iFocus – Natural Remedies for the Focused Mind

Everyone’s been there: you’re sitting at work and your mind begins to wander. You’re transported to that long-awaited vacation you have coming up, or that holiday is right around the corner. You’re busily working through everything you have planned and all the fun you are going to have when all of a sudden it’s an hour later and you’ve gotten nothing done. If only you could focus more!

Well, we have the solution for you! Not only can certain herbs as well as certain strains of marijuana help with your concentration, they can provide long-term beneficial effects in this regard. Click the video below to see how this photographer benefits from vaping cannabis while he works.

For people with ADHD, it can be even harder to concentrate than normal. A study of 268 separate online discussion threads reported that 25 percent of people said they believed that marijuana had a positive role to play in ADHD symptom management. Some schools of thought suggest that ADHD might stem from a lack of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain.

Dopamine THC Image

As a neurotransmitter, dopamine is a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. Dopamine is believed to affect thought processes, including memory and attention. Substances in recreational drugs, such as marijuana, lead to the production of more dopamine in the reward center of the brain. The brain's reward center gives an individual a pleasant sensation when they use marijuana and other drugs.

Nature journal published a study in 2017 that discusses the dopamine-releasing action of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active chemical component in marijuana, and the source of its pleasure sensation. The researchers advised that THC boosts short-term dopamine levels, helping the user with their ability to concentrate.

This varying effect suggests that marijuana provides short-term symptom relief, better focus, and overall mental sedation for people with ADHD. This can assist the regular user as well as, in small doses, concentration can be boosted. The DAVINCI MIQRO will be perfect for this purpose, as it is ideal for microdosing, a way of providing a burst of your herb whenever you need it.

Marijuana isn’t the only herb that can help with your ability to focus, though! There are a number of other natural herbs that you can also utilize in any of our vaporizers, like rosemary for instance! 

Rosemary Herb

This lovely herb isn’t just a star in Mediterranean cooking!

Rosemary is also a brain-booster, particularly when used as an essential oil in aromatherapy, or as a dry herb in a vaporizer. 

Smelling rosemary is believed to improve efficiency and proficiency at mental tasks.

Furthermore, rosemary may also help with memory retention. This is extremely beneficial for students or anybody who is trying to learn a new skill!

Are you feeling overworked or strung out, or simply overwhelmed and burned out? If so, ashwaghanda may be the right herb for you! 

Ashwaganda Herb

It has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to rejuvenate and enhance brain function. In fact, more recent studies suggest it may even help the nerve cells within the hippocampus to branch correctly.

This herb is believed to help treat nervous exhaustion and prevent the deterioration of brain cells. Ashwaghanda may offer the additional benefit of supporting your immune system, which is likely to be a little run down if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends! 

Like most of the other brain-boosting herbs, ashwaghanda may assist with mental clarity, information processing and overall cognitive performance.

People who are proponents of vitamin usage might be familiar with Ginko Biloba, a common vitamin to improve brain function and help with memory retention. 

Gingko Biloba Herb

However, you can also utilize this herb in other ways! This herb has been used for many centuries within ancient healing practices and is believed to offer numerous cognitive benefits. 

Some research suggests that ginkgo biloba may help to heal and regenerate the cells in your brain, which is clearly good news for your mental function, especially as we age! 

Further studies suggest that this potent plant may also enhance memory, attention and even intelligence.

Important: Ginkgo is a recognized blood thinner and should not be used in conjunction with NSAIDs, ibuprofen, aspirin, warfarin or any other blood-thinning medications.

Ginseng, a popular additive in energy drinks, is another herb that is very beneficial to your concentration. 

Ginseng Herb

People who drink red bulls, monsters, or other energy drinks find, in addition to a boost of energy, that they are able to better focus on their tasks at hand. 

The same goes for the herb! Ginseng is famously used to increase vitality and improve all-around mental function. 

It is also a recognized adaptogen, meaning that it can also help your body and brain to better cope with the effects of stress. 

Furthermore, ginseng may even protect brain cells against toxins and beta-amyloid, which is integral to prevent age-related mental decline. 

That sounds pretty great to me!

Another less common herb that can aid your ability to focus is vacha. This herb has been traditionally used to help treat nervous system disorders. 

It may further assist with clear-thinking, focus and mental concentration. Some people who use vacha report that it has a lightly stimulating effect and is therefore often recommended to people with a low mood or “sluggish thinking.” Vacha is also popularly believed to help with the detoxification of brain tissue.

Gotu Kola Herb

Hang in there, we only have a few more herbs left to go over! An herb native to South East Asia, Australia and India, Gotu Kola is typically used as a tonic to balance overall brain function. It is famously recognized for its ability to enhance blood circulation and support memory function. 

More specifically, this herb is also an adaptogen, meaning that it can help your body to “adapt” to stress more effectively. This basically means that this herb also helps with mental clarity!

Brahmi, another herb, is believed to work by supporting the nervous system and the brain. In particular, brahmi may help the left and right spheres of our brain to work together more synergistically. 

This has been found to increase memory, intelligence, focus and capacity for learning. Brahmi may also offer a secondary benefit of reducing stress. It is believed to provide adrenal support, alleviate anxiety, treat insomnia and help with emotional resilience.

Brahmi Herb

What’s great about these herbs is that most of them help alleviate your stress or lift your mood in some way, so not only are you able to concentrate more, but you also feel better about your day! Speaking of mood improvement, the last herb we will talk about today is excellent at this. 

Brahmi is believed to work by supporting the nervous system and brain. In particular, brahmi may help the left and right spheres of our brain to work together more synergistically. 

This has been found to increase memory, intelligence, focus and capacity for learning. Brahmi may also offer a secondary benefit of reducing stress. It is believed to provide adrenal support, alleviate anxiety, treat insomnia and help with emotional resilience.

As you can see, there are a number of different herbs, including marijuana, that you can use to help increase your ability to concentrate. 

Let us know which ones you use to help you focus! 

Please note: Some herbal therapies may interact with medications, or are contraindicated in certain health conditions. Please consult your trusted health care provider before using herbal therapies.