CBD and Sex: Does Marijuana Make Sex Better?

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I wanted to address 2 of my favorite topics in one post: marijuana and sex. Many of you know that I am a regular user of CBD (and THC). Does high sex equal better sex? If you are curious about how CBD could benefit your sex life, this post is for you. Or, if you are just curious about how I personally benefit from the uses of marijuana in regards to my sex life, read on.

What is the difference?

I wanted to quickly explain the differences in CBD and THC for those of you that are unfamiliar. Until recently, the most well-known compound in cannabis was THC. This is the most active ingredient in marijuana (and the one that alters the mind and makes you high). Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects on the body. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that you will not be getting stoned.

CBD and sex

Anxiety can get in the way of a great sex life for many reasons. One of the biggest benefits of CBD for me personally is how it helps to alleviate my anxiety. You can read more about my experience with CBD here. I often cannot get out of my head when having sex—arousal, taste, smell, money, what I will do tomorrow, what I will do 14 years from now … the list goes on. Smoking, vaping, or dabbing a high-CBD strain or concentrate before sex can help get you out of your head and into your body. It helps you be more mindful and present with your partner, and this is the greatest benefit for me personally. There are also plenty of people that do not want to get high so CBD offers medicinal benefits without having to experience a psychoactive change.

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One of the wonderful benefits of CBD is that it helps with chronic pain. I sometimes have issues with vaginal dryness depending on the time of month, and decided to try out this CBD lube. This may not be in everyone’s budget, but if it is, wow. It heightened the sensations and length of my orgasm. I don’t struggle with painful intercourse, but if you do, this is definitely something to look into. CBD is known for its impact on pain and vaginal pain is no exception. Something to note on this lube, though, I do not use condoms because I have a long-term partner and an IUD but this lube is NOT safe to use with latex.

THC and sex

THC is beneficial because it actually shifts your mind. This can translate to heightened sensitivity (things feel better, taste better, etc.) as well as easing tensions and mental blockages. For me, THC is more effective in alleviating my anxiety and stress than CBD because of said mental shift. THC increases my libido as well; I just want to have more sex when I’m high. This is supported by a population-based study by Stanford University's Department of Urology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology found a positive correlation between marijuana use and the amount that people were having sex.

As with anything, there are cons. THC is known for its dehydrating side effects and this is also true for vaginal dryness. Be prepared with lubrication! Another possible con is that you will be considered “under the influence” and depending on the situation, you could make choices that you otherwise wouldn’t if you were sober. Know your partner, trust your partner, communicate with your partner, always.

The verdict?

What works for me and what works for you will be different. If you are interested in how CBD or THC could enhance your sex life, I would recommend experimenting with various doses and paying attention to the effects on your body and mind. If you live in a marijuana legal state, visit your local dispensary and talk to an expert on different strains and their effects.

Be safe and have fun. And let me know if there are any cannabis-based products you have tried or are curious to try! Do you have a sex, relationship, or intimacy question? Email me at Kate@k8canrelate.com for your topics to be addressed in a future post.

CBD: What Is It and Does It Really Work?

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Suddenly, cannabidiol (CBD) oil seems to be everywhere. People are dropping it into their morning coffee, swallowing capsules, and loading it into their vape pens. There are claims that it relieves anxiety and depression and masks chronic pain. Many of you know that I have been obsessed with testing out various CBD products over the last few months!

So, what is it and does it really work? Over the past few months I have experimented with various forms of CBD oil to monitor how and if they helped alleviate the symptoms of my anxiety. 

Disclaimers: (1) I am not a medical professional, nor a CBD expert. The goal of this post is to share information about CBD and my personal experience with it. I did my best research and fact-checking for accuracy.  (2) I was not monetarily compensated for these brands nor do I receive affiliate dollars if you buy them. They are honest opinions and reviews.

INTRO TO CBD

What is CBD? CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. 

So, is CBD marijuana? Until recently, the most well-known compound in cannabis was THC. This is the most active ingredient in marijuana (and the one that alters the mind and makes you high). Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects on the body. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that you will not be getting stoned (sorry).

Is it legal? That depends. The legality of CBD depends on which state (or country) you reside in. There are 2 kinds of CBD. Hemp CBD products are available widely online (and what is legal here in West Virginia) whereas cannabis derived CBD products are only available in some states at medical dispensaries. I have only tried hemp derived CBD. 

Does it create a dependency? Research shows that CBD does not cause dependence. It can be a great alternative for those trying to stay away from opioids or pharmaceuticals in general. 

What dosage is right for me? Start by taking small doses and observe what happens. Listen to your body. Make small adjustments. 

THE BENEFITS

Why are people using it? 

  • CBD has been proven to have natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for those suffering from chronic pain from diseases like fibromyalgia or even pain associated with cancer. 
  • CBD has been proven to have anti-seizure properties. 
  • It can also be used to topically treat skin conditions. More and more CBD is being recommended for those with acne or eczema! It can be worked into your regular skincare routine, regardless. 
  • Struggling with nausea or vomiting? CBD can be used to treat it. 
  • And the big one: anxiety. The whole reason I sought out CBD products was to help treat my anxiety symptoms. CBD has been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety even in individuals that suffer from PTSD or OCD. 

HOW TO USE IT?

CBD comes in a variety of forms; the selection of products can be overwhelming! Some more expensive than others. There is everything from oil, tincture, sublingual spray, topical creams, infused with essential oils and even edibles. You will want to determine what symptoms you are hoping to alleviate to determine which method of consumption is best for you. 

If you are wanting to use CBD oil for its anti-inflammatory properties on your muscles or joints, a gel or cream would probably be best. Similarly, if you want to use it to treat or prevent acne, a topical treatment would be ideal. For very low doses, some companies sell CBD infused with essential oils in a roller form. 

For all other symptom treatment, you will want to choose something that has the dosage you are looking for that is easy for you to consume. You can place drops of oil under your tongue (and let it soak in), you can add it to foods or drinks that you consume like coffee or tea. CBD capsules are also an option, these are typically a higher dosage, but not always. You can also purchase a spray that you can aim at the back of your mouth. 

Blue Ridge Hemp CBD gel - great for muscles and joints!

Blue Ridge Hemp CBD gel - great for muscles and joints!

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE  

I tried many variants of CBD products. I tried products from Plus CBD, Blue Ridge Hemp and Appalachian Cannabis Company. In fact, I tried most of the product types that I listed above. I wanted to use CBD to see if helped alleviate some of the symptoms of my anxiety. That being said, I do find that taking CBD orally does help. However, it does not erase my anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety doesn't 'go away' but taking CBD regularly alleviates the tight feelings in my chest, as well as making me feel an overall more calm feeling. 

As for my preference in which product to use, I honestly preferred the softgel capsules. It was easy, tasteless and provided the right dosage for me. I did not take one of these daily, only about every 2 to 3 days. I also enjoyed this tincture of peppermint CBD added into my morning coffee. This has been a great alternative to sweeteners or creamer, so if you drink something that you would like adding peppermint to, try a tincture. 

I also saw a benefit from CBD in my sore muscles. I used this ointment after lifting heavy at the gym, and noticed that my muscles were not as sore the next day than on days where I did not use the ointment. If you have joint or muscle pain, I would highly recommend adding in a topical CBD product to your routine. 

I have yet to try CBD bath salts or sunscreen, but I am very interested in these two products and will update this post as I try more things! Some still see CBD as controversial, and that is okay. I encourage you to open your mind and try it out, especially if you suffer from an ailment that it has been proven to help with. 

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