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Everything You Need to Know About CBD Lube

CBD for your lattes. CBD for your lats. And now, CBD lube for your labia.

Yes, really. CBD-infused lube is indeed a *thing* and sex educators and experts are here for it. "CBD in the bedroom has a novelty factor, but it may actually have benefit for some women," says Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist based in South Pasadena, California.

Ready to dive in? Here, the science—plus seven CBD lubes to try.

Sex with CBD Lube >> Sex with Lube >> Sex Without Lube

While research on the benefits of CBD lube and its effect on sexual pleasure is currently TBD, "we do know that the relaxing and anti-anxiety inducing properties of CBD may facilitate a woman being more receptive to sexual activity," she says. Because vaginas are incredibly absorbent and lined with a mucous membrane that can act like a sponge (similar to the inside of your mouth), it's safe to assume that when applied genitally, the body is able to reap all those benefits of CBD. (Related: The Science-Approved Benefits of CBD)

"We do know that CBD acts as a vasodilator, meaning it boosts circulation," says Kiana Reeves, somatic sex expert and director of education at Foria Wellness, which makes CBD and THC health products. (P.S. Here's the difference between CBD, THC, Cannabis, Majiuana, and Hemp) "Increasing blood flow to the genitals and erectile tissue network is the basis for arousal and heightened sensation," she explains. Put simply, CBD lube will make your nether-bits blush in the best way.

For women who have a hard time relaxing their pelvic floor, Reeves says CBD lube may be beneficial. "CBD is widely used as a muscle-tension reliever," she says. (That's why it's being put in muscle rubs and creams.) The uterus, bladder, internal anal sphincter, and pelvic floor are all made of muscle, so there's reason to believe CBD lube can help those muscles relax too, she says. The result? Less painful sex and quite possibly your fastest/strongest/easiest orgasm yet. (Related: 8 Reasons Sex Might Be Hurting You)

However, not all CBD lubes are created equal. "Many contain chemicals, preservatives, glycerin, etc. which can disrupt vaginal flora or cause irritation," says Reeves. Her suggestion? Look for a CBD lube or arousal oil that's all natural, with organic ingredients, and no synthetics for the best, body-safe experience.

And, of course, start by talking to your doc. "Although CBD lube is applied locally to the genitals, it can have some systemic absorption," says Dr. Brandye, meaning it can be absorbed into your bloodstream. Since CBD and other supplements can interact with some prescription medications, it's best to check with your doctor about potential issues first.

Once you're given the go-ahead to O-ahead, it's time to get shopping—and that's where this list comes in.

Another friendly reminder: Make sure to read the instructions and ingredients before lathering up. Some of the products below require a

period, some have an oil base that will degrade latex condoms, making them less effective (!!), and one contains CBD *and* THC. (Related: Is Weed Lube the Key to Your Best Sex Ever?)

Kush Queen

As far as CBD lubes go, Kush Queen gets the crown. Why? Because instead of having a coconut oil base, as many other products do, it's water-based. "It alarmed us how many CBD sex products use coconut oil, which may promote the growth of yeast and bacteria as well as degrade the integrity of latex condoms," says Olivia Alexander the founder and CEO. (See more: Experts explain the benefits and risks of using coconut oil as lube.) "Instead, we use a patent-pending process to turn our oil into a water-based form." And because it's water-based, you don't have to worry about the product getting gummy or sticky during or after use.

Whoever you are, if you're ready to heat things up, stock up on Ignite. "From new moms to elderly folks, so many fans enjoy Ignite for anything from foreplay to intercourse," says Alexander. She adds: "Oh, and even anal play." Yeppp, it's kush for your tush.

Kush Queen: Buy it, $50, kushqueen.com

Privy Peach

Made specifically for vulva-owners, this stuff works magic, fast. (Seriously, I tried it during a solo playdate and felt it working after like, 2 minutes.) This product is best for people specifically looking to target painful or uncomfortable intercourse, but "it's also particularly good for those who just need additional lubrication," says Kim Koehler, the founder and CEO of Privy Peach. "The circulation boost triggers the body's response to produce more of its own natural lubrication as well," she says.

Keep in mind, "this intimate oil has a high concentration of CBD and coconut oil base which is really great for people that have sensitivities to synthetic lubricant," according to Koehler. But, because it's oil-based, it's not latex-safe. (Try the latex-free condom on our list of the best condoms).

IMO, the best part is it comes in 10 condom-sized, single-use packets. It's a semi-solid at room temp, but once you apply it to your skin, it'll melt faster than you do.

Privy Peach: Buy it, $45, privypeach.com

Velvet Swing

The only product with both CBD and THC on the list (33mg CBD and 100mg THC per bottle), Velvet Swing products are only available in California and Washington state ATM. But, since laws are continuing to change around the legalization of THC, (and the product's tagline is put on, get off —!!) here's hoping everyone will be able to hop on the Velvet Swing very soon.

It's worth waiting for: The THC enhances the bio-availability of the CBD, which boosts its sexy-making effects, explains Chelsea Cebrara, co-creator of Velvet Swing and professional sex educator and cannabis expert. "This product can enhance sensitivity and sexual response for everyone, but for those who suffer from pelvic pain, tension, or post- or peri-menopausal sexual dysfunction it may be particularly helpful," she says. (Related: Why We Need to Start Talking About Female Sexual Dysfunction)

One important heads up (or fun fact, depending on how you look at it): "Just remember that since this also has THC in it, performing oral and anal sex when using it could get you high if you use a lot of it," says Cebrara. And if you try it, give it enough time to sink in; apply at least 20 minutes in advance to get the best results. (And if you try anal, keep these anal prep tips in mind).

Foria Awaken Lube

As the OG cannabis lube makers, Foria has amassed a group of Awaken-devotees best described as cult-like. With 224 reviews, it has the most customer feedback of any product on the list. (And, FWIW, one writer says it *totally* changed her sex life.)

So, what's the big deal? Made from organic coconut MCT oil (read: not latex-safe), CBD, kava kava, and seven other plant-based aphrodisiacs, Awaken has both sensation-enhancing and pain-relieving benefits, according to Reeves (who, as a reminder, is Foria's official sex educator). One reviewer went as far as to claim it's "the first lubricant to completely mute my pain during sex, foreplay, everything. Not to mention it tastes the best! Gave me hope again." (I'm not crying, you're crying.)

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To get the biggest (ahem) bang outta the product, Reeves suggests massaging Awaken into the vagina, labia, and clitoris, and allowing it to

for about 15 minutes. "This allows the CBD and other sex-beneficial plants to absorb locally in the tissue and start working with your body," she explains. Consider the absorption time your excuse to boost your foreplay game.

Oh, and you can use the product to enhance your other erogenous zones. "You can definitely experiment with oral sex and anal play. Some of our customers swear by spraying Awaken on their nipples saying it enhances the sensation," says Reeves. *Orders 100 bottles.*

Foria Awaken: Buy it, $48, foriawellness.com

Quim Oh Yes! Latex-Safe Serum

Quim's a big name on the CBD personal care market. Their product Oh Yes! Latex-Safe Serum is made with an aloe vera base that's infused with cannabis and designed to intensify sensation, stimulate libido, and increase natural lubrication. (Related: 6 Culprits of Vaginal Dryness).

"This product can be impactful for people who have experienced sexual trauma, who have a hard time releasing their pelvic floor, are perimenopausal or menopausal, and folks who experience pain with penetration," says Cyo Nystrom, CEO and co-founder of Quim.  "Nothing is a cure-all for everything, but this product can help." And yes, since it doesn't contain any oil, it's—as the name suggests—latex-safe.

How do you use it? Shake the bottle, pump the product, then apply it

about 5 to 7 minutes before your romp-a-thon. Get. That. Pleasure.

Happy Clam Everyday Oil

Okay, okay, so Happy Clam Everyday Oil isn't technically a CBD lube but it's a slippery CBD-infused oil intended for your nether bits. Unlike the other products on the list, this baby is meant to be used after sex. "It's safe to go on the vulva, clitoris, interior vagina, perenium, and along the anal cavity," says Nystrom.

"Specifically, we created this specifically for after sex to alleviate puffy taco," she says. True, puffy taco may not be an official medical diagnosis, but if you have labia I knowww you know what she's talking about. "Its purpose is to reduce redness and inflammation after sex," she says. (Related: 8 Reasons You Might Be Experiencing Pain After Sex).

V important PSA for nut-allergists: This product contains sweet almond oil and hazelnut oil, which are going be a nightmare if you're allergic. As a general rule, "we always recommend folks test the product on their inner-wrist and wait twenty minutes to see if there's a reaction," says Nystrom. "If that works, go to your inner thigh, and then try it on your vulva." (TBH, this is a good practice for anything going near your woo-ha: lubes, pube oil, soaps, etc.)

Happy Clam Everyday Oil: Buy it, $48, shop.itsquim.com

Bella Aqua D’Amore

This beauty may be the cheapest option on the list, but it's still sexy as all hell (I mean, look at that packaging!). Formulated for use with condoms and toys made of any/all materials, this water-based CBD lube is as risk-free as they come. Aqua D'Amore offers the same benefits as other lubes on this list: increased sensation and boosted lubrication.

ICYWW, while this product looks like it might have a floral scent, it doesn't. Actually, it's clear, unscented, and its consistency is the same as any ol' water-based lube. (Learn more about the different types of lube here).

Can You Use Hemp Oil As Lube?

CBD oil or cannabis-infused oil can be used as a personal lubricant, provided you are not allergic to any ingredients that have been used in that particular product.

There are many different CBD oils available in the market. Some of them are good only as external massage oils, while others are made with natural and organic ingredients that work during foreplay as well as a personal lubricant during intercourse.

In this post, I’ll discuss what is CBD oil, and its benefits as a personal lubricant.

Here’s what I’ll cover:

What is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol is a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. You may know the cannabis plant by its other popular names of marijuana or hemp.

The cannabis plant has two major active chemicals – CBD and THC.

While THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive compound, meaning when consumed it’ll give you a sense of euphoria or “high.”

CBD, however, is not psychoactive. So, you don’t get high from CBD oil or lube.

CBD is usually infused in oils, creams and lubricants to provide pain relief and impart a relaxed feeling. When you apply CBD lube to your vagina, it gives a tingly sensation. You also feel a higher level of sensitivity to touch and penetration.

Side note: If you come across a product with hemp seed oil, understand that it is not the same as a CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant (using its leaves, stalks, etc) versus hemp seed oil extracted from the seeds.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is basically any body oil, like coconut or olive oil infused with cannabidiol. It can be used as a massage oil as well as a personal lubricant. Just remember that oil tends to break down latex so avoid oil based lubricants when using a latex condom.

The Coconu Hemp Infused Body Oil, for instance, contains 150mg CBD. This CBD is derived from broad-spectrum industrial hemp with non-detectable (<0.1%) levels of THC.

Want to try Coconu Hemp Infused Body Oil? Buy it now.

Broad spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all other compounds within the plant, except THC, which is completely removed after the initial extractions.

In effect, it delivers all the benefits of the cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects of THC.

When you apply CBD oil as a lubricant, the cannabidiol is absorbed through the skin. It then interacts with the receptors of the ECS, causing an increase in blood flow, heightened sensation, and muscle relaxation.

ECS or endocannabinoid system is a system of chemical messengers and receptors in our bodies. These chemical messengers or endocannabinoids are dispersed throughout the human body from the brain and central nervous system to the genital areas.

Why use lubricants for sexual activity?

Personal lubricants can turn good sex into a toe-curling, deeply satisfying experience.

I am sure you know that the vagina is naturally self-lubricating – meaning when you are aroused, it secretes a fluid to reduce friction during penetrative sex.

However, sometimes women need that little extra fluidity to prevent vaginal dryness, reduce friction and pain during vaginal sex.

What’s a good lube?

Your personal lubricant should be made with safe, organic and natural ingredients to enhance your erotic pleasures. It should also be tested for compatibility with condoms and adult toys, and should not give you infections.

There are different types of personal lubricants including edible, warming and numbing ones.

Also remember that like every product, personal lubricants also have a shelf life.

Coconu lubricants, for example, have a shelf life of 1 year, unopened. Just make sure to store it at room temperature.

Looking for some anal lube options? This article on The 5 Best Anal Lubes for 2020 (With Features & Pricing) has all the details.

What are the benefits of CBD oil as lube?

Multiple clinical studies are underway to study the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, health-promoting, skin-calming, and anti-anxiety properties of CBD oil.

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Users of CBD oil as lube swear by its ability to boost sensitivity during sex, relax vaginal muscles, and amplify sensations during orgasm.

How does CBD oil work?

When CBD is absorbed into your vaginal skin, it increases blood flow in that area. This in turn, heightens sensitivity, making sex more pleasurable. Using CBD oil for massage can also contribute to arousal and improve natural lubrication when used during foreplay.

Since it is edible, you can also use CDB oil when indulging in oral sex. When paired with touch, CBD body oil can increase a couple’s feelings of intimacy and wellbeing while it calms skin, soothes sore muscles, increases circulation, and leaves them feeling relaxed and restored.

When you are relaxed and have higher sensitivity to touch, it is natural to experience stronger and better orgasms for both men and women.

CBD is also an anti-inflammatory proven to decrease aches and pains that can occur as a normal side-effect of vigorous sexual activity.

CBD oil lube: What are the risks?

The World Health Organisation has declared CBD as completely safe to be used as an ingredient in both food and topical applications (like CBD lube). There are no known side-effects of using CBD oil as lube.

However, since the CBD industry is not well regulated, there may be many products in that market that are not made with high quality ingredients.

So, thoroughly research a company before you purchase their CBD oil.

Does CBD lube really work?

Many users do rave about the positive impact of CBD-infused lubes on their sex lives.

What’s even better? We have the numbers to back up the claim!

According to a recent study by Remedy Review, 66% of respondents who used CBD sex products said they noticed a decrease in anxiety. A majority of users (including men) said they experienced stronger orgasms; while a whooping 98% of respondents said that the CBD-infused product alleviated post-sex soreness to a great extent.

Are CBD lubes just for women?

If sex is not just for women, why should a lubricant be restricted to one gender.

As a man if you want to play solo, you can just as easily enjoy the benefits of a CBD lube as you would with your partner.

Is CBD lube legal in the US?

Products infused with CBD like a body oil, creams, lotions or personal lubricants are legal to buy and use in the USA. However, you need to be aware that only CBD lubes made from industrial hemp like Coconu’s Hemp Infused Body Oil are legal countrywide.

Tips On Buying CBD lube

Look for natural and organic ingredients.

As with every intimate product, your CDB lube should be made with safe ingredients that you can use on your sensitive vaginal and anal tissues without the fear of any allergic reactions.

If you want a personal lubricant that won’t disturb your body’s natural pH balance, check out The 6 Best Natural Lubricants for 2020.

Want to make your own CBD lube at home?

It’s not impossible, but making DIY lubes with cannabis can be complex.

However, if you’re interested in whipping up a batch of a basic lubricant, you can get recipes in this post on Everything You Need To Know About Homemade Lube.

What is the best CBD oil lube?

When indulgence is on your mind, choose Coconu.

With Coconu Hemp Infused Body Oil you can indulge in the benefits of CBD without worrying about harmful ingredients or unwanted side-effects.

Coconu Hemp infused Body oil combines the goodness of coconut oil with the known benefits of hemp to soothe your body before, during, and after play. This silky, lightweight oil is the perfect multitasker.

Use it to massage and nourish your skin, soothe pain and discomfort, or increase sensation, and ease tension.

With Coconu Body Oil you can relax and enjoy being in your body.

Whether you use it as a sports massage oil, intimate massage oil, for foreplay, or as a personal lubricant, Coconu Hemp infused Body oil is the best CBD oil lube.

Coconu’s Body Oil includes broad-spectrum CBD derived from domestic hemp, pure and processed in the US, with non-detectable levels of THC, so there is no risk of getting high.

As with all Coconu coconut-based personal lubricants, the Hemp Infused Body Oil uses plant-based, non-GMO ingredients, which are non-toxic and USDA certified organic, so you don’t have to stress about what you put on and in your body.

Coconu also uses plastic-free sustainable product packaging made in the US from sugar cane.

Ready to experience a deeply satisfying intimate sexual session with Coconu Hemp Infused Body Oil today? Buy the product here.

Best Serum for Menopause

Every stage of our lives brings changes and challenges. Passing through menopause implies much more than leaving your fertile years behind. We find stability in the absence of the mood swings, cramps, and discomfort brought by our periods. For those with children, s eeing them grow up is a victory that inspires us to go forward and chase our own dreams.

However, there are inconveniences to our sexual pleasure during menopause. The hormonal changes that happen inside our bodies include lower estrogen levels, which have some undesirable consequences. Our vaginal walls become thinner and loses elasticity, our natural lubrication decreases and exposes us to a higher risk of infection.

Having menopausal dryness can affect our sexual encounters, making them uncomfortable, sometimes even painful. Moreover, some may experience low sex drive after menopause.

Many people feel embarrassed or guilt towards their dryness. They do not speak out about it, not even to their doctors or their partners. Instead of being a joyous and loving moment, their intimacy turns uncomfortable and painful to the point of straining the couple’s bonds.

You can address this issue in various ways, depending on the seriousness of your discomfort. If you experience severe vaginal dryness that affects your everyday life or is painful even when you are not engaging in any sexual play, we strongly recommend a visit to your doctor. They will prescribe the appropriate medication, which may include estrogen creams or supplements.

Even if you experience mild vaginal dryness, it can still affect your moments of intimacy. Luckily, there are some ways to improve your sexual life. The practice of yoga and pelvic floor exercises will help your pelvic muscles keep in shape and stimulate your natural lubrication production. Likewise, adopting a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, and doing regular physical activity will boost your circulation and mood, taking your stress away.

Best Lube for Menopause Dryness

For any degree of dryness, lubrication will become one of your best friends. Your preferred lube should always be a mandatory occupant of your nightstand or bathroom cabinet, even if you do not experience dryness. Lubes are a fun addition to your sexual activities, no matter whether you are enjoying yourself, playing with toys, or receiving your partner’s attention.

With all the different options for lubes flooding the market, the search for the best lube for menopause dryness can overwhelm you. While most commercial lubes are safe to use, there are some features you need to avoid to find the best lubricant for menopausal women. Glycerin, propylene glycol, and benzocaine may irritate your skin and leave it exposed to yeast and bacterial infections.

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Moreover, fragrances, flavoring agents, and warming additives are also irritants and unsuitable for your sensitive skin. Warming agents are usually mentholated compounds or capsaicin, the active compound in hot peppers, and can seriously affect your skin. Parabens act similarly to estrogen, and they seem to have a relation with breast cancer.

You can feel the temptation to use mineral products as lubricants. Despite providing the slippery feeling you want for your sexy encounters, petroleum jelly, mineral, or baby oil will worsen your dryness, chafing your skin and leaving it at risk of breaking.

Best Lube for Sex After Menopause

Enjoying your sexual life without the need for contraceptives is an added bonus about achieving menopause. However, the same lack of estrogens that stops your periods also dries your natural lubrication, making your sexual encounters uncomfortable and leaving you at a higher risk of infections.

You can improve your natural lubrication after menopause by engaging in some tender self-care with your partner. Focus on a prolonged foreplay session, massage each other, and express your feelings without a time limit. Increasing the frequency and duration of your sexual encounters will work on your elasticity and lubrication. Moisturizing creams like Vulva Balm focus on the needs of the delicate genital skin of the postmenopausal person.

The addition of external lubricants to your sexual activities will ease your discomfort, increase sensations, and bring you the erotic pleasure you deserve. This article gives you all the available options to help you choose the best lubricant for sex after menopause.

Best Water-Based Lube for Menopause

Water-based lubes have the most natural feel over your skin. These lubricants will give you pleasant sensations while being the safest to use with latex condoms or silicone toys. They are easy to buy at fair prices, making them the best over-the-counter lubricants for menopause.

However, water-based lubricants tend to dry out quickly and may require reapplying. Since these lubes are water-soluble, they are effortless to clean from your skin and clothes, but at the same time, you can not use them for shower or bathtub sex since they will wash off.

Hyaluronic serum, added to water-based lubricants, makes them even more soft and slippery while needing less reapplication. The hyaluronic serum of GoLove will take care of your skin, its soothing effects aiding in your comfort. GoLove includes hypoallergenic ingredients and added therapeutic CBD, which will relax your body and mind and help you regain elasticity, enhancing your sexual experience.

Best Oil-Based Lubricants

The slippery feeling of oil seems ideal to use in sexual lubrication. And, true to this expectation, oil-based lubricants glide smoothly over your skin and ease your sexual meetings. These lubes are long-lasting, do not need reapplying, and you can use them in the shower or for a sweet session of underwater sex.

Being waterproof, they are pretty tricky to remove from skin and clothes, even staining your sheets if you are not extra careful. Remember not to use an oil-based lube with latex condoms since it will damage them.

Polyurethane and nitrile condoms are safe to use with oil lubricants. On the downside, oil-based lubes can increase your risk of a yeast or bacterial infection.

Best Silicone-Based Lubricants

Among the best lubricants for sex during menopause, we find silicone-based ones. They are soft on your skin and give you extraordinary sensations. Silicone-based lubes last longer on your skin and do not dry quickly. You can use them with any type of condoms and work wonders under the shower or in a tub. If you want to incorporate sex toys into your play, be sure to cover your toys with a condom since this type of lube does not work well with silicone toys, damaging their surface.

If you choose to use silicone-based lubes for your intimate moments, Uberlube is the most desirable option. Its added vitamin E cherishes your delicate skin, and its soft silkiness makes it a great companion for massaging.

As good as silicone-based lubes are, they often are on the expensive side and sometimes may be harder to acquire. Another inconvenience of silicone lubricants is that they are difficult to remove from clothes and underwear and may leave a sticky residue on your skin, even after washing them off.

Best Natural Based Lubricants

Natural, organic lubricants source their ingredients from the best nature has to offer, including aloe vera, chia extract, and other nurturing agents. They refrain from using glycerin, parabens, or any other additives that may irritate your skin, ensuring their safety qualities. Read the label on your chosen lubricant to ensure they do not contain any substance that gives you allergic reactions.

Furthermore, make sure to take the appropriate measures according to their base material, whether water or oil. If your lube is water-based, it may dry quickly and need reapplying, while an oil-based one will ruin your latex condoms as we’ve mentioned earlier.

The versatility of oil-based Love Balm makes it one of the best post-menopause lubricants. It captures its delicious fragrances on all-natural organic coconut oil that stays solid at room temperature and does not go rancid. Its creamy texture makes it ideal to use as a sex lube and nurture body lotion, massage oil, or even in a relaxing bath.

Best Plant Oil-Based Organic Lubricant for Menopause

If you want to go all-natural for your lubrication for menopause dryness, organic plant oils are your best choice. Some of the ingredients you find in your pantry will serve you well as sex lubes, as long as you avoid using them with latex condoms and take the necessary precautions to prevent staining your sheets, clothes, or underwear.

Some people follow the rule “if it is safe to eat, it is safe for your vagina.” While this sentence may sound true, some oil extracts are better for your skin than others, and we surely do not want our erotic moments to smell like a kitchen.

Coconut oil is a favorite option for lubrication. It smells delicious and melts against your skin, enhancing your sensations. While its antifungal and antibacterial properties may seem like an advantage, they also can disrupt your vaginal flora. Likewise, olive oil was used as lube by ancient Greeks and Romans, making it a Greco-Roman recommendation. However, olive oil and other vegetable oils can alter your vaginal pH, so it is better not to use them for penetrative activities.

Finally, avocado oil has a softer smell than coconut and olive oils, which is desirable for people that feel uncomfortable around invasive aromas. It is also nutritious and moisturizing for your skin.

While it is not an oil, we could not leave aloe vera unmentioned. The crystal inside its leaves has a silky texture and remarkable healing and soothing properties. If you are not allergic to it, aloe vera may be the best vaginal lubricant for older women you can find.