By, Suzannah Weiss
Plenty of people swear they experience superlative sex while stoned, with 70 percent of smokers in a 2017 study published in Elsevier’s journal Pharmacological Research claiming the drug provided “enhancement in pleasure and satisfaction.” So, it was only a matter of time before companies starting making cannabis-infused sex products.
Good Clean Love sells CBD-infused lube, and Foria makes THC-infused lube and hemp oil-based intimate massage oil. Thrillist writer Jon Sumpson’s girlfriend tried Foria’s lube and told him, “An orgasm with Foria feels like the most amazing thing your body has ever felt in your whole life.” Pop Sugar’s Hilary White similarly wrote that with Foria lube, “Climaxes are deeper and way more intense than anything I’ve ever experienced. They feel all-consuming!”
That’s enough to make anyone wonder if there’s science behind cannabis-infused lube, but the research is scant.
“As far as what we know about it, I have never seen a scientific study evaluating weed lube,” Dr. Becky Kaufman Lynn, director of the Center for Sexual Health and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Louis University, told Marijuana.com. “We can only speculate.”
With cannabis’s pain-relieving properties, she thinks it’s worth a try for those who experience pain during sex.
Jordan Tishler, president of InhaleMD and the Association of Cannabis Specialists, has heard some women say they have better sex with weed lube, but he thinks this could be the placebo effect.
“In theory, cannabis could interact with receptors in the vagina and clitoris to produce a heightened sensation,” Tishler told Marijuana.com. ”However, in practicality, I have not seen this work, nor believe in the general idea. While it is true that there are receptors in those locations and that stimulating them would, theoretically, heighten sensation, this would take 40-90 minutes to take effect.”
Tishler believes that marijuana’s greatest sexual benefits come from its effects on the brain, which you likely won’t feel by applying the drug to your genitals. For the same reason, he finds it unlikely that weed lube would help provide pain relief.
“[The vagina is] not designed as an absorptive surface. Generally speaking, absorption takes place in our lungs and small intestine. Even medications that are used intravaginally, like Diflucan or antibiotics, are used to treat intravaginal infections, not deeper or systemic ones,” he explained. “Regarding absorption, there is even less surface area on the male genitals.”
“If one used enough cannabis lube, theoretically, it could be absorbed and one could experience some level of intoxication,” he added. “However, this would require extraordinary circumstances that would not happen in normal life.”
If you want to enjoy marijuana’s sexual effects, Tishler recommends vaporized cannabis flower, which sets in fairly quickly and doesn’t have the toxic byproducts that vaporized oils sometimes do. He doesn’t suggest using edibles, which take a while to set in.
So, in short, there’s no science to prove that you’ll benefit from THC- or CBD-infused lube. Still, that doesn’t stop you from conducting your own research — and your experiment just might have mind-blowing results.