How Does Cannabis Lube Affect Men?
I Tried Cannabis Lube and My Penis Got Ridiculously Stoned
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As an openly bisexual individual who enjoys sex with both men and women, lube is nothing new to me. What is new to me, however, is lube containing THC and CBD (the psychoactive and phytocannabinoid compounds found in cannabis).
Will it tingle? Is it safe? How will it differ from regular lubricants? Will quality be sacrificed? Is there any high whatsoever? Is this all just a gimmick? I sought to find these answers by using the lube with another consenting individual … for research, of course.
Before trying the product, here’s what I knew about cannabis’s influence on sex: THC, a vasodilator in the cannabis plant, increases blood flow. This is the same thing that happens when your body responds to genital stimulation.
Research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that cannabis use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not impair sexual function. In fact, daily users report having 20 percent more sex than those who have never used cannabis. An informal poll by Psychology Today also found that almost seven in 10 respondants felt cannabis enhanced their sex lives.
The bottle I used, while visibly sterile and covered in text, contained no instructions whatsoever. Although I had no idea how much to use or how to best apply it, I’m an intuitive individual, especially when it comes to matters of the genitals. According to online reviews, it’s best to start low and slow, gradually increasing your dose.
Following that guidance, I started with four spritzes, applying a few more just 30 minutes later. My initial impression was that it wasn’t as slippery as I expected. I eventually found this is because such products are more of an oil than they are a lube. Meaning, it’s not a cost-effective way to lubricate genitals. Cannabinoid-infused oil is something to reach for before sexy times begin as a preparation tool.
The only physical sensation I experienced was that my genitals felt unexpectedly microwaved. According to Ashley Manta, sex coach and CannaSexual creator, the sudden warmth made sense — as the compounds in the oil expand capillaries, which usher more blood flow in the area, a warm flushing sensation will occur.
However, my penis was starting to feel numb, too. This is an experience Manta has heard less often, so here’s what I think happened: My penis was stoned. I’d lose my erection and it would stand at attention minutes later. Much like myself the first time I’d had cannabis, my dick was temporarily confused, lazy and lethargic. It wanted to nap and maybe watch “Game of Thrones.”
“Some people with penises do report greater difficulty with erections in the presence of cannabis, while others report the exact opposite,” says Manta. “It’s quite subjective, so it’s good to try new products on your own so you know what to expect. If the oil you’re using isn’t creating the desired effects, I’d choose a different oil or abandon it altogether.”
Unfortunately for me, I’d tested a product in the presence of a sexual partner, so I put in double the effort to get the job done. It’s also worth noting that most THC/CBD lubes don’t work well with latex condoms, so be sure you and your partner are 100 percent on the same page if you choose not to wear protection.
Overall, the experience is different from the head high one gets from smoking weed. Rather, it was more localized. Once applied and absorbed, THC acts locally on the cannabinoid receptors, similar to an edible. The THC dilates the capillaries and increases blood flow in the smallest blood vessels in the body, which magnifies sensitivity and sensation.
My female partner reported a similar warming sensation, but enjoyed how it felt when I entered her. She also reported being wetter than normal. In other words, the experience was much more enjoyable for her. According to Manta, this makes perfect sense as the vulva has much more exposed mucosa (like the inside of your mouth) than the penis does. As a result, it is better for absorption.
For the penis, there doesn’t seem to be much of an advantage. If anything, I lost sensation. “For folks with penises, I’d suggest trying infused oil on your own to see if it makes a positive impact, perhaps during a genital massage or prior to penetration,” suggests Manta. She adds that cannabinoid-infused oil works better people with vulvas. “I’ve found that it’s great for reducing pain with penetration while simultaneously increasing pleasurable sensations and creating a physiological response that lends itself to more easily accessible orgasms,” she says.
Since (mostly straight) women are the gender primarily impacted by the orgasm gap, it’s good to know THC intimacy sprays can assist in such matters. But if you’re a guy who really wants to give it a try, Manta suggests using a bit of the infused lube with non-infused lube to mimic that warming sensation. “THC/CBD oil can also be made into DIY suppositories and inserted anally, which is arguably a superior delivery method than penile absorption,” mentions Manta. “Even if you’re not doing anal play specifically, it can relax the pelvic region and offer relief from low back pain.”
Or . just don’t use it at all. Sure, products derived from cannabis may be trendy, but that doesn’t mean their divine magic works for everyone or for every organ. For this guy right here? I’ll be sticking with water-based lubes for now.
Cannabis lube is a new phenomenon in the sexual space. We decided to find out if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.
Can CBD Improve Your Sex Life?
No one ever complains about having great food, great friends, or great sex.
Of those three, the last one may be the hardest for most people to find, and for those who have found it, there is always room for improvement.
A lot goes into having a satisfying sex life, including open communication, physical compatibility, and emotional connection.
There’s also a lot that can get in the way of intimacy and pleasure, leading many couples and single people to look for ways to up their game.
Many couples are discovering how to use cannabis in the bedroom.
However, people are also learning that too much cannabis – or even the wrong kind – can put some anxiety into your head.
Those looking to improve their sex lives but who wish to avoid cannabis’s psychedelic effects may find a solution in CBD.
CBD and Pre-Performance Stress
For such a natural experience, there can be a lot of mental hang-ups wrapped up in sex.
Guilt, shame, previous negative or traumatic experiences, performance anxiety, and many other tensions in your head can affect how the rest of your body feels during what should be both pleasurable and emotionally satisfying.
While a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverages have been the traditional path to helping people unwind into a night of fun, it can come with hangovers the next day, a bad night of sleep, and some regrets.
CBD, on the other hand, can be a non-intoxicating way to help people relax while looking forward to the night ahead.
Consuming CBD before sexual activity may help turn down the volume on stress, helping you to ignore what’s going on outside the bedroom and be present in the moment with your partner.
Plus, unlike alcohol, you can look forward to a great night of sleep afterwards.
CBD and Sexual Pleasure
A preclinical volunteer trial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has shown that CBD has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure and increasing blood flow by expanding arteries and veins.
During sex, sensitive areas such as the head of the penis and the clitoris become engorged with blood. Thus, more blood flow means more sensitivity, increasing pleasure for everyone involved.
Conversely, high blood pressure can make sex more physically difficult and less enjoyable for both men and women by restricting blood flow to the penis orvagina.
CBD and Age-Related Sexual Issues
For older people and couples, CBD can be a boon to their love lives.
For example, the anti-inflammatory aspects of CBD can make a big difference to women dealing with the aches and pains often associated withmenopause.
Also, hormonal changes during menopause can cause less blood flow to the vagina, leading to dryness and decreased sexual pleasure.
CBD, when used topically, can help heal inflamed, sensitive tissues through its anti-inflammatory properties, while also improving blood flow due to its vascular benefits as mentioned above.
Older men who may also experience sexual performance issues stemming from prostate inflammation and/or high blood pressure may also find benefit from CBD for these same reasons.
NOTE: If you’re taking other medications, please consult your doctor for potential interactions with cannabis, especially before consuming CBD-rich products.
Finding the Best CBD Product for You
If adding CBD into your sex life has sparked your interest, there is no better time to try it out.
Besides, doing your own personal research will be much more rewarding than simply reading about it.
There are countless CBD products already on the market, including vapes, tinctures, edibles, and topicals.
You might also wish to combine a few, such as topicals and edibles, for the ultimate effect.
Most cannabis dispensaries carry some type of sexual enhancement oil or spray and the internet is a fantastic resource for reading reviews and finding the best product for your needs.
CBD may have a great place in the bedroom. For older people and couples, CBD can be a boon to their love lives with numerous benefits.