Firstly, it’s supposed to help you chill out, enhancing your mood and reducing anxiety. This can be handy if you’re someone who gets the jitters about getting jiggy: for example, if you’re a penis owner who worries so much about “performing” (a hideously pressurising term in itself) that you end up overthinking yourself into being – ahem – a flop. CBD success stories have also come from folks suffering with mild vagnismus: a condition that causes the vaginal muscles to clamp shut when penetration is attempted, which is sometimes but not always associated with psychological tension about sex.
Secondly, CBD is anti-inflammatory, and may help ease discomfort during sexy times caused by things like period cramps, conditions such as endometriosis, and joint and muscle issues. It can also help soothe after-sex soreness caused by consensually getting banged like a big bass drum.
Multi-talented CBD is a vasodilator too: that means it increases blood flow to the erogenous zones where it's applied, increasing sensual sensitivity and encouraging vaginas to produce moisture and get wetter than a mosh-pit’s collective armpits. “CBD is great for anal play as well, since it helps tense buttholes relax, and reduces the chance of pain without numbing,” says sex educator and instructor Lola Jean. “In contrast, anaesthetic creams and lubes that numb your bum can be dangerous, as they can prevent you from being able to tell when you’re pushing your body too far and causing injury.”
Many users claim CBD heightens pleasure and intensifies climax. That’s not surprising, since the human body already produces its own natural “endocannabinoids”, which are released in abundance during orgasm. “Studies show there is a significant relationship between endocannabinoids and female arousal, in particular, and we know endocannabinoids play an essential part in sexual function,” explains Ruby Devoy, specialist cannabis journalist and founder of TheCBDConsultancy.com.
Finally, a more niche sexual benefit: “We’ve been told our CBD lube makes slipping into latex fetish clothing much easier,” says Samuel Douek, founder of HOWL, who sell lubricants to add extra slide’n’glide to your ride… whatever you’re riding.