I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and…
He was talking to me!
I was doing nothing but listening to his numerous complaints regarding his “male” issues.
One of them was evident: His forehead seemed to be worryingly extending at a high speed!
Suddenly the idea of a brand new article came to me!
CBD oil benefits for men! Simply and solely for men! Exclusively for men!
(Sorry, girls! There will be no answers for you this time. You are invited to read, though)
Men from Mars, Women from Venus
The title of this awesome book (I suggest that you read it!) is underlining the differences between men and women in terms of behavior and psychology.
The physical differences are obvious to all, right?
But how about their health concerns? What are the fears and preoccupations regarding their looks and well being? What are the “sex-specific” ailments men have or may have in the future?
I realized I have no idea about the topic.
Since I am a Venus resident, I texted some friends of mine who live on Mars asking for guidance and male intelligence (!!!).
The answers were immediate and precise.
Some of my friends’ messages revealed an intense male interest in ways to improve their physical condition. Muscle tissue growth, stamina, energy levels, DOMS were some of the topics they mentioned. The “gym” warrior stereotypic worries.
Some others suggested the contemporary “diseases” their hectic lifestyle and work rhythms bring along: poor sleep and excessive stress.
I was disappointed. I had covered these topics thoroughly with a recent article of mine regarding the positive effects of CBD oil on fitness “addicts”. Are these the only worries males have? Am I left with nothing else to write about?
Then it happened.
An intense bombardment of messages containing terms I could never think of, such as low testosterone levels, prostate issues, prostate cancer, even hair loss!
Some other messages were a little more explicit and audacious -I thank you for them-: erectile dysfunction, better sex life, stamina during intercourse, fertility issues.
Oh my! Life on Mars seems less simple than I would imagine!
I’m rolling up my sleeves, guys! You, bring beer and popcorn. The “game” is about to start!
CBD oil for prostate cancer
Shocked, huh? I know most of you are young and prostate cancer doesn’t worry you -for the time being.
Addressing to the most unpleasant and fatal issue is a technique I, always, use to captivate your attention.
Prostate cancer is the second most prevalent (behind skin cancer) and the second most fatal form of cancer (after lung cancer) among American men. Approximately 14% of men will be diagnosed with this ailment during their lifetime. I, really, wish you belonged to the remaining 86%. But, since you never know, better informed than sorry, right?
Up to some time ago cannabis products were used to ease the devastating side effects of chemo to cancer patients. Further studies have indicated THC’s potential in inhibiting the proliferation of tumor cells in vitro and in lowering their prevalence.
The most exciting news of all, though, links to scientific claims that CBD should be added to our arsenal against prostate cancer.
A very important study has indicated cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive compound of cannabis as a potential anticancer drug.
There are mounting studies reporting that Cannabidiol
- is a dominant inhibitor of cancer cell propagation, metastasis, and tumor growth.
- destroys cancerous neoplasms by silencing expression of the ID-1 gene, a protein that seems to play a key role as a cancer cell conductor.
According to Dr. Sean McAllister, of the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, the ID-1 gene is active during embryonic development. When the development process is concluded the gene switches off and remains off.
But in several types of metastatic cancer, the ID-1 gene is activated causing the invasion and the metastasis of malignant cells. CBD’s ability to switch off ID-1 expression indicates a significant breakthrough in anti-cancer treatment.
Furthermore, an in-vitro and in-vivo study has shown that CBD and other non-THC cannabinoids inhibit the growth of prostate carcinoma.
- delays cancer growth and inhibits tumor angiogenesis [=“Tumor angiogenesis is the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to grow.” (1) ). (Result: tumors starve to death. Sorry, I felt the need of some humor)
The impact of CBD on your Endocannabinoid System is of major importance. The presence of excessive amounts of receptors on prostate malignant cells reveals a possible correlation between a deficient ECS and cancerous cell reproduction.
I won’t be tired repeating that the key to your wellness is homeostasis (=equilibrium). Any lack of balance in your leads to Endocannabinoid System Deficiency and numerous diseases.
I would suggest that you gave cannabidiol a chance to restore the balance in your body to avoid any unpleasant surprises in the future.
Besides a deficient ECS and according to scientists, prostate cancer is due to
- Bad diet. Consuming red meat cooked at high temperatures along with its fat is suggested to contribute to prostate cancer
- Lack of physical exercise
- High levels of testosterone.
Did I say testosterone? I’ve got a question of yours to answer regarding it.
CBD and testosterone
So now, you are all ears, huh?
I can read the question in your eyes: what is the relationship between CBD and testosterone levels? Is there a possibility that it affects them negatively?
First things first.. Let’s see where and how testosterone is produced. (you know how my brain works… Deviating :-))
Cannabinoid receptors exist in your testicular tissue (don’t blush! This is science speaking..) and your sperm. Furthermore, they are found in sections of the hypothalamus.
Your hypothalamus releases the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). In response to GnRH, the pituitary gland produces luteinizing hormone (LH) which enters in the bloodstream, arrives in the gonads and stimulates Leydig cell production of testosterone in your testes.
Your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is closely related to your reproductive system because it is linked to your hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA axis).
CB1 receptors of your ECS exist in your anterior pituitary (perhaps you know it as adenohypophysis) and the Leydig cells. Both CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in Sertoli cells (that help in the process of spermatogenesis)
It seems that the ECS is an essential regulator of the HPA axis.
Phytocannabinoids are known to interact with your ECS. Scientists have found that when they bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of your ECS, the production of testosterone is suppressed.
This is certainly not good news! Don’t panic!
There is a huge BUT…
CBD can’t be accused of the crime of reducing your masculinity for a simple reason: it doesn’t bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Blame its sibling THC for this (recreational smokers beware! )
What can CBD do to your testosterone levels?
I can see you are getting impatient. Relax and pass me a beer!
I won’t lie to you. There is no hard -or soft 🙂 – evidence that CBD oil will positively enhance your major androgen. It seems it hasn’t got the ability to boost your T(estosterone) levels directly.
You didn’t get the hint, then! I said directly, didn’t I?
Now you got it, right?
Cannabidiol has the ability to mess with your T levels indirectly:
Trust me, you want cortisol and prolactin levels lowered as both of them are inversely connected with testosterone. This means that when one is decreased, the other is increased.
High amounts of prolactin and cortisol (=the stress hormone) will probably lead you to depression. As a result, your T levels will drop. Keeping prolactin and cortisol levels low helps your body preserve and stabilize testosterone levels.
- By preventing the oxidation of testosterone in the liver, CBD allows it to circulate unbound for a longer time. You should know that it is useless unless it’s free to hang around!
- By flushing dioxin, a toxin that is found to lower T levels, out of your system.
In case you are interested in natural ways to boost your T levels, I suggest that you
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Adopt a healthy diet
- Achieve optimal weight
- Train regularly
- Eliminate stress
- Avoid drugs and excessive alcohol consumption
Does any of the above suggestions ring a bell?
Shame on you if you underestimated its ability to positively influence your T levels in an indirect and holistic way!
CBD oil and fertility
You think that having talked about testosterone, I have covered the fertility issue, right?
We all know that when your testes don’t produce more testosterone, your sperm amount decreases resulting in difficulties in conceiving a child. Ok, we know that even though CBD can positively influence the existing T levels, it can’t increase them.
But it may help with fertility issues in a different way.
A study has identified an incredible correlation linking cannabidiol, male fertility, and the procreation process.
The GPR18 receptor, considered only a part of the ECS, was found existing in sperm cells. This discovery proves that cannabinoids and the ECS are directly linked to fertility.
Yet, the data related to THC and CBD is completely different.
Studies have shown THC may affect testosterone levels and sperm maturation, decrease sperm count and mobility and increase the production of abnormal sperm cells. (are you sure you still want to light that joint?)
On the other hand, scientific findings imply that CBD plays a fundamental role in a biological process essential for procreation: the acrosome reaction.
According to Dr. Hans Hatt of Ruhr University, the activation of the GPR18 receptor in sperm cells results in the onset of the acrosome reaction.
And magic happens!
While the sperm rushes towards the egg, digestive enzymes are released and alter the spermatozoa’s surface This helps them penetrate the egg. Without the GPR18 receptor and the ECS as a whole, the reaction wouldn’t happen and fertilization would be impossible.
The endocannabinoid that activates the receptor is anandamide and we all know that CBD enhances the duration of its presence in your body.
Even though the evidence brought is promising, more studies are needed to support CBD’s positive impact on male infertility.
See? It all comes to homeostasis!
And balance is a keyword that reveals the impact of
CBD on erectile dysfunction
My research has revealed to me that getting an erection is an extremely complicated process because it involves the cooperation of a lot of constituents of your organism.
Male impotence hints at various health issues apart from aging…
Let’s see what causes erectile dysfunction and how CBD can help you.
- Atherosclerosis. High amounts of fat and cholesterol generate inflammation in your body. Inflammation restricts the flow of blood to your penis with disastrous results. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can come to your erection’s rescue.
- Diabetes. A definite connection between inflammation and insulin resistance has been found. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help prescription medications control the effects of diabetes—including the damage it causes to blood vessels.
- Hormone Imbalance. The interaction of CBD with your ECS to promote balance positively affect the regulation of your hormones and consequently hormone-related impotence.
- Anxiety and Depression. A 2015 study showed that depression and anxiety are prevailing in patients with erectile dysfunction. CBD’s anxiolytic and antidepressant properties may treat impotence related to these factors.
- Stress. CBD oil has shown to have relaxing and calming properties. By being relaxed, the parasympathetic nervous pathways of your body become active and can support an erection.
- Toxins. Some researchers relate impotence to a toxin named dioxin. (yes, the same we met in the testosterone section) CBD has been shown to be able to eliminate it and prevent it from showing up again.
- Pain. If pain during sexual intercourse is the factor causing erectile dysfunction, remember that CBD has potent analgesic properties.
The following subject is the reason you are here. I know you have tolerated me so far waiting for me to get to the point 🙂
CBD oil and sex. Better sex.
I am not implying there are any problems in the pants department but there is always room for improvement right?
Recent research indicates you could get a boost in sexual performance and stamina during intercourse that can “spice up and better” your sex life.
- CBD helps with anxiety. Bad sex or -worse- no sex result from your inability to relax. CBD helps your sexual inhibition and sexual excitation system cooperate to decrease feelings of stress and anxiety.
- CBD helps with pain. Whether it is a migraine or pain during intercourse CBD can help. Lack of pain will boost the spirits and will bring you to the right mood.
This isn’t valid only to you, my dear Adonises. A few drops of CBD oil or a cannabidiol powder shake offered to your Venuses and excuses like ” I’ve got a headache” will be ancient history!
And why not? Some CBD infused massage oil would prove the tantric relationship of cannabidiol with sex and add lots of excitement while getting down to business.
How about stamina?
I’ll say nothing. I’ll let a friend of mine speak:
“The point is that CBD can help with a lot of sex-related issues, from erectile dysfunction to increase of stamina during the intercourse. I had some fun experience with my girlfriend with which I can confirm a huge increase of stamina during the sex :)”
(Now, it’s me blushing…)
Last but not least
CBD and hair loss
Baldness is not as alarming as prostate cancer but it’s definitely embarrassing. (Try to imagine a bald Adonis! )
When it comes to male pattern baldness or hair loss, most of the resources online use the term CBD Hemp oil.
I get mad when I realize that vendors play with words and confuse their clients. They add the word CBD to the name of the product and in the ingredients list underlining its rich content in essential fatty acids and Omegas. They add a word and a respectable amount to the price.
They forget to add that it’s hemp seed oil that contains all these beneficial to hair growth ingredients.
I didn’t find any study that certifies that CBD oil can help you with hair loss issues. (If you find one, let me know!)
Scientific research reports, though, that Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are essential to increase hair growth. Hemp seed oil contains these miraculous fatty acids among other beneficial substances for healthy skin and hair.
Certainly, CBD oil can aid by reducing inflammation and stress that can induce hair loss.
So, don’t bite the bait and buy a ridiculously overpriced CBD shampoo and conditioner. Continue consuming the traditional CBD oil product and add a hemp seed oil product to your hair care routine.
(And why not? Skin care? :-))
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