CBD is More Than a Wellness Trend for the Modern Man

CBD has muscled its way from the fringes of alternative medicine into the mainstream and is now a staple for many health-conscious men.

But what exactly is CBD, and why should the discerning man take notice?

Tony Spencer, CEO and Founder of CBD specialist Spruce CBD, explains, “CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating various physiological processes. This interaction is what gives CBD its potential to support men’s health and wellness.”

One thing is for sure: there’s more to this compound than meets the eye.

CBD’s Potential Benefits for Men

Research into CBD’s effects is ongoing, but early studies and anecdotal evidence suggest several potential benefits that may be particularly relevant to men.

Enhanced Workout Recovery

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may be a game-changer for your fitness routine.

After an intense workout, inflammation in your muscles can lead to soreness and longer recovery times. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating inflammation.

A 2020 study published in the International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health suggested that CBD could reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and enhance recovery.

Tony Spencer of takespruce.com notes, “Many of our male customers report using CBD post-workout. They find it helps them recover faster and get back to training sooner.”

Stress Management 

CBD may help by interacting with serotonin receptors in the brain. A 2019 study in the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy found that CBD could have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. This could potentially help men deal with work-related stress, social anxiety, or general life pressures without the side effects associated with some traditional anti-anxiety medications.

“We’re seeing a lot of men turn to CBD as a natural way to take the edge off after a long day,” Spencer comments. “It’s becoming an alternative to the after-work drink.”

Sleep Improvement

Quality sleep is essential for everything from muscle recovery to cognitive function, which CBD might help improve in terms of both sleep quantity and quality.

A 2019 study in the Journal of Clinical Medicine found that CBD could help reduce anxiety and improve sleep for a significant portion of the study participants.

According to Spencer, “Many men report that CBD helps them unwind in the evening, leading to better sleep. This is crucial for recovery, especially for those who hit the gym hard or just lead an active lifestyle.”

Sexual Health

While more research is needed in this area, CBD’s potential to improve blood flow and reduce anxiety could have positive implications for men’s sexual health.

A 2009 study published in the journal Neuroscience Letters suggested that CBD could help relax blood vessels, potentially improving blood flow throughout the body.

Hair and Skin Health

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties extend to skin health, which may help with conditions like acne, psoriasis — and even hair loss.

A 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD could help regulate oil production in the skin, potentially reducing acne. For hair health, CBD’s potential to improve blood circulation could promote healthier hair growth.

Spencer comments, “The grooming industry is really embracing CBD. We’re seeing everything from CBD-infused facial cleansers to beard oils.”

Potential Neuroprotective Properties

While not beneficial exclusively to men, CBD’s potential neuroprotective properties could be significant for long-term brain health.

A 2017 review in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology discussed CBD’s potential to protect against neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

“Brain health is a growing concern for many men as they age,” Spencer notes. “And while more research is needed, the potential neuroprotective properties of CBD are certainly intriguing.”

Pain Management

For men dealing with chronic pain — whether from old injuries, arthritis, or other conditions and the like — CBD might offer some relief.

A 2018 review in Frontiers in Pharmacology examined multiple studies and concluded that CBD could be effective in overall pain management without negative side effects.

Spencer adds, “We hear from many men who use CBD to manage chronic pain. It’s particularly popular among former athletes dealing with old injuries.”

How to Use CBD

CBD comes in various forms, each suited to different needs and lifestyles:

  • Oils and Tinctures: Fast-acting and easy to dose, perfect for the man on the go.
  • Capsules: Convenient and discrete, ideal for the busy professional.
  • Topicals: Great for targeted relief, whether it’s post-workout muscle soreness or skin issues.
  • Edibles: From gummies to protein bars, a tasty way to incorporate CBD into your routine.

“For men new to CBD, I often recommend starting with CBD oil,” says Spencer. “It’s easy to adjust the dosage, and when taken sublingually, it has good bioavailability. But whether you prefer a post-workout gummy or a CBD-infused beard oil, the key is to start with a low dose and gradually increase until you find what works for you.”

As is always the case, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before adding CBD to your regimen, especially if you’re taking other medications.

But from potentially enhancing your workout routine to helping you keep your cool under pressure, CBD might just be the addition to your lifestyle you’ve been looking for.