College is both a wonderful and miserable experience. The joy of new classes coupled with the horror of test days and lengthy papers. The excitement of meeting new people and then realizing you can’t stand any of them. The curiosity of learning new things and the frustration of actually having to study almost EVERYTHING about the topic! Homework, financial stress, decreased social life, the barrage of library hours and study sessions, it’s no wonder that many people are curious if CBD can help. In this article, we’ll be looking into some of the ways that cannabidiol might be able to help as well as how to incorporate this hemp-derived cannabinoid into your daily routine.
Can College Students Really Benefit From Incorporating CBD Into Their Busy Schedules?
College is a stressful and often life-changing period of time for many new students. The coursework is more intense and requires diligence and focus to succeed. There’s also greater pressure to succeed due to how expensive tuition, textbooks, and study materials may be. Finding time to study, have a social life, work a full-time job, sleep, exercise, and much more can seem impossible to juggle around. The important thing to remember is that college is temporary and there’s so much that can be managed without falling into a black pit of desperation or resorting to pounding energy drinks every hour.
While CBD should never be viewed as a magic “cure-all’ to what ails you, it can be a great help for those struggling to find a sense of balance. It may help you relax to the point where you can fall asleep, may help you calm down to study more efficiently, can quell nerves before a big presentation or exam, can aid with bouts of uneasiness and rising stress, and so much more. Let’s take a closer look at all the ways CBD can help.
Upon entering the doors of your college classroom, you may be caught up in a whirlwind of social pressure. Whether that be answering every question, jotting down the greatest organized notes, facilitating the best study party, or simply fitting in, peer pressure can rear its ugly head in the midst of your studies. This pressure is increased tenfold if you’re trying to balance work and family/friend time as well. The class wants to go hang out at the local pub after a study session or have a celebration after a particularly grueling exam. Yet your work or family priorities come first, and you feel like you’re being pulled in multiple directions, leaving little time for yourself and your loved ones.
CBD can help you better focus your priorities and feel more calm when making difficult decisions. Rather than trying to make everyone happy, focus on what’s important to you and remember that while your college studies are important, just like high school, you probably won’t stay in touch with your peers past graduation. Make the most of your time there, but don’t sacrifice your priorities for fleeting happiness.
Aids With Focus & Concentration
You may face a wave of stress and panic when tackling brand-new subjects, whether these pertain directly to your degree or are simply core requirements. You may feel inadequate to learn about these, much less retain the information. The stigma of making a perfect average or being the brightest in the class can be debilitating on both your focus and your concentration.
CBD works well to calm your mind and help you relax, thus allowing you to process and retain information for future use. Rather than stressing to remember everything all at once, take a deep breath and breathe deeply. Focus on key points rather than cramming every single word. Remember that learning is about what you can successfully research and apply to real world situations. You’ll have access to greater information consistently throughout your chosen profession. But using the tools at your disposal to correctly answer questions through memory will be a bit easier with the help of CBD.
Helps To Regulate Sleep
It can be a shock to realize how little sleep you’ll get in college, usually due to academic stress/studying and less-than-ideal lifestyle choices (partying, staying up late, procrastinating). Add in those who suffer from sleeping irregularities like light sleepers or insomnia and you’ve got yourself a zombie-like horde of sleep-deprived students.
Rather than join the thousands of students who don’t get a good night's sleep, try adding CBD to your routine. Many CBD products specifically work as sleep aids by adding in other compounds like CBN and melanin to promote restful sleep. CBD can also help your mind unwind and relax to the point where you can fall asleep more easily. Establishing a set sleep schedule may prove to be difficult for many students, but form these patterns early to ensure you make the most of your time at college.
Can Help Improve Mental Health
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in mental health issues that range from uneasiness, inability or difficulty to cope with stress, frustration and anguish due to personal reasons, and so much more. While mental health may finally be getting the recognition it deserves, there’s still a long way to go in the proper treatment of many mental health issues.
CBD is touted for its ability to help you balance stress and mental anguish more efficiently. As the cannabidiol works to restore balance to both your mind and body, you may find yourself better equipped to deal with the many frustrations of “adulting.” As you continue to use CBD, you may start to feel more balanced and in control, allowing you to more effectively quell any aggravation of your current and prospective mental health issues.
A little known fact about CBD is that it has incredible hydrating properties, even more so than many moisturizers currently on the market. If you find yourself rubbing your hands absentmindedly, picking at or scratching your skin, or simply skipping your normal moisturizer/lotion routine, you may notice an increase in dried out or chapped skin.
CBD topicals can help the surface level of your skin, while oral CBD can promote water retention below your skin. As your body and skin absorb the cannabinoid, you may notice an improvement in the overall quality of your skin in both hydration and nourishment. Chapped and dry skin, be gone!
Managing Physical Discomfort
Many college students transfer to out-of-state colleges, resulting in a difficult adjustment period. While being “homesick” is more of an emotional dilemma, there may be some physical discomfort amongst new students. Joint aches and muscle cramps, particularly in colder climates/months, may be especially tough to get used to. Some students may experience flare-ups from previous injuries and accidents, making it difficult to study, concentrate, and sleep well.
CBD has proven to be quite effective in reducing physical discomfort brought on from all these physical ailments. Cannabidiol contains powerful anti-inflammation properties and can help reduce soreness and tenderness in your joints and muscles. Try to incorporate CBD into your daily routine sooner rather than later to help manage any surprise flare-ups as well as boost your ability to ward these attacks off.
Choosing The Right CBD Product
Figuring out which CBD product is right for you can be a little intimidating in the beginning. Some consumers prefer a soft and chewy gummy, while others prefer the silky texture of tinctures. A CBD capsule or softgel may be easier to fit into your daily routine, or you may prefer to light up a pre-roll and relax in the smoky aroma.
You should also factor in the type of CBD that works the best for you. Full spectrum CBD offers the “full benefits” of the hemp plant (often referred to as the entourage effect) where you can consume the naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, minor cannabinoids, and trace amounts of THC. Broad spectrum CBD is nearly the same, but has had nearly all the trace amounts of THC carefully filtered out, and may not contain the same amount of terpenes, flavonoids, and minor cannabinoids. CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD, containing strictly cannabidiol and nothing else.
Lastly, you’ll also want to do some research on the product you’re considering. Are there third-party independent lab tests available? Have other customers left good reviews of their experiences? How long has the brand been established? Pay careful attention to the ingredients list as well to find more information about the quality of the hemp and the absence of harmful additives like Vitamin E or artificial coloring/flavors.
Here at ERTH Wellness, we’re all about helping bring back balance and order into your life. Our collection of premium products are ready and waiting to help you in a variety of ways…you just have to find the right one for you. In order to make that decision a little easier, we started a Try Before You Buy program of sample sizes for several of our best-selling products. We’re confident that once you try our products, you’ll be ready to stock up on a full-size product once the sample size runs out! For those on a budget, consider signing up for our subscription service to ensure you never run out of your favorite CBD product (and also save 25-40% off!).
Check out our exciting collection of edibles, featuring tasty gummies, no-nonsense softgels, and silky tinctures. For our vapers and smokers, you definitely don’t want to miss out on our selection of flavored CBD vape juice and pre-rolls. All of our products have been crafted with premium ingredients and subjected to rigorous testing by third-party independent labs. You can view the results of these tests by scanning the QR code printed on the product’s packaging or by clicking the embedded link in each product’s description. In our next article, we’ll be looking into how CBD can help those struggling with addiction to help manage their symptoms. We hope to see you there!