Scientists continue their quest to discover more benefits when using cannabidiol or CBD. Many people have become more curious about this alternative medication that is organic and safe.
The mass media, the internet on top, has become the best source of CBD information. Add to it the fact that the US government just recently passed the Farm Bill of 2018.
I know that you also have that one question you want to ask but you’re just too shy to do so. Today, I am volunteering to discuss with you how CBD affects the production of testosterone.
Science and product believers join forces in confirming the benefits of CBD. From simple pain to epilepsy, CBD has indeed come a long way. But has anyone thought of it as a helpful supplement to increase testosterone?
This article is a must read for everyone to have a better understanding of how CBD works. And yes, it also aims to quench your curiosity. Don’t think of this as an exclusive male article; everyone will surely benefit from it.
What is Testosterone?
Let’s make it simple: testosterone is the hormone that helps a man’s body to develop his “manly” being. In short, it’s what makes a man man.
Women also produce testosterone but not as much as men. The small amount of testosterone produced in a woman’s body helps in maintaining bone mass and reproductive tissues.
Sperm cells mature given the right amount of testosterone a man produces. Healthy sperm cells mean a man can pro-create. On the other hand, if a man could not produce the “standard” amount, he becomes infertile.
Testosterone, in both men and women, is the main reason we feel muscle strength and sex drive. It also regulates the production of red blood cells and the body’s fat distribution.
Consequently, there are rare cases in which women overproduce testosterone. If this happens, you’d see women encountering “manly” changes in their body such as infertility, facial hair (like a mustache or beard), or baldness.
Does CBD Lower Your Testosterone?
To answer it straight, CBD does not lower your testosterone. But it does not increase it either.
Studies conducted with rats in the late 70s show that there’s a possibility for CBD to reduce the production of testosterone. However, it increases when CBD induces cortisol suppression.
How does this happen? Remember that our endocannabinoid system or ECS focuses on how to “balance” the different functions of our body through neurotransmitters. Taking in CBD does not address just one part of your body; it affects everything inside you.
Consequently, CBD does not bind with our cannabinoid receptors. It’s what THC does.
What is THC?
The cannabis sativa plant has hundreds of cannabinoids in it. The most prominent of them is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
This component is the one that binds with our CB1 (cannabinoid) receptors. It is the substance responsible for giving a euphoric state of mind or the kick, so to speak.
Both CBD and THC are under the same plant family. However, their function differs since CBD does not bind with the receptors, unlike THC.
Nonetheless, both cannabinoids interact with your brain. The brain releases neurotransmitters all over your body for it to “understand” pain, mood swings, and sleep or the lack of it.
When you use CBD and THC together, there is a chance that THC’s psychoactive effect is lessened. Both substances would seem to complement each other. This is known as the entourage effect.
What Does THC Have to Do with Testosterone?
Let’s go back to your testosterone. Well, unlike CBD, THC may have worse side effects when it comes to the production of the hormones. What’s next may not be good news to cannabis users.
Researchers found out that the amount of testosterone produced is lesser when high amounts of THC are used. This happens because THC disrupts the usual function of the male reproduction system.
However, another rat experiment also concluded that the effect in the testosterone depends on the substance used. This goes to show that there is a possibility that the effect would vary per strain.
Scientists need to conduct further studies, this time with humans, to have a solid conclusion about the matter. But for now, if you would like to use any or both, don’t expect to have high production of testosterone.
Increasing Testosterone, the Natural Way
If you have an issue with your testosterone production, you may want to try testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This procedure helps to increase your sex drive and strengthen your muscles.
However, TRT is also associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA), prostate cancer, and even male breast cancer. It does not mean that you are going to have those right after treatment, but there’s a risk that you get exposed to these health issues.
Nonetheless, you can do it the natural way. Here are some of the things you can do to get the right amount of testosterone:
- Eat healthily
- Lose that extra weight
- Avoid situations that would lead to stress
- Develop a good sleeping pattern
- Walk, exercise, work out – whatever you call it
- Avoid alcohol and substance abuse
- Consider taking in vitamins and organic supplements
This advice sounds familiar, right? Well, yes, because you have read about it many times. So, don’t ever think about throwing away your CBD oil!
It may not increase your testosterone per se, but CBD can actually help you become a healthier person. This way, your body will naturally produce testosterone without the aid of synthetic medication.
Whether you use CBD or THC, the production of your testosterone would still depend on your lifestyle. Even when you push your brain hard to suffice your sexual urges, if it won’t work, it won’t.
CBD can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some people consider using CBD because it’s known for pain management, but it is actually more than that.
Take it as a supplement and try your best to maintain the “healthy pace.” Nobody is perfect but if you choose to be healthy, everything follows – including healthy sex life.