ATHS Asks: CBD Oil vs. Erectile Dysfunction. Is CBD taking on Viagra?


As CBD oil burgeons into many markets around the globe, it seems it may also be able to combat men's worst bedroom fears - erectile dysfunction (ED).
About 4.3 million men in the UK are affected by ED. However, 44% of men do not seek any medical help and this ends up increasing anxiety and exacerbating their performance in the bedroom.
CBD oil and erectile dysfunction can seem to be unlikely partners on paper. However, there is enough evidence to suggest CBD can help alleviate symptoms of ED.
CBD oil is still a budding competition to Viagra in treating erectile dysfunction. Most people are unaware of CBD's potential to enhance their sex life.
Viagra is still the most popular medication for ED. It also helps in having a satisfactory sexual experience. The benefits of CBD in treating erectile dysfunction is not widely acknowledged as Viagra. There is also little research to support the latter as well.
However, Viagra causes side-effects. Its use is strongly associated with cardiovascular diseases. This makes the medicine unviable for long-term use.
Dr Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer at HelloMD, suggested in 2016:
‘The way I see it, why not try CBD/cannabis? There are side effects to Viagra and zero side effects to cannabis when dosed properly. Maybe it’s just making them feel better and relaxed, and that’s making it easier for them to enjoy sex, but it’s still working, whatever the reason’.
Research is still underway to study the effect of CBD on men's libido in depth. Researchers have widely acknowledged the presence of an endocannabinoid system in the body and the positive effect that CBD has on it.
CBD's effect on anxiety and it's relaxation benefits are also widely accepted. A survey taken by 1000 people, revealed that 68% of the people had an improved sexual experience when using CBD. Others said that it helped them relax and improved their mood.
Whether CBD can directly cure ED still has to be put to further scientific inquiry. But there is enough research to suggest that it can help several symptoms that lead to ED.
Risk factors to ED
Erectile dysfunction is commonly associated with old age. However, this is a myth. It can manifest as a reduced libido or inability to have an erection at any age.
ED has also been associated with:
  • Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Obesity
  • Work stress
  • Addiction to porn etc.
As it turns out, some research does exist that strives to prove that CBD can relieve these potential factors that contribute to ED.
CBD for anxiety-related ED
There is ample evidence to suggest that ED can be caused by anxiety. ED sufferers reveal bouts of increased stress, deadlines, relationship issues impacting their lack of interest in sex contributing to reduced libido. Moreover, depressed men are often reported to experience erectile dysfunction.
For ages, CBD has been touted as an effective medicine to counter anxiety. Its effect on the endocannabinoid system – and the entourage effect - is widely recognised by researchers. Owing to this, CBD products are used to relieve anxiety and stress and induce sleep.
From the perspective of treating ED-related anxiety, CBD can be quite useful to fight anxiety levels that can impact your libido. This is further accentuated by sex educator, Diana Urman:
“Many people say they feel more spontaneous and adventurous [after using CBD]…There is also sometimes an increased sensitivity to touch and increased willingness to be more engaged and sensual which, in turn, enhances sexual pleasure and deepens orgasmic abilities.”
CBD for better cardiovascular health
CBD can also alleviate erectile dysfunction by contributing to a healthier heart. This is its greatest value proposition to take on the likes of Viagra. With the latter raising the risks of acquiring cardiovascular diseases, CBD is seen as its effective alternative.
One of the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases is erectile dysfunction. Although mental health may be a factor for younger men, older men can suffer from ED due to a weak cardiovascular system. A poor heart means poor blood flow into the penis, which in turn causes erectile dysfunction.
There is significant research on CBD and its impact on the entire cardiovascular system and CBD and vasodilation. Both streams suggest that CBD helps in widening arteries and veins which leads to better flow of blood.
For sufferers of erectile dysfunction, CBD oil can offer relief by strengthening their circulatory system. This leads to an increased flow of blood throughout the body helping your erections as well.
CBD and obesity-related ED
1 in 4 people in the UK suffers from obesity. Along with heart diseases, obesity can also play a role in erectile dysfunction. How this happens is fat tissues in the body overcharge CB receptors which contribute to obesity and metabolic risks. Moreover, obesity can also affect testosterone levels making it difficult to get an erection. Here is how CBD proves to be extremely useful.
Studies have been carried out around CBD and its effect on various obesity factors. Although the scientific community is still out on this, studies on animals (here, rats) showed that CBD reduced cholesterol by 25%. The therapeutic compound has a block off CB1 receptors and stimulates CB2 receptors, in effect, reducing the risk of obesity.
Moreover, a study in 2016 backed up a claim that CBD can turn “bad fat into good fat”. Proponents claim that using CBD, white, or “bad,” fat can be turned into brown fat, which may help the body burn calories. The study also pointed out that CBD helps in breaking down fats more efficiently.
In this way, CBD can effectively combat obesity-related erectile dysfunction.
So what's the catch?
CBD, as an ingredient to ingest in various edible forms and via topical applications is declared completely safe by the World Health Organisation. Furthermore, many experts believe that CBD is safe to use, as long as it is taken in appropriate dosages.
Our Thoughts
With its psychological advantages, CBD is seen as an effective alternative to Viagra. It can relieve anxiety and clear your mind to have a healthy sex life. However, its physiological impacts and benefits to treat erectile dysfunction still require more research before we can know for sure just how effective CBD can be in addressing all forms of ED.
Becki
The ATH Shop Team x

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