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I Tried CBD Lube with Sex

I recently added CBD oil to my anti-inflammatory medicine cabinet. While the non-psychoactive cannabis compound wasn’t a cure for my cramps, it did help dull the worst of the pain.

So when I came across cannabidiol-infused lube from Privvy Peach, a hemp-derived CBD company focused on women’s wellness, I decided to give a shot. But I don’t trust anything on the internet, so I decided to interview the founder first.

Kim Koehler told me she started the company because she suffered from terrible pelvic pain and sexual anxiety, and taking CBD orally helped her regain a normal sex life.

“My first experience with CBD was actually taking a tincture before I had sex. That was the first time in probably three years that I was really able to regularly have orgasms again, which was obviously a major win,” said Koehler.

Since the the oil helped her feel better, she started experimenting with CBD-infused lubricants. Cannabidiol isn’t regulated by the FDA (neither are multivitamins), so there isn’t one specific dose to recommend. But after working with a chemist in Colorado, Koehler decided on 25 mg of CBD per individual pouch of lubricant.

Did it help for sex?

(TIP: This lube is not a good choice if you are using condoms to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. The oil will degrade the latex.)

Each box comes with 10 individual packages of lubricant. It costs $45, and if you use the whole pouch, that comes out to $4.50 per sex session. Instructions say to put the lube in 10 or 15 minutes before you want to have sex. So that’s what I did. But before applying it, I put down a towel. Oil-based lubes can be runny and stain the sheets.

While it was a little awkward just waiting for it to settle in, it did help jumpstart sex once my husband and I got going. Sometimes I can get subconsciously anxious because I don’t know what kind of pain I will experience. Will my pelvis be tense? Is my scar tissue acting up? Am I self-lubricating enough? Already having moisture helped ease my anxiety and also made penetration easier from the start.

Koehler told me CBD should relax muscles and increase circulation in the vagina, which can intensify pleasureable feelings. While my pelvic tension didn’t magically disappear, the lube did seem to increase sensitivity in my vagina and amplify my orgasm.

Was it worth it?

For me, it wasn’t magic bullet for pelvic pain during sex, but my orgasms were great. Even though it was a little messy, it made for a good time.