You know those bright, brilliant moments in life where your energy is soaring and your mind and body are firing on all cylinders? Thoughts come quickly and clearly and physical movement happens almost effortlessly. You feel free, unshackled from any of life’s resistances and like you can conquer anything.
I frickin love this feeling. Mental and physical effort feels pleasurable. There is momentum behind me and a surge of motivation and purpose. According to positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, what we experience in these moments is known as flow state, defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” Csíkszentmihályi, popularised the term in his 1990 book and describes the mental state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
If you ask me I think “flow” is worth chasing. Where there is more flow there is more achievement. Research done by Harvard professor Teresa Amabile shows that people who have experienced “flow state” report higher levels of productivity, creativity, and happiness for up to three days after experiencing flow state. You have to push just outside your comfort zone, stretch yourself to accomplish a set goal and work towards that goal with focus, determination, and little distraction to expand your mind and feel creatively inspired which increases the quality of both the work you do and the life you live. A big part of my desire and dedication to live a fit and healthy lifestyle is fuelled by wanting to be and achieve the best possible me. And if I can tap into flow more frequently then chances are higher that I will achieve my given goals and perform optimally.
For flow to take place body and mind have to be functioning at their peak. So recently, in an effort to optimise my game I have been biohacking with Naturopathica’s CBD lozenges. Studies with CBD (cannabidiol) in wellness is a relatively new area but CBD has been proven to help the body maintain homeostasis by aiding the endocannabinoid system. This basically means that CBD helps to optimise your bodily functions by keeping things in balance since the endocannabinoid system works to maintain homeostasis by using cannabinoid receptors to monitor reactions in the body. When a discrepancy is detected, cannabinoids are synthesized to interact with receptors. Then they stimulate a chemical response to address the issue.
Homeostasis in the body can be supported simply by taking Naturopathica’s lozenges, the first lozenges of their kind in the UK containing a high strength dose of 10mg CBD per lozenge in a great tasting citrus flavour. They dissolve in your mouth (it’s tempting to chew them I find but try to just suck them to maximise the CBD absorption!) just like a sweet and enter the blood stream directly, which creates a faster and more effective delivery.
What you need to know
CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp or Cannabis Sativa L. plant which has been used for thousands of years. Cannabinoids are active compounds which act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Unlike cannabis, hemp is naturally higher in CBD. CBD is completely non-psychoactive and therefore won’t cause a euphoric effect, making it safe for use.
Cannabinoids are active compounds which act on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. They include phytocannabinoids which are found in cannabis and some other plants, endocannabinoids which are produced naturally in the human and animal body, and synthetic cannabinoids which are artificially produced in the laboratory.
There are over 100 phytocannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant. The most notable ones are CBD and THC. Whereas THC has psychoactive effects and is used in human healthcare, CBD belongs to the cannabinoids which are non-psychoactive.
I’ve been taking two of the CBD lozenges each day and whilst I can’t notice a direct or dramatic effect, I’m feeling great and I like knowing that I’m helping my body to function at it’s best. I need no help remembering to take the lozenges unlike other supplements either since they taste zingy and sweet. A definite perk to my day!
I’m going to continue taking the lozenges because there is also no down side and every possible non-psychoactive upside! I mean, if you have the chance to feel and do better then why would you not take it?!
This post was written in collaboration with Naturopathica.
Images by Oda Biede.