A man is our father, brother, co-worker, our friendly neighbour, or our lover. This “Movember,” let’s celebrate the men who have made a difference in our lives by participating in the annual event of growing a moustache.

 

November is that time of the year to raise awareness of men’s health, which primarily refers to preventing some of the leading causes of death in men, namely, suicide, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.

 

Statistics on the leading causes of death in men

Men’s health is at an all-time low. In 2020, studies show that men die earlier by 6 years than women, on average [1]. What’s frustrating about this is that most premature death causes in men can be prevented.

If the trend of neglecting annual hospital check-ups continues, the rate of a prostate cancer diagnosis will double over the next 15 years. On the other hand, Testicular cancer can be prevented if men within the age range of 15-39 years get tested. Moreover, every minute yields one case of suicide-related death involving men, which accounts for at least 75% of death by suicide in the world.

Because of these disturbing statistics, it’s vital that we exhaust all preventive methods and treatment methods that can address these men-related health issues.

The role of Cannabis as treatment for:

Mental health

One of the biggest predictors of suicide is alcoholism. In a 2018 edition of the Journal of Addiction Biology, Viudez-Martinez, and company detailed how CBD (or cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant) can reduce the levels of alcoholism by regulating the serotonin, a chemical that stabilizes mood, and the cannabinoid receptors, which are involved in a variety of physiological processes [2].

In May 2019’s edition of Frontiers in Pharmacology, researchers explored the mitigating effects of CBD on alcohol’s physical effects. They found out that CBD reduces oxidative stress and inflammation. Additionally, CBD also promotes autophagy, a natural degradation process of the human cell that removes the cell’s unnecessary and dysfunctional components [3].

 

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer happens when abnormal cells located in the prostate gland start to uncontrollably grow. Although it’s the second most common cancer in Australian men, prostate cancer is a highly preventable disease.

 

If prostate screening and tests on men are regularly done, prostate-related death rates would be immensely lower. But for those suffering from prostate cancer already, cannabis might help with the treatment and recovery process.

 

Prostate cancer treatments, such as prostatectomy and radiation, can induce intense pain and nausea. A review shows that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol: another cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant) and CBD might help with post-operative pain [4].

 

Testicular cancer

 

Testicular cancer is the abnormal growth of cells of the testes. Although several studies link cannabis treatment to testicular cancer, conclusions and definitive answers weren’t drawn yet. For now, your doctor’s advice is your best bet in fighting testicular cancer. However, it does not hurt to look at some of the encouraging results regarding cannabis medication and testicular cancer.

In a two-year preclinical study involving mice, the results show that THC could reduce the incidence of benign and cancerous tumors in several body parts of a rat. A higher dose of THC is linked to reducing the appearance of benign tumors in the testes too [5].

 

Disclaimer: This is not an inducement to use Medicinal Cannabis. Medical Cannabis doesn’t work for everyone, and it may not work for you. How Cannabis affects a person depends on many things, including their size, weight, age and health, dosage and tolerance, and the results can vary. Some people may experience side effects when taking Cannabinoid medication. The information provided by CDA Clinics is for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please check with your doctor and request a referral.

 

Endnotes:

 

  1. Poole, G. N.D. New data: 10 surprising facts about men’s health in Australia. Available at: https://www.amhf.org.au/new_data_10_surprising_facts_about_men_s_health_in_australia

 

  1. Viudez-Martinez, A. et al. 2018. Cannabidiol reduces ethanol consumption, motivation and relapse in mice. Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/adb.12495

 

  1. Ternay, J. et al. 2019. Therapeutic Prospects of Cannabidiol for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcohol-Related Damages on the Liver and the Brain. Available at: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2019.00627/full

 

  1. Russo, E. 2008. Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/

 

  1. National Toxicology Program. 1996. NTP Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Studies of 1-Trans-Delta(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (CAS No. 1972-08-3) in F344 Rats and B6C3F1 Mice (Gavage Studies). Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12594529/