Cannabis has shown up in your meals, your drinks, your workouts, and your skincare. Now, it’s making an appearance in your bedroom too.
Don’t be so quick to kick it out of bed. Just as it can benefit those other areas of your life, researchers are finding that cannabis, and in particular its phytocannabinoids CBD and THC, may also offer sexual benefits for both him and her. With Valentine’s Day coming up, cannabis could be just what you need to get in the mood and make this V Day the best one yet.
You can even use it to spice up your date night before you head to the bedroom. With appliances like the LEVO II, you can get creative with cannabis in the kitchen together to get in the mood before getting down to business.
CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference?
Before diving into cannabis and sex, let’s take a deeper look at cannabis itself. Cannabis contains over 100 active chemical compounds called phytocannabinoids or cannabinoids, the two most well-known being cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These compounds interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that’s responsible for maintaining balance within the body.
THC is generally associated with cannabis, the intoxicating form of cannabis, because it’s the compound that makes you feel high. CBD, on the other hand, does not impart a high and is usually derived from hemp, the non-intoxicating version of cannabis.
Cannabis is federally illegal, but you can still take advantage of THC’s medicinal benefits—including its sexual health components—by using full-spectrum CBD cannabis in your LEVO II. Although CBD is extracted from the low-THC version of cannabis, it can still legally contain up to 0.3% THC. This isn’t enough to get you high, but it is enough to experience some of THC’s other therapeutic values.
Cannabis and Sex: What the Research Says
The research behind cannabis and sex is a bit mixed as most of it is anecdotal at this point. But, there is some evidence that shows CBD and THC may help sexual satisfaction and performance. Here’s what we know about cannabis and sex so far.
Cannabis for Pain During Sex
Statistics vary, but around 40-60% of women experience painful sex in their lifetime. It can be caused by any number of physical or psychological conditions. Fortunately, both CBD and THC are known pain reducers.
CBD acts as a pain reducer by reducing inflammation, one of the main causes of pain, and by increasing endocannabinoid levels in the brain. THC acts as a pain reducer by stimulating CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS, modulating pain and dampening the body’s pain signals. Using full-spectrum CBD contains both phytocannabinoids, so you’re able to reduce pain from several angels, potentially helping with painful sex. While we don’t have scientific studies behind cannabis and painful sex yet, several surveys have reported its effectiveness. One 2019 survey by Remedy Review, for example, reported that 98% of the 500 adults surveyed said CBD helped alleviate pain during sex.
Using full-spectrum CBD cannabis in your LEVO II to make a lubricant or suppository could help to reduce pain during sex because it’s applied topically, so it gets to work right at the source of the pain. (And it may help reduce dryness and increase lubrication!)
Cannabis for Increased Libido
Two of the driving forces behind libido, or lack thereof, are stress and hormones. Studies have shown that cortisol, the stress hormone, can lower libido, meaning the more stress you’re feeling the less likely you’ll be in the mood.
CBD is known for its anti-anxiety properties, like its ability to increase endocannabinoid levels in the brain and stimulate the serotonin receptor. THC can reduce anxiety as well by stimulating CB1 receptors, but usually only if it’s in small amounts. Studies have shown that higher doses of THC can actually increase anxiety, which is why full-spectrum CBD might be more ideal for date night. It can have enough THC to pass along some sexual health benefits but not enough to make you feel anxious.
Using full-spectrum CBD for sex may also increase libido because of its interaction with the ECS. The ECS is involved with sexual function and influences hormones and neurotransmitters. Research has established that cannabinoid receptor signaling (or ECS function) is involved in every stage of the reproductive process, starting with sexual arousal, so using cannabis to stimulate your ECS may help to increase libido.
If you’re looking for something fun to take the pressure off—and keep it off—before heading to the bedroom, start off your night by making a full-spectrum CBD sublingual oil with your LEVO II. It’s absorbed quickly through capillaries under your tongue, so you can have a little fun in the kitchen and then get down to business.
Cannabis for the Big O
If the main event has left you less than satisfied, cannabis may be the answer. Science has confirmed that both CBD and THC can relax blood vessels, in turn increasing blood flow. This may facilitate longer-lasting sex by increasing blood flow to the penis. Plus, increased blood flow in women can promote and intensify orgasms.
Researchers are still confirming the correlation between cannabis and orgasms, but one 2019 review that studied 12 human studies and eight animal studies found that cannabis had led to longer and more satisfying orgasms.
Before the big show, try making an infused dessert together to set the mood. Incorporating cannabis and other libido-enhancing botanicals like Ashwagandha in your LEVO II creations—plus a little chocolate—could make for one satisfying evening!
Cannabis and Sex Key Takeaways
Most research around cannabis and sex is anecdotal at this point, but cannabis’s effects on the body seem to have correlations to sexual function, though those correlations still need to be totally defined. In the meantime, here are the cannabis and sex basics:
- A 2019 survey reported that 98% of the 500 adults surveyed said CBD helped alleviate pain during sex. Both CBD and THC are pain-reducers, so using full-spectrum CBD for painful sex may be more beneficial than using broad-spectrum or isolate (non-THC options).
- CBD and THC can both reduce anxiety which may increase libido. Again, full-spectrum CBD might be a better option because it’s low in THC. Too much THC can actually increase anxiety.
- CBD and THC can relax blood vessels, in turn increasing blood flow. This may facilitate longer-lasting sex by increasing blood flow to the penis and may also promote and intensify orgasms for women.
Make cannabis and sex twice as satisfying this Valentine’s Day by gifting your partner the LEVO II. Enjoy a date-night-in by using it to make these Valentine’s Day Classics together before getting down to canna-business. *wink*