Does CBD Improve Your Sex Life? We Asked Experts & Here's What They Said

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Marijuana and other hemp-based products may be reaching legal status in more states — and more research is being done into its medicinal power — but many of us are still new to the world of cannabis. Beyond getting high, many cannabis-based products are thought to have some other major benefits — and one derivative, CBD may improve your sex life.

If you're not familiar with cannabidiol, also known as CBD, it's a compound derived from the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD is not thought to have any of the psychoactive effects — so it's meant to be a way of getting the benefits of cannabis without the high and has been especially popular when it comes to combating anxiety. It's important to note that CBD isn't legal everywhere, so make sure you know whether it's legal in your state before you start trying it. But, where it is legal, many believe that there are a huge range of potential health benefits.

“Only in the recent years have people started to see the medicinal benefits of the cannabinoid CBD,” Kimberly Dillon, VP of Marketing of cannabis company Papa & Barkley, tells Bustle. “Research has shown that CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic [aka, anti-anxiety], and antipsychotic agent,” says Krista Whitley, CEO of Altitude Products. It can be taken as an edible, like gummies, or through oils. And Foria even makes CBD lubes and oral spray.

But even though people are becoming more aware of CBD's general health benefits, there's also data showing that it can improve your sex life. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 people by Remedy Review, a website dedicated to natural health, found that 68 percent of those who tried a CBD product in the bedroom found that it improved their sex life. But not enough people know about the potential effects — in fact, 96 percent of people weren't aware of the benefits that CBD can have on your sex life and 53 percent didn't know that it could be used for sex at all. And yet the survey — and experts — point to some major ways CBD may help your sex life.

Before getting into the benefits, it's important that you take the time to find the right CBD form and dosage for you, if you decide you want to try it. "There isn’t a lot of information on dosing available for CBD extracts and edibles," Dr. Olivia Rose, ND and advisor to Remedy Review, tells Bustle. "Start with the minimal dose and you may be surprised that it doesn’t take much to have an effect. You can slowly titrate up to achieve your desired effect. Experimenting with different delivery methods will give you a good idea of how your body responds. Consider lubricants, oral gels, vaping, sprays and tinctures."

If you do your research and feel like CBD is the right choice for you, here's what experts say about how CBD can help your sex life.