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Does CBD Oil Affect Testosterone?

Hormones are the key to your body functioning properly. Imbalance of hormones can lead to an array of complications that can cause your system to go out of order and may lead to complications to your physical and mental health. They play a major role in regulating metabolism, growth, mood and reproductive functions. Hormones are messengers in your body that send signals between your cells and organs to promote balance and are homogeneous to your body. Hormones influence your development, behavior and general well being making them an essential part of your body system.

A common question people ask is whether or not CBD Oil would affect testosterone? Let's find out what Testosterone is and whether CBD Oil can lower or increase the amount of testosterone?

Testosterone is often associated with sex hormones that are created from our body’s sex organs. In males testosterones are made from the testicles while in females the ovaries are responsible for producing testosterones. Men produce more testosterone than women do.

The production of testosterones increases during puberty and slows down after 30. Testosterone is responsible for many essential functions:

  • Production of sperm

  • Stabilize bone mass

  • Growth and development of muscle

  • Sex drive

  • Assist in producing red blood cells

  • Fat distribution

Testosterone is regulated by your brain and pituitary gland. Having a balanced level of testosterone will help balance and stabilize your health. When your level of testosterone is low you will be at risk of: lower sex drive, decrease in muscle, low bone mass, gain weight, changes in mood, fatigue and infertility.

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Does CBD Oil Affect Testosterone? Well yes, CBD oil does affect hormones like testosterone. Even though more research is needed to fully understand how much CBD affects hormones, researchers have pointed out that CBD can impact hormone levels and their functioning in three ways: production of hormones, response and degradation.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex network of cell-signaling systems which plays a crucial role in regulating various important functions like: mood, appetite, sleep, pain sensation and immunity. The endocannabinoid system is filled with cannabinoid receptors and enzymes found on the surface of the cells throughout the body.

The Endocrine System is a network of glands that produce and release hormones. Hormones help regulate various physiological functions in the body. Hormones are like chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream and when they reach organs and tissues they are able to exert their effects. The endocrine system helps to control: growth, metabolism, body development, immunity and mood.

The ECS work together with the endocrine system. The ECS binds with the endocrine system to help release hormones and create a stronger impact on the production and release of hormones.

Researchers have pointed out that CBD when they enter the body they interact with the endocannabinoid system. Therefore CBD by default binds with both the Endocannabinoid System and the Endocrine System. Scientists have found that CBD often mimics the activities of the ECS which means that CBD can have an influence on the production of hormones. It is believed that CBD can alter hormone synthesis and secretion as well.

CBD can affect how our organs receive chemical messages. It can control the organ’s response to make it weaker or stronger by influencing the receptors. This will help determine whether the glands that are responsible for producing hormones to increase or decrease the production of hormones in specific organs when needed.

To maintain homeostasis in the body, when the hormones have completed their job they get broken down by the enzymes and exits the body. Since CBD interacts with the ECS it is believed that they can help speed up the degradation of hormones.

Whether directly or indirectly CBD can influence the production of hormones like testosterone. We also know that CBD reduces stress and anxiety which can help the body produce more testosterone as prolonged stress and anxiety is a major factor in the decrease of testosterone.

With all of this, CBD shows a very promising potential in the support of maintaining a healthy level of testosterone. However, more research in humans is needed to gain more evidence on CBD’s effect on hormones.

Written by Vivek Roachthavilit

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