Cannabis extracts, CBD oil, vape liquid and CBD gummies, are becoming popular in the world of self care. Many people are turning to these products for their potential health benefits. More of our customers are asking us if CBD or cannabis has the ability to improve sexual health and well-being.
In this blog, we’ll explore how cannabinoids & terpenes may improve libido, sex life and alleviate symptoms of the menopause.
What is Libido & Erectile Dysfunction?
Libido means a person’s sex drive or their desire to have sex. A healthy libido counts towards a fulfilling sex life. Factors including stress, hormonal imbalances and side effects from medication, can negatively impact one’s libido. Similarly, the condition erectile dysfunction (aka ED), is a common issue that affects men’s ability to have satisfying sexual experiences. The most common symptom is the failure to achieve an erection which has a number of knock on effects for the sufferer.
ED is caused by a combination of physical and psychological factors, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or anxiety to name just a few. Studies show that men who suffer with chronic pain diseases are likely to have a lower sex drive or suffer from ED. The most common causes include the side effects of opiate analgesics, linked to the treatment of pain. Suffering from ED or a similar condition can be difficult for a man to cope with due to the mental impact these conditions can have. If you are suffering and unsure what to do we always recommend talking to your doctor or GP. Help is available and ED is more often than not caused by an underlying condition which may be treatable.
How can CBD be linked to sexual health?
Studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may also play a role in sexual health. The ECS is responsible for regulating many of our bodily functions for example, mood, appetite, and sleep. There is limited scientific research on the effects of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, on erectile dysfunction (ED) and libido. Some studies suggest THC can increase sexual desire and enhance sexual performance. Others indicate that it may have negative effects on sexual function.
What we do now is that the ECS is made up of thousands of receptors, all over the human body and we are still in the early days of scientific discovery. The receptors in the ECS interact with cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD & CBG. Of course there are hundreds if not thousands of cannabinoids besides these.
Can vaping CBD, or taking CBD Oil improve libido?
CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the hemp plant. It has been shown to have a variety of positive effects on the body. These include; the ability to reduce anxiety and stress, and improve mood. Anxiety and stress are often the main contributors to low libido & ED. It is therefore suspected that CBD may help to improve sexual health and well-being by reducing these factors. This is a theory and not scientifically proven. Additionally, CBD has been shown to have a relaxing effect on the muscles, which may help to improve blood flow and enhance sexual performance.
What about other methods of taking CBD?
Taking an oral CBD oil and CBD vaping are two popular methods for consuming CBD. Their method of absorption differs. Both methods allow CBD to enter the bloodstream and interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). For example, a CBD oil like ECS® Gold Drops allows the cannabinoids to be absorbed in the same way that nutrients in food are, via your digestive system. This method of absorption can take longer when compared to inhalation. When you vape a CBD vape liquid the active cannabinoids enter your bloodstream almost immediately. The cannabinoids cross the brain blood barrier at a rapid pace. These two different methods of consumption are ideally suited to different circumstances. CBD products are available in a whole range of formats including CBD Vape liquid, CBD oils, CBD Capsules, Balms & more.
Can CBD alleviate symptoms of the menopause?
Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive years. It is often accompanied by a range of physical and emotional symptoms which include; hot flashes, night sweats & mood swings. These symptoms can have a significant impact on a woman’s sexual health and mental well-being. This is perhaps one of the reasons that more women choose to try cannabis or CBD products in order to target these unpleasant symptoms during a natural phase of life.
CBD may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of menopause, however it is not proven to alleviate all symptoms. There is no specific evidence. On the positive side of things, CBD has been shown to have a balancing effect on hormones and may help to reduce hot flashes, night sweats and help someone feel relaxed. Additionally, CBD has been shown to have a moisturising effect on the skin. Many products claim without evidence that this may help to improve vaginal dryness amongst other symptoms. Despite the lack of clinical studies, by reducing these symptoms, cannabinoids could help to improve sexual health and well-being for women during the menopause.
Do terpenes play a role in libido & sex drive?
Terpenes, if you are not familiar with them, are the organic compounds that are found in a variety of plants. Not just hemp and cannabis. Terpenes are responsible for the distinctive aroma and flavours of many plants or herbs. They have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties. In recent years, research has shown that terpenes may also have an impact on libido and sex drive. If you are curious about terpenes and want to give them a try, you can find them in our Canavape Complete vape liquid.
Can terpenes improve sexual health or libido?
Studies have suggested that certain terpenes can have an uplifting effect on mood and energy levels. These include Limonene and Myrcene which are of particular interest. These uplifting effects in turn increase libido.
Limonene is found in high concentrations in citrus fruits and is known for its uplifting and energising properties. In addition, limonene has been shown to have an anti-anxiety effect, which can help to reduce stress and increase sexual desire. While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of limonene on human health, some studies suggest that it may have potential benefits for sexual health, particularly for individuals experiencing menopause. For example, one study published in the Journal of Menopausal Medicine found that limonene helped to alleviate symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, insomnia, and more.
While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of limonene on sexual health, these initial findings suggest that this natural compound may have significant potential as a therapeutic treatment.
Myrcene, another terpene, is found in various plants, including hops, thyme, and mangos. It is known for its earthy, spicy, and fruity aroma, and has been the subject of many studies investigating its potential benefits for human health. One of the most notable potential benefits of myrcene is its effect on sex life and libido.
Several studies have suggested that myrcene may be an effective aphrodisiac, helping to boost libido and improve sexual function. One study published in the journal pharmaceutical biology found that myrcene increased sexual activity in male rats, likely by increasing blood flow to the genital area. Another study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that a combination of myrcene and other natural compounds improved sexual function in male mice.
Myrcene may also have other potential benefits for sexual health. For example, it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation in the body and improve blood flow to the genital area. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who experience erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems related to poor circulation.
The terpene, pinene, has been shown to have a positive effect on libido and sex drive. Pinene is found in high concentrations in pine trees and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its aphrodisiac properties. In addition to its sexual benefits, pinene has also been shown to improve memory and focus, making it a useful tool for those looking to improve their overall sexual experience. The science of terpenes is nothing new and it’s not unique to Cannabis.
The terpene linalool is perhaps one of the most well known compounds that has been linked to increased libido and sex drive. Linalool is found in high concentrations in lavender and has a calming and relaxing effect on the body. It is what makes lavender smell. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can in turn increase sexual desire and improve overall sexual function.
You can read more about terpenes here.
It is important to note that while terpenes have been shown to have a positive effect on libido and sex drive, more research is needed to fully understand their mechanisms of action within the body. Terpenes are highly volatile organic compounds which require care when handling. Additionally, everyone is different and may respond differently to terpenes including an allergic reaction.
In conclusion, the use of cannabinoids, such as CBD oils and CBD vape liquid appears to be a trending way to tackle the downside of a low libido or sex drive, with many people trying products with the aim of alleviating symptoms of the menopause. By interacting with the endocannabinoid system, CBD has the potential to reduce anxiety and stress, improve mood, and balance hormones. On the other hand, terpenes appear to have a complex and fascinating relationship with libido and sex drive. From reducing stress and anxiety to improving mood and energy levels, terpenes have the potential to greatly enhance your sexual experience.
There is no doubt that both are becoming experimental solutions with many hoping to improve their sexual health and wellbeing. If you’re interested in trying CBD to improve your sexual health and well-being, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider to determine the best method and dosage for you.