Cannabis and Sex
When looking into cannabis and sex, most of what you’re going to find is focused on the experience of intimacy while high and how cannabis can affect a person’s sex drive. While this provides some valuable insight into the experience of cannabis and sex, that is not where Miss Envy wants to focus our attention. Rather, we will focus on how THC can be used directly to impact a person’s experience of pleasure and enhance orgasms. More specifically on THC personal lubricants.
THC Personal Lubricants – Why do they work?
In researching THC lubricant you can find numerous reviews from individuals and couples on the effectiveness of THC; they report experiencing higher pleasure, longer lasting and more intense orgasms, and increased connection with their partners. But why does it work? THC applied directly to the genitals does not get a person ‘high’ in the way other consumption methods do.
There is little research directly on the topic of cannabis topicals used for sex. So, let’s look at what we do know.
Blood Flow & Lubrication
THC is a vasodilator, which increases blood flow to the genitals. This increases relaxation of the muscles as well as sensitivity and has been reported to increase lubrication. This has the potential to help those who struggle with vaginal dryness.
THC is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which also contributes to the relaxation of the muscles and could contribute to increased arousal. It’s anti-inflammatory properties could also contribute to decreases in experience of pain associated with penetration.
As many as 75% of women will experience pain during sex at some point, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. For many women, the pain is rare or happens only once, but for others it’s persistent.
There are many potential causes of pain during sex; including, dryness, pelvic floor dysfunction, vaginsimus, vulvodynia, fibroids, etc (source).
Cannabis may be able to provide relief for some of these conditions. Though if you are experiencing persistent and/or severe pain during intercourse you should speak to your doctor.
Preliminary evidence has shown that cannabis can help to reduce pain associated with menstruation. A number of studies indicate that prostaglandins are the source of most pain associated with menstruation. People with higher levels of prostaglandins also tend to have more painful and/or heavier periods. Therefore, treatments that lower prostaglandin levels can be highly effective. By decreasing these levels during your period, you can reduce inflammation, pain, and cramps.
Read our full article on Treating PMS with Cannabis to learn more.
Through the increase in blood flow, anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties cannabis is able to impact a person’s level of arousal and decrease their experience of pain. Though we hope to see more research that specifically addressed the topic of THC lubricant use for sexual pleasure.
Personal Experience with Miss Envy’s THC Personal Lubricant
Jennifer Doan, a sex educator, coach and the host of the podcast Taking Back Slut wrote an article for CannaSutra (Miss Envy’s erotic brand) on What Happens When You Use THC Lube. Her experience provides insight into how THC lube works for people with vulvas and gives advice on how to use it.
As a sex educator, Jenn has a lot of insight into many sex related topics so check out some of the other articles she’s written on the CannaSutra blog while you’re there. Some examples include; 8 Things You Need to Know About Vaginas and How to Have Stealthy Solo Sex in Quarantine.