Can CBD really improve your sex life?

Heather Huff-Bogart had a changing experience when she removed her IUD. From what was once pleasurable and exciting turned into her “curled over in pain with cramps.” Eager to find a solution she decided to try a personal lubricant infused with cannabidiol (CBD) about six months ago, and noticed immediate improvements.

“It helped reduce the pain and inflammation I have during intercourse. My husband noticed that I don’t complain as much about pain, and it’s been beneficial for both of us.”

– Huff Bogart

CBD is widely available in a variety of forms like oils and tinctures to topical creams and beverages.Therefore, just recently CBD was found in a variety of products, aimed to improve users’ sex lives. 

Products Include:

  • personal lubricants
  • massage lotions
  • oral sprays
  • edibles

How CBD can help improve sex?

Folks look to CBD for sex for a number of reasons, including:

  • increasing pleasure
  • easing stress and anxiety, including performance anxiety
  • setting the right mood
  • chronic conditions like endometriosis

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, explains that CBD may help when it comes to lubrication issues.

“There are so many cannabinoid receptors in reproductive organs and sexual tissue. CBD increases blood flow to tissues, which increases sensitivity and promotes the body’s own natural lubrications.”

– Alex Capano

CBD helps foster relaxation for sex. For individuals like Allison Wallis, has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that causes joint subluxations and severe muscle spasms. She explains first hand how the CBD infused lubricate has benefitted her.

“It relaxes my muscles and allows for much more enjoyable sex,feeling of warmth and relaxation.I was surprised by how well it worked. It allowed me to focus on the intimacy of the act instead of my muscle spasms.”

– ALLISOn wallis

A recent survey has shown out of 5,398 Americans, 9.3  percent of respondents have taken CBD for sex.The majority of those respondents said their orgasms were more intense after taking CBD.

CBD may also put you in the mood for romance.Studies show CBD may be effective at reducing stress and anxiety.In which, that relaxation can, in turn, reduce the distractions and worries that hinder a positive sexual experience.CBD doesn’t have psychoactive affects, it may boost your mood by enhancing a neurotransmitter called anandamide.

“There’s an important component of calming the mind and really focusing on enjoying,Especially for women in heterosexual couples, who often experience the pressure of needing to orgasm.ANANDAMIDE IS OUR BLISS NEUROTRANSMITTER, AND IT’S ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH OXYTOCIN [ALSO KNOWN AS THE ‘CUDDLE HORMONE’],CBD HELPS INCREASE THE NATURAL NEUROTRANSMITTERS AND ENDORPHINS THAT WE MAKE ON OUR OWN THAT ULTIMATELY LEAD TO A BETTER SEXUAL EXPERIENCE.”

– ALEX CAPANO

Due to limited research experts are skeptical about CBD’s effects

“There aren’t any studies on CBD for sexuality, and particularly for using it as a topical application.CBD is wholly ineffective for sexuality. The primary advantage is the lack of intoxication, leading to widespread acceptance [of the compound], even though it is simply a placebo.”

– Dr. Jordan Tishler

A cannabis therapeutics specialist at InhaleMD and president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists.

He believes that the focus should be on cannabis, which has “40-plus years of data” on its effect on sexuality. 

“For the treatment of sexual-related issues, I tend to recommend vaporized cannabis flower, because we know the THC actually helps with the four stages of sexuality: libido, arousal, orgasm, and satisfaction.”

– dr. jordan tishler

Sarah Ratliff, 52 years old, explained her experience with CBD pain relief for years stating she received no benefits from trying CBD oil.However, she did try smoking and vaping cannabis which had both CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol(THC) to improve her sex life which it did.

“It really helps me relax and let go of the day,sex was more intense after smoking, and I think it’s because it helps my inhibitions come down and allows my body to focus.”

– sarah ratliff

However, doctors and health professionals who’ve seen improvements in patients’ sex lives say the anecdotal evidence has turned them into believers of CBD products, despite the lack of clinical trials. Dr. Evan Goldstein says he’s seen firsthand the positive effect of CBD on his patients.

DR. EVAN GOLDSTEIN

“These products work. They obviously need to be taken into context and used correctly, but they can enhance the experience and make things a little more pleasurable,Most of my knowledge of the benefits of CBD is coming from my patients. But as we see this become more regulated, there will be more studies done.”

– Dr. Evan Goldstein

Goldstein, the founder and CEO of Bespoke Surgical, an anal surgery practice that focuses on the sexual wellness, education, and comfort of the LGBTQ+ community.

What to know

Buy a quality product

Read reviews and check that a product has been verified by an independent lab before buying it.Be aware that CBD can be derived from cannabis or hemp, and that marijuana-derived CBD (which contains THC) may be more effective than CBD derived from fiber hemp.

The plants differ in their THC content cannabis typically has 20 percent or more THC, while hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC to be sold legally.Both plants produce molecularly identical CBD. Only CBD derived from hemp plants is legal throughout the United States.

Find your ideal dose

“Start low and go slow,Titrate up slowly every couple of days, and if you keep getting increased benefits, keep going. If you add more and don’t feel better or start to feel worse, go back to the previous dose.”

ALEX CAPANO

Use CBD before going into the bedroom

Plan ahead and start taking itor applying it 30 to 60 minutes before you head into the bedroom to give it enough time to kick in. The CBD will not work instantly once taken orally or applied.

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