Cannabis products are becoming more and more popular as more states make medical and recreational marijuana legal. Even in the states where that hasn’t happened yet, CBD products, such as CBD lube, are widely available. Like even at the grocery store. 

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, comes from the marijuana plant, but it comes from the part of the plant that does not produce psychoactive effects… so it won’t get you high. The marijuana plant contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD. When heat is applied to THC and put into the body it does create a high. CBD is the part of the plant that does not. CBD is extracted from the marijuana plant as a power or oil and can be taken a few different ways. There are creams and ointments for pain relief with CBD in them, as well as pills or capsules, vaporizers you can smoke, and the oil you can ingest directly or mix into a drink and consume that way. The most recent and spiciest CBD product I’ve encountered is CBD lubricant. 

How does CBD lube work?

Since CBD lube is a fairly new thing, not many official studies have been done, and most of the info we know about this lube is anecdotal. CBD oil, in general, can be used to treat inflammation, pain, and relax muscles. Using these properties in lube can help create greater arousal. CBD lube is also reported to decrease inflammation, relax muscles, and increase blood flow, all things that help prepare the body for sexual arousal, and could increase someone’s receptivity to touch. 

What are the different types of lube?

If you’re wanting to try out CBD lube, make sure you are getting lubricant and not just using regular CBD oil. The ingredients are different, and lube is generally made with ingredients that are less likely to irritate your genitals. Oil-based lubricants, which most CBD lubricants are, cannot be used with latex condoms, and there are very few condoms made of other materials that are oil-based lube friendly, so even if you get non-latex condoms, read the label! Skyn condoms, for example, are latex-free, but cannot be used with oil-based lube. Oil-based lubricants will break down latex condoms, which can cause them to break. There are some water-based CBD lubes, which would be compatible with all types of condoms and toys. Water-based lubricants are safe to use with all types of condoms.

If you do get your hands on some oil-based CBD lube, however, you can still have some fun. You could use this lubricant for some erotic massages or hand play. Just be sure to seek out water-based lube if you are using condoms or toys. 

Is CBD lube safe?

It’s also generally recommended to check with your doctor before using CBD products of any kind, as they could possibly interfere with certain medications. Also, be mindful of ingredients in the lube that could possibly irritate your vagina (or your partner’s). Alcohol can cause dryness after extended use, and sugars can cause irritation. Who knew?!

A popular brand of CBD sexual wellness products I came across is called Foria. They have capsules you can take, different oils, and lubes to try. Kush Queen (amazing name) is a popular water-based lube, so it can be used with condoms, and it is also great for sensitive skin because it has gentle ingredients.

I recently used CBD lube for some fun hand play, and it was definitely a different experience than using regular lube. I felt a slight cooling sensation when I was using it, and my partner felt the same thing. I felt a constant medium or strong level of sensations, but there wasn’t much ebb and flow to the intensity. I kept almost reaching climax, then it would dissipate and I’d go back to feeling the same extended pleasurable sensations. It definitely felt good the whole time, but it wasn’t exactly the experience I expected, so I’d definitely use CBD lube again. Next time, I’d seek out a water-based one, however, to experience a wider variety of sensations. If you’re interested or already are a fan of CBD products, I’d recommend trying it out.