Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects millions of men and is expected to affect even more men at one point in their lives. The condition is always distressing, potentially bringing men’s self-confidence down and affecting intimate relationships.
ED is characterized by the inability of a man to achieve or sustain an erection hard enough for sexual activity. Oral medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra, do help but they come with certain side effects and risks.
However, in recent times, CBD oil and other CBD products are making headlines for their efficacy in reducing or even eliminating ED.
In general, CBD, also called cannabidiol, has become the newest super-drug. Interestingly, there is evidence that CBD oil can help men who experience ED.
CBD oil has been found to help some symptoms that mainly cause ED, such as poor blood flow, anxiety, stress, and hormonal imbalance. CBD has been shown to relax blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. More importantly, it alleviates anxiety – one of the causes of ED.
So, how to use CBD oil for ED?
According to HealthCanal, there are a few different options if you want to start using CBD oil to boost your erectile function. For instance, using a CBD massage oil or lubricant may work faster than a supplement. Massaging with CBD oil has been found effective in treating ED. CBD oil is usually used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, which makes it a great massage oil.
Similarly, CBD lube can be applied directly to the organ and with a similar idea of relaxing and opening blood vessels to increase blood flow. Oral CBD oil supplements can also be used to alleviate anxiety and stress. These supplements are meant to be taken regularly. CBD oil taken as an oral supplement can reduce the incidents of ED.
Dr. Diana Urman, a psychotherapist in San Francisco, California, told HuffPost in 2018 that she believes CBD can help reduce sexual anxiety, according to WeedMaps.
“Many people say they feel more spontaneous and adventurous [after using CBD] ,” Dr. Urman said. “There is also sometimes an increased sensitivity to touch and increased willingness to be more engaged and sensual which, in turn, enhances sexual pleasure and deepens orgasmic abilities.”
CBD oil may be worth trying for men with ED, although the results are not guaranteed.
Dr. Perry Solomon said in a Men’s Journal article in 2016, “The way I see it, why not try cannabis? There are side effects to Viagra and zero side effects to cannabis when dosed properly. Maybe it’s just making them feel better and relaxed, and that’s making it easier for them to enjoy sex, but it’s still working.”
Dr. Solomon is the Chief Medical Officer at HelloMD, a telemedicine company that connects would-be medical cannabis patients with canna-friendly doctors in California and New York. It is still unclear how CBD oil boosts a penile erection, but it is possible that such interventions, along with other healthy lifestyle choices, could improve erectile function.