This week RN Lanny Swerdlow explores and connection between cannabis use and testosterone levels, and it may not be what you think. I also revisit the classic with an old fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe.
Testosterone is a topic of major discussion and with good reason. It is the key male sex hormone that regulates fertility, muscle mass, fat distribution, and red blood cell production. When testosterone levels drop, which is very common as men age, sexual dysfunction and even infertility can occur.
Women also have testosterone except it is called androgen which produces new blood cells, enhances libido and influences follicle-stimulating hormones which affect reproduction.
It’s not that women cannot have low androgen levels, but it seems all the hype surrounding testosterone seems to center around men which shouldn’t be so surprising cause men always want everything to center around them. That is why there is a veritable cornucopia of ads promoting all kinds of medications that will increase testosterone levels in men.
Succumbing to the lure of increased virility men shell out over $1.5 billion dollars a year for all kinds of remedies most of which are bogus.
Now however there might be a remedy that actually works and surprise, surprise – it’s cannabis.
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A reader recently asked if I had a peanut butter cookies recipe. I could not believe I had never published one before.
In most cases I favor all-natural peanut butter, you know the kind that usually has a thick layer of oil on top and is made from just peanuts and salt. However, all-natural peanut butter does NOT make the best peanut butter cookies! They come out kind of grainy and dry (as I learned the hard way). So, for this recipe, I recommend something like Jif or Skippy. Either creamy or crunchy style will do, as to your preference for chunks or no chunks.
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