CBD for sexual performance anxiety: A Game Changer?
Let’s face facts, ladies and femmes:
In most cases, anxiety and sex are strange bedfellows.
Sex is meant to be fun, but when the mind is full of burdens, it’s hard to convince it to “multitask”. You can’t figure out how to get in the mood and trying to explain this to your partner adds more anxiety to your pre-existing anxiety.
Have you found yourself avoiding sex at all costs because intimacy makes you extremely anxious?
By now, you may know that CBD can help you keep your cool. However, did you know that CBD may also be a sex-drive-booster?
Recently, I came across a line of CBD products marketed to improve symptoms related to the female sexual experience and overall women’s sexual health.
Wait…What? Is CBD the new Viagra?
I was thrilled, I’m a true believer in this cannabinoid with rock star status, and its potential to increase our well-being, but sometimes you might feel that the CBD market seems to have no limits.
Claims like—enhance sensual pleasures— increase libido— and improve orgasms—can draw lots of attention, and we know overstatement is marketing’s favorite language. So, I couldn’t wait to do my research.
This is what I found.
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Cannabis & Sex: A Long-Lasting Relationship
Let’s start with a quick plant’s tale, cannabis is a greenery that produces a lot of chemicals, the most popular are tetrahydrocannabinol—aka THC—and cannabidiol better known as CBD.
Cannabis includes both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana is a term used to classify varieties of cannabis that contain over 0.3% THC.
THC is the psychoactive compound that gets you high.
Hemp, on the other hand, contains mostly CBD and minimum traces of THC, meaning no hazard of a mind-altering effect.
So, basically, CBD is also cannabis without the buzz. Just so you know.
It turns out that the relationship between cannabis plants, women’s sexual health and libido is not just a new fad.
It’s reported that for millennia and until the last century, combinations of cannabis with other herbs were prescribed for a wide range of gynecological conditions from libido to pelvic inflammation, cramps, and even for labor complications.
We lost track of all these traditional remedies during the widespread prohibition, but now recent research suggests that cannabis compounds like CBD and THC could improve blood circulation to the brain and increase female’s sex-drive.
Matching the efficacy of modern prescription drugs like “Addyi”—but without nasty side effects.
After last year’s legalization, and as stigma recedes, more hemp-based products are popping up, claiming to be the natural solution for sex performance. Currently, you can find sex enhancers that contain both THC and CBD. As per usual, I will focus here on hemp-derived CBD products.
Important to note that there’s no hard-scientific evidence supporting the claims of CBD as a sexual wellness drug, and negative side effects of these goods are still unclear.
I can’t address enough that we consumers need to be savvy and do our own in-depth research before falling for the craze.
Sexual Wellness Couldn’t Escape the CBD Craze
The wellness mindset has evolved from going to the gym and getting an occasional massage to focusing on a more holistic and personal health awareness, that includes all aspects of body and mind.
The era of sexual self-care is here, the wellness industry is shifting the perception of sex-boosters from vice to well-being.
You may agree or disagree, but sex—that primal instinct which makes us human—is key to help us experience the pleasures that life has to offer. But there’s still a bizarre judge-y haze falling over the female sexual pleasure.
As women, we usually face two extremes roles—wife material or porn star. This mindset makes female pleasure hard to bring into conversation, even mentioning the word “sex” can make some women blush.
Sex has been made taboo. We all enjoy it, but we don’t talk about it.
Sexual pleasure is healthy, it’s self-care in power mode. In a world that is more anxious than ever, it’s a fun way to find relief.
Thankfully, the wellness industry is paying attention to our inherently human needs and has developed sexual self-care products that help us enjoy sex more.
Now it’s easy to find a laundry list of solutions that provide sexual joy such as condoms & contraceptives with special features, sexual enhancement supplements, lubricants, and ointments, to name a few.
But that’s not all, technology have opened up new possibilities for exploring pleasure and desire. There’s a new trend you may not have heard of, called “sextech,” which is technology to enhance human sexual pleasure.
So, what happens when sci-fi meets the bedroom? You find smart sexual toys and apps that monitor your body movements during sex and collect data from your orgasms.
I’m not kidding here sis, with the data collected you can also get personalized recommendations for new positions, stimulation techniques, and sex-related ideas to enjoy sex even more.
Pretty interesting huh?
On the other hand, hemp is drastically changing the way companies approach health and well-being. As a hemp-derived, CBD is so attractive to these companies because of its non-toxic, non-intoxicating nature.
In this light, CBD is the perfect solution for people who want to harness the benefits attributed for centuries to cannabis as a sex arousal aid but might not want the buzz.
Thus, CBD could hold promise to be a gentle, hemp plant-derivative that provides joy and helps you relieve the burden of sexual performance anxiety.
Sexual Anxiety What?
Sex should be exciting, an experience to explore pleasure and curiosity. It helps you to relieve stress and tension and even helps you to sleep better.
Sex isn’t just “wham, bam, thank you, ma’am.” Yes, sex is a physical act, but emotions also get involved. In fact, the more emotionally close you feel, the bigger the passion grows.
But what if you’re getting stuck in your head during sex because you’re constantly worrying about your performance, you carry body shame or you’re extra-conscious of your smell? Perhaps sex is a painful experience or maybe your head is a hot mess because you think you can’t orgasm.
Your mental state is reflected in the physical expression of your pleasure, meaning that when your mind is cluttered, you will have a hard time connecting in the ways you want to with yourself or your partner. If your mind isn’t ready, neither is your V.
Now, let me tell you a dirty little secret, you’re not alone, sexual anxiety is more common than you think. Millions of people suffer from stress or performance anxiety in the bedroom.
For some, these worries are short-term and can ease during the act, but if you’re anxiety-prone like me, these things may lead your body to release stress messengers like epinephrine and norepinephrine, instead of feel-good relaxing hormones.
These stress messengers make your body play tricks. They work to make you feel like you’re under attack, which instantly kills your mood during sex and also prevents you from getting lubricated enough.
Not enough lubrication may lead to pain during sex and weak or absent orgasm, which amplifies your anxiety.
But bear with me, I will tell you in a moment how CBD may help.
So, What’s the Deal with CBD & Sex?
After a hectic day, you want to take the edge off work, kids, to-do lists and forget your responsibilities for a little while. The most well-known potential benefits of CBD are suited toward anxiety and chronic pain, but there’s also a chance that it can help put the sparkle back in your sex life.
CBD is the prude compound of cannabis that won’t get you high, which makes it a great alternative to that glass of wine that helps you unwind but can also give hangovers and fuzzy memories.
In a recent self-reported study, the website Remedy Review reported these results after surveying over 502 Americans who took CBD for sex:
- 72% of men and 76% of women said they experienced stronger orgasms.
- 66% of both men and women reported that CBD helped to cope with sexual anxiety.
- 31% of men lasted longer before orgasm.
- Women reported having a 33% faster orgasmic response.
- 57% reported “more satisfaction” levels.
- 87% of men and women took CBD as a couple.
- Between 39% and 59% of users said CBD helped to diminish after-sex soreness.
- 69% will continue to use CBD as a sex-booster.
Self-reported studies have limitations because there’s no strict dosage control and the accuracy of the findings can be compromised, but point taken.
CBD & the Science of Pleasure
Life is too short, and you deserve to orgasm.
In recent years, CBD has been shining as a miracle substance that can ward off anxiety and reduce physical pain.
But the jury is still out because the efficacy of this rock star cannabinoid has NOT been fully proven. There are no studies that support it as a sexual enhancer neither.
However, there are a number of overwhelming testimonials from people of all walks of life that vouch for CBD to help in many aspects of their health. Some even swear by it as a game-changer in the bedroom and married couples have reported to ward off those despairing funks of ennui when sex isn’t sizzling.
Let’s dive further down the list of reasons CBD is considered the hottest sex enhancer aid these days.
Ready to rock?
KEEPS SEXUAL ANXIETY AT
One of the many ways to use CBD is to deal with overall anxiety. CBD works directly on the body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters that helps maintain balance in all the systems and organs of the human body.
Your body synthesizes neurotransmitters that act in the same ways as cannabinoids like THC do, they’re called endocannabinoids. When they interact with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, they produce an anti-anxiety effect. CBD can enhance the natural production of your endocannabinoids as well as their anxiolytic action.
On that account, CBD can help you slow down those killing-mood thoughts that make you concerned about your performance, your body shape or your smell.
Additionally, using CBD in the bedroom can create a feeling of allay, relaxation and joy, which will hopefully translate into enhanced sexual pleasure.
CBD allows you to prepare for intimacy. So, if symptoms of sexual anxiety are kicking in, consider this lovely cannabinoid as a way to cope.
CAN TURN YOU
In terms of the human sexual response, there are two separate, independent systems, the sexual excitation system and the sexual inhibition system. They need to work together to get you turned on. But most times, one system can overlap the other.
So, it’s suggested that high levels of inhibition may be associated with sexual dysfunctions like low libido. While low levels of inhibition are associated with an increased likelihood of engaging in high-risk sexual behaviors.
CBD boosts the production of endocannabinoids in the body, which promotes balance between the excitation and inhibition systems, helping to melt away inhibitions and increase your sex drive.
MAKES EVERYTHING FEEL
Remember we already addressed how the endocannabinoid system has a bunch of receptors widespread throughout the body? Well, there are plenty of them in the female reproductive tract, they’re associated with the day-to-day pleasures and pain you feel down south.
As such, CBD is a “vasodilator”, in other words, when applied topically in the right spot, it opens blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can make your toes curl and throw gang signs.
Applying topical CBD to your vagina also helps to stimulate natural lubrication. There’s nothing better than wet, smooth, and long-lasting sex, and you know it.
Several factors like your age, skin thickness, and where you’re in your menstrual cycle can deeply influence your experience when putting CBD on your V.
Sexual stimulation keeps your vagina happy and healthier, but for many women, sexual pleasure is foreign and cumbersome because of pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, many women have painful intercourse at some point in their lives.
CBD works in its own unique way to control and prevent inflammation, which is helpful in reducing pain. It also increases serotonin levels, helping your body to feel more pleasure and reach mind-blowing O’s.
So. Freaking. Lit!
Running on empty after a hectic day? Low energy can drain your life and your performance in the bedroom, but there are ways to reignite the passion.
Besides all the other potential sex-booster properties of CBD, our favorite hemp-derived cannabinoid can also play a role in boosting energy.
Studies have shown that CBD can increase energy levels. Because of CBD’s ability to interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, it can help influence all of its many biological processes.
Given this, CBD can be the vital spark you need to cruise through your to-do’s and still have enough stamina left to function properly in the bedroom.
Now that you’re in the loop on the CBD qualities for sex support, let’s tackle the different products available:
Dare I say, lube is the vagina’s secret hero, and not only for older ones. Lube makes things wetter, and wetter is better. So, what happens when you cross a hero with a rock star? You get CBD lube.
CBD lubes are growing in popularity as they:
- Stimulate your body’s own lubrication while increasing circulation to your lady bits.
- Enhance tactile sensation and pleasure while decreasing tension, discomfort and dryness.
- Encourage blood flow to make the area more sensitive and enhance orgasm.
- Relieve women of the pain they may feel during penetration because it relaxes the tissues surrounding the sex organ.
Now, don’t expect an instant rush, your body needs time to absorb and use the ingredients. Apply CBD lube to your vagina or anus and wait at least 30 minutes to start seeing fireworks.
You can find water-based lubes that don’t contain any oil and are compatible with latex. And also, oil-based ones that aren’t latex-friendly. This means they can cause condoms to break, so be cautious.
If you have a uterus then you’re familiar with pelvic pain from your period or during sex. You also know this kind of pain is taken very lightly—it’s part of being born a woman—I’ve been told. Doctors rarely take it seriously and the available options to treat it are far from ideal.
Something I really love about the cannabis renaissance is that it’s opening the conversation for these types of topics. It’s about time for our female agonies to be addressed and studies to be done to give us answers.
In the meantime, new CBD innovative products to treat pelvic pain are emerging as a natural solution.
CBD suppositories are starting to gain recognition because of the muscular relaxation and inflammatory relief they provide. The suppositories offer potential relief from pelvic pain by delivering CBD directly where it counts. They can be used vaginally or rectally.
The perk of this form of CBD is that they activate local receptors much faster than products taken orally.
So, you can try them for a fast-local comfort before sex or to treat other gynecological pain.
Infused CBD Body Oil
For us women, foreplay is as important as sex itself, it can heighten sexual sensations like nothing else. Let’s be honest, ladies, most of the time, intercourse is not enough to give us orgasms. We need more stimulation than men and foreplay is great to get us in the mood.
Having a healthy relationship with sex and understanding the anatomy of your pleasure means to know yourself sexually. A massage is the perfect roadmap to get hot spots within the body explored and stimulated. Your twenty-two square feet of skin has hidden sensitive areas that can bring you tons of pleasure.
Open up, let your partner know what turns you on and what doesn’t, suggest giving each other massages and encourage him/her to get touchy.
Sexual pleasure is not limited to the mythical G-spot. Have you ever had someone caressing the back of your knees?
Just one word, ah-mazing!
A number of testimonials assure that CBD and massages go together like peanut butter and jelly. CBD body oils offer a cool way to blend the therapeutic benefits of this cannabinoid with a sensual touch of aromatherapy, lulling you into a sexy state of mind.
Sounds like a great arousal support for me.
So, knowing firsthand that a few squirts of oil can really heat things up, I believe a foreplay massage with CBD will easily put you in the right mood.
With projections estimated to reach 22 billion by 2022 in the US alone, you can bet more CBD-infused products are on the way to emerge and claim being the cure for every ailment under the sun, and the jury is still out on it.
Even though using cannabidiol for sex is growing in popularity, we don’t know what the effects of CBD might be down the road. Thus, surprise, surprise, like everything related to cannabis, more studies need to be done.
Nonetheless, for a long time, folks have known that cannabis heightens our senses and may be the way to go if you want to spice your sex life up. So, if you’re like me and want to play safe, CBD is a great option to explore the sexy benefits of cannabis without unappealing effects.
I love CBD and can’t wait to try and review these sex-boosters. In the meantime, remember that CBD has a long way to go before we completely understand what it really does.
Having said this, I know it’s hard not to fall for the craze-hype-fad, so don’t just trust a brand’s marketing tactics, be an informed consumer, learn as much as you can and get quality stuff.
To your sexual well-being.
Over to you now, would you give these CBD sex enhancers a try? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!