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Does CBD Affect Men and Women Differently?

By Amelia Fenner-Prowle | 6th August, 2021 in CBD | 0 Comments

Does CBD Affect Men and Women Differently?
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Body size and shape are two common traits that identify the two human sexes from one another. On a genetic and hormonal level, there is a significant difference between men and women. This is why hormones tend to influence how Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with the human body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). CBD is essentially one of the components of the cannabis and hemp plants that has been shown to help treat various ailments and improve mental health. It's not psychoactive like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and won't make you high. Let us delve in deeper and expound on how CBD affects both men and women. 

CBD and the Human Body

To understand how CBD affects men and women differently, we must first examine how CBD functions in the human body. For starters, your body has receptors that bind to cannabinoids, such as CBD. The ECS regulates homeostasis. CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. As a result, it does not directly connect to the CB1 or CB2 receptors in the same way as THC, which activates the CB1 receptors in the brain leading to euphoric effects. CBD can thus cure a variety of ailments without intoxicating the user.
Variations in the levels of hormones in males and females are responsible for the differences in how CBD interacts with receptors in their bodies. Women and men may benefit from CBD based on the hormones it interacts with and the potential wellness benefits it may provide.

Women and CBD

CBD's effects on women may be affected by the natural cycle of estrogen production, which increases and decreases. Cannabinoids are broken down by estrogen, which increases the body's ability to absorb and digest CBD. Just like estrogen levels in a woman's body fluctuate, so do CBD's effects and capacities. An increase in estrogen levels can result in a more significant effect from CBD and vice versa. Below are areas in which the effects of CBD can truly manifest:

Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

The body releases pro-inflammatory substances during the period, making period symptoms more disruptive. While there are not enough studies on CBD's capacity to treat menstruation discomfort, the substance has proven to be an effective anti-inflammatory. PMS symptoms may be relieved by CBD. From a scientific perspective, Cannabinoids, such as CBD, are easily broken down and absorbed by estrogen, enhancing their effects. 

Hemp-derived CBD works with the body's estrogen-regulatory system to reduce PMS-related symptoms. Besides boosting serotonin levels, CBD has also been found to serve as an antidepressant. As a result, women can take it as a mood enhancer during their periods.

Boosting Sex Drive

Libido, or the desire to have sex, is a major complaint among elderly women in menopause. Well, estrogen levels tend to diminish throughout menopause, leading to decreased arousal and painful sex for women. CBD can be of assistance in fighting common symptoms of menopause including low sex drive.

It is possible that CBD can increase estrogen levels, which in turn may improve libido levels. If you consider CBD as a supplemental treatment for these symptoms, be sure to conduct your research or see your doctor before taking any supplements.

Anxiety and CBD

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is twice as common in women as it is in males. Your career, home life, and relationships can all be affected by anxiety. In addition, studies have shown that CBD can dramatically reduce anxiety and stress, making it simpler to deal with in your daily activities. 

Men and CBD

So, what about the male population? There are a few variances in terms of sensitivity when it comes to CBD and men. Although both genders are affected by symptoms and personal reactions, men seem to be less affected. Let us have a look at some ways in which CBD affects the male gender.

Regulates Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major health issue that has to be addressed. According to the Centers for Disease Control, males are more likely than women to have high blood pressure, which increases their risk of heart disease and stroke. According to researchers, CBD can lower inflammation, which reduces anxiety and stress, linked to high blood pressure.

Balancing Testosterone

Studies on CBD Oil and testosterone levels reveal that it has a function in the hormone's balance. While it appears to inhibit testosterone production in Leydig cells, it does not lower serum testosterone levels. When CBD is removed from the equation, the production levels return to their usual level.

CBD also inhibits hepatic testosterone breakdown. Testosterone production can be stimulated by CBD, too. Cannabinoids lower body levels of prolactin and cortisol, which are hormones known to be triggered by stress. Both prolactin and cortisol limit testosterone production. Thus, men prefer lower amounts of these hormones in their bodies.

On the other hand, CBD can help enhance other aspects that contribute to testosterone production, such as getting enough sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, and assisting with weight reduction. Combine this with a healthy and balanced diet, and CBD Oil will indirectly help you enhance your testosterone.

Aids in Erectile Dysfunction

As men age, erectile dysfunction (ED) becomes more common. Women are believed to benefit from CBD Oil's enhancement of libido. Men with erectile dysfunction can benefit from it as well. The causes of ED are complex. However, CBD appears to have some psychological benefits that can reverse the loss of sex drive. 

Wrap up

In a nutshell, the way our bodies function and respond to stimuli differs between men and women. Research is showing that CBD may have benefits for both men and women, albeit differently. CBD can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and ailments for various reasons. You can take it to balance hormones, relieve pain, reduce tension and anxiety, and much more.

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The information on this website is not intended to replace traditional medical treatment, but is offered as additional, complementary information. There are many scientific studies and anecdotal reporting of the far reaching benefits of CBD Oil, and associated CBD products that we feel it is important to bring this information to our customers attention as part of our mission to educate, inform, and promote honest transparency. However, it is important to note that CBD Oil is not a registered medication, it is registered as a natural food supplement.

Alternative therapies should not be used as a substitute for a varied, nutritional and balanced lifestyle, or an alternative to prescribed medication. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any prescription medication or are currently undergoing medical advice, please consult your doctor before use.

As with most medications, there is no guarantee of specific results from taking CBD, and results can vary from person to person. That said, we are confident in our CBD Oil and associated CBD products and would love to hear from you of your experiences with CBD.

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