Men are notorious for not going to the doctor or getting screening tests, which is dangerous because men die at higher rates than women from every cause; heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, accidents, liver and kidney failure, diabetes, and suicide. Blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and prostate concerns can be detected on annual screenings, so schedule your checkup! Men might ignore any warning signs until they try to become a father and struggle with infertility.
For general Men’s Health, the guidance is clear. Manage your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels with diet and exercise. Eat whole foods, avoid fast food or processed foods, drink plenty of water, and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine. Exercise daily and break a good sweat 3-4 times per week. Meditate, pray, and spend time in nature to restore peace and calm. Seek deep connections with a few friends to share the ups and downs of life and be vulnerable. Cannabinoids can make it easier to get healthy by reducing inflammation (helping you move), calming nerves (combating stress), and strengthening the immune system (boosting wellness). The benefits of doing so far outweigh the costs, so get started and keep going!
Cannabinoids can make it easier to get healthy by:
- Reducing inflammation (helping you move)
- Calming nerves (combating stress)
- Strengthening the immune system (boosting wellness).
The benefits of doing so far outweigh the costs, so get started and keep going!
Infertility is an issue for some men, and there are contradictory views on whether cannabis plays a role. CB1 and CB2 receptors are found throughout the male reproductive system on the penis, testes, prostate, and the spermatozoa, and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) influences the endocrine and hormonal functions of the brain and glands. Anandamide and THC activate CB1 & CB2 receptors, decreasing the motility of sperm, and changing their activity in a dose dependent fashion. Based on a research review, if you are a male using recreational cannabis and you are unsuccessful conceiving a baby, try to quit smoking for a while.
Frequent cannabis smoking may affect testosterone levels, but research conflicts whether that is negative. Erectile dysfunction can be a worry, as cannabis has a dose dependent effect; low doses stimulate and wake up the senses, and large doses can suppress the nervous system and shut things down. Sexual performance may benefit from micro doses of THC to help arousal, though large doses may be inhibit orgasm in some. Doctors treating ED caution patients more about stopping tobacco and alcohol than cannabis.
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According to a Stanford survey of 24,000 people, cannabis users have more sex than non-users. Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years, and today we have dozens of options for people to try. Micro dosed THC edibles can relax and awaken your senses, and daily CBD oil can relax your mind, help sleep, reduce inflammation, and improve overall wellbeing. All of that can definitely help in the bedroom.
Most of our knowledge today stems from cell and animal studies. We lack conclusive evidence with human trials because of Schedule 1 restrictions. While data is sparse, observational reports (real world data) from those using whole plant cannabis formulations are encouraging.
If you are looking to work on a specific Men’s Health challenge or improve overall wellbeing, consider a CBD / Cannabis Coaching session…or gift someone you love with a pathway to better health!
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