It may be an uncomfortable or an embarrassing subject to discuss for many people, but any potential awkwardness aside, difficulties in the bedroom are far too common and ultimately nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, studies suggest that sexual dysfunctions are relatively prevalent, affecting roughly 43% of women and 31% of men. While it goes without saying that issues sexually can transpire into issues in other areas in life, and can greatly impact the quality of life for men and women alike, all hope is far from lost.
Fortunately, most struggles related to sexual dysfunction can be worked through or are treatable in various ways. Such personal issues can be the result of underlying physical or psychological issues, which is why it is important to vocalize any concerns you may have with your doctor and partner alike. Whether sexual difficulties are the result of ailments such as anxiety, stress, general relationship problems, depression, medical conditions, past sexual traumas or even side effects from certain medications, studies are beginning to explore the possibility of CBD helping improve such trying issues.
Due to the current state of research into cannabidiol—which has historically been restricted due to the strict legislation surrounding the cannabis plant from which it is derived—scientists are learning more about how our bodies react to products with CBD, revealing more about how it can be beneficial. By design, our bodies are equipped to respond to cannabinoids, such as CBD or THC, through a system known as the endocannabinoid system. Receptors are located throughout the body, and are found in the female reproductive system, as well as in the nervous system, nervous immune system and digestive system, to name a few. As far as the female reproductive system goes, cannabinoid receptors are found in the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina and vulva, meaning that they play a role in how the body adjusts and handles sexual pleasures, pains, childbirth and pregnancy.
The incorporation of CBD, such as through wellness products like personal lubricants, arousal oil and menstrual relief suppositories, can not only work to improve your sex life, but it holds the potential to improve your sexual health as well. When talking about sex explicitly, CBD can aid in curbing anxiety, help alleviate pain, improve desire, strengthen sensation, enhance foreplay and even help the body to feel relaxed, all without any accompanying psychoactive effects. While such positives may sound too good to be true, humans have been exploring the gynaecological uses of cannabis derivatives for over4,000 years, dating back to Ancient Mesopotamiaand Egypt.
From aiding with arousal to alleviating pain to helping treat common conditions such as bacterial vaginosis, there are ample avenues to explore as we learn more about how CBD can be used to enhance our sexual health, mindset, and overall experiences.