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.
As Foria Wellness explains:
- Aphrodisiac uses
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Heavy bleeding
- Painful urination
- Pain during sex
- Nausea during pregnancy
- Post-partum hemorrhage
- Difficult childbirth
So why might CBD 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
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.
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