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About Sexual Desire, sex life and CBD

For people suffering from stress, performance anxiety or pain during sex, intercourse can become stressful. reducing sexual desire and pleasure. In addition, some people experience as sense of inhibition towards and during sex, making both physical and emotional intimacy difficult.

How CBD works for Enhancing Sex?

While relatively new to the market, CBD (a chemical compound found in cannabis plants) is now widely available in a variety of shapes and forms — from CBD flowers, CBD oils and drops to topical creams, food or beverages. Lately, CBD has also made its way into the bedroom and the substance can be found in a variety of products (incl. CBD lubes), all targeted at improving users’ sex lives and sex drive.

Although there are no existing studies on the effects of CBD for sexual health in particular, especially for using it as a topical application, preclinical evidence of CBD benefits in general can be extended to sexuality. Scientists therefore believe that CBD and THC products could potentially help increase sexual desire and pleasure due to:

1) Its ability to improve blood flow and desire 

When applied topically, CBD is a vasodilator, causing blood vessels to expand and allowing for fresh oxygenated blood to flow more easily. Typically, fresh oxygenated blood is associated with increased arousal and stimulation.

2) Its ability to decrease anxiety

Using CBD before an intercourse can help reduce anxiety (see article: CBD against stress and anxiety) while creating a feeling of calm, relaxation and elation, thus bringing you in the right mental state. This translates into reduced inhibitions and enhanced sexual pleasure.

3) Its ability to reduce pain:

For people suffering from CBD may help with pain during sex due to its anti-inflammatory (see article: CBD against inflammation) properties and can be effective as an adjunct treatment for pain (see article: CBD against chronic pain), making for more a more pleasurable sexual experience and a reduction in anxiety.

It is hard to estimate how many people are using CBD in the bedroom, but a recent survey of 5,398 Americans from Remedy Review , a website that focuses on CBD and natural health remedies, found that 9.3 percent of respondents have taken CBD for sex. 

Healthline, a healt-related information website, interviewed a number of people about their experience using CBD in their sex life and here is what Allison Wallis, once of the interviewee, said: “It relaxes my muscles and allows for much more enjoyable sex” and “I was surprised by how well it worked. It allowed me to focus on the intimacy of the act instead of my muscle spasms.”

Recommended CBD product types and dosage for Enhancing Sex


It is always important to use high-quality CBD products and do so regularly for an extended period of time (minimum 3-4 weeks) in order for the body to adapt. When using CBD for intimate purposes such as sexual arousal, lubrication and pain during intercourse, we would recommend the following products:

  • Sublingual Treatments & Ingestibles

    For systematically improving low libido and a potential inability to achieve orgasms, erectile dysfunction and/or pain during intercourse, using a full-spectrum CBD oil, tincture or gel cap is recommended. In fact, THC has been shown to help with the four stages of sexuality: libido, arousal, orgasm and satisfaction and therefore CBD products not exempt of this chemical compound have greater chances to deliver the expected effects.

  • Vaping & Smoking

    For use as an aphrodisiac or for instant relaxation, anxiety reduction or pain relief, vaping CBD or smoking CBD cannabis flowers can provide an almost immediate sexual arousal effect due to its fast onset of action.

  • Topical Products

    CBD-infused pleasure enhancers like lubricants and balms deliver CBD directly to the genitals, increasing arousal and stimulation, while also relaxing muscles and reducing pain during intercourse. 


Leveraging CBD for enhancing sex is very personal and the quantity might depends on your symptoms or body weight. However, the general rule of thumb for CBD oils and capsules dosage is 25 mg of CBD, taken twice daily. If results from this amount are not felt, the serving size can be increased by another 25 mg every 3-4 weeks until you the optimal dosage is found. For other products use as directed on the label or the in-package instructions.

To help you figure out the right dose for you, head over to our page CBD usage and dosage.

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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) or Swissmedic. The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a doctor / physician if you have any medical condition or use any prescription medications. Medical advice should always be sought before starting any new treatment, including the intake of CBD products.


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