It’s no secret that CBD oil has taken over the health and wellness industry. It seems like CBD can help everything from chronic pain to anxiety. But, another part of a healthy and happy life is maintaining a good sex life.
Erectile dysfunction is a sensitive topic to talk about for most men. It can even bring with it a sense of embarrassment or shame for some. But, that shouldn’t stop us from talking about ED.
The truth is, men of any age can experience erectile dysfunction. The University of Wisconsin reports that with each decade of age, the prevalence of mild erectile dysfunction goes up roughly 10%. At age 50, as much as 50% of men are struggling with ED.
This article will explore the possible benefits of CBD for erectile dysfunction and how to use CBD for erectile dysfunction. Let’s start by talking about what CBD is.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many natural substances found in cannabis. CBD is extracted as an oil from hemp. It does not cause an intoxicated or “high” feeling like THC—the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Since hemp cannot legally exceed 0.3% of THC content, it is not possible to get high off of hemp-derived CBD oil, when used as directed.
In recent years, CBD has been shown to be an incredible natural supplement for a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. There are countless types of medications that can be substituted with CBD due to its versatile uses. Everything from sleeping pills to analgesics to anxiety medications.
CBD and Erectile Dysfunction
Getting an erection is a highly complex process. It involves the brain, muscles, blood circulation, nerves, and hormones. One reason ED should be talked about more is that it could be a sign of other health issues throughout the body. The cause of erectile dysfunction can be physical, psychological, or a mixture of both.
CBD oil has a holistic effect on the body. It has the potential to help both the physical and psychological problems hindering your sex life. Let’s talk about these problems and how CBD may be able to help.
ED Related to Atherosclerosis
Getting an erection and keeping it requires your body to have healthy circulation. Atherosclerosis—or clogged arteries—restricts blood flow throughout the body which can cause ED. The build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances initiates an inflammatory response from the immune system. This causes further damage and restricted blood flow. CBD oil is a natural anti-inflammatory which can potentially manage the inflammation which restricts the flow of blood to the penis, causing erectile dysfunction.
ED Related to Diabetes
ED can also be a result of diabetes. Prolonged high blood glucose levels caused by insulin resistance can damage blood vessels throughout the body. The blood vessels responsible for erections can also become damaged, which restricts the blood flow to the penis. Within the last decade, researchers have discovered a strong link between inflammation and insulin resistance. CBD oil’s natural anti-inflammatory properties may be able to assist prescription medications in managing the effects of diabetes—including the damage it does to blood vessels.
ED Related to Hormone Imbalance
Hormone imbalances can cause a wide range of problems in the body from sudden appetite changes to erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone or thyroid hormones can often be at the root of ED. When CBD is in the body, it interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a highly complex system which has a hand in managing many of our bodily processes. This includes the regulation of mood and hunger. The ECS also directly affects the body’s regulation of hormones. Through this regulation of hormones, CBD may benefit those with hormone-related erectile dysfunction.
ED Related to Anxiety and Depression
Erectile dysfunction is not always just a physical problem, it can also be a psychological problem. Mental disorders are a common cause of ED. A 2015 study shows us that anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in those with erectile dysfunction and other sexual disorders. CBD oil has shown to have an anxiolytic-like and antidepressant-like effects. This may be a healthier and more natural solution to managing erectile dysfunction related to anxiety and depression.
ED Related to Stress
Stress can contribute to erectile dysfunction both directly and indirectly. The many stresses of life—jobs, money, relationships—can directly affect bedroom performance. These types of stressors can indirectly cause impotence due to drug and alcohol use, fatigue, exhaustion, overeating, sleep deprivation, and weight gain. CBD oil has shown to have a relaxing and calming effect. This is partly due to the CBD itself, and partly due to the terpenes in full-spectrum CBD oils.
How to Use CBD for Erectile Dysfunction
There are many ways to use CBD oil for erectile dysfunction. The most common method is to use a high quality full spectrum CBD oil sublingually, meaning using a dropper to drip a serving underneath your tongue. There are also CBD oil gummies, CBD pills, CBD capsules and CBD vaporizers.
For those with ED related to atherosclerosis, a CBD serving plan consisting of small, regular dosages may work best since the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may work better over time. On the other hand, taking CBD for anxiety-related ED may work well by taking a single serving about an hour or two before intercourse. Don’t worry, CBD oil is safe to use regularly, even in large doses. No CBD overdoses have ever been reported.
CBD Side Effects
Although they are typically rare and mild, there are a handful of side effects to look out for when using CBD. These side effects include nausea, dry mouth, changes in mood, changes in appetite, and drowsiness. It’s best to start with a small serving size and work your way up to an amount that works best for you. Since everyone is different, the optimal amount of CBD will be different from person to person. It will take a little experimentation.
CBD and a Happier, Healthier Life
CBD is an incredibly powerful dietary supplement. It benefits nearly every part of the body. In many ways, erectile dysfunction is a warning sign that lets us know that there are other health problems that need to be worked on. CBD oil may be the help we need, not only for ED, but for physical and psychological issues as well. It may be the key to a healthier body and a happier sex life.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website, where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.