CBD has recently become popular in products designed to enhance sexual experiences. These products include personal lubricants, massage lotions, oral sprays, and edibles. That all sounds great but you may be wondering if those products really work and if CBD can truly improve your sex life.
To answer that, let’s look at the science behind CBD and sex, as well as personal experiences with it in the bedroom and beyond.
CBD’s Potential Benefits for Sexual Pleasure & Health
Many people turn to CBD for sexual health reasons, such as easing pain from chronic conditions like endometriosis. Other reasons for using CBD during sex include increasing pleasure, reducing stress and anxiety (including performance anxiety), and creating the right mood.
Alex Capano, medical director for Ananda Hemp and faculty member at the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University, says that CBD may also help improve lubrication during sex.
According to Capano, there are multiple cannabinoid receptors in reproductive organs and sexual tissue, and CBD can increase blood flow to these tissues. This increased blood flow can lead to increased sensitivity and the promotion of the body’s natural lubrication.
Personal Experiences with CBD and Sex
Allison Wallis has experienced first-hand the benefits of CBD in fostering relaxation during sex. Wallis suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that causes joint subluxations and severe muscle spasms. Using a CBD-infused lubricant has helped her muscles to relax, resulting in more enjoyable sexual experiences. The warming sensation that the lubricant produces creates a feeling of relaxation that allows her to focus on the intimacy of the act, rather than her muscle spasms.
It’s hard to say just how many people are using CBD in the bedroom, but a recent survey of 5,398 Americans from Remedy Review, a website that focuses on CBD and natural health remedies, found that 9.3 percent of respondents have taken CBD for sex. Most of those respondents said their orgasms were more intense after taking CBD. What’s more, CBD might just put some people in the mood for romance.
Research shows that CBD may be effective at reducing stress and anxiety. That relaxation can, in turn, reduce the distractions and worries that can hinder a positive sexual experience. “There’s an important component of calming the mind and really focusing on enjoying,” says Capano. “Especially for women in heterosexual couples, who often experience the pressure of needing to orgasm.”
While CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects, it may boost your mood by enhancing a neurotransmitter called anandamide.
“Anandamide is our bliss neurotransmitter, and it’s also associated with oxytocin, also known as the ‘cuddle hormone’,” says Capano. “CBD helps increase the natural neurotransmitters and endorphins that we make on our own that ultimately lead to a better sexual experience.”
CBD may also positively affect your mood and desire for intimacy. Research indicates that CBD may be effective at reducing stress and anxiety, which can often be a distraction and hinder a positive sexual experience. It can also lead to more intense orgasms during sex.
Let’s now look at various ways CBD can further enhance your sexual health and intimate encounters as well as specific studies that demonstrate these effects.
CBD and Blood Flow to Tissues
One of the key ways in which CBD may improve sexual health is by increasing blood flow to the tissues. This is because CBD has been shown to have vasodilatory properties, meaning it can help to widen blood vessels and improve circulation. This improved circulation can help to increase blood flow to the genital area, which can lead to improved sexual function and enjoyment.
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that low doses of CBD increased blood flow to the genital area in women. The study involved 31 women who were administered either a placebo or CBD before undergoing a visual sexual stimulation test. The researchers found that the women who received CBD had significantly increased blood flow to the genital area, as well as increased subjective arousal.
CBD and Libido
Another way in which CBD may improve sexual health is by increasing libido, or sexual desire. This is because CBD has been shown to have anxiolytic properties, meaning it can help to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Anxiety and stress are common causes of decreased libido, so reducing these factors may help to improve sexual desire.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that CBD reduced anxiety in individuals with social anxiety disorder. The study involved 24 participants who were given either a placebo or CBD before undergoing a public speaking test. The researchers found that the participants who received CBD had significantly reduced anxiety levels compared to those who received the placebo.
CBD and Relaxation
In addition to its anxiolytic properties, CBD has also been shown to promote relaxation. This is because CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating mood, stress, and relaxation.
A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that CBD reduced anxiety and increased feelings of relaxation in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder. The study involved 10 participants who were given either a placebo or CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that the participants who received CBD had significantly reduced anxiety levels and increased feelings of relaxation compared to those who received the placebo.
CBD and Women’s Sexual Health
CBD may have specific benefits for women’s sexual health. For example, CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to alleviate pain and discomfort during sex as you saw earlier in Allison’s case. CBD may also help to regulate hormonal imbalances, which can be a common cause of decreased libido and sexual dysfunction in women.
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that CBD may be effective in treating female sexual dysfunction. The study involved 21 women with female sexual arousal disorder who were administered either a placebo or CBD before undergoing a sexual arousal test. The researchers found that the women who received CBD had significantly increased blood flow to the genital area, as well as increased subjective arousal and decreased distress.
CBD and Men’s Sexual Health
CBD may also have benefits for men’s sexual health. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help to alleviate male-specific pain and discomfort during sex and it may also help to regulate hormonal imbalances, a common cause of decreased libido and sexual dysfunction in men. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine also found that CBD may be effective in treating erectile dysfunction.
As you can see, there are any number of benefits to using CBD for your sexual health and pleasure. The studies cited here show that CBD can help enhance your sexual experience by reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and increasing feelings of pleasure…And that can only be a good thing for us all.