Let’s Get It On: CBD and Sex
As the social stigma surrounding cannabis-use changes and legalization slowly spreads across the country, more and more people are integrating this natural compound into their every-day lives; for pain, anxiety and other health issues. And now, it’s made itself useful to couples in the bedroom.
For some people, increasing their sexual pleasure in the bedroom is as simple as turning on their favorite playlist, or buying a new piece of lingerie. However, for others, it might be a bit more difficult to get in the right headspace, every time.
In this article, we break down exactly how to use CBD for sex, and suggest a few ways to try using CBD to spice up your love life.
“Approximately 64 percent of the respondents who had tried CBD out in the bedroom said it had improved their sexual experiences.”
Are Cannabis and Sex a Match Made in Heaven?
We’re not going to mince words here: cannabis can make people horny. Very horny… and chatty and hungry, and probably sleepy, too.
To reap the benefits of this natural aphrodisiac, you can smoke it, bathe with CBD bath soaks, use it in a CBD vape pen, add it to lubricants, or snack on CBD dark chocolates. This makes CBD the perfectly uncomplicated, all-natural method of increasing pleasure during sex.
Although Americans are reportedly having less sex than we used to, it appears that people who use cannabis regularly are actually having more sex. And with legalization of CBD beginning to catch on, creatively incorporating it into one’s sex seems like a no-brainer to us!
Researchers at Stanford conducted the largest study to date on how cannabis impacts sexual activity. Pulling over two decades of data from the ongoing National Survey of Family Growth, they compiled information provided by 28,176 women and 22,943 men.
The survey respondents had an average age of 30 and were weekly consumers of cannabis. In comparison with non-consumers, men reported 22% more sex, while women reported 34% more sexual activity.
Interestingly enough, the respondents who reported more than weekly cannabis use had an even higher increase in sexual frequency.
Using CBD and THC for Better Sex
If you live in a state where you can find legal, easily-accessible THC (hellooooo West Coast) you’ve probably already experienced the joys of smoking a little weed and getting-it-on with your partner. With the right conditions, the right amount, and a little aid from our CBD friend, a THC-high can be a wonderful, dreamy, addition to your sexual experience.
Here at Rosebud, we believe in a well-balanced cannabis diet. If you’re new to the game and you want to pregame with a little THC, but you’re worried that you’ll get “too high” and ruin the moment, consider using CBD in addition to THC for better sex.
Taking a dose of CBD oil before dosing with THC will help your endocannabinoid system balance out the high; basically, you can still reap the benefits of THC and keep your head straight and in the right mood for intimacy.
Although the certified organic MCT (coconut oil) in our Rosebud CBD oil helps speed up absorption, you’ll still want to allow about 20-30 minutes for CBD oil taken orally to take full effect.
It’s also important to be discerning about what you’re puffing on prior to playtime. Teaera Roland is a holistic medical practice owner, offering state-approved continuing education courses for medical professionals specializing in cannabinoid medicine. She left us with an expert tip, “Too much THC can induce anxiety and take-away from the mood. Be strain specific. A strong indica will make a piece of chocolate and a pillow way more enticing than a naked body.”
Anandamide: The Bliss Molecule
Have you ever heard of anandamide?
Anandamide (pronounced “a-NAN-da-mide”) is an endocannabinoid that our bodies produce naturally; interestingly, it has a similar chemical structure to THC.
Fun fact: Anandamide is named after ‘ananda’ – the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss or delight.”
Recent studies illustrate that happiness and anandamide are more intrinsically linked than we realized, hence the name. It would only make sense the “bliss molecule” would increase a blissful sensation, specifically during sexual intimacy.
Teaera shared her professional insight with us: “For females, sex is multidimensional. Stereotypical and anecdotally to women, sex can be more mental. So, activation of the CB1 receptors, aligning neurotransmitters and allowing for more available dopamine, would allow her to be more ‘in the moment’ and, therefore, able to climax more easily- and actually have a stronger and longer climax. Activating CB2 receptors can allow for a stronger message of touch to be sent to the brain.”
Men vs. women: the Biological Advantage
Researchers at the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia recently studied how cannabis can impact women’s libido.
They discovered that cannabis-infused topicals can positively increase sexual stimulation and arousal in women. The study illustrated that there is a significant relationship between the concentration of endocannabinoids, and sexual arousal in females.
The science is not yet conclusive, but you could extrapolate that when we aren’t producing a high enough concentration of endocannabinoids, we can supplement with phytocannabinoids, resulting in a positive increase in sexual health.
When it comes to the female reproductive tract, cannabinoid receptors are found all over the reproduction system; in the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina and vulva. These cannabinoid receptors play a large role in the pleasure, and sometimes pain, associsted with sex.
These receptors are key in improving low libido and the inability to achieve orgasms. Men experiencing issues with erectile dysfunction may also benefit from using CBD. CBD increases blood flow and nerve sensation, which can help enhance sexual pleasure and intensify orgasms for all parties
So ladies, if you’re looking to get down with ya bad self, light up and get after it!
Determining the Best CBD Dosage for Sex:
Generally speaking, there are several factors that play a role in finding your correct CBD dosage; concentration or strength of the CBD, body weight, desired effects, and tolerance levels.
When you’re first experimenting and trying to find the best CBD dosage for sex, it’s best to go slow. Start with 5-10 drops of your CBD oil, orally. Wait until after the CBD has reached its peak before trying a slightly higher dose- around 4 hours for CBD oil.
So, Where Does This Leave Us?
Though the dawn of a new, green era is upon us, truth be told- there hasn’t been a ton of research done in the space where cannabinoids and sex intersect.
While there is a growing number of couples who report that CBD has helped improve their sex lives, there is still much more research to be done on the subject of CBD and sex.
At Rosebud, we’re optimistic that this will change in the near future. For now we say: experiment your hearts out!
’Tis the season for love, after all.
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The Beginner’s Guide to CBD and Sex: Libido, Orgasms and Hormones
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, seems to be the coolest thing since sliced bread. Because of the nationwide legalization of hemp-derived CBD, brands old and new have been coming out of the woodwork with CBD-infused skincare, body oils, tinctures, edibles, suppositories, drinks and more.
In the sexual wellness industry, CBD has been touted as a magical cure-all product that can improve your sex life exponentially. In reality, CBD is only a supporting actor that contributes to holistic sexual wellness. Nonetheless, CBD still deserves that Oscar for all the ways that it can support your sexual health.
If you’ve always been curious whether or not to keep CBD products on your nightstand, here’s the 411. (Spoiler alert: CBD is “fetch,” as Gretchen Weiners would say.)
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CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammatory pain, improve brain function, lower cortisol levels and relieve muscle tension.
For people with vaginas, CBD’s sexual benefits include increased lubrication, heightened arousal, and pain relief for those who experience painful sex.
For people with penises, CBD may help with erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow, allowing the penis to stay erect for longer.
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So what is CBD?
CBD is derived from the controversial plant Cannabis sativa. As many of us learned from that first high school party bong rip, different strains of cannabis can induce a relaxed high, courtesy of CBD’s naughty cousin Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive chemical compound that locks you to your couch to count pink hallucinatory clouds when you smoke weed.
A common question when people pick up CBD products: Will this get me high? The answer is no. CBD products derived from cannabis plants may contain a small amount of THC, but usually not enough to get you high. A small percentage of THC won’t affect you, plus it’s the ratio between THC and CBD in a product that really matters.
CBD counteracts the loopy high that THC gives you. So if a product had a 250mg of CBD and 250mg of THC (a 1:1 ratio), the psychoactive effects of THC are kept in check by that amount of CBD — all while still giving you the pain-relieving, muscle-relaxing, anxiety-relieving effects of both cannabinoids. Most CBD products contain amounts of CBD that vastly outweigh the minimal THC content.
You’ll also want to look out for CBD that’s derived from hemp instead of cannabis. Hemp naturally contains little to no traces of THC, meaning it won’t get you high at all. In most states, CBD is legal as long as it’s derived from hemp. Each state has different product testing requirements, which you can find on Leafly’s State-by-State CBD Guide.
How does CBD work?
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Think of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) as a traffic system that regulates homeostasis. Inside the ECS, there are receptors, enzymes and naturally occurring endocannabinoids that act as traffic signals or stop signs to facilitate neural communication between the brain and the body.
Naturally occurring endocannabinoids affect the body’s energy balance, appetite stimulation, blood pressure, memory, learning and pain receptivity. When we’re stressed, depressed or anxious, a few traffic signals in the ECS might be out of order, causing energy crashes, appetite imbalance, high blood pressure, brain fog and inflammatory pain. When CBD enters the body, it mimics the naturally occurring endocannabinoids and swoops in to get those traffic signals working at their normal — or sometimes, even faster — pace.
What are the benefits of CBD?
The benefits of CBD products are generally determined by the terpenes the brand uses for flavor. Terpenes are the chemical compounds in plants that give it its smell and flavor. The terpene limonene, for example, is naturally found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. Combined with a CBD oil, limonene gives the body an uplifting, energizing effect.