CBD – The New Soy for Men?

by Dean Balsamo

“What is there that is not poison? All things are poison and nothing is without poison. Solely the dose determines that a thing is not a poison,” Paracelsus  – Renaissance physician   (1493–1541),

CBD – The New Soy for Men?

by Dean Balsamo

Not sure how to characterize this post. Disclaimer? Public service inquiry? Maybe it’s just a cannabis tale – something that goes up in smoke… but…it does have a happy ending…

A year–long experiment with cannabis tincture gave me a story with three acts: Falling in Love – Sick Puppy – The Restoration… 

And a Finale with a message:

Men who wish to main maintain optimum sexual health and function – will treat cannabis tinctures the same way we’ve learned to treat soy products:

Minimize – avoid – eliminate

“Heresy” “BS” Enthusiasts cry – CBD bestows calmness…a feeling of well being…miraculous healings… I don’t doubt it. Several years ago I alluded to these qualities when I discussed my early experiences with the tincture. I wrote:

As for effects while these things are always individual I found the tincture to work well with regards to just a subtle “lift” to the mood, a sense of well-being, as well as, an ability to help focus on a task-which may seem counter to the usual cannabis experience except the tincture’s method of preparation isn’t meant to deliver a knock- out punch.



But after a nine-month cannabis tincture regime incorporating eight to twelve drops a day – five to six days a week – I feel like I poisoned myself…

Over dosed on the CBD component in the tincture. The body-mind connection short-circuited. My body couldn’t…wouldn’t – respond. The CBD had me by the balls…it happened three months ago when…

My erection wilted. My body refused to manifest my mind’s desire. And nothing brought it back.

Paris Street 2009 –  “Looking ahead”.

We passed it off as one of those man things. But I was mystified. There was no alcohol, drugs-medication, fatigue involved…

and no sexual strength or response either.

More of the same for the next two weeks. Officially freaked out… I apply the famous strategy of the Moist Robot: “ Trial and Error.”

I did a lifestyle scan: Everything – the same as it ever was. Natural foods based – wide macrobiotic focus – some animal and dairy, moderate wine and beer, no medication, mature but not old, hike – two – three miles a day @ 7000 ft., five American Spirits – five hours of sleep – some Herb – no unusual stress…

The only thing I’d added was… the cannabis tincture I’d started taking it nine months before. So I stopped taking the tincture.

Having some experience over years with Herb, plants like Sativa, herbs, teas…I’m familiar with some of manufacturing – processing strategies and this is what helped drive my decision.

It seemed to me that if anything like the approaches used to boost cannabis THC potency…are used for CBD…then it’s entirely possible the normal CBD elements are strengthened, amplified…distorted…maybe even turned into a poison with the wrong dosage.

By poison in this case – I mean over time it appears to have a side effect like some of the antidepressants – that come with warnings about losing sexual potency and desire.

Shortly after my decision The Economist published an article discussing the rise in psychotic episodes in emergency rooms traced to the high potency commercial cannabis now available to the masses.

That triggered my memory of a personal experience with the Supercritical Method of processing plants…a powerful extraction method resembling those used to process today’s cannabis products.

It was fifteen years ago in Baltimore – when it was still funky down at the waterfront. We were doing a booth at the Natural Products Expo – still dominated at that time by Enthusiasts and their incestuous threads …

The Kava Kava craze was hot…this was before reports came out about the effects LARGE DOSES of Kava Kava have on the liver.

The Black rep with the French name invited us to a gathering Levi… 40’s, a pious Jew – yarmulke – gray beard – the things around the shoulders…

was holding in his hotel suite. This dude was THE MAN you went to see about procuring Kava Kava.

We enter the suite…and it’s déjà vu…60s-like…only instead of pot or acid…. it’s Kava Kava …that has people sprawled out on sofas, talking quietly in corners…moving like they’re in a dream…

Levi takes central stage – middle of the room – and like the showman he is – says something…I understand as “let the games begin”…

A young woman glides across the floor with a large platter…topped with an ochre-colored substance shaped like a MOUND – texture like toothpaste… bean dip…krazy glue…surrounded by a ring of sugar-coated ginger pieces.

I grab a healthy portion. As soon as it hits my mouth. My lips go numb – followed the sense of my body…melting. . It wasn’t Sativa …I didn’t collapse but…I had to sit down to enjoy the feeling.

A few hours went by. It was 1:30 AM Sunday. But since the show started later that day …I took more. Big mistake.

I don’t remember getting back to the hotel. I do remember how wasted I felt when I tried to get up later.

I was hung-over…but I didn’t have anything to drink. I’d felt calming effects and mild body relaxation with kava kava in the past…

But nothing like this. I stumbled through day feeling like shit. Not long after…articles about Kava Kava’s effects on the liver began to appear…which confirmed my own experience.

Someone should look at this. Maybe the Israeli’s with their focus on the Medical use of cannabis can look at the tincture effects. See this post for more about their approach:


Regarding cannabis tinctures…I know from my research for a script I’m developing..that the US Army experimented on volunteers with cannabis tinctures in the 1950’s but discontinued the tests because they made people sick.

All I know is… now…three months later…after eliminating the tincture…my sexual health is restored. Everything’s back to normal. I attribute the incident I experienced to the processing and amount of CBD my body had accumulated.

So now that the obstacles to research on cannabis, mushrooms etc…are falling away… maybe it’s time to conduct some controlled experiments on the tinctures with high CBD content.

I can see prisons being a good place to start. Recruit paid volunteers and give them the tincture. I would think that anything that promises to reduce sexual tension, create a calmer environment for study, learning new skills and creative arts…would be worth examining for this setting.

60’s Suite – Detail – The Left Handed Path 
As for myself…I’m done with cannabis tinctures. Happy to have my sexual health back I now understand that for myself – when it comes to cannabis – I’ll stick with the smoke.

Dean Balsamo



2 thoughts on “

  1. Really enjoyed Dean’s slant on underscoring the importance of appreciating both extraction processes in CBD from hemp & dosage implications. There’s a great deal of data to unpack in this post and I highly recommend following the embedded links.

    Additionally, a dive into the bio-chem-physio workings of the ECS (endocannabinoid system) as elaborated by Rafael Mechoulam is useful. (What Mechoulam began noodling out was the discovery in 1963 of cannabidiol (CBD), a major component in the cannabis plant. It was a breakthrough finding & his lab work led to the eventual unearthing of the “entourage effect,” (a term coined by Mechoulam in 1988 to describe how all the compounds found in cannabis interact synergistically): the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

    The entourage effect is key to understanding how cannabis works inside your body and brain. As there are nearly 500 components found in the cannabis plant and less than 15 percent of those components are classified as “cannabinoids” such as CBD and THC. As each of these cannabinoids possess different healing effects, ratios of CBD to THC, as well as extraction process concentrates (suggestive of the bio-availablity) really informs how the plant affects the human body. The other ingredients include amino acids, hydrocarbons, flavonoids, terpenes and a host of other constituents.

    All of these work can work in concert (with other entourage facets – such as light, sound and even mechano-ceutical (vibro-acoustics peripheral nerve stim) to provide therapeutic value.

    • Thanks Randy always appreciate your well thought out observations. I think you grabbed the theme of my post when you talk about the “entourage effect.” Ideally we’ll apply both time-honored strategies and observation around dosage and…new methods of study and extraction in a way that will help us fine tune our understanding and applications of this wonderful gift from Nature.

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