Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has long been known for its health benefits and two of its main chemical compounds, THC and CBD, have been really having a moment in the spotlight lately. THC and CBD appear to be everywhere these days and can be taken in many forms ranging from edibles, tinctures, vape pens, oils, balms, and more. Medical cannabis has a lot of purported benefits and while many of them are based on anecdotal evidence, we prefer to discuss those benefits which can be backed up with scientific evidence. While the proven benefits of cannabis are more well known for serious issues such as fighting cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, we want to take a look at how it also can affect some of the everyday issues that affect men. Let’s take a look at 5 ways that cannabis can improve men’s health.
- Cannabis aids in the process of muscle recovery. Dealing with post-workout inflammation is not fun. Each time the body engages in strenuous physical activity, such as a workout, it breaks itself down in order to then rebuild. The good news is that scientists are showing proof that the compounds in cannabis help to reduce inflammation, improve mobility, and reduce pain. According to a scientific article published in Frontiers in Neurology, medical cannabis “is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective”. This is because of the important role that the endocannabinoid system plays in maintaining homeostasis in the body in general and relieving inflammation in particular. The chemical compounds in cannabis help the endocannabinoid system to function at its highest potential and restore balance.
- Cannabis helps you to sleep better. Medical cannabis has been used as a sleep aid for thousands of years. Even for patients with the most stubborn symptoms of insomnia, a strain high in indica will provide much-needed sedation. Due to its ability to relieve anxiety and inflammation, cannabis can actually help men to fall asleep faster! This is especially helpful for men dealing with chronic issues such as PTSD, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, or any other ailment that gets in the way of falling asleep. When considering using cannabis as a sleep aid it’s important to note that an edible form takes longer to kick in than inhalation.
- Cannabis can make exercise more enjoyable and painless. While the assumption may be that cannabis makes men want to spend more time on their gaming console and less time hitting the gym, the evidence suggests that the opposite is true. According to a study published in Frontiers in Public Health, men who use medical cannabis are more likely to do some squats than watch their favorite reruns all day. This study found that the people who consumed cannabis prior to their workout exercised an average of 43 minutes more per week compared to those who did not use cannabis. Arielle Gilman, one of the study’s co-authors, states: “There is evidence to suggest that certain cannabinoids dampen pain perception, and we also know that the receptors cannabis binds to in the brain are very similar to the receptors that are activated naturally during the runners high.”
- Cannabis helps with prostate issues. Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland situated directly below the bladder in men. It can create pain and difficulty when urinating and during sexual intercourse. Since prostatitis can be quite painful to deal with, many men are prescribed painkillers to help. While prescription painkillers can be helpful, they usually are associated with unwanted side effects, the most common of which is a reduction in blood pressure. Fortunately, medical cannabis can be an effective pain management tool that does not have an effect on blood pressure. This is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis compounds such as CBD.
- Cannabis can improve your sex life. Yes, that is correct: scientists have reported that using cannabis can help both men and women to experience more physical sensation and sexual satisfaction while also slowing down the perception of time. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers concluded that cannabis use is, “independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” Additionally, their study found that regular cannabis users reported having 20% more sex than those who had never used cannabis! One of the more notable implications of a study conducted at Stanford Medicine was that among men, cannabis did not impair sexual functions nearly as much as alcohol. This same study also noted that there are no contraindications of combining cannabis with any sexual performance enhancing drugs such as Cialis or Viagra. The correct strain, dosage, and method of cannabis ingestion can play a big part in a man’s sexual performance, however, and it is advised to speak with a reputable medical cannabis practitioner before combining cannabis with any strenuous sexual activity.