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Mother Knows Best: Are Cannabis-Based Lubes Just a Trend or the Real Deal?

Cannabis has recently become a star ingredient in many lubricants, and this trend will most likely keep on growing as legality spreads through the country. But is the sexy product worth the hype?

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Dear Mother,

I keep hearing about cannabis lube that you can use in the bedroom. But what is it and what does it actually do? Do my naughty bits get… high? Or do they get relaxed and mellow? Perhaps they get the munchies? Are these products worth the hype I keep hearing? Can't I just rub some flower down there and call it a day?

— High and Horny

Dear HH,

Cannabis has become a star ingredient in many lubricants recently, and this trend will most likely keep on growing as legality spreads through the country. I've tried some myself, and I'm here to tell you that it can work with the right product. Yes, cannabis in your lube can add an extra zing to your sex life!

But first, step away from the cannabis flower. Actually, feel free to smoke it or vape it or eat it as an edible. But do not (especially if you have a vagina) rub it on your "naughty bits." You will not get high that way and the only thing that will happen is that you'll have irritated parts and could possibly introduce undesired bacteria, and that would not end well at all.

Products that contain either CBD or cannabis don't get your genitals "high," but they do physically affect them. (That said, if applied anally, your body will absorb THC and get you stoned). What they do — and how — is different with each product. Luckily for you, I've tried a couple of different ones, so let's take a look at them and discuss whether they're worth the buzz.

A lot of lubricant companies are finally recognizing the healing power of CBD and are incorporating it into their products. One company that I've actually tried, Good Clean Love, produces CaraGold, hemp-based CBD oil-infused personal lubricant. The packaging materials promise that not only does the silicone-alternative lube remain long lasting, but that the CBD oil helps reduce irritation and inflammation. And, in fact, that can be the case. Studies have shown that hemp-based CBD oil has the ability to reduce inflammation quite effectively. It impacts the CB2 receptors in your body's organic endocannabinoid system, which affects your overall immune system. It's no surprise then that some companies recognize and promote the healing and helpful power of this cannabis compound!

If you find that sex can leave you chafing or irritated down there, and you want to try a product that is free of harsh chemicals, this may actually be a good lube for you. CBD-infused lubricant is less of a "let's turn the heat up" addition to the bedroom, and more like one you may enjoy for those marathon sex sessions where you'd like to still be able to walk the next day without wincing. All thanks to the power of healing CBD!

However, if you're looking for something spicier that includes actual cannabis, check out Velvet Swing, a cannabis-infused lubricant created by a professional Dominatrix! [Editor's Note: Velvet Swing is one of MERRY JANE's sponsoring partners on Sex Week]. This silky, water-based lube includes both CBD and THC and has the added benefit of not smelling like cannabis at all (something that other brands still seem to struggle with). Plus, it won't dissolve condoms or dildos like oil-based lubricants.

So how does it work? The plant-based ingredients in Velvet Swing act directly on your muscles and blood vessels. The THC and CBD not only relaxes your muscles, allowing them to "work" longer, they also dilate your capillaries causing increased blood flow and sensitivity. This means that not only will all sensations down there feel extra sensational with the lightest touch, but your orgasms will last longer and feel more powerful than any you've felt before!

Velvet Swing is a spray that acts both as a stimulant and a lubricant. While the slippery, water-based lube aspects happen right away, you will need to wait about 10-20 minutes for the stimulating aspects to kick in. But good things are always worth the wait, right? Also, you should note that the effects can last up to two hours, so this may not be the right product to try during a morning quickie on the way to work unless you want to be incredibly distracted an hour later while talking to Marge from accounting.

So, are cannabis or CBD lubricants worth the hype of a new trend? Yes, 100%. Should you at least try some in your bedroom tonight? Yes — you can thank me in the morning.

— Mother