Author: Joy Hughes

It’s 3pm, and the energy you felt from your triple espresso this morning is quickly fading. The more you try to power through, the less alert you feel, and now your concentration is officially gone. Before you know it, your eyes become heavy, you’re yawning every 10 minutes, and waves of sleepiness begin to hit you… hard.

So, what do you do?

You could down a chemical-laden energy drink. Not exactly the healthiest pick-me-up, but anything to get you through the day, right?

As it turns out, many people experience that annoying mid-afternoon crash, while others struggle with getting any energy to make it through the day at all.

But there’s a big issue with energy drinks, sugary lattes, and empty carb-heavy foods: They raise your blood sugar levels for just a couple of hours and then suddenly your energy starts plummeting… fast! Not to mention the long-term effects these manufactured beverages can have on your central nervous system, kidneys, and other parts of your body.

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Thankfully, there’s a healthier way to keep your energy flowing throughout the day.

Say hello to CBD flower!

But before we explain what CBD flower is, we want to fill you in on a little secret…

Why I have no energy

Did you know that fatigue is actually one of the most common symptoms of various health issues and serious diseases?

In fact, more than one-third of healthy teens, young adults, and older adults struggle with fatigue or with constantly feeling sleepy.

And while there are multiple causes behind poor energy levels—like sedentary lifestyles, inadequate hydration, and not eating enough protein—the most common reasons for plummeting energy levels and lack of focus are the following:

  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Chronic stress
  • Not eating enough calories
  • Underlying health conditions

Now, there’s no mistaking that the overwhelming burdens of life are often to blame for our lack of energy and fatigue, like:

  • Financially struggling to make ends meet
  • Caring for multiple kids
  • Getting a better education so you can get a more successful job
  • Environmental worries
  • And the list goes on

But the more you ignore your fatigue and lack of energy, the more you take a chance of developing more serious symptoms like chronic inflammation. And if there’s one thing we know about inflammation, it's that it's one of the most common contributors to most, if not all, health conditions and diseases.

Thankfully, scientists, medical professionals, and even veterinarians are discovering that high-quality CBD flower can be energizing and can serve as a powerful anti-inflammatory.

So…

What is CBD flower?

CBD flower is the flowering buds of the cannabis, or hemp, plant. And since we know that hemp only contains trace amounts of THC (0.3% to be exact), it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects.

CBD flower for energy and focus

But here’s something you may not know: According to a 2014 study, researchers found that CBD may be responsible for promoting wakefulness in some people.

And that’s not all…

In a 2004 study, scientists discovered that when adults consumed 15mg of CBD, they felt more awake.

Then in 2006, scientists wanted to test the wake-inducing theory on rats. So, they only administered a small amount of CBD to them to see if they would become more alert or get sleepy.

To their surprise, their study proved that small doses of CBD actually promoted wakefulness in the rats, just like it did in humans in the 2004 study.

While it’s unclear why smaller doses of CBD promotes wakefulness, some scientists believe it may have something to do with how CBD interacts with our body’s dopamine levels.

So, what does the science say about CBD addressing chronic fatigue, which is the main symptom of low energy?

CBD for fatigue

Fatigue is defined as a symptom and is often caused by the following:

  • Poor sleep
  • Chronic stress (due to work, environment, emotional concerns, etc.)
  • Lack of nutrition
  • Serious medical conditions
  • Other poor lifestyle-related issues

But according to research, CBD helps stimulate our endorphins, which helps reduce pain and preserves Anandamide—our own endogenous cannabinoid responsible for helping us feel good.

CBD is also a pretty powerful anti-inflammatory, which can address a number of other health-related issues that cause poor sleep, anxiety, and additional stress in the body.

All in all, the more you stay consistent with CBD, the more it can possibly help bring your body back into balance—which ultimately helps naturally increase your overall energy and focus in the long run.

This leads us to the most important question…

What is the best CBD flower for energy and focus?

Well, it all boils down to the quality of CBD flower you purchase.

Conventional hemp farming often cuts corners in their cultivation methods. That’s why it’s best to look for organically grown hemp that’s free of synthetic nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

As for specifically addressing energy and fatigue, it’s best to focus on the cannabinoid and terpene profile of the strain of CBD flower you choose.

And here’s why: terpenes are these little compounds that give hemp its unique flavor and aroma. It also helps enhance the effects and benefits of CBD.

Finding a CBD flower that contains certain terpenes can make all the difference in your energy levels.

The truth is, low energy, extreme fatigue, and poor focus are often addressed with over-the-counter stimulants, prescription drugs, and poor diet choices. And believe it or not, these choices often contribute to other health issues, unwanted symptoms, and side effects.

While we know that CBD flower is in no way a “cure-all”, it is a less invasive, more natural option for those who are looking for a healthier way to address their poor energy levels.

However, we feel it’s wise to advise anyone who is considering CBD flower, to consult with a doctor before adding CBD to their daily regimen, especially if they’re currently on any prescription medications.

That said, we invite you to check out our list below of the best CBD flower strains for energy.

The best CBD flower strains for energy and focus

  • Avg. CBD percent: 19%
  • Sativa, Indica or Hybrid: Sativa
  • Grown Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Best Used For: Morning or Daytime
  • Effects: Lifter is a popular strain known for its energizing properties and rightfully so. This strain is perfect for anytime of the day when you need a pick-me-up. I like this strain because it helps my productivity throughout the day and it reduces the stress caused by work. This is my go-to strain before meetings because it helps to calm my nerves while maintaining a clear mind.
  • Avg. CBD percent: 18%
  • Sativa, Indica or Hybrid: Sativa
  • Grown Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Best Used For: Anytime
  • Effects: The Elektra strain is a close runner up on our list for best energizing CBD flower. This strain gives off more of a boost of energy as opposed to Lifter which is a little slower and on the creative side. Elektra is perfect for the morning or for after lunch to shake off the sluggishness. I like this strain because it gives me helps me feel alert and motivated.
  • Avg. CBD percent: 16%
  • Sativa, Indica or Hybrid: Sativa
  • Grown Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Best Used For: Morning of Daytime
  • Effects: Frosted Lime is another great sativa strain which is perfect when you need to buckle down and focus. As opposed to being mostly energy, this strain is more about mental clarity. Frosted Lime is best used before starting a new project or task.

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About Joy Hughes

Joy Hughes writes about health, nutrition, and all things cannabis. Having experienced the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids first hand, she's been spreading the word ever since. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband and beloved beagle.

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