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The other big unknown is CBD dosing—we don’t know a ton about how much people should take, or even how much gets absorbed through mucous membranes like the vagina and the mouth, Woodcock says. For that reason, you want to “start low and go slow,” she says—the same advice you’d follow if you were taking CBD orally.
Nowadays, CBD is in everything from dog treats to bath bombs, so it was only a matter of time before it wound up in your privates. But what do the best CBD lubes do? And should you try one?
Let’s start with personal lubricants in general: Even if you don’t have problems with vaginal dryness or pain during sex, extra moisture can make sex more fun. Among other more romantic and esoteric things, “Sex is basically applied friction for pleasure, and lubrication can facilitate smoother interaction,” says Brandye Wilson-Manigat, M.D., an OB-GYN in Pasadena, California. You may generate your own wetness just fine, but “using a lube can change the sensation and will usually up the pleasure factor,” she adds.
How does CBD lube work?
When used in lube form, CBD—short for cannabidiol, a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant that does not make you high—“may increase the level of sensation, because it causes vasodilation,” explains Dr. Wilson-Manigat, meaning it widens the veins to bring more blood to the area. She adds that it may also have anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects. “For women who are having trouble with things like vestibulitis and vaginismus, they might benefit from using that type of lube because it decreases the sensation of pain,” she says.
As far as side effects go, CBD is thought to be safe. “The biggest thing is that it can make you super drowsy and tired, and that will take a few hours to go away,” explains Dr. Wilson-Manigat.
How to choose the best CBD lube
Patch test. Before doing the deed, apply some of your chosen CBD lube to your arm to make sure you’re not allergic—much like you would with a new skincare product. And bear in mind that a lube may contain other ingredients, such as capsaicin or peppermint, that can make things tingly or irritate your skin, too.
Your vagina won’t feel high, but it may get very, very happy.