Updated on January 21, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
We already know that you can use marijuana to enhance your sex life if you take the right precautions. It may also relieve the symptoms of conditions like endometriosis, erectile dysfunction and PMS. Companies in the cannabis industry now sell “marijuana lube.” These sensual oils make quite a buzz in recreational cannabis states. Learn more about marijuana lubrication products for sex and if they fit your needs.
How Does Marijuana Lube Work?
Medical marijuana topicals work by rubbing lotions, creams or salves on the area of skin experiencing pain or inflammation. The medicine then provides localized relief without impairment. It takes about 20 to 40 minutes for a topical to take effect.
Applying marijuana lube involves similar steps according to the manufacturer. The product goes onto the vagina, where the user’s mucous membranes absorb it. Within 20 to 40 minutes, they claim the user feels increased sensation and sensitivity in the area. While most marijuana lube products contain THC, they don’t cause impairment. Cannabis lube only interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the local area, so the THC in it doesn’t interact with your brain.
Cannabis Lube for Intercourse
Marijuana lube may enhance the benefits of combining cannabis with sex while minimizing the drawbacks by:
Enhancing sex drive: CBD may improve libido, so cannabis sex products with and without THC can increase your sex drive.
Limiting effects in other parts of the body: Marijuana lube doesn’t cause a high for the person using it and avoids side effects like “couch lock.”
Increasing sensation: The user may feel the sexual experience more intensely.
Relaxing muscles and reducing discomfort: Partners who feel discomfort during sex may enjoy the experience more.
Considerations for Use During Sex
If you plan to use cannabis lubricant during sex, learn how to use it correctly. The oil base in marijuana lube can damage latex condoms. To practice safe, cannabis-enhanced sex, choose nitrile or polyurethane condoms instead.
Additionally, marijuana lube may provide some lubrication, but it technically counts as a sensual oil. The term “marijuana lube” is just a colloquialism. Cannabis lube has the primary purpose of enhancing sex rather than facilitating it. You may need to use a standard sexual lubricant in addition to your cannabis lube.
Use only a small amount of cannabis lubricant when you start out with the product. You should take extra care if you have never used marijuana before. If you feel itching or burning when you use marijuana lube, stop using it right away and wash the area with warm water.
Using Cannabis Lube for Sexual Health
Many marijuana lubrications double as medical marijuana for people with certain conditions. Using it during sex or for its therapeutic benefits relieves:
Some lube products feature ingredients like tea tree oil that improve sexual wellness. By applying a small amount, you can restore balance, get rid of infections and soothe ingrown hairs. Certain producers of marijuana lube also sell suppositories meant to relieve period discomfort. The suppository’s antispasmodic and painkilling properties reduce the severity of cramps.
Where to Find Cannabis Lube
You can only find marijuana sex products in states with legal recreational marijuana. Some brands have CBD-only formulas that you can order online anywhere in the United States. If you decide to get CBD lube online, make sure to evaluate the product and seller carefully. Read our blog post on buying CBD in the United States to learn how to shop for CBD medicine.
Should You Make Your Own Marijuana Lube?
You can find plenty of recipes for DIY cannabis lube on the internet. However, we recommend buying a legitimate product or consulting a doctor first for the following reasons:
Avoiding infections: Most DIY recipes use coconut oil, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. While many people use it as a natural remedy or a lubricant, it can also disrupt your PH balance. Your doctor can help you determine how much coconut oil will enhance your health instead of harming it. Also, you have to DIY your lube with extreme care if you use flowers. If you don’t strain it perfectly, leftover pieces of bud can make you further prone to infection.
Protecting sensitive skin: An imbalanced formula can cause an allergic reaction. Even when you do use marijuana lube created by experts, a doctor can help you find a product that doesn’t irritate.
Managing your body’s response: While marijuana lube doesn’t cause a body or cerebral “high,” excess THC can make you too sensitive. You can have difficulty balancing the THC levels of DIY lube.
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