CBD for Sex
CBD For Sex: The Ins and Outs!
Table of Contents:
- CBD’s Benefits
- CBD’s Effect on Sexual Function
- Can CBD Make Sex Better?
CBD has been shown to improve sex in a number of ways- from relieving the brain of stress and tension, improving our mood and concentration levels, to ensuring that muscles relax, and even dilating the blood vessels to heighten sensation. At Alphagreen, we have come to realise that, not only is CBD an incredibly therapeutic supplement- it can also improve our confidence levels, make us feel more uplifted and heighten our awareness of sensation. In a nutshell, CBD might just be the perfect accompaniment to a great sex life.
At Alphagreen, our badge of honour lies with the concept that CBD can be used to make anything and everything better. CBD has been touted to improve a bunch of factors, from keeping low mood and anxiety at bay to strengthening the nerves- there’s really a whole host of research being conducted on CBD’s incredible benefits.
So, since discovering the wealth of benefits that CBD can provide, we, at Alphagreen, have one simple thought: how can CBD’s therapeutic potential help improve our sex lives? And to answer our own question: in many different ways.Because sex makes the world go round, we’re dedicating this article to the ways that your daily dose of CBD, ingestible, suppository or topical, can enhance your sex life- for the better. From easing and relaxing your muscles, to improving concentration levels (because we all know the sexiest part of the body is your brain) CBD’s therapeutic and holistic benefits aren’t just limited to healing. CBD can also enhance pleasure, improve sensation levels and promote relaxation- all incredibly useful factors to amp up your sex life from tolerable to combustible.
Before we delve into the details, it’s well worth knowing what CBD can do for the system. It’s a well-known fact that a healthy body and mind often translates to healthy sex- many of the physical things we do (such as the way we interact with others, the way our relationships develop and, yes, how we express ourselves when we have sex) are representative of how we feel on the inside. Despite CBD being good for enhancing pleasure and keeping stress at bay (which are all really important for a good sex life) it is also CBD’s potential to lift our mood, improve our immunity and help us stay motivated, relaxed and concentrated which directly impacts the type of sex we’re having.
According to more recent discussions, our lifestyle does have a serious impact on the quality of sex we’re having. Factors such as a healthy diet, a beneficial exercise regime and even low stress levels and alcohol/nicotine consumption can have direct effects on our libido. This is because vitamins and antioxidants, good sleep hygiene and mental clarity can all be attributed to a healthy lifestyle- which can improve our sex lives and make us more likely to have healthier relationships with other people.
And, of course, CBD as a daily supplement can definitely improve the quality of our life- and, as a consequence, improve the quality of our sex. Implementing CBD on a daily basis allows us to set a routine, start the day (or end it) in a more relaxed and centred state and regulate our processes- from keeping our appetite healthy by curbing any junk food cravings, boosting how the brain responds to feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, boosting our immune system, keeping cognition levels high, keeping anxiety at bay, improving our blood flow and more.
But, we want to focus on how CBD can directly influence our sexual function. And whether we’re using a topical, in the form of a balm, cream or bath bomb, as an oral supplement, such as an oil or capsule or as an intimate suppository to get your muscles loose and relaxed- CBD has you covered in the bedroom.
CBD’s Effect On Sexual Function
For most people, a good sex life means letting of worry and stress, staying present in the moment and improving sensation- enter CBD. When we look at the role our endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays in modulating sexual behaviour and libido, there are three main factors which can come to play. Before we look at these, though, a quick reminder: our ECS is responsible for modulating most of our body’s major processes- from appetite to mood to libido, and more.
- The ECS helps to lubricate the vagina
- The ECS can modulate stress and low mood
- The ECS can boost concentration
CBD helps to increase concentrations of two already existing endocannabinoids in the system. So, while it doesn’t quite interact with the ECS directly, it does still do so by raising the levels of 2-AG and anandamide. These two endocannabinoids are especially good at helping to alleviate pain and discomfort, relax the muscles, boost feel-good neurotransmitter levels and keep anxiety away. This is through a number of ways- from anandamide helping to bind to TRPV1 receptors and reduce pain signalling, to 2-AG binding to CB1 receptors in the brain, helping to reduce anxiety and fear. This can bring about a therapeutic means to easing discomfort in the bedroom- from trauma and PTSD to general feelings of nervousness, fear and/or pain.
Can CBD Make Sex Better?
Knowing what we know about the endocannabinoid system, and how CBD engages with it, we can say that CBD’s therapeutic benefits can definitely translate to better sex. From interacting with the endocannabinoid receptors in the sexual organs to promote relaxed muscles and lubrication, to calming the mind, cannabidiol can definitely get you in the mood- in more ways than one.
If you find it it difficult to engage in penetrative sex (there’s a number of reasons this can happen- from tense or tight muscles to endometriosis to vaginismus), you might benefit from CBD lube. CBD lube works very similarly to normal lube- although, its purpose is to relax, as well as soften and lubricate, all our intimate areas.
Another great thing about CBD lube? It can help ease pain and heighten sensation. This is because the CBD can absorb into our intimate muscles and engage with the ECS receptors in our pelvis and anus regions- allowing us to relax, promoting more blood to these regions (thus heightening sensation) and all around being helpful in releasing tension and promoting pleasure.
And if you’re wondering, like we were, how exactly CBD can help promote blood flow to the intimate regions- it’s actually quite simple. When CBD is absorbed into the system, it is carried, by the blood, where it needs to go. Naturally, this means more blood reaches the intimate regions, where lube is applied. Likewise, CBD allows our muscles to relax because it promotes blood flow to the region, acting as a natural vasodilator. This means CBD opens up our blood vessels and allows for more nutrients and oxygen to reach our intimate muscles- helping to strengthen sensation levels, improve the quality, and quantity, of our orgasms and prevent our muscles from tiring or fatiguing.
Our website specialises in ‘intimacy suppositories’ as well as lube- the perfect combination for relaxing tight muscles and lubricating anything we need lubricating! CBD suppositories are idea for anal or vaginal penetration, and work on a number of levels to relax your system.
When we take CBD in its suppository form, it gets absorbed into our bloodstream so much quicker than the oral method- and can relax the areas you need relaxed in record time. Suppositories have a high bioavailability (meaning they absorb into the bloodstream very effectively) because our pelvic region has such a high number of endocannabinoid receptors. As well as this, CBD can absorb into the system quite effectively, when there’s a fatty substance along with it- meaning that many suppositories will have an oil, butter or other fatty product so that the CBD can absorb effectively.
When we take CBD orally, it can tend to get metabolised by our liver- leading to less cannabidiol in our bloodstream and more becoming broken down and extracted from the body.
Aside from relieving and relaxing local intimate muscles, CBD suppositories have been known to increase arousal and lubrication (of the vaginal walls) making sex more pleasurable. This is because CBD improves blood flow to the intimate regions of our body, especially when absorbed quickly into our bloodstream.
CBD oil and capsules can also be an excellent way to relieve mental tension, especially if you’re nervous or lacking confidence in the bedroom, but also for those who want to heighten sensations. While oral CBD does need to be taken over a longer period of time to actually affect the nervous system, the good thing about this method is that it lasts. So, ingestible CBD might have a lower bioavailability, but it tends to linger in your bloodstream for longer. We like to call this the ‘slow-wave’ effect, making it perfect for CBD newbies.
Oral CBD can be extremely vital in relaxing and centering your mind- which can make sex a lot more pleasurable. Not only does CBD relieve anxiety and pain by ensuring that high levels of two therapeutic endocannabinoids: anandamide (which is also known as the ‘bliss molecule’, and super important in keeping our mood uplifted and happy, which is incredible for our arousal levels- studies show that when we’re happier, we tend to have better sex for a number of reasons, such as better confidence levels, better self-esteem and healthier relationships with others) and 2-AG.
These endocannabinoids bind to CB1 receptors in the central nervous system, studies also show that CBD can activate the parts of the brain (namely: the part of the brain that activates when we’re stimulated by ‘visual erotica’, to be precise) which are responsible for lighting up when we’re sexually aroused. This can, essentially, strengthen sensation and libido as well as make us more cognisant of our surroundings, focused on pleasure and aware of our own body.
Since anandamide has also been shown to increase cognition (by strengthening our nerves- it can act as a neuroprotectant) we can see how supplementing with oral CBD can increase our awareness and concentration in a range of ways. This can be vital for improving our sex lives; studies show the brain is the number one important factor for sexual pleasure- the more engaged it is, the more pleasure we achieve (and the more pleasure we achieve, the more our brain lights up in response). Of course, it is also the brain which releases feel-good chemicals and neurotransmitters during the act, responsible for all the pleasurable sensations and emotions which can make sex so great.
Whether you’re interested in easing your stress before the act, or you want to relax your body, during, we, at Alphagreen, have you covered. Because we believe that good sex can be an incredible, wonderful way to enjoy your body, engage your senses and, treat yourself to one of life’s greatest sensory pleasures.
So, what are you waiting for? Add a little CBD to your sex life!
Can CBD Oil Be Used As Lube?
No. Please don’t use any product that isn’t intended for intimate areas as lube!
Since there’s different types of CBD oil out there- some for massage purposes, others, to be taken orally (sublingually- a few drops under the tongue) as a daily supplement- it’s important to check the back of your product to see how to use it. Please don’t insert CBD massage oil or sublingual CBD oil in your intimate areas- you could get an infection or allergic reaction.
CBD lube will be highlighted as a product intended to be used in your intimate areas. It will, most likely, be safe and non-toxic.
Is CBD Lube Safe For Me To Use?
It’s always best to check the ingredients of any product to see if its safe for you, in particular. But, for the most part, CBD lube is safe to insert- as it’s been specially created to be safe for your sensitive, intimate regions.
If you own a vagin and you’re particularly sensitive to thrush, we do recommend advising against CBD lube which contains glycerol. This is because glycerol is a humectant- it attracts moisture. This could mean your vagina is susceptible to yeast.
Otherwise, CBD lube should be safe to use. Please buy from a reputable and reliable source and thoroughly check the ingredients of the lube before purchase. Be safe!
Can CBD Help Against Low Sex Drive?
While many studies do show that CBD can boost libido, either by heightening sensation through topicals, sublinguals and lube, or by boosting clarity, relaxation and calm through the oral method, we can’t actually promise that CBD will work to increase your sex drive.
In fact, we can’t tell you what can fix anyone’s low sex drive, because low sex drive can happen due to a number of reasons- from antidepressants to low mood to your hormones, there’s a range of reasons your sex drive could be low, and, while we do love CBD, it might not be the solution to your factor at this point in time. What we’re trying to say is: since a person’s sex drive can be low due to a number of factors, it’s hard to determine a fix-all solution. CBD could help you; it might not.
What we can say is that CBD has been shown to help a wide number of people- and with a large variety of products, infused with specialised ingredients, and targeted to enhance sexual pleasure, it’s definitely worth checking out what appeals to you, and going from there.
How Quickly Does CBD Work?
Oral forms of CBD can take a while to work on the brain- this is because, when we digest CBD, it has to pass through our intestines and liver, before a fraction of it can absorb into the bloodstream. If you want to feel the effects of CBD on your anxiety levels, quickly, you can try vaping.
Sublinguals and topicals are a different story. They can absorb pretty quickly, and start working effectively within the localised area they’re applied.
Can CBD Help Me To Orgasm?
Topical CBD has been shown to increase blood flow to localised regions, sensitising the nerves in the intimate areas (so, in your vagina, for example) and ensuring that blood vessels vasodilate- which, according to studies, can improve the likelihood of having an orgasm.
CBD has also been shown to increase the strength and longevity of the female orgasm.