Did you know? Nearly 75% of women experience pain during sex at some point in their lives, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
CBD or Cannabidiol has definitely become a recent hype for consumers. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted to make CBD oil. CBD oil does not give you a “stoned” or “high” feeling, which is usually associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Most states have legalized the use of CBD oil, including my state.
Although the use of CBD is still undergoing a great deal of research and has stigma surrounding it, many individuals swear by its health benefits. It has been known to reduce pain, treat anxiety, reduce seizures and act as an anti-inflammatory. In fact, the Medical Healthcare Regulatory Agency in the UK decided to recognize CBD’s therapeutic benefits and classify it as medicine. However, on WebMD, they state that the only purported use for cannabidoil, with scientific evidence surrounding it, is to treat epilepsy.
The Huffington Post also explained how CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. We all have receptors and cannabis-like chemicals that regulates our vital functions, such as sleep, appetite, mood, memory, inflammation and reproduction. Sometimes our system can become depleted, so by taking CBD you are creating higher levels of your own endocannabinoids, helping the body restore balance once again.
Recently, there has been discussion regarding the use of CBD for vaginismus. CBD lube, like Ignite, Quim and Foria Pleasure, has been circulating the market stating that it helps with vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. Being an anti-inflammatory agent, CBD lube can moisturize the skin and reduce pain and, therefore, anxiety. However, there are still debates as to whether or not CBD should be used vaginally because it does contain alcohol and could potentially give you a yeast infection or UTI. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test out options or try using CBD in another form, but it is good to know the various viewpoints out there before you begin purchasing.
One individual, Kim Koehler, stated that her CBD lube brand, Privy Peach, was purposefully designed to help women who have dealt with sexual pain and trauma. Due to sexual assault and an abusive marriage in her own past, Koehler experienced pain and anxiety during sex and wanted to create a product to help those with similar conditions. She is now branching out and creating other CBD related products.
So how does CBD actually help to alleviate pain with intercourse? Many individuals who suffer from vaginismus also suffer from PTSD and have 50% less anandamide in their system. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid known as “the bliss molecule,” which is responsible for producing such things as a “runner’s high.” Additionally, CBD has been found to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects and may affect serotonin faster than current antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs. Since vaginismus sufferers had triggers that caused them to view sex negatively or create a negative response to it in their bodies, helping the body to relax and alleviate pain will re-wire the brain into seeing sex as good and positive. It is kind of like how the body would react to a Botox procedure for vaginismus. The CBD will help the muscles to relax so that you have an opportunity to retrain those muscles.
However, there is always a catch. CBD is being produced without any regulation, resulting in products that vary widely in quality. Unfortunately, there is too little evidence to make a firm conclusion that CBD is alleviating and treating other patient’s symptoms, like anxiety, despite a few articles fighting against this claim. Some human clinical trials have been tested, but not enough to scientifically state that CBD can be used in place of anxiety medication or to treat sexual dysfunctions.
Disclaimer: Before purchasing or trying any CBD product, consult with your healthcare professional first.
Funny story, when I was researching CBD lube, I became interested in trying it out for myself. As my doctor mentioned, she was unaware of CBD being used to treat vaginismus, but it’s my choice if I want to test it out. Even if it does cause yeast infections or UTI’s those are curable. She of course wanted to know the results.
Well, I had seven tabs open for research on lubes and other CBD products because I was writing this blog. I purchased what I thought was my first CBD lube, Infinity Lotion, only to realize afterwards that my $39.99 was for external use only. Lovely. I give myself one blonde moment a year and that was definitely it. I’m still interested to try the lotion and see if it helps with anxiety if I use it on my body, but I’ll have to get back with you when I actually purchase CBD lube.
What are your thoughts on CBD? Do you believe it’s all gimmicky and a clever way for companies to earn billions, or do you think this is actually a product that can provide health benefits to many? Discuss your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!