Cannabis and CBD have found their way into food, drinks, cosmetics, and even the bedroom. Keep reading for an in-depth look at the benefits of cannabis lube.
Cannabis can enhance the sound of music, the taste of food, and even the pleasure of sex. Cannabis lubes have become a recent hit all around the world for their ability to relieve tension, enhance sensitivity, and promote arousal.
Keep reading to learn how to use cannabis and CBD lube to spice things up in the bedroom.
What Is Cannabis Lube?
Cannabis lube is, you guessed it, lubricant infused with the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in cannabis. Cannabis lubes typically come in two forms: oils, which have a similar texture and consistency to massage oil, and gels, which more closely represent the lube you’d find at a pharmacy.
Cannabis lubes have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years as the topical benefits of cannabis have made their impact on the global cosmetics industry.
What About CBD Lube?
CBD lube is a lubricant enriched with cannabidiol and other non-intoxicating compounds derived from hemp. Because CBD lubes don’t contain THC, they are typically more readily available, since hemp isn’t as strictly regulated as other types of cannabis.
How Do Cannabis Lubes Work?
Cannabis lubes, like any other cannabis topical, deliver cannabinoids and other compounds directly to receptors in the skin. In doing so, they may produce a wide variety of effects, including:
- Heightened arousal: Studies have established a clear link between endocannabinoid levels and arousal, particularly in women. By interacting with the endocannabinoid system, cannabis/CBD lubes (and other cannabis products) may help us “get in the mood” for sex.
- Vasodilation: THC and CBD have both been shown to have vasodilatory effects, meaning they can help promote blood flow to the areas in which they are applied.
- Soothing effects: CBD, THC, and many other compounds found in cannabis are revered for their soothing properties and immunomodulatory potential. These effects may help people who experience pain during any part of sex.
- Increased sensitivity: By increasing blood flow to the genitals, cannabis lubes can sometimes leave you more sensitive, in a very good way!
- Relaxation: Some people find CBD and cannabis lubes to promote muscle relaxation, which may help stimulate arousal by improving blood flow (thanks to their vasodilatory effects).
You might be reading this and wondering how cannabis lube can manage to have such a wide variety of effects. This comes down to the fact that the active compounds in cannabis lube interact with our endocannabinoid system, a complex network of chemicals, receptors, and enzymes that mediates almost every biological process in our body.
Studies show, for example, that the endocannabinoid system is involved in managing stress, blood circulation, pain, and many other factors that, directly or indirectly, may affect our experience in the bedroom.
There’s a solid body of anecdotal evidence, from men and women alike, on the potential for heightened arousal and sensitivity with cannabis lubes. Many people also find that cannabis products (such as edibles, tinctures, and vapes) help them get into the right headspace for sex by lowering their inhibition and reducing feelings of nervousness.
Unfortunately, some people find that cannabis (especially high-THC cannabis flower/products) increases their anxiety, something we obviously don’t want to happen in the bedroom.
How It Works
The instructions suggest you apply four to eight sprays directly onto the clitoris, inner and outer labia, and inside the vagina, adding that “internal application provides the highest absorption,” which I found to be true in my own experiences. Foria works the way it does because the skin of the vulva and vagina are sensitive and highly absorbent. I’ve experimented with various amounts and haven’t found a huge variation in terms of sensation, except that closer to eight sprays with internal application seemed to really do the trick. Really.
What It Feels Like
The biggest concern about taking Foria was my fear that I would feel high in the traditional sense. I deal with extreme anxiety and have found that smoking or ingesting marijuana (particularly sativa) can cause actual panic attacks. It’s something I avoid entirely, because getting stoned isn’t worth the risk of inducing my anxiety, something I work tirelessly to keep at bay. Luckily, Foria doesn’t work that way, and I didn’t feel anxious at all — quite the opposite, actually.
Some reviewers on the site noted their own struggles with pain during sex and difficulties achieving orgasm for years, and they finally found pleasure with Foria. Again, every experience is different, but after using Foria, I am inclined to believe their anecdotes.
One reviewer put it like this: “Fact — you WILL get a little horny and turned on! Fact — you WILL feel stimulation in HD . . . it’s the only way to explain it! Fact — you WILL orgasm deeper than you ever have,” which pretty much sums up my experience with it. The sensation and sensitivity of all aspects of sex is heightened and, for me, improved.
Each time I’ve used it, it almost feels like everything goes warm and tingly down there, and when touched, it’s actually so sensitive it almost tickles — in a good way, of course. Foria doesn’t necessarily bring you to an orgasm faster (although for some, it can, since it can increase arousal), but it’s the grand finale where you really feel major the results. Climaxes are deeper and way more intense than anything I’ve ever experienced. They feel all-consuming! Orgasms also can go on for longer; it can feel like it’s going to last forever, and if anything is going to be eternal, I think we can all agree that an orgasm would be our top pick.
Health and Wellness
While the oil hasn’t been evaluated by the FDA, the company says that safety and purity is “of paramount importance.” “Our cannabis oil is extracted using leading-edge solvent-free pharmaceutical grade processes that provide extracts in their purest possible form,” the site says. To ensure the cleanest and safest final product, the company tests Foria at multiple stages; it tests for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbials. The products undergo something called a “hot-fill” bottling process, allowing Foria to produce a “microbial-free product without the use of artificial preservatives,” the site says. The bottom line is that Foria is natural, and the product is made up of two very basic components: cannabis oil and coconut oil.
As with any product, you should always use at your own risk and consult your healthcare provider, because plant medicine, like any other kind of medicine, works differently with different bodies.