Today, people everywhere are reporting higher stress levels than in previous years. Whether it’s feeling tension at work, deadlines that just keep creeping up or even problems within relationships, stress can come from anywhere and can be incredibly difficult to overcome. For those who have experienced stress at one time or another, sometimes the last thing on your mind is making love. Though stress and sex don’t seem to be mutually beneficial, people have reported feeling less stressed after a love making session due to the flood of endorphins that are released.
So what can we do to boost your libido and get you in the mood? And why does stress seem to have such an impact on libido? Cannabidiol (CBD) might just be the boost that your libido is needing. CBD has been shown to have an incredibly wide-range of healing attributes, especially for stress and anxiety. So how can CBD help counteract low libido caused by high stress levels?
Could CBD be the anti stress therapy you’ve been longing for?
CBD has shown therapeutic potential in many different areas and has proven specifically beneficial for those suffering from high stress levels. But how can CBD help with stress and sex?
Well, to start, in a study focused on ewes, evidence suggested that stressors interfere with precise timings of reproductive hormone release within the follicular stage. Not only that, but in another study on mice, it was found that the corticosterone hormone blocks ovarian cyclicity, which then results in the suppression of the hormones responsible for getting you ‘in the mood’.
When it comes to stress, CBD seems to have you covered. CBD has been found to have potent anxiolytic effects, with some studies suggesting that CBD enhances 5-HT1A transmission, a subtype serotonin receptor, and may affect serotonin faster than the antidepressant and anxiolytic pharmaceutical drugs currently on the market.
For those suffering from stress and anxiety related issues causing low libido, this is very welcome news! Though these studies are still at preclinical phases and have not been tested on human subjects, anecdotal evidence suggests that these studies have hit the mark on human counterparts as well; with less stress, the mind can relax, becoming more amenable to acts of intimacy.
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Putting CBD in focus
How can CBD work on stress and sex? Well firstly, the brain has two connected systems that regulate sexual desire: the sexual inhibition system (SIS) and the sexual excitation system (SES). These systems interact with each other and are responsible for generating desire and feelings of intimacy or shutting down your libido. They work as a counterbalance, and so when one is offset, the other takes over. But, when you pile stress and anxiety into the equation, things get a little more difficult.
As the SIS inhibits desire, stress and anxiety can make it even more difficult for the SES to take over. One study that focussed on women aged 19-35 suggested that an increase in distraction led to a decrease in sexual arousal. Although this particular study found no direct correlation between stress and sex drive, what is interesting is that distraction of any kind, whether mental or physical, did show significant influence on a woman’s ability to become ‘turned on’.
Whether its decreasing stress levels or being less distracted, CBD works for both. CBD acts as a neuroprotectant by reducing oxidative damage in the brain while also stimulating the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This, in turn, initiates the repair of damaged neurons and the growth of new neurons, as well as generating cerebral blood flow, allowing the brain to produce clearer and more focussed thought. With less distraction and enhanced cognition, focusing on you and your partners needs in the bedroom will be far less daunting and much more rewarding.
Sex stress caused by chronic pain and inflammation
Though high stress levels may cause low libido, chronic inflammation and pain has been counted as one of the major factors for people not engaging in sex, dragging sufferers through a perverse cycle of distress, anxiety and depression as a result. Problems that chronic pain and inflammation sufferers may face in the bedroom can be due to the medication they take to manage their inflammation and the associated pain, which causes low libido, mood disorders and of course sex stress, which involves doubts about not being able to perform as a consequence of pain.
One of the better known therapeutic benefits of CBD is its ability to moderate both chronic inflammation and chronic pain. A study published in the Journal Rheumatology by Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that CB2 receptors, which are endocannabinoid receptors in the body, are found in unusually high levels in the joint tissue of arthritis patients. The use of cannabis and CBD oil has been shown to fight inflammation by activating the pathways of CB2 receptors. Not only that, but a 2008 review that assessed how well CBD worked on chronic pain relief suggested that when used in tandem with THC, it was quite effective in pain management without any adverse side effects.
Seemingly, CBD not only dims the effects of pain and inflammation, but allows what mental distress encountered from pain symptoms to deteriorate, permitting a far more relaxed and comfortable sexual experience as a result.
THC and CBD for sex
Another active compound within the cannabis plant is THC, the better known and psychoactive compound that has been used medicinally and recreationally for thousands of years. It has also been used as an effective aphrodisiac.
Reports of THC users sustaining longer erections, more powerful orgasms and being far more in touch with themselves and the needs of their lovers, have now been substantiated in studies pertaining to the sexual effects of THC. Though many THC users report feeling anxiety and find they are actually more distracted and introspective (leading to a disconnect between sexual partners), when taken in conjunction with CBD, the anxiogenic effects of THC have been found to halve.
Nowadays, you can find an incredible range of THC and CBD products made specifically for increased sexual pleasure. Just some include THC and CBD infused lubricants, condoms, vaginal suppositories, vibrators, and dual-action glass dildo and smoking pipe, all of which claim to help libido, encourage far better connection between partners, while also combatting high stress levels and anxiety. These products can be bought both online and in retail shops, but unfortunately, some CBD and THC products are not available world-wide; with some even requiring a medicinal cannabis license for purchase.
By incorporating CBD into your sex-life, you may just be giving your libido the boost it needs, while improving your health and wellbeing in the process. When looking for CBD products, it is important to do your research and visit sites like Trustpilot. This will provide you with real customer reviews on the quality and effects of products you may want to purchase. Always choose high quality, organic cannabis products with third-party lab tests that attest to the purity of any product you may want to purchase before making your choice.