How CBD Can Enhance Your Sex Life
by Erica Garza
CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, can have positive effects on your sex life, including relieving anxiety, preventing erectile dysfunction and even alleviating pain. Whether you’re struggling with sexual problems or simply curious about enhancing your experience, CBD can help relax the mind and body, which results in better sex. Whether you choose to vape or use a topical, here are some of the benefits you can expect when integrating a little CBD into your sex life.
Relieves Erectile Dysfunction
The most notable effect CBD oil can have on your sex life is its ability to relieve erectile dysfunction. Though there may be many causes of erectile dysfunction, it is believed that anxiety and stress are largely to blame. According to Dr. Felice Gersh, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, CBD can help alleviate this anxiety and stress, creating a domino effect that will help with impotence problems. “CBD bonds to the receptors of this system as if it was our homemade, or endogenous, endocannabinoids,” Gersh said, adding that this process can help relieve anxiety that may occur when you’re about to perform. If you’re curious how to use CBD oil for erectile dysfunction, consider starting out with small dosages until you find the most appropriate amount for you.
Better Orgasms for Women
Approximately 25 percent of women have difficulty achieving orgasm or have never experienced one, and even for women who are orgasmic, the frequency is only around 50-70% of the time. In the same way, that anxiety, stress or poor body image can affect a man’s ability to perform, these factors can also prevent a woman from fully enjoying sex. In a 2018 study published in Remedy Review, 64 percent of people said they use CBD for sex as a way to relax. In response to the study, Certified Somatica® sex and intimacy coach Xanet Pailet said, “For women, orgasm happens at the intersection of high arousal and high relaxation, so the more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to experience pleasure.”
For the 30 percent of women who experience pain during sex, CBD can be a potent remedy. Some women claim that CBD increases lubrication and blood flow, resulting in a more pleasurable experience. This can be especially useful for women dealing with menopause, which is known to cause vaginal dryness. CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve irritation from too much friction.
If you thought all-night sex sessions were over years ago, think again. Research on using CBD for increased energy dates all the way back to 1977. And with athletes like ultra-marathoner Avery Collins using it to increase his energy levels and boost performance, it may be worth investigating how it might improve your performance—on and off the trail.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, The Telegraph, and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.