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CBD Oil and Erectile Dysfunction: How Much Do We Know?

In the current frenzy over CBD oil and its purported medicinal properties, it’s difficult to ferret out exactly what the product can and cannot do. Scientific study will be required to determine if CBD can ease symptoms of erectile dysfunction. 

CBD and CBD-derived products are the latest craze these days. According to the hype, CBD oil is good for what ails you, no matter what that might be.

CBD is short for cannabidiol, an active ingredient of cannabis that differs from its even better-known sibling, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for the high associated with marijuana use.

Because CBD is not psychoactive, it has been popping up in multiple forms in health stores, e-cigarette shops (in smokable form), and even cosmetic applications. Its current ubiquity is just a little curious because the legality of the product as a derivative of cannabis is still a matter of debate.

Health Claims for CBD

Advocates of CBD use for health purposes claim that this cannabis derivative eases chronic pain, reduces anxiety, minimizes seizure activity in epileptics, reduces inflammation, relieves depression, and even helps to fire up the libido.

Most of these claims are based on anecdotal testimony and not clinical evidence, although a handful of the claims are backed up by some degree of scientific study. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2018 approved Epidiolex, a form of CBD, to treat two rare and serious types of epilepsy.

Human Endocannabinoid System

The basis for most of the CBD health claims is because the ingredient stimulates the human body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps to regulate and control endocrine function and energy balance. Of particular note, the endocannabinoid system is said to regulate the secretion of hormones associated with stress response and reproductive function.

Given the wide variety of health claims being made for CBD, it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise that it’s now being touted by some as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. And while it may indeed help relieve some of the symptoms of ED, there is not yet any scientific evidence to support such claims.

However, of the many medicinal properties claimed for CBD, its purported ability to reduce inflammation, ease anxiety, and relieve depression could make it easier for certain men with ED to get and keep an erection suitable for intercourse.

Could CBD Really Help?

An estimated 10 to 20 percent of all ED is attributed to psychological causes, among which anxiety and depression figure prominently. If CBD can significantly relieve these psychological issues, then it should be helpful to men who suffer from these disorders.

And an ability to reduce inflammation is a very positive attribute, because compromised blood flow to the penis — the biggest single cause of ED — often arises because of inflammation in various parts of the body, especially the circulatory and nervous systems.

In the absence of substantive clinical study, the role of CBD oil in the treatment of male impotence remains uncertain. However, in light of the increased attention on CBD and its potential as an ED treatment, more studies are likely to be undertaken in the near future.

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Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+