How to use CBD oil for erectile dysfunction

by Apoorva Shivankar, M.D

How to use CBD oil for erectile dysfunction

CBD for Sex. Wow!! Cannabidiol is really not leaving any stone unturned. There are claims that CBD perks up your bedroom life by unwinding and unleashing all the inhibitions making sex more exciting and enjoyable.

That’s not enough, this CBD has now entered into sex-therapeutics too. Research suggests that CBD can be an effective alternative treatment for sexual disorders particularly Erectile Dysfunction. Wondering how? This article will tell you.

Let’s brush up our knowledge about CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp species of the cannabis plant. However, unlike marijuana, CBD does not make you high. It is globally known for its multiple medicinal benefits and is available in the form of pills, capsules, oils, gummies, topicals and even vapes.

CBD acts through cannabinoid receptors of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to alleviate mood, reduce anxiety, stress, pain, inflammation; promote relaxation, and sound night sleep, and even maintains the hormonal balances.

Another prominent feature of cannabidiol is the regulation of neurotransmitters via 5HT1A receptors.

In short, CBD maintains the entire homeostasis of the human body through the Endocannabinoid System.

Coming to Erectile dysfunction, what is it?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a term that can make any man nervous. Yes, it does. It is a distressing sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability of a male to achieve and maintain a penile erection sufficient enough for sexual intercourse. Affecting nearly 150 million men worldwide, it is no more an uncommon disorder as it seems to be. And mind you, this is just the number of cases registered. Research says, nearly 50% of men refrain from opening up due to embarrassment. Can you imagine the gravity? You are not alone here.

Mostly seen in adults, nowadays, cases are increasing in younger population too, thanks to the stressed lifestyle full of unhealthy practices, complicated relationships, time crunches, and technology. Yes, the technology, we are so proud of, very conveniently seizes away the precious time and moments which could have been shared with our loved ones.

ED is frustrating:

Having sex is a primary human instinct. ED snatches away this ability from you making you feel anxious and helpless. Further, the guilt of not being able to satisfy your partner hurts male ego, kills the self-esteem and confidence landing you in depression. In long run, this can lead to mental issues, relationship problem, family glitches, distractions from work, lack of interest in life and eventually deteriorate the quality of life.

How to face it?

Simple, by opening up and treating its causes in time. Yes, fortunately, ED is curable in 90% of cases.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction and how CBD oil can nail them?

Cannabidiol improves ED by addressing two of its primary causes – anxiety disorders and reduced blood supply to the penis by

  • Inducing relaxation.
  • Increasing blood flow to the penis.

Going to the details:

Love-making is a beautiful amalgamation of psychological (mood) and physiological factors and so is an erection. Any impairment/weakness in these can act as a potential cause of Erectile Dysfunction.

Psychological factors:

Anxiety, Depression, Stress.

These are strong mood-destroyers which either by distracting you or by interfering with sexual pleasure hinder arousal and thus an erection. Once failed erection can intensify stress and performance anxiety leading to another failure and the cycle continues. Apart from the disturbing mood, stress also promotes high blood pressure, a known physical cause of ED.

CBD for psychological ED:

CBD oil is a known aphrodisiac since ages. By activating cannabinoid receptors, it improves mood, removes distractions, induces relaxation and enhances sex drive to benefit psychological ED. ECS imparts strong anxiolytic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and stress-busting properties to CBD which help to dismiss all negative emotions and relieve ED.

Physiological causes:

Ageing

One of the common reasons for erectile dysfunction is muscle weakness or damage which comes with age due to the accumulation of a toxin called Dioxin.

Use CBD for Age-ED:

CBD being a strong anti-oxidant aids detoxification and flushing of dioxin out of the body. CBD also helps in healing of the damaged muscles.

Inadequate blood supply to the penis

Conditions like atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol present with narrowing of blood vessels and reduced blood supply to distal organs including the penis. Less blood supply reduces the penile flexibility making it harder to achieve and sustain an erection.

What CBD does:

  • CBD oil can relax the blood vessels and improve the blood flow to the penis and thus helps in achieving and maintaining erection. Increased blood supply also helps the healing of damaged tissues.

  • The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of CBD effectively combat vasculitis and low-grade inflammation of the vessel wall including those of the penis improving the blood flow.

 

Hormonal changes

A well-balanced state of testosterone and oestrogen is mandatory for the execution and maintenance of erection whereas cortisol and serotonin are essential for developing mood and arousal. Ups and downs in their levels can suspend erection.

Role of CBD:

CBD oil is known to restore the perfect balance of internal milieu of the body via ECS and regulating hormonal balance is a part of this.

 

Neurological damage

Entire act of erection is guided by neuronal message transmission from brain to penis.

Any impairment/damage to the nerve can lead to miscommunication and erectile dysfunction.

How CBD helps:

CBD oil offers a sturdy protection to neural tissues and facilitates neurogenesis to reconnect the transmission lines.

 

Chronic health conditions:

Diabetes mellitus type2, obesity, hypertension, metabolic disorders, etc are also related to the development of erectile dysfunction.

CBD:

Research suggests a positive role of CBD oil in the management of chronic disorders and thus, it indirectly helps with erectile dysfunction caused by them.

 

Tobacco, smoking, drinking alcohol, or medications like antidepressants (SSRIs), antacids, high dose marijuana, opioids can worsen ED symptoms.

CBD in substance-abuse ED:

CBD oil has a tremendous potential to curb cravings. Hence addictions like tobacco, smoking, alcohol, opioids, etc can be easily taken care of and ED can be reversed back to a long-lasting sex drive.

CBD’s ability to naturally boost energy is a great complement to all these benefits.

With all its magical powers, CBD oil stands all set to release you from the clutches of ED and help you have a long-lasting sex with improved sexual performance and ejaculatory function.

Any side-effects with CBD use?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans and the only potential side-effects are due to the interactions with other medications. Rarely, mild symptoms like dry mouth, diarrhoea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue can be seen with heavy doses.

Does this mean that CBD is taking on Viagra/Sildenafil?

No, not yet. Though, the claims really look promising and have a strong testimonial support too, they lack validation as there are not enough studies conducted directly on ED patients. Viagra is an established drug effectively treating ED by rushing blood into the penis.

Which one is better?

We provide the comparison, you decide

Features

Viagra/Sildenafil

Cannabidiol

Source

Synthetic

Natural herb

Blood flow to the penis

Improved

Improved

Psychological Factors

Not attended

Improved

Cardiovascular effects

Strong risk present

Cardio-protector

Other side-effects

Dizziness, headache, stuffy nose memory impairment, GI upset are common.

Declared as safe, best tolerated by WHO.

Lubricating effect

No

Yes

Long-term use

Not advisable

No concern registered yet

Status

Established and approved

Under research

Popularity

Well-known for treating ED

Popular for other benefits; for ED it is still in a budding phase.

Forms

An oral tablet, an oral suspension (liquid), and an injection.

Pills, capsules, gummies, oils, tinctures, topicals, vapes.


How to use CBD for Erectile dysfunction?

As per the testimonials, CBD oil drops taken sublingually are the best. A couple of CBD drops 30-60 min prior to the sexual activity should do the trick.

Choice of CBD depends on prior experiences and desired effects:

  • ED due to performance anxiety or stress can be best treated with oral CBD oil 30 min prior. CBD oils supplements are meant to be taken regularly to alleviate anxiety, stress, depression and reduce the incidences of ED in long run. You can always combine them with an at the moment CBD oil massage to make sexy times even better.
  • If you want to mask the taste, use CBD oil or tincture mixed with drinks or meals.
  • To enhance foreplay and pleasure experience, try CBD oil massage.
  • Capsules act as dietary supplements for long-term benefits.
  • If you are looking for some delicious remedies with full relaxation, CBD edibles like gummies come your way.
  • To enjoy foreplay and enhance lubrication along with erection, apply CBD lubricants (CBD lube).
  • These lubes can help to deal with ED due to vaginal dryness.
  • CBD lubes also benefit any associated pain or inflammation.
  • Vapes or smoking CBD have their own essence.

 

Keep in mind,

  • Combining two forms together is also safe if the doses are in moderation.
  • Massage oil or lubricant work faster with more focused impact as compared to edible or supplement.
  • CBD lubes are the favourite of female partners but they don’t go well with latex condoms. Be careful.
  • Micro-dosing is the best – regular, smaller, frequent doses heighten your senses, achieve better focus, improve your body’s response to stressors and reverse ED over time.

 

How to decide a dose?

Being not approved by FDA, there are no pre-decided guidelines for dosing which keeps on varying from one individual to another depending on weight, body chemistry, desired effect, type and form of CBD product used, and whatnot. A doctor can definitely help. Otherwise use the golden rule, ‘Start with a low dose (10mg), observe the effect, move your way up by 5mg/week till you get the desired effect.’

 

Selecting the best CBD oil for ED amongst the plethora of oils in the market can be quite challenging. Hope the following guidelines ease it a bit.

  • Prefer quality source-
    • Hemp plants grown organically as per USDA norms with good quality seeds, routinely inspected soils.
  • Cannabinoids extracted by the supercritical-CO2 extraction process is considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Full and broad-spectrum preferred over isolates due to Entourage effect.
  • Select non-GMO products.
  • Free from pesticides, chemicals, preservatives, colours.
  • Check for THC content as some poor-quality products may contain higher levels.
  • Check for brands and reviews on the designated website.
  • Be aware of the laws regarding the purchase and consumption of CBD.
  • Certificate of analysis (COA) is a must.

Only concern:

CBD is not regulated by the FDA, so there are no standardised guidelines for formulations and their labels. Thus, determining the quality of a product is way too tough.

 

To conclude:

Cannabidiol appears to be a natural cure for erectile dysfunction (ED) which works both at physical and psychological levels to restore the spice of life and ignite your bedroom with the heat of long-lasting sexual performance. But further research is needed before any commitment. Hope the claims come true. Fingers crossed.

FAQs:

Q. What are the other treatment modalities for ED apart from Viagra and CBD?

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a natural hormone in the adrenal glands.
  • Red ginseng (herbal Viagra) containing ginsenosides can improve erection. Aphrodisiacs like ginseng and ginkgo.

 

Q. Where do you apply essential oil for erectile dysfunction?

  • Essential oils mixed with hot/cold water or carrier oils should be massaged over the lower back and abdominal areas in men to induce relaxation.
  • They can also be sprinkled on pillows and bedsheets.
  • Can be added to bathing water.
  • Sprayed in the air.

 

Q. How can CBD influence your sex life apart from ED?

  • Acts as an aphrodisiac.
  • As a relaxing lubricant for both men and women.
  • Relieves pain during intercourse especially in menopausal women.
  • Boosts libido.
  • Helps the body to feel more pleasure when the climax is reached.
  • Enhances the perception of pleasure.

 

Q. What drugs should not be taken with CBD?

  • Blood thinners like warfarin.
  • Amiodarone.
  • Thyroid drugs.
  • Antiseizure medications.

 

References:

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