In the last few years, the market has exploded with CBD products, including CBD products to improve your sex life. When we first heard about this, we were intrigued and wanted to know more. How are people using CBD in the bedroom, and does it actually make sex better?
We wanted to know what type of CBD products people are using and if they really work, so we did some research. Here's what we found out.
There is actually quite a bit of scientific evidence that CBD really can improve your sex life. Once you read the science behind it, we think you’ll agree that CBD has a lot of untapped potential when it comes to uses in the bedroom.
Can CBD Improve Your Sex Life?
CBD is a natural compound extracted from the cannabis plant that’s used to create CBD oils, tinctures, edibles, and other CBD products. When CBD first hit the market, people used it mainly to manage pain or anxiety. But, as we’ve learned more about the endocannabinoid system, we have discovered so many more things that CBD can do.
If you’re a regular CBD oil user, you may not have noticed any major changes in your sex life. We doubt you’ve experienced any dramatic changes in the bedroom department just from using CBD oil, but this is because sex is both a mental and physical activity.
One way that CBD can improve your sex life is by relieving mental issues (like anxiety and stress) that might be keeping you from enjoying sex. But it can also help by improving the physical act of sex as well.
In the book, Merry Jane’s The CBD Solution for Sex, the author explains all the benefits of using CBD in the bedroom. According to the author, many people believe the purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to help us be happy, horny, and hungry. While this all sounds interesting, does CBD really make sex better? And how?
How CBD works
There are two major receptors for cannabinoids in our bodies. The CB1 receptor is mainly located in the brain and spinal cord, but can also be found in other places such as your nerves, organs, and tissues. CB1 receptors are highly concentrated in areas of the brain that control your sex drive, including the hypothalamus, amygdala, and hippocampus.
CB2 receptors are located in your organs, peripheral tissues, and skin. Remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body. It also contains massive amounts of CB2 receptors. When you use a topical CBD product, CBD is absorbed through the skin and attaches to CB2 receptors below the skin. This is why we believe it works so well when applied topically.
CBD Helps with Sex in Two Ways
CBD receptors in the brain help with sexual arousal and emotional regulation. You may have heard that your brain is the largest sex organ, and it’s true. In fact, when it comes to sex, your ability to enjoy sex or have an orgasm is primarily controlled by your brain – not your sex organs.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, if your brain isn’t “turned on”, the rest of you won’t be either. In a perfect world, sex is always enjoyable, pleasurable, and both partners are satisfied. But, sex can be diminished by mental distractions, anxiety, depression, and stress.
Sex should be enjoyable when you’re with your partner and, there should be no pressure. This is all part of what makes the act of sex great. Feeling relaxed and comfortable with your partner, ultimately makes sex better.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes our brains simply get in the way of having enjoyable sex. Have you ever tried to have an orgasm, but found the harder you tried the more difficult it became? This mental roadblock is often the root cause of sexual dysfunction.
This is where CBD can help. Taking CBD regularly may improve your mood, energy, anxiety, and sleep. CBD products, taken orally, are absorbed into your bloodstream and connect with the areas of the brain responsible for sexual arousal. When taken regularly, it may improve your sex drive and help you relax more during sex.
That’s a big plus. But, CBD can do more than that? Let’s get into the other reasons why CBD helps with sex.
CBD May Make Sex More Pleasurable When Used Topically
Topical CBD lotions and creams are used to improve circulation, reduce pain, and inflammation in the area where it’s applied. What’s interesting is that when CBD is applied to the genitals it does the same thing.
So CBD can do more than help you relax for sexy time, it may also make sex better. To benefit from the topical effects of CBD, many couples are using a CBD-infused lubricant during sex.
Can a CBD lubricant improve your sex life?
While there really haven’t been any studies to back this up, many couples are trying CBD lubricants in the bedroom and believe that it has enhanced their sex life.
For the woman, the vagina is absorbent and lined with mucous. It easily absorbs CBD into the vaginal tissues. This promotes blood flow, reduces inflammation, and can potentially make her orgasms stronger.
And for the man, we know that when a man gets aroused, blood rushes into the penis and causes an erection. When there is a problem with this process, it can cause erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is more common than you might think, affecting as many as 1 in 3 men.
While there is not enough research to say if topical CBD can help with erectile dysfunction, we know that CBD helps with blood circulation. And we believe it also helps promote blood flow in the penis. This can potentially help men with erectile dysfunction, by improving blood circulation in the penis. And this increase in blood flow may make sex better for the man as well.
Before you decide to spice up your sex life with CBD, there are a few things you should be aware of.
CBD does not work instantly.
When CBD is applied to the skin, it takes some time to get absorbed into the tissues. If you plan to use CBD to improve sex, it needs to be applied 30 minutes or more before having sex. Consider using a CBD lubricant as part of foreplay. This way when you have sex the CBD has had time to work.
Oil-based CBD lubricants should not be used with condoms
Many of the CBD-infused lubricants are oil-based. OIl-based lubricants should never be used with condoms. They can cause the condom to break down. If you plan to use a condom, be sure to only buy a CBD lubricant that is water-based and safe to use with condoms.
Don’t use regular CBD oil as a lubricant
While there are ways to make your own CBD lubricant, you do not want to just use a regular CBD oil as a lubricant. Many of the CBD tinctures and oils contain flavors or other ingredients that can irritate delicate tissues. They are not intended to be used vaginally. Be sure to use a product that was formulated to be used as a personal lubricant.
CBD for Epilepsy and Seizures
Epilepsy – which causes seizures – occurs due to erratic electrical activity in your brain. These uncontrolled movements can be highly disruptive to a person’s day-to-day life and can result in serious physical and emotional distress.
If you have epilepsy or have a loved one who does, you know how devastating the condition can be. If you are considering CBD for epilepsy, there is promising research that suggests it may help.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has received a great deal of attention lately for medical use, including the treatment of epilepsy. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a CBD-based treatment called Epidiolex for two rare forms of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome).
Though Epidiolex is the only FDA-approved CBD treatment, research suggests that CBD may be beneficial for epilepsy and seizures. However, before you try CBD products to manage or treat your seizures, you should talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks and also discuss how it might interact with your current medications.
How Does CBD Help Epilepsy and Seizures?
Interestingly enough, it’s not known why or how CBD prevents epilepsy or seizures. What we do know, though, is that our bodies are hosting a vast and complex system of neurotransmitters and receptors called the endocannabinoid system. While research on this system is relatively new and ongoing, it’s believed that this system helps to regulate body functions such as appetite, sleep, pain, and even our immune system.
It is believed that CBD works by attaching itself to receptors in the endocannabinoid system that is responsible for regulating neurological signals in the brain. CBD may improve the connections between neurons, which in turn may reduce the excitability that causes seizures.
Research done on animals has demonstrated CBD’s positive effects on seizures may come from dampening neuronal excitability in the TRPV1 receptors. The same study also found indications that CBD may have anticonvulsive effects on more than just the TRPV1 receptors, though more research is needed.
Epidiolex Research and Availability
Epidiolex is the only FDA-approved CBD treatment for epilepsy, and it’s only available to people over the age of 2 with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. These are both very rare forms of epilepsy, so the availability of Epidiolex is highly limited.
Still, the research on this drug is extremely promising. A study published in 2018 tested patients with various types of epilepsy and found it to be incredibly effective at reducing seizures. Before using the drug, patients were averaging 59.4 seizures per month. After 12 weeks of using CBD, the average participant had just 22.5 seizures per month. The study lasted for 48 weeks, with reductions in seizures persisting for the length of the study.
Further Research on CBD and Epilepsy
The 2018 Farm Bill that was passed by Congress and signed into law legalized hemp farming (with heavy restrictions) and paved the way to greater research on hemp and CBD. As a result, the medical study of CBD has gained considerable speed, though we are still a long way from knowing all of its potential uses and benefits.
Another study found mixed results for CBD treatments. This study, completed in 2020, found that CBD may actually enhance the effects of other antiepileptic drugs. That may be in addition to CBD’s own antiepileptic effects. This is excellent news for anyone with epilepsy.
However, the same study also cautioned that in certain cases CBD has “the potential for seizure aggravation.” The scientists warned that CBD might rightfully be a valid tool in fighting epilepsy, but it’s not a cure for epilepsy and may come with risks.
While there is still not enough research on CBD for epilepsy and seizures, what has been found so far is certainly promising.
CBD, Epilepsy, and Seizures
We've certainly come a long way in a short time. Even the U.S. Congress recognizes the wide-ranging benefits of CBD and hemp. CBD is now available in all 50 states.
Due to the new acceptance of CBD, the medical community is finally getting its hands on this incredible natural substance. As a result, we're learning a great deal about CBD's positive medical effects on our digestion, sleep, pain, and immune systems.
The FDA has even embraced the limited use of CBD to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. This is certainly great news, and we hope this trend continues. With more research, CBD has the potential to be a game-changing natural treatment for millions of people around the world suffering from the debilitating effects of epilepsy and seizures.
Don’t be afraid to discuss CBD oil with your doctor. More doctors are opening their minds to the benefits of CBD. It is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. Numerous studies have found it beneficial, and it may well be the right treatment for you or a loved one.
If you need help deciding which CBD products to start with, give us a call for a free consultation. We can help answer any questions you have about which type of CBD you would be best to start with.
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CBD for Teen Mental Health
In the teenage years, your hormones are all over the place and so is the world around you, especially the last couple of years. This is why adolescence is the time when mental health issues often arise. Until recently, the only option for parents of teens was to send their teen to a therapist or doctor to prescribe medication. Now, many parents are looking for alternative options, such as CBD. Can CBD help your teen with mental health issues?
The number of teens experiencing mental health issues is increasing. In 2019, 1 in 3 teens experienced depression and 1 in 6 made a suicide plan. While the Covid pandemic may be partly to blame, this increase has been steady over the years.
The typical course of action for teen depression is to prescribe medication. But many parents are reluctant to give their teen medications because of side effects and concerns about pharmaceuticals. Plus, getting a teen to take medication is sometimes difficult.
CBD are one natural and safe option parents of teenagers are researching. It has a lot of potential and the risks of side effects from taking CBD are much lower than certain prescription medications. So. the question is, can CBD help your teen with mental health issues? And is it safe for kids to use CBD?
Is CBD safe for kids and teens?
Unfortunately, there is not a ton of data on the safety and efficacy of CBD in children. Although it has a good safety profile and is generally well-tolerated, we just don’t know enough about its use in children. We do know that CBD is nearly impossible to overdose on and that there is no evidence that it could be abused or create dependence.
The AAP has recognized that CBD (and medical marijuana) may be an option for children with life-limiting conditions or severe disabilities, but it has not yet supported its use in general for children. Stating, "There’s never been a study of cannabinoids in any form that has included children. With that in mind, the AAP cannot endorse use of cannabinoid medication with children.” However, they do agree that the research looks promising.
Before you make the decision on giving your child or teenager CBD, it’s best to talk the risks and benefits over with your pediatrician. But, the general consensus is that CBD is safe, we just don’t have research studies to verify its safety in children.
CBD’s Potential Mental Health Benefits for Teenagers
CBD has been used by adults to help with anxiety. We aren’t sure why CBD helps with anxiety, but some research suggests that it may increase serotonin chemicals in your brain, similar to the way certain antidepressant medications affect serotonin.
In one study, researchers in Japan studied 37 teens. The teens were given CBD or a placebo. Researchers noted a significant decrease in anxiety in the teens that were given CBD. They also stated that CBD could be useful for treating anxiety.
The effect CBD has on serotonin may alleviate depression symptoms as well. And, when you combine it with the overall health benefits, it may be an effective natural way to manage your teenager’s depression.
CBD may help with autism
CBD may be beneficial for children with autism. Although there have only been a few studies, some studies suggest that CBD may improve symptoms of autism. Researchers in Israel found that CBD oil significantly improved problematic symptoms and communication in 80% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
CBD may help with epilepsy
Treatment of children with epilepsy was one of the first talked about use of cannabis in children. Researchers have found that CBD can reduce seizures by half. In one study, the average number of seizures among those who took CBD was cut down from 12 a month to around 6 a month.
CBD may help teens sleep better
Teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night, but they rarely get that. With school, homework, extracurricular activities, and sometimes part-time jobs, it’s no wonder teens have problems sleeping. CBD may help teens to sleep better. Researchers believe that CBD helps lower cortisol levels. Higher cortisol levels are associated with stress and insomnia. By reducing cortisol teens may get more sleep and better quality sleep.
What type of CBD is best for teens?
When it comes to the types of CBD there are a wide variety of CBD products available. For teenagers though, the best type is the one that they will take. While CBD oil is often recommended for teens, some parents find CBD gummies are easier to use. However, CBD oil can be added to food or beverages if they don’t like the taste of CBD oil. Or they could even swap their Starbucks habit for some CBD coffee.
When you start using any CBD product, it’s best to start with the lowest recommended dosage. Since most CBD products are dosed for adults, figuring out the best dosage might take some experimenting. However, you should start with the lowest dose possible, and gradually increase the dose.
What is the recommended CBD dosage for kids and teens?
One suggested guideline comes from the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Parents reportedly used an oral CBD dosage of 0.5 mg/kg/day to 28.6 mg/kg/day to treat their child with epilepsy. As you can see, there is a lot of variation in the dosage. Starting with a low dose of around 7-10 mg would be appropriate for a 40 lb child.
What parents should know about CBD?
It is important that you talk to your teen’s doctor before using CBD. While CBD is considered safe, your doctor may have advice on dosage or provide other recommendations. If your child is taking a prescription medication, you will need to talk to their doctor before making any changes to their medication.
Your teen may be able to wean off of prescription medications or switch to CBD, but this should only be done under the care of a doctor. Suddenly stopping a prescription medication can cause significant issues - like suicidal thoughts, and increased depression and anxiety.
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