Over the last couple of years, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard a lot about CBD. It would be hard not to; in a short time it’s blossomed into a $4.6 billion market, and that growth isn’t slowing anytime soon.
With all of that CBD being sold, the market has expanded to include every kind of personal product imaginable. CBD gummies and extracts of course, but also CBD hair products and pomades, CBD hand sanitizer, even a whole slate of CBD products for your dogs.
It was probably only a matter of time before the market expanded to include more intimate products.
CBD lubricant may seem like an odd idea, but it’s found a dedicated following in no time at all.
But what exactly is it, and what makes it special compared to the regular stuff?
What is CBD Lubricant?
Okay, so we all know what lube is. And if you’re not already, you should probably integrate a good lube, CBD or otherwise, into your intimate life.
According to one Indiana University study, 70% of the more than 2,000 women surveyed said that using lube made sex a more pleasant and enjoyable experience. And not only does it make sex feel better, but it also can also help make it safer.
In addition to what a lot of us already knew about lube, research has likewise confirmed something else that many of us already had firsthand experience with cannabis can enhance your sex life.
Now that Stanford study primarily dealt with recreational cannabis users, which is not what we’re looking at today.
CBD, or cannabidiol as it’s more properly called, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. So it won’t have the intoxicating effects of traditional cannabis use.
But all the same, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence and some preliminary research suggesting that non-psychoactive cannabis products like CBD can do just as much to spice up your sex life. Hence, we get CBD infused lubricants for people who want to enhance their intimate experiences without having to use recreational cannabis.
So far so simple. But what makes it special? And does it live up to the hype?
What Sets It Apart From Ordinary Lube?
The last decade has seen an explosion of novel, almost high-tech sex toys and aids. And lubes are no exception. There are lubes designed to warm-up, cool down, increase or decrease sensitivity, and cause just about any other effect that you could think of.
Against all of that, you need to do something pretty special to stand out. In this case, that special something is the unique set of benefits that CBD can have on your sex life.
CBD Can Reduce Discomfort During Sex
Discomfort during sex is not uncommon and can affect people of any sex. Sometimes it’s because of an underlying health condition, but it can just as easily happen for seemingly no reason at all.
And that latter category can be especially frustrating since there’s no clear culprit for what you’re not doing right. In response, a lot of couples have turned to CBD products to help make sex easier and more comfortable.
It’s effective for a couple of reasons. For one, CBD is a potent pain reliever. It’s one of its most touted benefits and a major reason why it became so popular for general use.
CBD is also thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as increasing blood flow and helping muscles to relax. Taken altogether, it makes sense that CBD would be a great physical help to women who deal with discomfort during sex.
Another major component is the psychological effect that CBD can have. A common cause of discomfort during sex can be traced back to not being able to get into the right mood. Women in particular tend to have less pleasurable or even painful sex due if they can’t relax mentally.
CBD can help to resolve this problem. Frequently taken as to soothe stress and anxiety, CBD can help to induce a mental state more conducive to just relaxing and having a good time.
CBD Can Make Sex More Pleasurable
Even if you and your partner(s) never have trouble getting down to business, you can still benefit from working CBD into your sex life.
One of the reasons why cannabis in general pairs so well with sex is its ability to increase physical sensations in some users. And the same holds true of CBD.
Some women report that not CBD noticeably increases the pleasure they feel from sex, making orgasm easier to achieve and more gratifying.
This is probably due to CBD’s afforested ability to increase blood flow. More blood to your intimate areas tends to cause increased sensitivity. Pair that with a more relaxed body and mind, and you’ve got a much better chance that both partners will reach their final destination.
Finding Reliable Vendors
If you’re thinking of trying out a CBD lubricant, there are hundreds of vendors if not more than you can buy from. And as tends to be the way, you’re mileage may vary wildly from one vendor to the next.
You’ll want to find a vendor who can give you as much information about their product as possible. And if you’re in doubt, or just want to try out a less…direct means of bringing CBD into the bedroom, you have options.
A good starting point if you’re new to using CBD might be to integrate CBD creams or lotions into foreplay. For some ideas, check out our piece on how to use topical CBD creams with a partner to help set that special mood.