We all have an endocannabinoid system, and the cannabidiol found in natural hemp extract provides support for this system in everyone, regulating our cells, internal systems and improving response to stress. Of course, all bodies work differently, and with Father’s Day around the corner, we’re highlighting how full spectrum cannabinoids and CBD in particular may be able to provide specific benefits to men’s bodies and their unique health needs.
CBD and Heart Disease
The number one cause of mortality in men in the United States is Heart Disease. Far and away the biggest health threat to men, heart disease is best avoided through effective preventative measures. Three main factors affect the development of heart disease: Inflammation, specifically in the heart and vessels, blood pressure, and blood lipid content (blood fats). All three of these can be positively impacted by regular intake of CBD. CBD has been shown in several studies to be an extremely potent anti-inflammatory, able to reduce inflammation levels throughout the body, lowering the risk of inflammatory disorders in the heart muscles and vessel systems (see a list of these studies here ).
Cannabis based treatments containing CBD have long been studied as possible agents for treating hypertension (high blood pressure), as scientists now know that the endocannabinoid system is key in regulating blood pressure. Though more research is needed to point to any definite best treatment, and the method of consumption does matter here (acute intoxication through smoking may temporarily increase blood pressure before lowering it) ingesting non-psychoactive CBD oil from whole plant hemp matter is a safe way to make sure the endocannabinoid system is supported and is effectively regulating blood pressure levels.
A healthy lifestyle involving regular exercise and good diet are essential for managing blood lipids, but here too pure CBD hemp oil has been shown to have potential supportive effects. The presence of essential fatty acids and omega-3’s give CBD rich oils a powerful punch when it comes to managing cholesterol levels and speeding up fat metabolism. The well documented and studied antioxidant properties of many cannabinoids including CBD also help reduce toxins found in the blood, which often lead to plaque build up in arteries in the heart. Anti-oxidants are key in prevention of all degenerative diseases, protecting the body from the harm caused by free radicals.
CBD and Exercise
Exercise extremely important in maintaining men’s health, and regular physical activity has been shown to affect everything from testosterone levels to mental health to fertility and decreased risk of prostate cancer. So how can CBD help keep men up and moving? CBD is a natural pain reliever, and can help treat sore muscles post-work out to avoid in jury. Topical treatments like IrieCBD’s Pain Balm can also help heal bumps and bruises, making ongoing exercise possible and enjoyable. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties also come into play here; making sure inflammation doesn’t go untreated is important for all active bodies, and CBD can actually work synergistically with exercise to improve the benefits of both (read more about cannabis and exercise here) .
CBD and Anxiety and Depression
American men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women, and are often much less likely to receive help for mental health issues. But caring for men’s emotional and mental well-being is extremely important, and though a host of factors always plays into overall mental health, CBD has great potential as part of a nourishing mental health practice. CBD may lower anxiety rates and provide immediate anti-depressive effects , as well as strengthening neurotransmission of compounds within the brain that are important for avoiding the imbalances that lead to depression in the first place.
Overall health and wellness helps prevent a myriad of disease, discomfort and pain of course, and in that department full spectrum, terpene rich cannabinoids are a powerful superfood staple. Keeping the endocannabinoid system functioning and nourished will provide men’s bodies with the ability to bounce back from minor health setbacks, and that is something we ALL need.
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