CBD, or cannabidiol, seems to be one of those buzzwords we often hear being bandied about these days.
And it’s safe to say that CBD has taken the world by storm — after all, with benefits ranging from improved cognitive health, better and more restful sleep, as well as increased energy levels.
But beyond the stuff we’ve already heard about CBD, how does it benefit men’s health in particular? Let’s look at the ways how it does so.
Reason #1: CBD may reduce stress and anxiety
Stress is the true silent killer — and it is a massive obstacle in the way of your overall health. Day to day life is stressful, too. Sometimes we unconsciously add to the pressure of stress ourselves — often to disastrous outcomes for the body. Stress increases tension and anxiety, increases inflammation, prevents good sleeping habits, apart from weight gain. If you feel like you’re at the edge of sanity due to nonstop stress, then CBD just might be the thing for you.
See, CBD has shown promising results in the realm of stress and anxiety relief. A 2019 study supported this, where individuals who took CBD for a few months improved their anxiety management compared to those who didn’t.
Yet another study in 2019 showed that taking CBD in high-stress situations may help individuals feel calmer. High-stress situations could be anything ranging from a job interview, trying to make a tough deadline, or attending family events. CBD was shown to help individuals relax and approach such situations with a lucid, realistic perspective.
Reason #2: CBD may be able to fight male pattern hair loss
Male pattern hair loss has long been a problem for a large segment of the male population. Therefore, it is unavoidable for many men to stop producing hair if they count themselves under this group. However, thanks to CBD’s fascinating nutritional dossier, containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, and vitamin E, CBD may be useful in stalling the course of balding and may keep your hair stronger for much longer. Applying CBD to the hair follicles may theoretically increase hair growth in areas where they still can.
Moreover, CBD may help relax the blood vessels to improve circulation throughout the body. Blood flow to the hair follicles may help them grow thicker hair faster. CBD also reduces anxiety, stress, and depression, all of which contribute to hair loss one way or another.
Therefore, if your hair is getting thin, you may want to explore the possibility of trying a CBD-infused hair product. What have you got to lose?
Reason #3: CBD may help men chase away “the blues”
Got the blues? You might want to listen to this. Depression is a very real health problem that can lead to suicide. That’s because men are less likely to ask for help when depression strikes – especially for those of us who haven’t been diagnosed.
Consult your health care professional if you think you may be suffering from depression. Through a regimen of therapy and counseling, as well as the prescription of medication (if necessary), you might be able to overcome and get your mojo back again. While CBD is no substitute for therapy, it just might be helpful in battling depression.
CBD appears to make the brain more receptive to serotonin – the chemical responsible for producing “happy” feelings – based on a 2018 study. Researchers posited that CBD may work by boosting serotonin receptor activity for an instant pick-me-up. Consult a professional if you suspect depression symptoms.
Reason #3: CBD may be effective in treating prostate ailments
Prostate ailments, including cancer, is one of the most prevalent illnesses in men. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that men should get checked regularly at around age 40. Prostate cancer is very curable when caught early.
CBD has shown some promise in fighting prostate cancer based on results from animal studies and cell cultures. CBD reduced tumor size in mice in a study in 2012, and the same researchers noted CBD’s effectiveness when used together with anti-cancer medications.
That’s not to say CBD actually stops the growth of prostate cancer – no studies have comprehensively showed this so far. However, when used with conventional cancer treatments, it may play a supporting role.
CBD could also help men undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy by alleviating its side effects, such as nausea, pain, and stress.
Reason #4: CBD might just enhance your sex life
Everyone could use a better, more satisfying, and pleasurable sex life. CBD may help those of us who lack the confidence to perform between the sheets, and help boost their satisfaction, including that of their partners.
Much of this is linked to CBD’s effect in relaxing the body’s blood vessels, therefore boosting blood flow to the rest of the body (including the genital area). More blood flow means increased likelihood of improving erection quality, frequency, and hardness. While more research is definitely required, the advantages are clear.
CBD also may give your sex drive a boost thanks to its effects on the endocannabinoid system, helping you feel more confident and relaxed, which may make sexual activity more pleasurable. Performance anxiety is a real thing, and the expectations of how well they should know their way around the bedroom can kill off any libido you have before you’ve gotten a chance to hit it. CBD and its anxiety-reducing effect may help allay unfounded fears during sex. And that’s always a good thing for both you and your partner.
CBD and the law
CBD products containing less than 0.3% of THC (the psychoactive component) are now legal at the national level in the United States. However, it must be noted that such products are not FDA-approved, and may still be forbidden in certain states and countries in the rest of the world. Consult your doctor and check your local laws to make sure you’re not running afoul of any legistlation.