CBD and Men: What You Need to Know

Despite what you may have heard, CBD and men are a great match. A study by Project CBD found that CBD use tends to skew towards women, but that’s really no surprise as two of the most common conditions for which people use CBD are pain and anxiety – conditions which affect women in the greatest numbers. However, CBD can also be an effective part of men’s wellness regimen. CBD can ease several men’s conditions, often by addressing the underlying root of the problem, such as anxiety. And CBD is safe, non-habit forming and doesn’t require a prescription.

What is CBD?

CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. CBD is found in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. It is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value,

What is CBDMost CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high.” It has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. CBD was first discovered in 1940, and is the second-most prevalent of about 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants.

CBD is non-intoxicating and won’t produce the effects of marijuana. Many users do, however, report feelings of calm and relaxation. Marijuana has an abundance of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana that produces a “high,” while hemp contains almost none. Hemp-based CBD must contain less than .03% THC, so you don’t have to worry about that marijuana “buzz.”

CBD is available in many forms: Oil, capsules, pure isolate, and edibles, to name a few.

CBD and Men: The Benefits

Before the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp, it was on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Because of its status under the CSA, up until now studies on its medicinal properties were few.  However, there’s one thing many researchers already agree on: that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD. Now that hemp is legal, more studies are underway.

One of the major conditions for which CBD has shown great promise is anxiety. In one study of 57 men, researchers gave one group oral CBD and another a placebo 90 minutes before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The placebo had little to no effect on the men’s anxiety in speaking publicly; but 300mg significantly reduced participants’ anxiety during the test.

A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” including seasonal affective disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Chronic pain

Whether it’s a high school sports injury that never went away or chronic pain caused by other conditions, CBD has been shown to work to relieve neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Chronic pain not only causes physical discomfort, it can affect you emotionally and mentally as well. In some cases, pain can lead to misuse of medication, such as opioids, which are addictive. By treating the pain, medical professionals hope to reduce reliance on opioids, the use of which has reached a national crisis.

Pain from Exercise

Man exercising on a stationary bikeCBD also is finding increasing acceptance with athletes. Many people feel pain after working out. That pain can last a day or even several days. The reason for the post-workout pain is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Microscopic damage to muscle fibers during exercise likely cause pain. “Activities which cause DOMS all cause muscles to lengthen while force is applied. This is eccentric muscle action,” according to the ACSM. “The severity of soreness depends on the types of forces placed on the muscle.”

Many people use ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) after a workout, but NSAIDs come with their own risks: In a Stanford study, ultra-marathoners who took one pill every four hours during a 50-mile ultra-marathon, doubled their risk of acute kidney injury.

CBD is safe and non-addictive. It interacts with brain receptors to produce anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain, reduce pre-event anxiety, and help you sleep so you heal faster.

Dr. Alan Beyer told US News & World Report that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He said he often recommends that his patients apply a CBD cream to an injured area.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is very common and as many as 1 in 10 adult males suffer from ED on a long-term basis, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The cause is often medical: chronic pain, for instance, can affect libido. But the cause can be psychological, too: Anxiety can dampen libido and affect performance. Using CBD may help relieve anxiety and calm the mind, decreasing performance anxiety and making you feel more at ease, all of which can enhance your sexual experience.

High blood pressure

Doctor Measuring Blood Pressure on ManHigh blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is quite common – and very dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 of 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure: only about half of those people have their blood pressure under control.

Known as “The Silent Killer” because it often has no obvious symptoms, high blood pressure can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the US. According to the American Heart Association, a higher percentage of men than women have high blood pressure until age 45. From ages 45–54 and 55–64, the percentage of men and women is similar; after that a much higher percentage of women than men have high blood pressure.

A 2017 study with a small group of healthy, adult males found that a single 600mg dose of CBD reduced blood pressure. And a 2012 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported that CBD reduced cardiovascular response to various types of stress. CBD may prove to be an effective treatment for controlling hypertension and maintaining heart health, when coupled with improvements in diet and increased exercise.

Insomnia

Many people report better sleep and decreased insomnia when they use CBD, which works by decreasing pain and anxiety. CBD also helps control the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood and other biological processes.

So, as you have learned, there are many reasons CBD may be an ideal supplement for men’s wellness. CBD has few, if any, side effects, even at higher doses. Minor side effects may include dry mouth, low blood pressure, headache and fatigue. Often simply changing the dosage can help.

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Seniors and CBD: What You Need to Know

Many people think CBD is a young person’s wellness trend. But seniors and CBD are a great match! The fact is, the majority of CBD users are over age 44, and some 20% are over the age of 64. 

And that makes sense because users report CBD aids in lessening menopause symptoms, improves sleep and eases gastrointestinal issues. Studies also indicate that CBD can decrease pain and inflammation – including the symptoms of arthritis. It also may help with neurological disorders such as dementia. These are all issues many adults face as they age.

Almost 10% of seniors surveyed have tried CBD for health-related reasons and 51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. So, if you’re an adult “of a certain age,” you may want to consider adding CBD to your health regimen.

CBD vs Pharma

Prescription meds and prescription padPhysicians usually prescribe medication for seniors’ health issues. Multiple prescriptions, in many cases. In fact, more than half of adults 65 and older (54%) report taking four or more prescription drugs. Of course, many of those drugs carry side effects. If you’ve ever watched a television ad for a popular medication, you’ve probably heard the narrator read a long and frightening list of possible side effects.

According to Good Rx, the eight most common drug side effects in the elderly (and the drugs that cause them) are:

  • Muscle pain and weakness: Statins including simvastatin, atorvastatin and rosuvastatin
  • Bone loss: Proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, esomeprazole and pantoprazole. 
  • High potassium levels: Antibiotics such as Bactrim; ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril; and ARBs such losartan.
  • Nerve damage: fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin
  • Falls and delirium: Benzodiazepine receptor agonists such as Zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and zaleplon (Sonata).
  • Heart and gastrointestinal problems: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
  • Joint pain: Diabetes medications known as dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors such as Januvia, Tradjenta and Onglyza.
  • Low sodium levels: SSRI antidepressants such as sertraline, escitalopram, fluoxetine and paroxetine.

CBD Side Effects

Side effects of CBD are rare. If they occur, they are minor and include nausea, dry mouth, fatigue and irritability. Clinical trials have prescribed CBD doses up to 1,200 mg daily for months without observing any serious side effects. And a US Government patent concludes that “No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers … even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day.”

However, CBD may interact with some over-the-counter medications. If your doctor has prescribed you a medication and warned you against eating grapefruit, you should not take CBD with it. CBD is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

The Cost of Prescription Medication

Coin with upward trend for drug costsAside from side effects, there’s another downside to prescription meds: cost. Americans spend more on prescription medications than any other country in the world. The cost of drugs in the U.S. is higher than any country in the world.

Seventeen percent of our total national healthcare spending goes to prescription drugs. And prescription medications have seen an annual price increase of 9% for oral medications and 15% for injectables from 2008 to 2016. That compares to an inflation rate of 2%.

That cost is difficult for many elderly Americans to bear. An AARP Policy report said that “for a consumer who takes 4.5 brand name prescription drugs on a chronic basis, the annual cost of treatment would have been more than $26,000 in 2015” (the most recent year for which data is available). And that comes with a second cost: health. According to one study, about one-fifth of older adults don’t take medications as prescribed because they can’t afford them.

Using 50mg per day (an average starting dose for specific ailments), a bottle of Sunrise CBD Oil will last about 30 days. So, depending on the strength (1,500 or 3,000), a year’s worth of CBD will cost between $600 and $1,050.

What is CBD?

Tablet with CBD and stethoscopeCBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. Certain strain of hemp have it in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. CBD is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value.

Most CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high,” and it has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. 

While many people are just now learning about CBD, cannabis and hemp have long been used for a variety of purposes. Evidence of hemp rope was found via an imprint in broken Chinese pottery from about 10,000 B.C. A remnant of hemp cloth dating back to 8,000 B.C. was found by archaeologists in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iran and Iraq). Up until the cotton gin was invented, hemp was the most popular fiber for textiles. As far back as 2700 B.C., CBD was used for therapeutic purposes.

Seniors and CBD

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. Before that, it was on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Because of its status under the CSA, up until now it was difficult to do research on its medicinal properties, so studies were few.  However, there’s one thing many researchers already agree on: that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD. Now that hemp is legal, more studies are underway.

Here are a few disorders aging adults experience that may be alleviated by using CBD.

Menopause

According to Psychology Today, “Women who experience insomnia and with symptoms of anxiety or depression during menopause, as well as women who have aches and pains as a menopause symptom, may find relief from CBD.”

Arthritis

Elderly woman with arthritisThe European Journal of Pain published one study that concluded “use of topical CBD has potential as effective treatment of arthritic symptomatology, and a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine said “cannabinoids may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain.”

For more information, The Arthritis Foundation has published “CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis.”

Anxiety

A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” including seasonal affective disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Insomnia

Older adults commonly have secondary insomnia – that is sleeplessness brought on by another disorder such as pain or anxiety – as well as sleep issues that are a result of aging. CBD probably helps people sleep better by decreasing pain and anxiety. CBD also helps control the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood and other biological processes.

Gastrointestinal

CBD may aid in reducing gastrointestinal problems. A 2016 study published in Current Neuropharmacology concluded that cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system “represents a promising target in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and gastric mucosal lesions, ulceration and inflammation.” It’s believed that CBD helps by stimulating cells in the gastrointestinal lining and helps reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease. CBD helps to ease pain and cramping that are a result of gastrointestinal disorders.

Neurodegenerative Disorders

The United States has a patent for cannabinoids. According to the patent, cannabinoids can act as a neuroprotectant, or agent that preserves neuronal structure and/or function. CBD limits damage to the brain, central and peripheral nervous system after “stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia,” according to the patent.

Who Uses CBD & Why

Happy senior womanA study by Project CBD found that the average CBD user is a white, well-educated female over 45. Overall, the age of CBD users skewed older. According to the study, “This finding may be explained by CBD’s popularity for treating pain and sleep problems, ailments that are common among the elderly, particularly in the US where half of older adults report suffering from chronic ‘bothersome’ pain and half report regular sleep disturbances.”

Participants leaned toward hemp-based CBD in the form of tinctures and topicals. The most common medical issues they use CBD for are pain, mood, insomnia, and general wellness. According to Project CBD, most were using CBD for multiple disorders.

Efficacy

When it came to participants’ perception of the effectiveness of CBD, the study found:

  1. 90% of participants reported some improvement in the frequency and duration of their pain, with 60% reporting that CBD made these aspects “much better.” 
  2. When it came to pain intensity, participants reported a 60% reduction – from an average pain score of 6.85 to an average score of 2.76.
  3. Participants reported getting to sleep more quickly when taking CBD, reducing the average time from about an hour to 20 minutes. They also reported waking up 1.4 times per night        after CBD versus 4.3 times.
  4. 92% of participants experienced some relief of anxiety, and 68% reported that feelings of nervousness were “much better” with CBD.
  5. Study participants reported CBD was highly effective in addressing mood disturbances and pain associated with PMS and menopause. It also appears to help mitigate night sweats associated with menopause.
  6. They also reported CBD was extremely helpful for relieving abdominal cramps or pain, nausea or vomiting, and indigestion associated with gastrointestinal disorders.

In another study by Hello MD and Brightfield Group, 60% of CBD users find it more effective than prescription medications and 75% found CBD more effective than over-the-counter products.

The Bottom Line

The FDA doesn’t allow us to make medical claims about CBD. But, as you can see above, studies and users make the claims for us. We can say we believe that CBD is useful for treating many health issues, as well as improving overall health, so seniors and CBD are a perfect match.

However, CBD is not for everyone. As already mentioned, those who can’t consume grapefruit with medications shouldn’t take CBD, nor should nursing mothers. A recent study by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests CBD use during early pregnancy can affect fetal development, so pregnant women should not use CBD.

CBD works differently on different people, so results may vary. And we don’t recommend stopping prescription medications or mixing them with CBD without talking to your physician first.

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The Benefits of CBD

While CBD seems to have suddenly come on the scene, the use of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) in medicine is nothing new. However, hemp, in the form of CBD, is experiencing an amazing resurgence. Today, our customers use CBD as a natural remedy for many ailments including insomnia, depression, anxiety, migraines, acne, muscle pain, rheumatism, chronic pain and much more. CBD is similar to the chemicals naturally created by our bodies, so it helps reduce symptoms better than some synthetic drugs – without harmful side effects.

CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and is made into oil, cream, isolate, vape oil, and food. The World Health Organization concluded that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and isn’t associated with abuse potential.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD study - health benefitsFor one, it could reduce the use of bezodiazepines for treating anxiety. Research and psychiatry professor Esther Blessing at New York University Langone Health did a review of CBD’s effects on mood. 

“Studies so far have shown that CBD of a specific dose is roughly as effective as drugs like Valium and other benzodiazepines in reducing experimental anxiety,” she told The Atlantic.

In 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), a CBD formulation, for treatment for two severe pediatric seizure disorders:  Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA approved Epidiolex for children ages 2 and up. It is the first approval by the FDA for a substance derived from cannabis and also the first approved for treatment of Dravet syndrome

According to studies, CBD also helps treat or prevent:

For more studies related to CBD in the treatment and prevention of medical issues, please go to our CBD and Scientific Proof page.

The Benefits of CBD for Seniors

Seniors have discovered the benefits of CHD as well. They say the compound is an all-natural, non-habit-forming remedy for many ailments related to aging. Among the ailments are chronic Senior running - CBD Healthpain, glaucoma, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. In an article in AARP, Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, said he prescribes CBD for his patients. Cannabinoids, he said, are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.”  

Forbes reported that a study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons. “51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD,” according to the article.

According to the study, conducted by Remedy Review, more than half of the seniors interviewed took CBD via oral drops. More than 60% of the seniors who tried CBD said that it helped reduce their pain, and 45.6% reported improved sleep quality. Seniors also reported having reduced anxiety, stress relief, and a more positive mood, the study found. Perhaps most telling is that 89% of the seniors who tried CBD said they would recommend it to friends and family for relief of health problems.

CBD Can Benefit Pets, Too

Animals also benefit from CBD’s therapeutic properties. It’s the reason we sell CBD drops for pets. Consumers report CBD helps relieve their pets of symptoms associated with inflammation, epilepsy, fearfulness, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pain, nausea, glaucoma, and skin problems.

Our pets are much smaller than us and their endocannabinoid system more complex, so they tend to feel the effects more acutely than we do. Dr. Cornelia Wagner of the Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic in Portland, OR, suggests starting with the lowest amount possible and gradually increasing the dose every 5 days until the desired effect is achieved.

 

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