What Is Erectile Dysfunction
In the store we often have men ask if they can use CBD for erectile dysfunction. The short answer is yes. But to understand why it can be used, we first have to understand what it is, and what causes it. So, what is Erectile dysfunction otherwise known as E.D.? This is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can also be a sign of physical or psychological conditions. It can cause stress, relationship strain and impair a man’s self-confidence. This can lead to depression and strain on the relationship.
What Are The Causes of E.D.
Let’s discuss the causes of E.D. The most common physical causes of erectile dysfunction are related to circulation and blood pressure. Psychological issues are more complex we will leave that for another blog, but heart disease, ethereal sclerosis, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can all impact the amount of blood flowing to the genital region. Diabetes also contributes to E.D. by damaging nerves and blood vessels which limit blood flow.
Cholesterol and E.D.
Cholesterol is a pretty big culprit of E.D. Cholesterol is essential for making many critical hormones including the stress hormone cortisol. Cholesterol is also used to make the sex hormones. Testosterone, progesterone, estrogen and the liver also uses cholesterol to make bile which is a fluid that plays a vital role in the processing of, and digestion of fats in the body.
Why do you need cholesterol? Well it’s known that cholesterol serves three main purposes. Cholesterol aids in the production of sex hormones as previously mentioned, it’s a building block for human tissue, and it also assists in bile production in the liver. Additionally your brain requires cholesterol to function. Its main function is to maintain the integrity and the fluidity of cell membranes and serves as a precursor for the synthesis of vital substances including hormones, bile acids, and Vitamin D.
There are three types of cholesterol. HDL, Non-HDL and LDL. A balanced HDL level is about 40. Levels of Non-HDL are typically less than 130, and LDL levels should be less than 100. When you have your cholesterol checked, the average total cholesterol level in adults is somewhere between 120 and 200. Now, while 200 is on the high side or the high end for some people, this can be normal as long as it doesn’t fluctuate. Regarding the high side and changes if your cholesterol is high, it’s a sign that you need to adjust your diet to help lower the levels naturally. Diet is the leading cause of high cholesterol.
Statin Drugs and Their Effect On Your Chemistry
If for example your cholesterol level is 199, which is near the high limit of balance, you may be prescribed a statin drug to help lower it. Remember, statins will artificially change your chemistry and try to lower your levels. This affects many other chemical balances in the body. If you choose this route and are prescribed statins by your physician, be aware of the following facts. Some people’s levels run a little higher between 175 and 200 and this is normal for them. They do not need to be put on a statin as long as it’s not fluctuating. If you do not see your level rising over time this level may be normal.
Prescriptions and E.D.
Prescriptions are not 100% natural, and can cause side effects so let’s go into that a little bit. Prescription medications can contribute to E.D. when you are on a statin drug. The chemical will also affect other chemical symphonies in the body. Research has shown that statin drugs may lower your cholesterol effectively, but what about the side effects like low sex drive, having little to no energy or even brain fog. Cholesterol affects brain function and libido which is why changing your diet to lower it naturally is optimal if you’re not producing it. Statin are affecting other things. In other words, if you put a statin in your body and it’s artificially lowering your cholesterol that is going to affect other chemicals in the body.
CBD For Erectile Dysfunction
CBD has shown influence to millions of chemical receptors in the body and the brain where cholesterol is made. CBD helps to lower cortisol which is a stress hormone in the brain. Through its effects on the five HT1a hydroxytryptamine serotonin receptor CBD is a chemical balancer from millions of membranes helping to maintain chemical balance in the cells. CBD is very effective and efficient at trying to keep balance or homeostasis in the body. The conclusion for today is you may want to try CBD before you go on a statin drug to see if your body will respond naturally through cannabinoid supplementation as well as changing your diet. Less red meat, cheese, and dairy often is all that is required to make a useful change to the body.
The Importance of a Healthy Diet For Libido
Here in our stores, we’ve talked to thousands of people about getting on more of a plant-based diet and getting off cheese and dairy. We’ve seen amazing results first hand. Just the reduction of cheese and red meat along with more polyphenols like healthy greens, broccoli, asparagus, sprouts, spinach and kale can dramatically change the way your body functions and the way it deals with cholesterol. You will in fact see a change in your libido. So, for the men that are having problems with E.D., the healthy, natural way is the way to go. You will be surprised at the results.
Suggested Products and Dosage
SUGGESTED DOSAGE: Start with 5 to 10 mg per day or a 1/4 dropper and increase every 3 to 5 days. Also begin to eat the right foods for your blood type. This in conjunction with cannabinoids such as CBD should help.