These factors include:
When it comes to CBD lubes and other topicals, they go by the same token. There is no better way — at least right now — to figure out your optimal dose of CBD than to go through some trial and error first.
There are also products marketed specifically for the purpose of including one’s sex life, including CBD lubes, creams, and gels formulated for this purpose.
Does Bud do anecdotal evidence from people who have successfully used CBD to improve their sex life find support in scientific research?
The relationship between the endocannabinoid system and reproductive health is a vivid one, so it’s safe to assume that CBD and sex go hand in hand. As CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, studies have shown that CBD could possibly help to boost fertility since those endocannabinoid receptors have been found on female reproductive organs. Last but not least, CBD helps improve the body’s response to stress; successful stress management has been linked to the recalibration of hormones.
CBD could potentially balance hormone levels, including testosterone, which would translate into better sex life. The endocannabinoid system has its receptors in reproductive organs, including testicles. Therefore, its signaling with CBD can regulate organ function and performance of different systems, such as testosterone production in testicles.
How to Use CBD for Sex
Interestingly, CBD can balance all of the above.
To sum up, you can use CBD oil to improve sex life in the following areas:
Here's how: "CBD increases the serum concentration of an endocannabinoid neurotransmitter called anandamide, which is closely associated with oxytocin, known as the ‘cuddle chemical,’ ‘hug hormone,’ ‘love hormone,’ or ‘moral molecule,’” Dr. Flannery explains. "Research has shown that an increase in anandamide during social contact, including a sexual experience, increases the pleasure of said contact.”
CBD could potentially help your body balance hormone levels, which can increase sex drive. “The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) works overall to maintain homeostasis in the body, to regulate systems and organ function towards balance and harmony,” said Gerson. “So CBD’s relationship with our hormones and reproductive health is likely multifaceted, as ultimately a balanced body is fertile and vital (in it’s reproductive years).” She called hemp an “ally to hormone balance.”
This also comes down to how it (purportedly) helps the body deal with stress. In theory, if you manage bodily stress, your hormones will recalibrate as well. “While CBD can support some of the symptoms of hormone imbalance like pain, anxiety, or insomnia, it can also support via a key underlying root, stress,” says Gerson.
Chances are, you’ve also seen an explosion of CBD topicals (lubricants, creams, gels, and suppositories) and ingestibles (capsules, gummies, and tinctures/oils) geared towards boosting your sex life and sexual wellness.
Balancing Hormone Levels = Higher Drive
As it turns out, there are a number of applications cannabidiol can have in the bedroom, from managing your hormones to alleviating pain, and even to increase your libido (so… buckle up).
“There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that the direct application of CBD-infused lubricants to the genitalia increases blood flow to the area,” explains Robert Flannery, Ph.D. of Dr. Robb Farms. “An increase of blood flow to female genitalia has shown to increase sexual arousal and the intensity of orgasms. Both very good things.”
How? CBD can increase blood flow to tissues and improve nerve sensation, both of which can help make sex more pleasurable while intensifying an orgasm.
Less Stress, More Libido
There’s CBD in your deodorant, your serum, and your toothpaste. Your grandma’s using it for her arthritis. Even IKEA put CBD in meatballs (ew, but OK). The “green boom” and legalization of cannabis across many states has resulted in the normalization of hemp-based supplements and with the mainstream embracing CBD. (Maybe you even have some in your medicine cabinet right now.)
Of note: this may just apply to women. One study showed that cannabinoids could potentially lower a man’s sex drive, though this particular study looked at marijuana (aka, all the cannabinoids, including THC), not just isolated CBD.
Others use THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects. (The big difference between THC and CBD? THC gets you high while CBD doesn’t, generally.)
These days some people are looking to cannabidiol, or CBD ― the non-psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant ― to give their sex lives a boost.
For those who suffer from stress or performance anxiety in the bedroom, CBD can alleviate anxiety, elevate mood and reduce inhibition, said Diana Urman, a San Francisco sexologist. Urman is among a growing number of sex-perts around the country who recommend cannabis to some of their patients now that more states are legalizing marijuana.
Could getting a little high take your love life to new heights in the bedroom?
“There is also sometimes an increased sensitivity to touch and increased willingness to be more engaged and sensual which, in turn, enhances sexual pleasure and deepens orgasmic abilities,” Urman said of CBD and THC.
“Many people say they feel more spontaneous and adventurous [after using CBD],” she told HuffPost.
Below, she and other sex therapists and experts share CBD and THC products they say could help spice up your sex life. (Of course, there are legal issues you need to be aware of. Be sure to check the laws and protocols about marijuana and marijuana-related products for your state.)