Though cannabis has dabbled in the realm of aphrodisiacs for centuries, CBD – the hemp-derived compound that doesn’t get you high – has only recently been explored in the bedroom. Though people are already using CBD products for everything from improving orgasms to painful sex, its effects had yet to be formally studied or quantified in any meaningful way.
CBD can be an effective, low-key way to create faster, more satisfying orgasms. Although the survey of hundreds of Lioness customers determined that THC (marijuana’s psychoactive compound) was marginally more effective at enhancing pleasure, CBD – like most people who use it – fared pretty well by itself!
“CBD does have similar effects to THC when it comes to having greater enhanced sexual pleasure,” says Molly Peckler, founder of cannabis-friendly matchmaking service Highly Devoted. “And unlike THC, you can’t take too much – especially with CBD-infused sexual lubricants, which is a great way for people to explore if you’re worried about getting high or the sense of losing control.”
Peckler also advises planning ahead a little, since CBD in all its forms tends to take between 10-30 minutes to take effect.
“For some people, that seems like ‘scheduling sex.’ I know it doesn’t seem very sexy, but it will ensure that you and your partner stay connected and stay intimate. I’ve said it a million times: it really does help you be present and allow you to be there with your partner and enjoy that intimate time.”
According to Lioness data, CBD helped masturbation sessions last longer — for each individual, CBD increased median time masturbating by 51% (compared to sober). The survey also found that climax arrived 15% faster when CBD was involved, and raised the average number of orgasms per session from 1.2 (sober) to 1.57.
The CBD vape, in particular, produced the most subjective reports of effortless orgasms.