CBD and Sexual Healing

CBD and Sexual Healing

CBD and sexual healing is not a new concept.  Before its criminalization, cannabis was often prescribed by doctors for relief from gynecological issues. Traditional cannabis recipes were for oral, vaginal, intranasal, anal, and topical application, instead of for being smoked. And now CBD oil is commonly used for various applications.

As Foria Wellness explains:

The earliest written records of the gynecological uses of cannabis date back around 4,000 years to Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. These manuscripts describe different preparations used for difficult childbirths and other unspecified female ailments. Later texts from Asia and Africa detail numerous recipes containing cannabis seeds, flowers, stems and/or extracts used in gynecology. Perhaps because of cannabis’ effectiveness, its gynecological use spread throughout Asia and Africa, finding its way to Europe in the Middle Ages and later to the Americas. Before its widespread prohibition in this last century, physicians across the globe prescribed cannabis, often in combination with other herbs, for a broad range of gynecological conditions. Archival medical texts from the 1800’s describe different cannabis formulations effective for:
  • Aphrodisiac uses
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Painful urination
  • PMS
  • Pain during sex
  • Nausea during pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Gonorrhea
  • Post-partum hemorrhage
  • Difficult childbirth

So why might CBD oil be helpful for some of these issues?

Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the female reproductive system. They are most dense in the uterus, but are also found in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina and vulva. On a microscopic level, endocannabinoid receptors are associated with nerves that mediate sensations, immune cells that control inflammation, glands that influence hormone secretion, and muscles that facilitate energy usage.

A recent study by CBD and hemp resources website Remedy Review explores CBD’s Effects on Sex. Surveying 5,398 Americans, researchers focused in on 502 (9.3%) who said they took CBD for sex with their current or previous partner. At a glance, here’s what the 502 adults surveyed said of using CBD during sex:

    • 72% of men and 76% of women said they experienced stronger orgasms
    • 66% of both men and women use CBD to alleviate sexual anxiety
    • Men lasted 31% longer before orgasm
    • Women reported being 33% faster to orgasm
    • 57% report being “more satisfied” with their relationship
    • 87% of men and women took CBD as a couple
    • 69% are likely to continue to use CBD for sex

CBD in Research

These findings suggest that CBD can be extremely effective for many aspects of sex, not just for alleviating pain.

The landmark “Sex in America: A Definitive Survey” published in 1994 estimated about 20% of women experience pain during or after sex, and those numbers increase to about 33% after menopause. Women often don’t discuss or report pain or discomfort, because of shame or social stigma.

“One of the things your body shuts down when it’s in a state of chronic anxiety is its libido,” says Kiana Reeves, Director of Communication and Community Education at Foria, in an interview with Lindsey Barlett.

“One aspect of cannabis and hemp is that both of them work with the nervous system to really bring stress levels down, which bring us into sensation.”

If you are experiencing discomfort, CBD isn’t a replacement for seeking professional medical help.  But it can certainly be a means to enhance sexual experience and alleviate pain.

If you’re looking to implement CBD into your sex routine, check out For Play Intimate Oil, Love Stoned Tincture, and Sensual Bliss CBD Set.

For more ideas, check out The Alchemist’s Kitchen’s Season of Love collection! 

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