Medically reviewed by Angela Sheddan, FNP Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 5/7/2023
Does CBD make you last longer in bed? Read on for answers.
If you’re trying to last longer in bed or improve your sexual health in any way, there’s an abundance of tips and tricks out there. Some are scientifically proven, like medications for erectile dysfunction (ED), while others make you wonder if they’re fact or fiction.
Some cannabidiol (CBD) products claim to provide sexual benefits, such as reducing erectile dysfunction, increasing sexual desire and improving sexual performance.
Though CBD doesn’t give you the typical “high” you might associate with smoking marijuana or eating edible cannabis products, it may still offer health benefits — some of which may even help in bed.
So, does CBD make you last longer? We’ll answer this buzzy question and explore the research behind CBD and sex.
Are edible cannabis products just a trend, or does CBD make you last longer in bed?
The research on the sexual benefits of CBD is mixed. But there are health benefits of cannabis that may even help some people sexually.
Keep reading to learn about the supposed effects of cannabis and if there are any benefits for sexual intercourse.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical extracted from the cannabis plant. It can be derived from hemp or non-hemp plants and has become increasingly popular due to the potential benefits it has on the body.
Having said that, there’s still a lot to learn about the effects of cannabis on the body.
As mentioned above, CBD doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects you might associate with marijuana (the mind-altering substance is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC).
CBD may be used for medicinal purposes, with edible products becoming particularly popular among cannabis users. Medicinal cannabis patients must get a prescription from a healthcare provider in order to obtain edible cannabis products.
Medicinal cannabis users often use CBD for a variety of conditions or reasons, including:
Though CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects and isn’t considered addictive, there can still be adverse effects. Some side effects you might experience include drowsiness, irritability, mood changes, changes in appetite, liver damage or interference with other medications you’re taking.
CBD is thought to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of tiny receptors that can set off a series of stimulating reactions in the body.
The exact mechanism of CBD isn’t entirely clear, but it’s thought to interact with the central nervous system. It’s been shown to have a calming effect and reduce anxiety levels in some people.
Some research has found ECS receptors in sexual reproductive organs, implying that CBD might be important for fertility and reproduction.
However, research on the effects of cannabis on sexual performance is mixed, and more data is needed to form any concrete conclusions.
Some research shows CBD could be beneficial for sexual function, while other studies actually show it having adverse effects on sexual performance.
One article published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics found that chronic cannabis use in males lowered sex drive.
On the other hand, a different study published in Sexual Medicine found a link between the frequency of cannabis use and increased sexual function in men. However, the study notes that “selection bias may limit the generalizability of these findings.”
Anecdotally, some people may find that CBD relieves sexual performance anxiety due to its relaxing and calming effect.
Anxiety can be a psychological cause of sexual dysfunction — like erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation — in many people.
A review of CBD and anxiety found that cannabis may reduce anxiety, including symptoms associated with social anxiety disorder. Having said that, there aren’t many human studies on the issue, so it’s difficult to say for sure if CBD works.
And currently, there’s no reliable scientific evidence showing that CBD treats erectile dysfunction or improves sexual performance. As our guide to CBD for erectile dysfunction details, eating or smoking cannabis isn’t a scientifically proven cure for ED.
CBD, especially edible cannabis products, is a popular option for relieving stress and lowering anxiety levels. There are even claims that it can increase your sexual desire or libido. But does CBD make you last longer during sex?
Unfortunately, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to prove that consuming or smoking cannabis can make you last longer in bed. While edible products may relieve sexual anxiety, potentially leading to improved sex, results can vary by individual.
Looking for ways to beat sexual anxiety and last longer? Learn how to break the cycle of performance anxiety.
Or if you struggle with premature ejaculation, a healthcare provider can recommend common treatment options, such as sertraline, depending on your symptoms and other factors. Explore your options today.