Some people suggest certain cannabis strains may improve sexual intercourse. However, more research is necessary to confirm whether cannabis can have this effect.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two well-known components of the cannabis plant that have gained much attention in the wellness industry over the past few years.
THC is the compound responsible for the intoxicating effects of cannabis. People may take CBD or CBD-based products for many reasons, such as reducing pain or managing anxiety or seizures. Anecdotally, people may also recommend cannabis to improve sex. However, more research into its sexual effects is necessary as current evidence is mixed.
This article discusses whether certain cannabis strains may help improve sex, their potential benefits, side effects, and how to use them.
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There is very limited human research investigating different cannabis strains and their effect on sex. Therefore, no evidence indicates particular strains are more likely to improve sex. However, people may anecdotally suggest certain strains are best for certain situations.
Currently, most research suggests that dosing and the method of delivery
Currently, research does not indicate that certain cannabis strains are better than others for sex. The dosage and method of delivery
The following sections describe which strains people may recommend to enhance different aspects of sex. These strains contain both CBD and THC, so they produce intoxicating effects.
Best for libido
Anecdotally, people suggest that cannabis strains containing high levels of a terpene called limonene may work best for boosting libido.
Strains that may be good for libido include:
- Wedding Cake
- Wedding Gelato
Best for masturbation
People may suggest that strains high in the terpene linalool may be best for performing solo sex acts due to the compound’s potential calming effects.
Some strains that may be popular for self-pleasure include Amnesia Haze and L.A. Confidential.
Best for anxiety
A 2018 study examined different cannabis strains that may help reduce anxiety levels. The study participants rated different strains on how effective they were at relieving symptoms.
According to the study, the top strains for anxiety include:
- Bubba Kush
- Skywalker OG Kush
- Kosher Kush
Strains containing terpenes such as beta-caryophyllene, humulene, myrcene, and caryophyllene may help with pain relief due to their potential analgesic properties.
Some of the top strains for pain relief may include:
Read more about CBD and anxiety.
The human body has receptors that are part of a complex cell signaling system called the endocannabinoid system.
Research suggests phytocannabinoids from cannabis may indirectly activate these receptors and produce the following effects on the body:
Some experts are skeptical about the effectiveness of cannabinoids due to limited research. However, anecdotal reports suggest that the best strains for sex may help with the following:
A person may experience sexual performance anxiety, which may prevent them from having satisfactory sex.
A 2020 article suggests CBD may be beneficial in treating various anxiety disorders.
A 2019 study also found that adult males taking 300–600 milligrams of CBD had significantly reduced anxiety symptoms.
Low sex drive
- sexual functioning
- sexual satisfaction
Many personal lubricants on the market now include CBD as an ingredient. While there have been few studies investigating CBD and lubrication, existing research
This suggests people who experience dryness and painful sex may benefit from using CBD-infused lubricants. However, it is important to check that CBD lubricants are compatible with condoms before using them together.
Research on the effect of cannabis on erectile dysfunction (ED) is mixed.
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Current research suggests there are very few side effects from cannabis components, such as CBD or THC.
However, a person consuming THC may experience some temporary side effects. These can include:
- a dry mouth
- red eyes
- slower than average response times
- a general feeling of being high
- memory loss
- issues with coordination
- an increased heart rate
Neither CBD nor THC has any apparent serious side effects, and neither can be fatal when people take them correctly. While there is limited research into other components of cannabis, such as terpenes, they also do not seem to have major side effects.
Manufacturers now incorporate CBD into many products, such as:
A person can use these products in a similar way to an equivalent product that does not contain CBD. For example, a person can apply CBD lubricant to their genitals to help facilitate sexual intercourse.
It is important to always follow the instructions on product labels. People should not exceed the recommended dosage.
Learn more about CBD dosage.
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According to some limited research and anecdotal evidence, cannabis may help make aspects of sex better and more pleasurable.
However, current research indicates the dosage and method of delivery are more important than the cannabis strain a person uses.
A person should talk with a healthcare professional before using any form of cannabis.