CBD lube has got CBD going where it’s never gone before; south of the border to our nether regions. Before sharing the love with your yum-yum – or whatever you call your vagina/penis/anus – there are some things you should know. As with anything, there are good aspects and not-so-good aspects of certain products. And there are pros and cons of CBD lube as well. It may not be right for some. But it also may be great for others. So how do you decide if it’s right for you?
Let’s get into the good, bad, and ugly pros and cons of CBD lube.
The Pros of CBD Lube
A lot of the pros of CBD lube are anecdotal. There are plenty of people, from users to experts, who report all kinds of benefits. There isn’t clinical evidence to back most of these benefits – yet – but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
What we do know without a doubt is that lube makes sex better and there’s clinical evidence to back it, like a 2011 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that found that lubes significantly increased sexual satisfaction and pleasure in women during P-in-V and anal sex. Another study published in the same journal in 2013 showed that women and their partners believed ‘wetter is better’ and that the women surveyed reported easier orgasms when they used lube.
Now onto the potential benefits – a.k.a. the pros – of CBD lube:
There’s evidence linking the endocannabinoid system to sexual functioning, which is responsible for sexual arousal. Our skin’s also full of cannabinoid receptors. Together these findings could explain why cannabinoids, like CBD and THC, increase touch sensation and help get users in the mood.
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CBD is a vasodilator, meaning that it opens blood vessels for increased blood flow. More blood flow to the clitoris and surrounding tissues might increase vaginal lubrication.
It’s no secret that people often turn to CBD products for help relaxation and tension relief. CBD may help relax pelvic floor muscles which would make sex a hella’ more enjoyable.
Relief from painful sex
Along with helping to ease tension, CBD also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, all of which help decrease pain with penetration for people dealing with painful sex caused by issues like vaginismus and vulvodynia.
Increased sensitivity and response to touch, relaxed pelvic muscles, and enough lube to make sex that much more pleasurable is bound to equate to easier and more powerful orgasms.
The Cons of CBD lube
The biggest con has got to be the lack of clinical evidence and understanding about CBD’s effect sex. While there’s loads of anecdotal information about what CBD and CBD lube specifically can do for your sex drive and orgasms, much more research is needed to know the how’s, why’s and if’s of CBD’s bedroom benefits.
Other cons to keep in mind when considering CBD lube:
Some ingredients are not condom-safe
Many of the CBD lubes on the market contain coconut oil and other oils. Oils and latex don’t mix and using an oil-based lube with a latex condom could cause the condom to degrade and break, increasing the risk of STDs and unplanned pregnancy.
It may need time to work
If you’re looking for more than just some extra wetness, CBD lube may need to be applied in advance for you to feel its effects. This doesn’t exactly lend well to spontaneous rendezvous’ unless the rendezvous is also going to involve 30-40 minutes of foreplay so the effects can kick in—not that extended foreplay is necessarily bad, of course.
Some lubes contain irritants
Knowing what’s in any CBD product is important. When it comes to your yum-yum (that’s cute talk for your genitals), it’s just as important. Chemicals and other ingredients can disrupt vaginal flora and throw pH levels out of whack and cause irritation and vaginal infections. Less is more when it comes to ingredients and the more natural the better.
Some lubes contain THC — even some that claim they don’t
Not that THC is a bad thing, but applying it below the belt could have consequences for someone who’s got a drug test in their future for work or any other reason. Plus, not everyone wants to use THC. If you want to avoid THC in your lube, check the ingredients, look for CBD lube made from hemp rather than marijuana, and only use products tested by an independent/third-party lab that certify it’s THC-free.
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Finding the right lube and dose can take some trial and error
All bodies are different and how CBD lube affects one person won’t necessarily be the same for another. Finding the right product and dose to get the effects you want may take some experimentation. Experts recommend you start low and go slow, which means starting with a small amount and gradually increasing it to find what works for you.
It won’t make you tighter
Sorry, but claims that CBD lube can make a vagina tighter are greatly exaggerated. The only way to get tighter down there is surgery.
In Conclusion – The Pros and Cons of CBD Lube
Again, clinical evidence on CBD’s effects when used as a lube may not exist, but a good quality lubricant can be a game changer when it comes to sex, especially for people with vaginal dryness or people engaging in butt play. If CBD lube might give you the added benefits that many say they get from it, then at the very least it’s worth giving it a shot.
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance health and lifestyle writer that has written for Healthline, Medical News Today and Verily Magazine just to name a few.