Guest written by Luna Matatas (@lunamatatas), a Sex and Pleasure Educator with over 10 years of experience in sexual health and wellness internationally and locally. Her playful approach to sexuality draws on the creativity, confidence and communication skills we all need to fulfill our pleasure potentials.
Are you seeking more pleasure and less pain during sex? Do you want to sink deeper into sensual sensations? Are you curious about feeling more relaxed during sex? CBD is bringing exciting new opportunities for sexual wellness.
Your body makes its own natural receptor system for cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids. Research has shown there are a lot of receptors for those compounds in areas of our brain and bodies that are responsible for sexual function. Science is becoming increasingly interested in studying the connections between cannabis and sex, and there are widespread anecdotal reports of using CBD during sex. CBD might offer you a solution to sexual challenges like pain and discomfort during sex.
Does CBD Get Your Genitals High?
No, CBD is not psychoactive. It doesn’t get you high in the way that THC does. Depending on whether you are using CBD topically or ingesting/inhaling it, CBD might support mental conditions, like relaxation, that contribute to arousal.
Cannabis is a vasodilator- which means that it promotes the increase of blood flow to tissues, including to penises and vulvas. More blood flow can prompt more arousal responses like increased vaginal fluids or stronger erections. You might experience enhanced sensitivity to sexual stimulation.
CBD as a Sexual Wellness Aid
Whether you’re having a solo masturbation session or having sex with a partner, the mental and physical conditions for pleasure matter. If you’re stressed, uncomfortable or in pain, it’s really hard to be present in the pleasure of your sexual experiences. Below are some ways that CBD can support sexual wellness.
Managing Pain During or After Sex
Some people experience pain during penetration, sometimes caused by conditions like vaginismus, chronic illnesses or endometriosis. Other people experience muscle spasms or soreness after penetrative anal or vaginal sex.
CBD applied topically can ease tight muscles in the vagina, pelvic floor and anus. When you soothe pain, your body can tune into the pleasure and intimacy that is available. If you tend to experience soreness after sex, using a CBD suppository or taking a warm bath with CBD bath salts can help manage post-sex pain.
Cannabis that contains THC is more likely to produce effects that have a direct impact on sexual desire. However, CBD indirectly can inspire desire because it allows you to have pain-free and relaxing sexual experiences.
When applied topically, CBD opens up your blood vessels and prompts increased arousal responses in the body. If you’re using Foria’s Intimacy Suppositories with CBD, you might experience more sensations inside the vagina or on the clitoris and labia. If you’re using the suppositories anally, the sensitive nerve endings on the anus may be even more receptive to stimulation.
Try massaging the vulva while the CBD suppository is melting inside the vagina. Get some lube and focus on rubbing, stroking and massaging the vulva. Take advantage of increased sensation and try out a new vibrator, feather tickler or butt plug. Notice how the sensations change as CBD starts to get absorbed into the body.
It’s easy to get stuck in your head, or get bored with the same sensations during sex or be distracted by painful sex. CBD can mitigate tension, anxiety and worry, so you can make space in your body to feel more relaxed. The increased sensations can excite the body and create pleasure that pulls you back into your body and out of your head.
Get yourself into a sensual state of mind with a pre-sex ritual. Put on a sexy playlist, light candles and set the mood. Try Foria’s Bath Salts with CBD and Cacao for a sensual bath and allow the CBD to guide your body into a more relaxed state. Grab a waterproof sex toy or have sex with yourself or someone else post-bath time.
Getting Started with CBD and Sex
CBD requires a little planning because it can take up to 30-60 mins to feel it’s full effects. Make a date with your CBD for solo pleasure or with a partner. Try inserting Foria’s Intimacy Suppositories with CBD vaginally or anally during foreplay or masturbation. Allow about 15 minutes for it to melt. Bring an intention of curiosity to see what CBD has to offer your body.
Keep in mind, lots of factors go into arousal, desire and pleasure, so it might take some trial and error for you to find out what CBD and sex looks like for you.