More couples have been inviting cannabidiol, or CBD, into the bedroom as a way to give their sex life a boost. They could be on to something. While there is no clinical proof of CBD’s impact on sex just yet, we do have cause to think it could be an intimacy enhancer.
Here’s a look at four recent findings that might have you reaching for a little tincture squeeze before you hit the sack tonight.
Finding No. 1: CBD Eases Anxiety
First, it’s been shown to ease anxiety, which could help alleviate concerns about performance, sexual dysfunction, or just plain ol’ life (which, as of late, can certainly deter you from getting in the mood). Many studies have been done on this, but in a recent 2019 study published in the Brazillian Journal of Psychology, researchers found that CBD significantly reduced anxiety symptoms in adult males during public speaking—which many find to be the most anxiety- provoking activity imaginable. So, if CBD can help melt away whatever worries come your way, it may help you get out of your head and into your body—the first step of arousal.
Finding No. 2: The Endocannabinoid System and Sexual Pleasure
It’s long been known that your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is what CBD interacts with, plays a role in several functions including mood, muscle control, and stress response. But in 2017, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that it’s also tied to sexual pleasure. When both male and female subjects climaxed, it triggered a significant spike in the endocannabinoid 2-Arachidonoylglycerol, a signaling lipid in the system linked to emotion.
This spike brought the study authors to conclude that 2-AG “is involved in the human sexual response cycle,” leading to the thought that “endocannabinoids might play an important role in the sexual response cycle, leading to possible implications for the understanding and treatment of sexual dysfunctions.” In other words, there’s reason to look into the ECS further to better grasp the science of satisfaction and performance—and find ways to treat those who struggle to get there.
Finding No. 3: Cannabinoids Intensify Female Orgasms
Here’s some exciting news for ladies everywhere: You can increase your possibility of hitting that high by getting high. A 2019 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that CBD’s cousin cannabis, which contains THC, was linked to better, longer female orgasms. In fact, women who reported marijuana use before sexual activity were more than twice as likely to report satisfactory climaxes than non-users.
While the study wasn’t about CBD (which contains less than .3 percent THC, an amount that will not cause the psychoactive effects typically associated with marijuana), many in the cannabinoid community embraced this info because the findings suggest that orgasm frequency and intensity could get a boost by stimulating the body’s natural endocannabinoid system—again, the same system that CBD is believed to sync with and bring into harmony. Keep an eye out for future research on CBD.
Finding No. 4: Users Swear it Works
Sometimes when there’s not yet enough scientific evidence, you have to go by word of mouth. The publication Remedy Review, which focuses on the cannabis space, did a survey of 1,000 people on their usage of CBD for sex. A whopping 68 percent of those surveyed said that CBD improved their sexual experience, regardless of what kind of product they used (i.e. gummies, tincture, etc.). More findings: 64 percent said that they got a mood boost at the same time, which may have contributed to them feeling “in the mood.” And unsurprisingly, the same number also reported that they turn to CBD as a way to relax before getting intimate.
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