If you are a cannabis enthusiast, odds are high that you are by far very well aware of the therapeutic benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive compound present in cannabis, which has brought long-overdue fame to the globally notorious drug.
The legalization drive of cannabis across the United States, Canada, and many European countries has opened a gateway for medicines, ointments, oil, and supplements comprising CBD as the primary ingredient. Among the long list of CBD-infused products available, lubes are something that not many people discuss openly.
Cannabis, however, shows great promise when it comes to improving a person’s sex life. A 2017 study, wherein researchers at Stanford University surveyed nearly 55,000 cannabis consumers, concluded that the individuals surveyed had sex about 20% more as compared to their non-consuming counterparts.
Generally, people often shy away from using lubes as it may indicate a lack of desire towards their partner; however, on a positive note lubes make sex a more enjoyable experience, so much so that an Indiana University study noted that nearly 70% of the 2,453 women surveyed reported that lubes made their intercourse a more pleasant experience than usual.
How lubes help both genders?
People who are in the habit of using lubes would already know the benefits it brings along. However, others who are yet to try it may find relief in the following conditions:
- Vaginal dryness
- Experiencing perimenopause or menopause
- Low sex drive
- Discomfort during sex
- Enhances pleasure
- Prevents vaginal abrasions
- Prevents penile friction burns
Does CBD lube really make for better sex?
According to Dr. Rachel Knox, an endocannabinologist, there is not much research available that could fully validate the anecdotal claims and theories which suggest CBD lubes as a better alternative.
However, she adds that there is a lot of research on CBD in general. “There has been some decent research on the effects of cannabidiol on the physiology of the body, including its effects on muscle relaxation, anxiety vasodilation and inflammation, all of which play an integral role around creating a great intimacy oil.”
What are CBD lubes used for and are they completely safe?
Dr. Becky Kaufman Lynn, a gynaecologist-obstetrician, in an interview with Weedmaps, stated that many of her patients confided in her that marijuana helped them in improving their sexual encounters in some or the other way. “In a nutshell, I can say that cannabis has helped women with chronic pain disorders (which lead to painful sex), women who have faced the inability to orgasm and some have also used CBD lubes to enhance their libido.”
As far as the safety of CBD lubes is concerned, one should always remember that they too, like other lubes, may contain preservatives, chemicals and other natural stimulating ingredients which could lead to irritation. Furthermore, a popular base for CBD lubes is coconut oil, which may break down the latex in condoms, causing fungal and bacterial infections.
Nevertheless, the bottom line is, when used as intended CBD lubes are safe.