CBD: Your New Study Pal?
Updated: Sep 17, 2018
Did you know that it is estimated that at an average of 1 in 3 American college students use non-prescribed ADHD medication for studying? What if there was another way to study with similar benefits, and also a whole bunch of others? When I think about having to cram for a test one of the last things that comes to mind is CBD. When I think of CBD I think of relaxation and a good nap. While CBD can certainly do both of those things, I have learned that CBD can help with focus and concentration. Helping be a great study and focus aid to get stuff done.
According to the British Journal of Pharmacology CBD has a whole range of benefits that include:
Antiemetic -- reduces nausea and vomiting.
Anticonvulsant -- suppresses seizure activity.
Antipsychotic (combats psychosis).
Anti-inflammatory (decreases inflammation).
Antioxidant (combats oxidative stress).
Anti-tumoral, Anti-cancer (combats tumor, cancer cell growth).
Anxiolytic, Antidepressant (combats anxiety and depression).
“What’s your major in college? Stress.”
When we are in school there are a million things going through our brains at all times. Trying to juggle deadlines for papers, cramming in study dates for the next exam, thinking about whether or not someone is going to text us back, what we’re going to wear out Friday night and how this damn stats class is going to benefit us in the real world. All of these thoughts can easily, and often do, increase stress and anxiety.
What happens to our body when we’re stressed out?
Our body has many ways of combating stress, called the “natural stress response”. When we start to stress out, or are chronically stressed like a whole terms worth, it raises stress hormones in the body such as cortisol. Cortisol in turn affects the limbic system in the brain which regulates our emotional response, crisis response(fight, flight or freeze), memory and more. So what this means for the stressed out college student is that it makes it difficult to retain what you’re studying and it can make you feel panicked, overwhelmed or cause physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and much more. All of these physical/mental feelings can lead to a severe lack of ability to concentrate and focus. CBD helps combat these distress signals in the body -- helping you study smarter, remember more and helping you feel relaxed.
So yes, the rumor is true -- CBD can really help you with more than a nap.
CBD helps combat all these distress signals in many ways. One way is that CBD has been proven that it actually increases the size of your hippocampus, which is apart of your limbic system that actually shrinks when you have chronic stress/anxiety. CBD also helps neurochemicals like serotonin be more accessible to the brain, helping your neurochemicals return to normal rates and decrease physiological symptoms when you’re neurochemically outta wack. So to put it more simply -- CBD can help bring blood pressure back down to normal, calm a racing heart and decrease racing thoughts that could all be working together against you to make your studying more difficult.
CBD is a great alternative to tracking down your friend or neighbor in class to find the other "study buddies." It also is legal and easily accessible, making it more readily available for use when needed. It also is a double whammy in the fact that it can not only help you concentrate and focus, but unlike ADHD medication it will help reduce the actual symptoms of stress and anxiety. So, when you’re getting ready to study to smash that exam or write that 10 page paper the night before, try CBD in your favorite caffeinated drink instead.
Let us know if you tried this new study technique and if it worked for you!
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AUTHOR: Misa Smith