As mentioned above, one of the most potent benefits of CBD oil is that it helps with deep, restorative sleep, and because so many Americans suffer from a lack of good sleep, how to optimize usage for sleep is one of the most common CBD questions we get at Element Health. Ben uses our CBD oil most nights to improve his sleep—you can read much more about CBD and sleep in this article. (And you can get 15% off Element Health’s oils with code Ben15.)
There have not been many studies on CBD and its effect on testosterone, but if you think about some of the general causes of low testosterone, such as high stress levels, increased levels of inflammation, and lack of sleep, to name a few, it stands to reason that CBD could help improve levels. Researchers are now studying whether the stress and inflammatory relief effects from CBD, as well as its ability to improve sleep, are indirect means for keeping testosterone levels optimized in both men and women. (Ben just wrote an article on testosterone with plenty of information on how to naturally boost testosterone, which you can read here.)
Later in Boundless (Chapter 12), I get into the specific benefits of CBD, which are noteworthy—in fact, Dr. Tod Mikuriya, the former national administrator of the US government’s marijuana research programs, stated that no other single drug or substance has as many therapeutic benefits as cannabis—and in addition to mood, focus, and sleep improvement, CBD is potent against both acute (such as injury and workout recovery) and long-term inflammation (which can contribute to serious health conditions including Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease).
Question #4: Are topicals just as effective as oral CBD?
As mentioned above, CBD is known to optimize the endocannabinoid system, contributing to the state of homeostasis in the body. This differs from high THC found in traditional cannabis which directly binds to both CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are the two main endocannabinoid receptors found all over the body, from the brain and spinal cord to the endocrine glands and digestive system. Over time, regular consumption of THC results in a decrease in binding and density of those receptors, causing your body to need to take in more THC to continue to get “high.”
I met Adam training at a gym in Miami, Florida, where he grew up practicing and developing a deep passion for martial arts. For the last 12 years, Adam has trained extensively in boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Adam was treated with pharmaceutical opioids after suffering a spine and leg injury in college and found himself—as so many do—falling into the deadly trap of addiction. Thankfully, Adam recovered and began a spiritual journey that included immersion in Zen Buddhist meditation and Shamanic healing traditions.
Question #2: How do you identify good CBD?
It’s important to know that to maximize recovery, sleep and nutrition are the two most important factors. CBD can help significantly with the sleep part of that equation. I focus on taking my CBD oil once a day, in the late evening. This will suffice for optimizing my body’s endocannabinoid system and getting me primed for deep sleep and recovery. However, I also keep my CBD bottle on my bedside table in case I wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep. A dropper under the tongue with some breathwork to follow and I’m back to catching ZZZs, usually within 20 minutes.
However, the way that CBD affects the body with regard to hormonal systems has been of interest to researchers for nearly 50 years.
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