so you might have to experiment to find the right product for your needs and preferences. For example; if you are looking for quick relief, CBD tincture could be a great option. A couple of drops under the tongue is one of the fastest ways to feel its effects.

    If you’re looking for a lasting, slower effect for long study sessions or to get you through the day you can try capsules or edibles.

    How Much CBD Should I Take for Focus?

    Similarly, how much CBD you should take can depend on your preferences and reasons. We recommend starting slow and gradually increasing the dosage as appropriate. Over time, you will have a better idea of how your body will react and how much you need.

    Other Strategies to Improve Concentration and Focus

    empty your mind messageIn addition to CBD, there are other natural alternatives that might help improve your focus, concentration and give you more energy throughout the day. These can include:

    • Techniques to reduce stress like meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing exercises.
    • Following a proper sleep schedule and routine.
    • Having a nutritious diet and drinking enough water.
    • Following a daily exercise routine.
    • Taking regular breaks throughout the day.
    • Staying away from alcohol and smoking.
    • Speaking to your doctor about supplements.

    While CBD might have the ability to help you stay focused and energized, if a health or medical problem is causing your difficulty concentrating make sure to speak to your doctor about the causes and potential treatment options. You can also ask about using CBD as well as what products and dosage you should be taking.

    If you are ready to start exploring how CBD can help you be more productive and at the top of your game Easy Day Hemp has a wide variety of premium CBD oils and softgels to choose from.

    And now when you subscribe to Easy Day we’ll text you a 20% discount off our products; so you can start experiencing the benefits of CBD for yourself and have your own Easy Day.

    Jason Higgins
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