Cannabidiol or CBD offers a wide range of benefits, and if you are no longer new to cannabis, we are sure you have heard all about CBD and its effects.
If not, we suggest you check some of our previous articles on the topic of CBD:
- All About CBD Hemp Oil
- What is CBD Hemp Oil and What Does it Do?
- The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions About Cannabidiol
- Beginner’s Guide: Different Ways to Take CBD
- How Much CBD Should You Take for Your Pain?
- Marijuana CBD vs. Hemp CBD
- CBD: Is it Legal?
There is something that articles on CBD do not often discuss though. And that is the question on how CBD affects men differently from how it affects women.
Yes, CBD affects men and women differently, especially considering that males and females have different hormones, different chemical constitutions, different genetic makeups, and many other different factors.
How does CBD affect men?
The endocannabinoid system can be found in many integral tissues that are related to male reproduction. The endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors can also be found in sperm and in testicular tissue, and and they are also present in the region of the brain that helps prompt the release of pre-reproductive pituitary hormones.
CBD is also known to have a positive effect on testosterone and on the male’s prolactin and cortisol levels.
To put it simply, what all of this means is that CBD contributes to a man’s reproductive health.
When it comes to male libido, however, CBD’s effects can be a little complicated. CBD can act as an aphrodisiac that may not have a long-lasting effect on a guy. There is evidence that cannabis can cause an increase in testosterone levels and this, in turn, improves the male libido. But after some time, the drug can cause a slight drop in testosterone levels, and with this, libido drops, too. This means that there is a relatively small window when men would have the mood for sex — assuming he does have a problem in this area.
On the other hand, CBD can give anyone relief from pain and it can generally lift the spirits. So for men who suffer from the blues or for those who are suffering from pain — and have no mood for sex as a result of this — CBD may be the answer.
CBD’s effect on women
CBD’s painkiller properties can give women relief from pain related to menstruation, including headache, menstrual cramps, and back pain.
CBD also has positive effects on women’s estrogen levels. Estrogen works with endocannabinoids to stabilize one’s mood and emotional response. Naturally, a drop in estrogen levels could also result to a drop in endocannabinoid levels, resulting to depression, anxiety, and a general feeling of gloom. However, CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been found able to mitigate feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression, and they can help regulate a woman’s mood. CBD and THC are also greatly effective when estrogen levels have spiked and start dropping, which is one to two days prior to ovulation.
CBD is also effective in the treatment of breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the top causes of cancer-related female deaths. This is supported by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, which has acknowledged that CBD is one potent anticancer agent. Moreover, the American Association for Cancer Research wrote that CBD inflicts programmed cell death in breast cancer cells.
Furthermore, CBD improves libido or sex drive among women. This is again associated with the role that CBD plays in the estrogen-endocannabinoid relationship. A slight spike in estrogen levels with low doses of CBD can result to a spike in female sex drive. However, high doses of CBD may have the opposite effect on the romantic mood.