Can CBD Affect My Sex Drive?
The CBD revolution is happening all around us. CBD can be found in products across many lifestyle categories and it continues to evolve and be incorporated into many more.
CBD may currently be in your home as part of a daily health and wellness regimen. Whether it’s to calm anxiety and stress or relieve sore muscles and joints after sports activities, there are different forms of CBD that are used. CBD has even entered the kitchen as many begin adding it as an ingredient to recipes (only for those over the age of 18). But, did you imagine that it may be entering your bedroom?
CBD and Sex
There are many anecdotal stories and evidence of the effects of cannabis and CBD on sex. However, almost no concrete studies on CBD as of late.
There was a study in 2017 that found that a specific endocannabinoid was produced in the brain when those studied masturbated to orgasm. Endocannabinoid receptors, found throughout the body, is a molecular system responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body, inclusive of immune response, communication between cells, appetite, metabolism, memory, and many more. This balancing act in your body is called homeostasis. You can learn more about the endocannabinoid system here.
Endocannabinoids make us feel good when we eat food, play sports and work out, and have social engagements, including sex. The endocannabinoid analyzed in the study was 2- arachidonoylglycerol, or 2-AG. This is the same molecule that is produced when we ingest CBD products. This makes it possible that CBD, on a molecular level, may have the same satisfying effect as an orgasm.
This is not a suggestion for use of CBD in lieu of sex but rather a product you may wish to try in combination while having sex. It may heighten the pleasure you feel when those endocannabinoid receptors began firing.
The one component that needs to be ready to show up and do its job is the libido. The libido is a person’s overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. The libido is influenced by biological, physiological, psychological, and social factors.
Biologically speaking, the libido is influenced by the release of sex hormones and associated neurotransmitters that act upon the nucleus and regulate the libido in humans. Since the libido is activated by neurotransmitters, you can easily make the connection to its relationship in the endocannabinoid system which serves as the super-highway for CBD.
CBD and Your Libido
Can CBD increase your libido? If your libido is not at the ready, it could be due to anxiety. CBD may have calming properties that help with anxiety and stress which could be a natural alternative to relax and get in the mood.
In the right relaxed state, blood flow to the genital areas can increase blood flow and provide the needed “fuel in the tank” to get your body in gear for sex. For those that want an alternative to the psychoactive components of THC when having sex, CBD is a holistic alternative. You get the feel-good part without the high.
CBD Terpenes and Sexual Experience
There is no shortage of products both in the cannabis and CBD market that claim that they can increase libido. There are suppositories, lubes, massage oils, and more. There is also no shortage of claims about how cannabis can enhance the potential for pleasure. In fact, there was a study in 2018, at Stanford University that revealed regular cannabis users have 20% more sex than non-cannabis users.
News outlets covered it as it was riveting to know that a plant that has been used for so many different things may serve as another natural alternative for those looking to enhance their sex drive. And, there are many surveys from those that use cannabis reporting they are having better sex as a direct result.
With CBD being a sibling to cannabis without the psychoactive effects of THC, it may have the same results for some people. Could CBD possibly be a substitute to try for lubrication, enhanced arousal, and orgasm? Could this be a natural alternative to prescription medications like Viagra and Cialis?
The Cleveland Clinic reported 31% of men and 43% of women are affected by issues with sexual function in the US. No one knows for sure if CBD could help with improving sex for men and women both in function and performance, but you may want to try and see if it works for you as many say it works for them.
As always, it’s important to consult with your health care practitioner to make sure CBD is right for you. But, if CBD could possibly help with increasing your libido, vaginal dryness, premature ejaculation or the ability to reach orgasm, maybe it’s worth trying.
At High Falls Hemp NY, our goals include education and transparency, so we like to share what is trending for your easy reference. Despite all of the claims about CBD and sex, there still is not enough clinical research to prove that it has a direct influence but given the many anecdotal stories and surveys state that it has helped, we believe it’s worth sharing for you to consider as a possible natural alternative. It may work for you but it’s also important to recognize that the reputation and quality of the product is paramount in its potential for success.
Can Hemp Derived Terpenes act as an Aphrodisiac?
Hemp-derived terpenes are what you notice in the smell or fragrance of a product, and they are becoming more popular as people learn more about their impact on the mind and body. Its form is the same as a CBD tincture and it can be used in combination with CBD tinctures.
There are many different types of terpenes that come from the hemp plant, so depending on the type of sexual activities you are planning; you may want to carefully review the ingredients before you use them because it could either make your evening or break your evening.
Limonene (which also comes from citrus plants) is an energizing terpene that improves focus and daily activity, which might be a perfect ingredient to get oneself energized for sexual activity.
Linalool has relaxing, euphoric properties that may help get you in the mood and get you stimulated but, use in moderation because if you take too much, the linalool can be a sedative and I don’t believe you want to be sleeping on your partner – likely sends the wrong message.
Myrcene is a terpene that is not likely to produce the results you may desire because you will not want to be sexually active but rather just relax on the couch. Or, you may be considered a selfish lover if your partner is doing all the work and you are just there for the enjoyment without reciprocating. That’s likely the result with myrcene.
Terpenes can be derived naturally from plants including lemons (limonene), lavender (linalool), myrcene (black pepper), or, created synthetically. Cannabis and hemp are both sources for these and other terpenes found in nature which have an impact on our body and mind, and enhance the effects of the CBD and THC, described as the “Entourage Effect.”
Choose wisely for Arousal
Whether you are entertaining yourself or with a partner, there are a host of things you may try to spice up your sex life or overcome the obstacles of arousal as it relates to age, hormonal changes, interest, and many others.
While there is no direct evidence with support, we aim to provide you with all the details that are relevant and trending.
Should you wish to embark on this natural alternative path using CBD for sex, High Falls Hemp NY has CBD tinctures and gummies, and botanically derived terpenes that may relax and rejuvenate you.
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