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Sex and CBD – a match made in heaven? We take a look at the role the cannabinoid plays in the bedroom.

With many people stuck at home either alone or with a partner, the adult toy market has been buzzing with orders to keep people busy in the bedroom (or whatever room they prefer).

Research shows that Cult Beauty, a popular online retailer, saw a 61 percent increase in sex products since March 2020.

It was only a matter of time before someone had the idea to combine CBD with intimacy products. 

Although it is yet to be proven, those who are more experimental have been reaping the benefits of introducing CBD to their sex lives. 

Reducing pain

CBD has proven to be one of the best natural muscle relaxants. Combining the oil with a lubricant helps to soften the muscle tension in a female’s sexual organs. 

The lube increases blood flow and reduces pain internally. For women who struggle with penetrative sex because of conditions like endometriosis, vaginismus, vulvodynia or general discomfort, the CBD helps the muscles around the vulva to relax, allowing enjoyment instead of suffering. 

Boosting orgasms

Once the pain is reduced, it allows room for women to enjoy sex and experience greater pleasure, whether it’s during penetrative sex or masturbating. 

The pleasure that comes with exploring yourself or foreplay can be increased when the body (and mind) is relaxed. 

In 2019, a study suggested that cannabis extracts helped to increase the intensity of orgasms. The CBD is a vasodilator, that relaxes blood vessel muscles to allow the blood to rush to the sexual organs and increase the nerve sensation around them. 

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Increased arousal

Struggling to get in the mood? If you’re stressed, chances are you’re going to be too distracted to get busy in the bedroom. Studies show that cortisol is the stress hormone, predominantly in women, responsible for a low libido. 

Introducing CBD reduces the cortisol levels by triggering the serotonin and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you to relax and become more sensually receptive. By relaxing the pelvic floor and easing any tension in your body, the blood with flow more freely and as a result, you are more likely to feel increased arousal and pleasure.

Relieving anxiety

Sexual anxiety is a real thing. From feeling nervous about your appearance, to sexual performance anxiety, it’s very common to feel like you need to turn the lights off and wait until it’s dark outside before you let someone see you naked. But sex isn’t a chore, it’s a mental experience as well as a physical one. 

CBD is well-known for reducing stress, anxiety and the effect mental health conditions. By helping to accelerate the production of Anandamide, or the ‘bliss’ molecule, it is proven to reduce anxiety symptoms.

Erectile disfunction

Although it’s a taboo subject, erectile disfunction (ED) affects up to one in five men, the equivalent of 4.3 million men in the UK. 

With the CBD’s ability to increase libido and reduce anxiety, practitioners have suggested that it could help blood vessels to relax enough to speed up the blood flow in the penis and pro-long sex.

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Study shows potential benefits of CBG for skincare

CBG serum revealed improvements on irritated skin

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In what is thought to be a first of its kind clinical study, cannabigerol (CBG) demonstrated potential anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.

Biotechnology company, Willow Biosciences has announced the results of its peer-reviewed study on the benefits of CBG for skincare

The study involved 20 healthy male and female participants who had sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-induced irritation (a substance used in studies to imitate the symptoms of contact dermatitis).

The groups were given either a 0.1 per cent CBG serum or a placebo to apply topically over two weeks.

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The CBG serum revealed statistically significant improvements compared to the placebo group, especially for transepidermal water loss or redness.

Transepidermal water loss refers to water that passively evaporates through the skin and can be triggered by skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. Although sometimes dry weather,  over-washing and exfoliating with harsh or perfumed soaps may cause it.

The study noted that bio-synthetically produced CBG may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and skin-repairing properties that would make it perfect for anti-ageing, slowing inflammation and boosting skin barrier functions.

Gene analysis of both CBG and CBD, when applied to a 3D human skin model, demonstrated that cannabigerol outperformed CBD by targeting collagen, elastin and hydration genes.

The researchers wrote:  “CBG’s broad range of in vitro and clinical skin health-promoting activities demonstrates its strong potential as a safe, effective ingredient for topical use and suggests there are areas where it may be more effective than CBD.”

In a statement, Willow’s CEO Trevor Peters said: “Willow’s FutureGrown CBG continues to exhibit great promise as an exciting new skincare ingredient. We are excited to share the results of our in vitro and clinical work with our stakeholders and proud to have it published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the first of its kind for CBG.”

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What is CBG?

Cannabigerol is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is sometimes referred to as ‘the mother of all cannabinoids’ because it is the precursor to CBD. Other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), an acidic form of CBG.

There is very little CBG in plants, often as low as one per cent so it makes CBG more expensive than CBD products. CBD is much more available in plants at 20 to 25 per cent. CBG tends to be made from younger plants which contain a higher percentage. THC and CBD both begin life as CBGA before maturing and THC goes on to become CBN in older plants.

It is thought to work the same as CBD in that it interacts with our endocannabinoid system via receptors that are found all over the body. In particular, it may bind to the CB1 receptors in our nervous system or CB2 receptors in our immune system.

It is thought to potentially strengthen the function of anandamide which is a neurotransmitter that affects our pleasure and motivation. It also regulates appetite, sleep and pain relief.

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Does the endocannabinoid system have an effect on exercise euphoria?

What causes a runner’s high? Is it CBD, endorphins or our endocannabinoid systems?

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The euphoric feeling after exercise, often referred to as a ‘runner’s high’, is associated with a reduction in pain, stress and anxiety.

Research now links the runner’s high to our endocannabinoid system, suggesting that the exercise-induced endorphin release it was always attributed to, is not solely responsible.

But what is our endocannabinoid system? And how does it work? 

We examine endocannabinoids, endorphins and how CBD plays a part in balancing the body and exercise

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system is thought to regulate different functions in the body such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory and fertility. It is made up of receptors, enzymes and endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoid receptors are found naturally all over the body. There are two major receptors called CB1 and CB2.

CB1 is usually found in the central nervous system, while CB2 is found in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids bind to the receptors to help with different problems such as pain. It is not fully understood how cannabinoids bind with receptors.

Endocannabinoids are actually naturally produced molecules that are similar to cannabinoids. So far, researchers have identified two key endocannabinoids: anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG).

Enzymes break down the endocannabinoids once they are no longer needed. The two major enzymes are fatty acid amide hydrolase, which breaks down AEA and monoacylglycerol acid lipase, which typically breaks down 2-AG.

What is the difference between endocannabinoids and endorphins?

Endorphins are chemicals released by the body in response to pain or exercise. They were traditionally associated with the euphoria felt after a run. However, endorphins cannot cross into the brain through the blood-brain barrier which exists to protect the brain from toxins and pathogens. 

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This is one of the reasons that scientists suspect it may not be the reason for the high. They may keep you from experiencing pain after a run.

How does CBD feature in all of this?

CBD interferes with the receptors found in the endocannabinoid system to help them balance the body. However, it is not fully understood how this happens.

CBD, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid found in the plant, does not bind the receptors. CBD may supplement the endocannabinoid system helping to regulate your system. The cannabinoids travel the receptor that has been stimulated and needs extra help to achieve a balance.  Depending on the dose and which receptor it is, CBD is thought to help anxiety, sleep problems, inflammation and pain.

This is why a lot of runners or athletes depend on CBD as part of their recovery routine after a strenuous workout. It may help to alleviate some of the muscle pain they endure during a run.

 

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Skin conditions and cannabis – survey finds support for use in acne, psoriasis and rosacea

Almost 89 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to try a cannabis-based product.

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A new survey of over 500 adult patients in the US, has found widespread support for the use of cannabis products in skin disorders – although few have actually tried them.

Almost 89 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to try a cannabis-based product, if recommended by a dermatologist, according to the survey, which was carried out by researchers at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

A further 73 percent of participants said they would be comfortable seeing a dermatologist who recommended cannabis-based products.

But only 18 per cent had used an over the counter cannabis product without a dermatologist’s recommendation. Of those who had seen a dermatologist, 15 per cent used an over the counter product and eight per cent used a medical cannabis product which required a Department of Health-approved card, per their dermatologist’s recommendations.

The most common indications which cannabis-based products were used for were acne, psoriasis and rosacea.

The global CBD skincare market is expected to increase to USD$1.7 billion by 2025 according to market. research company, Million Insights.

Lead author, Samuel Yeroushalmi, a fourth-year MD student at George Washington University. School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS), wanted to examine consumer attitudes to medical cannabis products in light of limited scientific data.

He commented: “MCPs [medical cannabis products], which are cannabis or cannabis-derived products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and/or cannabidiol, known as CBD, are more available now than they ever have been. However, data supporting use and information regarding product quality assurance is limited, particularly when it comes to dermatologic conditions.

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“We wanted to take a closer look at how patients both feel about and use MCPs as part of their treatment plans.”

The researchers concluded that consumers were in and are already using medical cannabis products, mostly for inflammatory skin conditions, and recommended more education for dermatologists.

Adam Friedman, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at GW SMHS, said: “This study spotlights and provides supporting evidence that the skin care consumer is open to and interested in MCPs. Consumers and patients are already using MCPs to treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, even without guidance from a dermatologist.

“While acceptance was high, there were clear barriers reported limiting use and uptake, such as patient skepticism and a lack of understanding. This mirrors data our group published regarding the dermatology health care practitioner’s perspective and fund of knowledge, underscoring the need for more research and education for both dermatologists and the public. The future should be bright for MCPs; we just need to show and disseminate the science.”

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