Can you use cbd oil as lube for the penis

CBD and Erectile Dysfunction: Are There Benefits?

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects approximately 52% of people between the ages of 40 and 70 years of age who have a penis. It is estimated that there will be 322 million cases globally by the year 2025.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound derived from the cannabis plant that has become increasingly popular as a natural treatment for a range of health conditions. Some research suggests that CBD has the potential to help manage pain, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.

While there’s currently no evidence that CBD can effectively treat ED, CBD has been shown to help with some of the underlying physical and psychological causes of ED.

This article will look at the possible benefits of CBD for ED, how to use the oil, and the potential risks and side effects.

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What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection more than 75% of the time. It can be frustrating, and it also can impair the quality of life for those who experience it.

This condition may be triggered by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, side effects from medication, reduced blood flow, stress, or psychological concerns.

In addition, certain health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, sleep disorders, alcoholism, obesity, and Parkinson’s disease have been shown to increase the risk of developing ED.

What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 85 active chemical compounds found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant. Unlike the cannabis compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it does not cause the feeling of getting “high.”

Researchers have found that CBD has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. It shows promise as a treatment for mood, sleep, and pain disorders due to its effects on the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system involves a body-wide network of cannabinoid receptors that help regulate a number of important functions, including digestion, immunity, inflammation, reproductive health, and pain. CBD can activate these receptors, which may have potential health benefits.

Benefits of CBD Oil for ED

There is currently no research on the benefits of using CBD to treat erectile dysfunction specifically. And one recent review suggested that CBD may impair male sexual function.

However, there is evidence that CBD may be beneficial in treating underlying health conditions that can cause ED. In particular, CBD has been shown to aid in reducing stress and anxiety in multiple studies. It also shows potential for managing depression, performance anxiety around public speaking, and social anxiety.

Stress, anxiety, and depression are all known to impair libido and increase the risk of ED. The effects of CBD may help improve libido in people who struggle with ED due to psychological reasons. More research needs to be done to determine the effectiveness of CBD and the best dosage.

CBD has also been shown to lower blood pressure. This has the potential to improve circulation, which may help facilitate more blood flow to the penis.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Overall, using CBD oil is considered generally safe. Some people may experience a reaction or side effects such as fatigue, change in weight and appetite, and diarrhea.

Studies have also shown that CBD can interfere with certain medications, so it is important to contact your healthcare provider before trying any alternative treatments like CBD for ED.

Best CBD for Erectile Dysfunction

There are different ways that you can use CBD oil for your ED.

Topical oils and CBD-infused lubricants can be applied to the penis and the medicine will go directly to the skin. This can help promote blood flow to the penis, which can aid in getting a firm erection. Be sure to read the ingredients of these products as some may include additives that could cause sensitivity or a reaction.

The other way to use CBD is to consume it. Consumable forms of CBD include:

  • Chewing gum
  • Vaporized
  • Creams
  • Gummies
  • Liquid oils

When choosing a CBD product, you’ll find there are three main types of CBD oil on the market. They include the following:

  • Isolate CBD: This contains just CBD.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: This contains CBD and other cannabinoids but not THC.
  • Full-spectrum CBD: This contains CBD and all other cannabinoids, including 0.3% or less trace amounts of THC.

Studies have shown that other cannabinoids may help increase the bioavailability and the activity of CBD due to a mechanism known as the entourage effect. For this reason, most proponents recommend using a broad or full-spectrum CBD.

Dosage

There currently is no clinically recommended dosage for CBD oil. The effects vary from person to person, and it may take some experimentation to find a dose that is effective for you. Before trying CBD for ED, contact your healthcare provider and ask for their advice.

How to Buy CBD

CBD has been legalized across the United States and it is increasingly widely available. Places where you can get CBD oil include:

  • Manufacturer websites and retail locations
  • Large e-commerce sites
  • Health and wellness shops
  • Marijuana dispensaries

Summary

CBD has garnered some interest as a potential natural treatment for ED. While there’s limited evidence that CBD can treat ED specifically, the compound has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve blood flow, which may be beneficial for ED.

A Word From Verywell

Dealing with ED can be frustrating, embarrassing, and hard on your relationship. If you are struggling with the condition, it’s important to talk with your healthcare provider, as ED can be indicative of an underlying health issue.

Your healthcare provider can help you rule out any health issues and help you understand your treatment options. CBD is one alternative option that is safe and easily accessible, so it may be worth trying along with other treatments.

There are many paths to treating ED effectively, and finding what works best for you may take some trial and error. But there is a way forward to a healthy, thriving sex life.

Frequently Asked Questions

During sex, CBD oil or a CBD-infused lubricant can be used externally on the genitals as you would any lubricant. It is thought to stimulate blood flow, reduce stress, and increase pleasure. You can also take CBD oil orally before having sex to help reduce performance anxiety and improve blood flow.

Some research suggests that CBD oil may help to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. In terms of ED, increasing blood flow may help support erections.

There are a number of lifestyle habits that you can try that may help ED. These include exercising regularly, trying stress-reducing activities like yoga and meditation, eating a healthy diet, and creating space to take care of yourself.

Sexperts Weigh In on THC- and CBD-Infused Lube (Exclusive)

With the destigmatization of using THC and CBD for both medicinal and recreational purposes, more and more sexually active folks are beginning to incorporate it into their sex lives. Sex stores are now advertising THC- and CBD-infused lube to augment your overall experience and even to potentially induce or improve orgasms. So, we investigated these types of product by speaking with a few sex experts.

We did email Q&As with Erotic Educator and Founder of Organic Loven, Taylor Sparks, as well as the co-founders of pleasure-tech company Emojibator, Kristin Fretz and Joe Vela, to answer all of your ~hottest~ questions.

GREEN MATTERS: Why might someone want to incorporate CBD or THC infused lube into their sex life?

Taylor Sparks: Both CBD and THC act as a vasodilator, meaning it opens up the blood vessels bringing more blood to the clitoris (erectile tissue) making your orgasms more intense and the vagina more lubricated. Cannabis interacts directly with an endocannabinoid system giving us the feel good emotion or putting us in the mood.

Kristin Fretz: The traditional ways of consuming THC or CBD (food, pills, flower, etc.) can be intimidating or non-starters for many people. We made our Phuksaus CBD-infused lube as a friendly and exciting way to experiment in an intimate setting such as masturbation or sex. CBD infused lube lets a mainstream audience experience CBD without needing access to a legal marijuana or hemp store, which sometimes can be price prohibitive.

GM: What does it mean if there is CBD or THC in lube, and how is it infused?

TS: The CBD/THC is added during the making of the lubricant along with other ingredients. They may use a CBD isolate which is the purest CBD compound removing all other compounds. This is usually extracted from hemp because it does not have the THC compound. Some companies use full spectrum which will include other compounds of the plant such as terpenes, essential oils and cannabinoids. Broad spectrum is a combination of full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.

Joe Vela: This means that CBD or THC has been absorbed by a carrier molecule, most likely oil, and made into a cream, salve, tincture, lotion, or in this case personal lubricant. One key reason for using carrier oil is that it improves the bioavailability of the CBD, which means it helps your body absorb the CBD oil. CBD is fat-soluble, which means that it dissolves in oil rather than water, although new methods are being developed that do not require carrier oil. Fat-soluble substances are better absorbed when digested along with fat, even in small amounts. We use sweet almond oil in Phukaus CBD which is full of vitamin E and high in fat.

GM: How should you determine what you want?

TS: The labels will/should tell you whether there is full or broad spectrum CBD and the milligrams. The higher the milligram the more CBD within the product. Both CBD/THC are dosed in milligrams. The cannabinoids in both CBD/THC are delivered directly to the receptors in the skin, without entering the bloodstream so you will not have any psychoactive effects from the THC in the lubricant. THC lubricant is only available in states where it is legal, whereas CBD lubricant is legal in all 50 states under the farm bill that passed in 2018.

JV: After much personal experimentation, we decided that a minimum effective topical dose was somewhere around 1mg/ml. Our lubricant has a concentration of 1.25 milligrams of weed per milliliters of lube (or 75 milligrams of CBD per 60-milliliter bottle). It’s not required that manufacturers provide this information, so keep an eye out for products that are transparent and provide a complete ingredients list.

How Does Cannabis Lube Affect Men?

I Tried Cannabis Lube and My Penis Got Ridiculously Stoned

AskMen does not claim that these products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition. Our writer is not a medical doctor, and their experience is based on personal use, the results of which may not be typical or intended. Be sure to check your local laws on cannabis before purchasing or using any products as laws vary by state.

As an openly bisexual individual who enjoys sex with both men and women, lube is nothing new to me. What is new to me, however, is lube containing THC and CBD (the psychoactive and phytocannabinoid compounds found in cannabis).

Will it tingle? Is it safe? How will it differ from regular lubricants? Will quality be sacrificed? Is there any high whatsoever? Is this all just a gimmick? I sought to find these answers by using the lube with another consenting individual … for research, of course.

Before trying the product, here’s what I knew about cannabis’s influence on sex: THC, a vasodilator in the cannabis plant, increases blood flow. This is the same thing that happens when your body responds to genital stimulation.

Research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that cannabis use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not impair sexual function. In fact, daily users report having 20 percent more sex than those who have never used cannabis. An informal poll by Psychology Today also found that almost seven in 10 respondants felt cannabis enhanced their sex lives.

The bottle I used, while visibly sterile and covered in text, contained no instructions whatsoever. Although I had no idea how much to use or how to best apply it, I’m an intuitive individual, especially when it comes to matters of the genitals. According to online reviews, it’s best to start low and slow, gradually increasing your dose.

Following that guidance, I started with four spritzes, applying a few more just 30 minutes later. My initial impression was that it wasn’t as slippery as I expected. I eventually found this is because such products are more of an oil than they are a lube. Meaning, it’s not a cost-effective way to lubricate genitals. Cannabinoid-infused oil is something to reach for before sexy times begin as a preparation tool.

The only physical sensation I experienced was that my genitals felt unexpectedly microwaved. According to Ashley Manta, sex coach and CannaSexual creator, the sudden warmth made sense — as the compounds in the oil expand capillaries, which usher more blood flow in the area, a warm flushing sensation will occur.

However, my penis was starting to feel numb, too. This is an experience Manta has heard less often, so here’s what I think happened: My penis was stoned. I’d lose my erection and it would stand at attention minutes later. Much like myself the first time I’d had cannabis, my dick was temporarily confused, lazy and lethargic. It wanted to nap and maybe watch “Game of Thrones.”

“Some people with penises do report greater difficulty with erections in the presence of cannabis, while others report the exact opposite,” says Manta. “It’s quite subjective, so it’s good to try new products on your own so you know what to expect. If the oil you’re using isn’t creating the desired effects, I’d choose a different oil or abandon it altogether.”

Unfortunately for me, I’d tested a product in the presence of a sexual partner, so I put in double the effort to get the job done. It’s also worth noting that most THC/CBD lubes don’t work well with latex condoms, so be sure you and your partner are 100 percent on the same page if you choose not to wear protection.

Overall, the experience is different from the head high one gets from smoking weed. Rather, it was more localized. Once applied and absorbed, THC acts locally on the cannabinoid receptors, similar to an edible. The THC dilates the capillaries and increases blood flow in the smallest blood vessels in the body, which magnifies sensitivity and sensation.

My female partner reported a similar warming sensation, but enjoyed how it felt when I entered her. She also reported being wetter than normal. In other words, the experience was much more enjoyable for her. According to Manta, this makes perfect sense as the vulva has much more exposed mucosa (like the inside of your mouth) than the penis does. As a result, it is better for absorption.

For the penis, there doesn’t seem to be much of an advantage. If anything, I lost sensation. “For folks with penises, I’d suggest trying infused oil on your own to see if it makes a positive impact, perhaps during a genital massage or prior to penetration,” suggests Manta. She adds that cannabinoid-infused oil works better people with vulvas. “I’ve found that it’s great for reducing pain with penetration while simultaneously increasing pleasurable sensations and creating a physiological response that lends itself to more easily accessible orgasms,” she says.

Since (mostly straight) women are the gender primarily impacted by the orgasm gap, it’s good to know THC intimacy sprays can assist in such matters. But if you’re a guy who really wants to give it a try, Manta suggests using a bit of the infused lube with non-infused lube to mimic that warming sensation. “THC/CBD oil can also be made into DIY suppositories and inserted anally, which is arguably a superior delivery method than penile absorption,” mentions Manta. “Even if you’re not doing anal play specifically, it can relax the pelvic region and offer relief from low back pain.”

Or . just don’t use it at all. Sure, products derived from cannabis may be trendy, but that doesn’t mean their divine magic works for everyone or for every organ. For this guy right here? I’ll be sticking with water-based lubes for now.