Can CBD Enhance Sex: Increase Pleasure, Reduce Anxiety, and Relieve Pain
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CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant that has been researched more recently due to its potential therapeutic benefits. One area of interest is the potential of CBD to enhance sexual pleasure.
At Mello, we understand that discomfort, pain, or anxiety can disrupt your ability to have a pleasurable sex life, and we also know that this can affect anyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. Based on the clinical research and trials listed below, we believe that through the use of CBD, you can reclaim your sexual health and experience the pleasure you deserve.
*It is always important to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or questions about using CBD for sexual health.
One clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that CBD use was associated with increased sexual satisfaction, arousal, and libido in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Another study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that CBD improved sexual function and satisfaction in women with sexual arousal disorder. The study concluded that CBD had a significant effect on increasing sexual desire and satisfaction.
Healthy blood flow can improve libido. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology found that CBD may have a vasorelaxant effect on the cardiovascular system, which could improve blood flow.
Balanced hormones also contribute. A study published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology found that CBD may impact the body's endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating hormone levels.
Healthy sleep is important for a healthy libido and sex drive. One study published in the American Journal of Physiology found that CBD may have the potential as a treatment for sleep disorders, such as insomnia. The study concluded that CBD may have a positive impact on sleep quality and duration, with some individuals reporting improved sleep after using CBD.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that CBD may have potential as a treatment for anxiety-related disorders, including performance anxiety. The study concluded that CBD may have a positive impact on symptoms of anxiety, such as nervousness and sweating, in individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD) during a simulated public speaking test.
Additionally, a review of research on the topic found that CBD may have potential as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety-related disorders. These findings suggest that CBD may have potential as a tool for managing stress and anxiety, although further research is necessary to better understand the full extent of its therapeutic effects.
One animal study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD improved erectile function in rats by increasing blood flow to the penis. Additionally, a review of research on the topic suggests that CBD may have the potential as a treatment for conditions that contribute to ED, such as anxiety and high blood pressure.
Additionally, a study published in the journal Sexual Medicine found that men who use cannabis have higher levels of testosterone compared to non-users, which may have a positive impact on sexual function.
CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which may help reduce pain and discomfort during sex, including vaginal and anal intercourse.
In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, topical application of CBD was found to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in women with vulvodynia, a condition characterized by chronic pain and discomfort in the vulva.
Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women who use cannabis before sex report increased sexual satisfaction and reduced pain during sex.
It is worth noting that pain and discomfort during sex are not limited to vaginas only, but unfortunately, studies are yet to be conducted on penetrative pain from anal sex.
There is limited clinical research specifically on the use of CBD for anal tearing or hemorrhoids, but some studies suggest that CBD may have potential as a treatment for the pain, inflammation, and anal tightness associated with these conditions.
A study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found that CBD has anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce swelling and sting from hemorrhoids.
One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that CBD had a significant effect on reducing muscle stiffness and spasms in individuals with MS. Suggesting that CBD may have potential as a muscle relaxant —potentially reducing the anal tearing possible from anal sex.
During sexual activity, the body releases a variety of hormones, including oxytocin, dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin —And these all work together to enhance the quality of orgasms.
Oxytocin, also known as the "cuddle hormone," is released during sexual arousal and orgasm, and is associated with bonding, trust, and social connection. One study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that CBD increased levels of oxytocin in the brains of rats, suggesting that it may have potential as a tool for promoting social bonding and reducing social anxiety.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward and is also released during sexual activity. One study published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology found that CBD had an impact on dopamine levels in the brain, suggesting that it may have potential as a tool for regulating dopamine-related functions such as mood, motivation, and sexual function.
Endorphins are naturally occurring opioids that are released in response to physical stimulation and are associated with pain relief and euphoria. A study published in the Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine found that CBD can increase the release of endorphins in mice, which can help in reducing anxiety and depression.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is associated with mood regulation and is thought to play a role in sexual function and satisfaction. A study published in the Journal of Molecular Neurobiology investigated the effects of CBD on serotonin levels in animal models and found that CBD was effective in increasing serotonin levels and promoting a reduction in depressive and anxiety-like behaviors.
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine investigated the effects of CBD on sexual dysfunction in a group of women with a history of sexual abuse and PTSD. The study found that CBD was effective in improving sexual function in this group, as well as reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress that were contributing to their sexual dysfunction.
Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation investigated the effects of a CBD-containing drug on sexual dysfunction in men with spinal cord injuries. The study found that the CBD-containing drug improved erectile function in the majority of participants, suggesting that it may have the potential as a tool for improving sexual function in this population.
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine investigated the effects of a CBD-containing lubricant on women with vaginal dryness and pain during sex. The study found that the CBD-containing lubricant was effective in reducing pain and discomfort during sex, as well as increasing sexual satisfaction. A helpful remedy for any medical condition which causes painful Anal or Vaginal Penetration.
A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada investigated the effects of a topical CBD treatment on vulvodynia, a chronic pain condition affecting the vulva. The study found that the CBD treatment was effective in reducing pain and discomfort in patients with vulvodynia.
This is a tricky question, as the answer depends on the method of delivery. Inhalation or suppositories are considered the fastest methods as they allow for quick absorption, with effects typically being felt within minutes. But we don't encourage inhalation due to the negative health effects.
Other methods, such as oral ingestion or topical application, may take longer to take effect as they require time for the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream or penetrate the skin.
Mello Bottoms, our CBD Suppositories, take 5-10 minutes to take effect. They also provide an added benefit of a topical lubricant that can ease vaginal or anal penetration.
CBD-infused lubricants and suppositories that are specifically designed for sexual health can provide targeted relief for issues such as pain or discomfort during sex. However, finding the best method and dosage for you may require some experimentation and patience.
It is important to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired effects. It is also important to choose high-quality CBD products from reputable sources.
Our Mello Bottoms have 75MG of CBD from clean, full-spectrum hemp. We have tested and trialed and believe one suppository is the perfect dose for sexual enhancement.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that CBD has any negative effects on sexual health or function.
It is important to note that CBD should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or advice, and anyone with concerns about their sexual health or function should consult a healthcare professional.
Additionally, it is recommended to start with a lower dose of CBD and gradually increase it as needed to avoid any potential adverse effects.
CBD is considered safe to use with other medications or sexual health products.
BUT, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before using CBD or any other supplement, especially if you are taking medications or have any underlying health conditions. CBD can interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners, and may increase or decrease their effects.
There is no evidence to suggest that CBD is harmful when used with sex toys made of common materials such as silicone, rubber, plastic, glass, metal, wood, or stone.
Coconut oil is the other primary ingredient in our CBD Suppositories. And is generally safe to use with silicone, glass, metal, and stone sex toys. However, it is not recommended to use rubber, plastic, or wood toys as it can cause degradation of the material and potentially harm the user.
It is always best to check with the manufacturer's recommendations before using any lubricant or oil with a sex toy. Additionally, it is important to clean and properly store sex toys to ensure their longevity and prevent the spread of bacteria or infections.