CBD and Sex
Scientists, medical experts, and the public alike have all been drawn to CBD’s healing properties. This has ultimately revealed its ability to target inflammation, improve gut health, calm nerves, and enhance sleep. However, CBD has many uses and applications beyond its medicinal purposes. You may be surprised to learn that CBD and sex can also be used to boost your libido and increase your pleasure in the bedroom. Read on to find out how.
One of cannabidiol’s (CBD) primary functions is combatting anxiety. You may already be using CBD as a part of your day to day life to manage stress, but not realize that it can also help to relax you in the bedroom. Taking CBD prior to sex will create a feeling of calm, relaxation and elation. This ultimately translates into enhanced sexual pleasure that you can enjoy with a partner or by yourself. CBD is completely non-psychoactive, which means you don’t need to worry about feeling intoxicated or impaired when you take it. Some people find it can even heighten their senses. By relaxing your mind and your muscles, CBD and sex can help to create the perfect mood for intimacy.
Further, through combatting anxiety and boosting mental clarity CBD allows us to live in the moment and savor every moment of pleasure. CBD and sex allow for any worries of performance or expectations melt away so you can focus on what’s most important. As an added bonus, CBD and sex will also help you get a better night’s rest and recovery later on.
Can CBD and Sex Boost Sensation?
Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system with various receptors throughout the body. These receptors are what allow us to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of CBD and similar molecules. Endocannabinoid receptors in our lymphatic tissue can influence cytokine production – thereby tamping down inflammation – and receptors in our brains can help with our stress responses. However, you may be surprised to learn that some of the receptors that make up our Endocannabinoid System are found throughout the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, and vulva.
It is believed that these receptors play a significant role in the pleasures and pain we experience related to sex. In fact, these receptors are key in improving libido and ability to orgasm. This combined with CBD’s anxiolytic effects is a godsend for women who have trouble reaching orgasm. Men can also benefit too, as those who experience erectile dysfunction can find relief from CBD’s capacity to increase blood flow and nerve sensation. This ultimately creates a sexually pleasurable experience for all involved.
How CBD and Sex can Improve Desire
Historically, cannabis and its constituents (including CBD, THC, and many more) have been used as aphrodisiacs. An aphrodisiac, described simply, is a substance that increases both sexual desire and sexual pleasure. While it is known that CBD can help calm nerves and diminish pain, it is also believed that CBD may help with arousal and in increasing desire. This means that taking CBD oil or a CBD capsule about an hour to a half-hour before sex will help with anxiety, soreness, and pain, as well as one’s overall sex drive.
This can be a great option for anyone experiencing a dip in libido or difficulty due to medication (although we advise checking in with a doctor if you are on any medications). When applied topically, CBD dilates your blood vessels, allowing fresh oxygenated air to flow more easily. Generally speaking, this fresh oxygenated blood is associated with increased arousal and stimulation, making topical CBD the perfect addition to foreplay. Smooth cream massage anyone?
Sometimes sensitivities and chronic discomfort can really take you out of the mood. Sex-related pain can arise from basic sensitivities or can be a result of more complicated gynecological issues such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Luckily, there are many ways in which CBD can help manage pain associated with sex, regardless of the severity or origin of pain.
Because CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, we recommend not only taking CBD orally, but also using a few drops of CBD oil topically to any areas prone to dryness, friction, and pain. This can help with any existing soreness or pain while protecting from future damage by keeping inflammation in check.
Overall, cannabidiol (CBD) holds great potential to address a myriad of sex-related issues, and the ability to improve your overall experience. Whether you like to play with others or alone, we recommend incorporating a little CBD next time.