The question is: Despite all the hype, does it work? And further - can it help with erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction and CBD
There’s no conclusive evidence that CBD can be used to treat ED, but there is research suggesting CBD can treat some of the underlying causes. Preliminary studies have shown CBD to decrease anxiety, relieve stress, improve blood flow and treat pain - all good things when it comes to getting passionate and creative in the bedroom.
CBD may also balance hormones, like cortisol, melatonin and testosterone. For those with an imbalance of testosterone, CBD could potentially boost sexual function, for example by increasing testosterone production in the testicles.
Anecdotally, there have been many claims of CBD boosting libido. Ayurveda practitioners, who practice a form of alternative medicine, have practiced cannabis therapy for many years in order to treat erectile dysfunction, according to Healthline.
How does it work?
CBD’s various positive effects are rooted in its relationship with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This very important system plays a role in regulating a host of functions, including sleep, appetite, and reproduction.
The system is made up of 3 elements: receptors, enzymes and endocannabinoids - molecules produced by your body to keep everything running smoothly.
CBD is a cannabinoid derived from plants that is similar to the naturally occurring endocannabinoids in structure. When it is consumed, it is thought to interact with the receptors in the ESC - resulting in the myriad health benefits we’ve discussed.
Are there any negative side effects?
Though CBD is typically well-tolerated, it can cause side effects like dry mouth, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue, according to Mayo Clinic. If you plan on taking it regularly as a supplement, it’s best to consult with your doctor first to align on dosing and any potential health risks.
Our conclusion on CBD
We know we’ve presented a lot of inconclusive information, in part because research just hasn’t yet caught up with the popularity of CBD. But when it comes down to it, CBD is usually safe and available in many forms over-the-counter. There’s likely no harm in trying it to see if it has an impact on ED.
If not - you may discover it has other benefits, like reducing stress or improving your sleep schedule. That said, you may want to stay away from the goofier products out there. Those CBD-infused toothpicks probably won’t do much for your pecker.