The CBD industry has exponentially grown in the past few years owing to the immense health benefits of this natural substance! You’ll find CBD-infused products in almost every aisle at your grocery store – from CBD pet food to CBD beverages. CBD is cannabidiol – a hemp-based plant derivative. It has many health benefits and doesn’t have psychoactive properties either and therefore it doesn’t make you high. Let’s talk about how CBD influences some aspects of the body, both physical and mental. More importantly, how CBD and Testosterone interacts.
How does it affect Testosterone?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that influences many aspects of their daily lives including sex drive, energy, stamina, muscle health and bone health. Testosterone also boosts the production of blood cells. Naturally, as you cross 30 years of age, your testosterone levels start to decline, resulting in a lower sex drive, decreased stamina, muscle mass and energy.
The link between CBD and testosterone has only recently been discovered. Some studies suggest that the intake of CBD can boost testosterone levels. However, the evidence linking CBD to testosterone is still unclear and studies show contradicting results.
The reasons of low testosterone in males vary significantly from inflammation to anxiety and stress. Thus, it is suggested that in cases where CBD deals with the root cause, like inflammation, testosterone levels increase after consuming CBD.
A study found that CBD prevents the conversion of testosterone in mice to other products, thus increasing serum testosterone levels.
Another study suggests that CBD inhibits the formation of testosterone at some points, while preventing its conversion into other forms, thus, regulating the levels of testosterone in the blood.
The molecular mechanism behind CBD and testosterone isn’t linked directly. CBD influences the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of humans (although indirectly). ECS receptors are found in the brain as well as in sexual organs.
Another way CBD can affect sexual drive is by improving mood and reducing anxiety.
However, a lot more research is required in this field to come to a strong conclusion about CBD and Testosterone!
CBD and Mood
CBD is widely used for its anti-depressive and anti-anxiety effects. In fact, it has shown many advantages over pharmaceutical drugs in treating depression and anxiety. Traditional drugs used for depression take weeks to show their full affects whereas CBD shows its affects very quickly, as shown by a study done in 2018.
CBD improves mood by influencing the serotonin receptors present in the brain. Serotonin is a neurochemical that is responsible mood, appetite, and regulating the sleep-wake cycle. CBD increases your brain’s sensitivity to serotonin and can also act on the serotonin receptors.
A study shows that CBD reduces the conversion of tryptophan to other metabolites, making more of it available for conversion into serotonin.
Another study shows that CBD has significant anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic effects! Thus, CBD has a positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain, which leads to improved mood and reduced anxiety.
The evidence linking the consumption of CBD oil to an improved mood and reduced levels of stress is strong and conclusive!
So, what are you waiting for? Give CBD oil a shot and experience its benefits for yourself!