Even though it's (sorta) new to the mainstream market, CBD (cannabidiol) is widely available in a variety of lproducts, including those for the bedroom — from massage oils to oral sprays and lubricants — all aimed at helping to improve your sex life!
But, can CBD really improve your sex life?
Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. Some traditional Hindus, for example, believe the cannabis-infused drink, bhang lassi, is an aphrodisiac. In ancient Egypt, women would apply cannabis-infused honey on their sex organs to 'cool the uterus and eliminate its heat' (huh?). In Chinese mythology, Magu (literally the 'Hemp Maiden'), was considered the Goddess of healing and longevity, the protector of females, and is able to brew the 'elixir of life'.
A 2017 study by Stanford University scientists of more than 50,000 adults found that 'marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.' They also found that men and women who used marijuana daily had about 20% more sex during the previous four weeks than their peers who abstained from the drug.
Bedroom anxiety stops a lot of couples from having sex at all, but CBD can certainly help to take the pressure off. Cannabidiol has an anxiolytic effect on the body, meaning it relaxes you both physically and mentally. When you're relaxed, performance and body image anxieties take a backseat, allowing couples to be more present during their intimate moments.
The most common medical reason people report using CBD is to manage chronic pain, followed closely by arthritis or joint pain. And the anecdotal evidence continues to mount.. But what does the research say?
A 2016 study showed reduced inflammation and overall pain in rats affected joints. The National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering concluded that 'in adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.' CBD also appears to help reduce neuropathic pain (nerve damage) and manage cancer pain when combined with THC.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, almost 75 percent of women experience pain during sex at some point in their lives. Science hasn't confirmed creams with CBD will have any greater benefit than those without, but there's little-to-no risk in trying it out (other than wasting your money, of course). And if you believe in the power of CBD-infused creams, that may be enough to score some relief.
Our reproductive organs and sexual tissues contain many cannabinoid receptors, and a lot of anecdotal evidence says it helps women 'down there'. CBD has also been shown to increase blood flow, thus promoting the body's natural lubrication and sensitivity.
Relaxation and Enhanced Foreplay
A survey of over 1,000 people conducted by Remedy Review shows that "68% of people said it improved their sexual experience, and others said it helped them relax or improved their overall mood." So, think about it like this.
Your most important sexual organ is located between your ears, not between your legs. Your brain provides the core of your sexual impulses.
The hypothalamus controls the human sex drive, which also controls all of your most basic primal instincts (fighting, fleeing, feeding and fornicating). As we talked about before, CBD has been shown to improve cerebral blood flow, improving your overall cognitive performance, including your mood. And everyone knows you have to be in the right mood (confident, happy and sexy) to start the foreplay and get it on!
If you're curious about experimenting with CBD in your sex life, here's what you need to know.
- Buy a quality product.
- Pay attention to the product's other ingredients.
- Consider how much THC the product contains.
- Experiment to find your personal ideal dose.
- More isn't always better.
Good luck and enjoy!