Heard about CBD and its many benefits in the bedroom?
Wondering – can CBD make sex better?
One of the main active ingredients in marijuana, CBD, or cannabidiol, has long been known to have positive health effects on a variety of ailments and diseases. From treating symptoms like pain, anxiety and depression in patients with cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the WHO (World Health Organisation) has corroborated initial studies to prove a link with the beneficial effects of CBD.
Since the legalization of hemp-derived CBD has become more commonplace there has been a huge surge in the number of ways you can get hold of it.
As well as the ‘old fashioned way’, CBD is also available in the form of creams and lotions, capsules, oils, tinctures and even suppositories.
As always, the sexual wellness industry has been quick to jump on the bandwagon with this produce and CBD is being marketed by many brands as a magic cure-all for any number of sexual disorders. From reports that it can help with erectile dysfunction and ease painful intercourse, CBD sounds like it really could make sex better for anyone.
In this feature, we take a closer look at the claims and reports that CBD can boost your libido, improve your sex life and treat common bedroom disorders.
What is CBD?
Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, is a complex little plant with more 420 chemical compounds including 60+ cannabinoids.
The two main types are CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, and THC (or, tetrahydrocannabinol).
A psychoactive substance, THC is the compound that is responsible for getting you high and is the active ingredient which has been directly linked to those negative effects we know from marijuana use. Affecting the central nervous system, THC can cause depression, paranoia and hallucinations.
One the other hand, CBD is more known for its anti-inflammatory, immune response and pain-relieving effects on the body.
It’s no accident that Cannabis sativa has been used for millennia as a medicinal plant.
Can CBD Make Sex Better?
Our bodies are full of cannabinoid receptors, all forming an important element of our physiological makeup known as the endocannabinoid system.
Responsible for a variety of processes memory, pain-sensation, mood and our appetite, our endocannabinoid receptors play an important role in many or our daily functions.
And this includes our sex lives.
Some women (and men) suffer from pain during sex (known as dyspareunia) which could be due to any number of reasons.
From general issues like infections to specific ones like fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and PID (pelvic inflammation disease) in women to prostatitis or tight foreskin in men, sex can sometimes cause discomfort (during and after).
And because one of its primary effects is as an analgesic, CBD could be a perfect way to help ease that pain.
Working as an anti-inflammatory and relaxant, CBD has been found to alleviate the discomfort common to dyspareunia sufferers.
In a survey conducted by Remedy Review in 2020 39% of respondents reported that CBD was extremely effective during sex, while a further 28% said it was very effective.
Just 2% of people said that CBD wasn’t effective at all when it came to perceived effectiveness at alleviating pain during sex!
Believe it or not but it’s quite common for both men and women to suffer from anxiety when it comes to their activities in the bedroom.
We should all know (but may sometimes need reminding) that it is the brain which is the biggest sexual organ in our bodies. So, it stands to reason that if we aren’t in the right frame of mind then we can’t possibly be having the best sex.
From performance worries to anxiety about body image, CBD could be effective at reducing the symptoms associated with this problem.
The research is still ongoing over what levels of CBD an individual needs but clinical studies suggest that an individual would need to take 300-600 milligrams of oral CBD for them to experience measurably lower levels of anxiety.
However, there has been some great anecdotal evidence to suggest that couples who regularly use CBD as part of their sex lives definitely reporter greater confidence in the bedroom.
There is some debate about whether it is the CBD they use as part of their lovemaking rituals or simply a placebo effect.
As well as its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD also has a soothing effect when used topically and there is some evidence to suggest that it can help with natural lubrication.
This could be a combined benefit of an increased libido (see below) and reduced anxiety or just a singular side effect of CBD.
Unlike THC, CBD isn’t a psychoactive compound but there is some evidence to suggest that it enhances a neurotransmitter called anandamide.
Also known as a ‘bliss neurotransmitter’, anandamide is closely linked to the regulation of oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’).
When applied as a topical cream, gel or lotion, CBD can help increase the blood flow.
And, as we all know, the more blood you have in your genitals the more aroused you become.
More Powerful Orgasms
As well as an increased libido, the more blood you have in your genitals, the more sensitive they are.
And the more sensitive they are, the more potential you have for experiencing incredible orgasms!
Treating Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Another claim that the CBD industry makes is that CBD can help alleviate the problems associated with ED.
Now, this one is a little trickier as there is very little clinical research to support the anecdotal claims.
ED is a complex condition that can have a multitude of issues at its source.
For some men, ED is a result of stress and anxiety which as we already know from the above reports that CBD can help with.
It can also be a result of (or be exacerbated by) a poor diet, obesity and smoking. And there are some types of medication whose side effects include ED.
However, for other guys, ED is a more deeply rooted medical condition including hormone imbalances, narrowing or blood vessels in the penis or physical trauma.
More research needs to be done in this field but anecdotal claims have long been made by Ayurveda practitioners who have been recommending marijuana (CBD plus THC) as a treatment for ED antidote for decades.
How to Use CBD for Better Sex
Intrigued by the evidence and reports and want to know how to experiment with CBD in your sex life?
Here’s a couple of tips to getting the best out of CBD.
Choose Your Method
As we’ve already eluded to, there are tons of products available which contain CBD, each offering a different method of application or dosing.
- Massage Lotions
- Personal Lubricants
- Atomizer Oils
- Bath Soaks
- Vape Juices
- Oral Sprays
Everyone is different and delivers a varying dose of CBD; the choice if which one to take and how much is down to the individual. However, most couples seem to enjoy the intimacy offered by massage lotions and lubricants or edibles.
As to the question of dosage, the trick is to experiment with what works best for you.
Buy a Quality Product
With so many products to choose from it can be pretty overwhelming and the first instinct is to buy the cheapest.
And expensive products don’t necessarily guarantee you a quality product either.
So, we would simply suggest that you do your own research, read up on those peer reviews and make sure that the brand you are buying is FDA approved.
It’s also recommended that you choose a brand whose product has been independently tested and verified.
Build Up Your Dose
When it comes to what dosage to choose, everyone is different and there really is no conclusive research on what you should be taking to achieve the benefits offered by CBD.
The general advice is to start low and to take it slow.
Gradually increase your dose and monitor the effects. If you keep seeing improvements then add more but once you plateau then you should stop.
Take It Early
The positive effects of CBD can take some time to kick in so you will need to plan ahead and start taking (or applying) it in plenty of time to reap the benefits.
Just like if you were to use Viagra then you may need to dose up 30-90 minutes before you intend to have sex.
Is CBD Safe?
On a final note, we wanted to address some concerns about CBD use in general.
On its own, the chemical compound CBD is known to be safe even in fairly high doses.
One study undertaken in 2017 concluded that humans can tolerate daily doses of up to 1,500 mg.
However, like many common medications and drugs, there are cases where people can experience negative side effects even at lower doses.
Negative side effects can include:
Which is why it’s important to heed the advice given on slowly increasing your dose to experiment with what works best for you.