Everything You Need to Know About Weed Lube ✨
Hi Nice People!
Whether you love Valentine's day or deem it a capitalistic holiday fabricated by companies to pry money from your hands, there is one thing we can agree on; sex is nice. While we don’t need the 14th’s blessing, you’re probably getting some meticulously targeted Instagram ads and emails for *sexual products* to enhance your Valentine's Day.
Rather than navigate ingredient labels and decipher what "all natural" really means, we asked Lindsay Wynn, founder of Momotaro Apotheca and OSHIHANA, to answer some questions for us. Momotaro took two years to formulate and is a natural line of products that promote vaginal health. Upon seeing what THC and CBD can do, Wynn created OSHIHANA to make a genderless line that addresses pre, during or post play situations. She even ate THC lube once (spoiler alert: it gets you high). Wynn helped us understand the complicated world of lube and what you should look out for when buying it.
“Lube" is a technical term. Legally speaking, when a company has the word "lube" printed on their products they have gone through an approval with the FDA. This means they have probably jumped through some pretty big hurdles to get that label (good and bad - generally bad in my opinion, as the FDA almost always requires certain types of preservatives). Lube is a term classified under 501(k) medical devices by the FDA. It unfortunately has had that classification due to its affiliation with gynecological exams and the speculum. In the medical world, when the laws were made, this was lube's first and primary use. Otherwise lube has been around since about 350 B.C. where olive oil was first documented as lube for sex alongside leather dildos.
I think first and foremost lube is a VERY personal preference for many reasons. One being, what are you using your lube for? Partnered sex, masturbation, personal lubrication or for use with sex toys? These all play a role in what you may or may not want in a lube and what ingredients are going to be the most beneficial.
Generally, as a rule of thumb lube should be as non-synthetic as possible. Do you really want to be putting something with preservatives on a very sensitive area? Probably not. People with vaginas should be especially careful as they have more mucous membrane available to be affected positively or negatively by lubricating products.
Common no-no ingredients that have major red flags for me that are commonly found in lubes are:
Glycerin - basically sugar. Found in many lubes that are flavored and claiming to have long lasting moisture. Sugar is a food source for bacteria and while it is important to note we need a certain level of good bacteria in the body, it is sugar as a food source that can lead to overgrowth of the "bad" bacteria that may make us more prone to yeast infections, or BV.
Parabens and preservatives - There are a lot of parabens out there, so when selecting lubes bring your phone and google the ingredients you don't understand (methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben are pretty common). Parabens are considered to be endocrine disruptors which can affect your hormones and are particularly concerning for people who suffer from hormone-related conditions such as hypo/hyperthyroidism or PCOS.
Fragrance - Generally speaking, I think companies that include fragrance are not considering all the effects their sex products may be having on people mentally and physically. I think this says a lot about a company in what else they may be putting in their products. For example, why are you trying to mask a body's natural pheromones? Pheromones are one of the most important aspects of intimacy and should be celebrated. Not to mention, they are one of the reasons people get that "intoxicating" feeling from one partner as opposed to another.
Personal preference: I want all of my products to be 100% natural. I have had severe complications from synthetic products entering my system and causing major irritation. That being said most natural lubricants are oil based which CAN NOT be used with latex. Oil naturally degrades condoms so be careful and talk with a partner before using and selecting a lube. There are also silicone and water based lubes available but I am unaware of a company thats "doing it right". If you need lube to be safe (or want to use toys) Sustain appears to be one of the better products out there.
This question has a big answer. CBD/THC have so many uses for our sexual health. Whether it is their anti-anxiety inducing properties when smoked or consumed orally that allows people to feel at ease, pain relieving properties for people experiencing vaginal dryness, inflammation relief or pain from penetration. It also promotes increased sensation from vasodilation. Overall, I think there are incredible short and long term benefits to using different types of cannabis for sex. However, there are a lot of differences between how they will affect your vaginal and sexual health depending on how you use them. Topically, orally or by smoking will all change the effects and I could have an entire blog post about it.
The short answer from a CBD/THC lube is no - not when only applied topically. Many people talk about a "localized high" their vagina may feel from cannabis but in the traditional sense of being high, I would say no (localized vaginal high is INCREDIBLE- this is believed to come from the vasodilation of capillaries which increases blood flow and therefore sensitivity). However - the lube you buy should be able to be consumed orally (lube gets everywhere y'all). That being said, depending on the potency of your lube, if you do end up ingesting some it will change the way you metabolize the cannabis and in turn may make you high. It's important to decide whether you want a CBD, THC, or both before you buy and understand that if you eat a THC lube you're going to metabolize it like you would an edible.
The vaginal health space is unfortunately not as big and trustworthy as we all would like and need it to be. Depending on where you are located, I would definitely take a trip to your local dispensary if available. I find that budtenders tend to advocate for products they use themselves and have had good experiences with. Also - DON'T BE SHY! Ask questions, there are lots of other products that are available if you are interested in exploring sex and cannabis (suppositories, mouth sprays, balms and bath salts). There are a few CBD lubes available online but I cannot speak to their efficacy.
Editors note: read this article on buying CBD online.
This is a grey area - a massage oil could potentially be an entirely different product than a lube. Check your ingredients and whether or not something is meant specifically for body massage or for sex and intimacy. Massage oils tend to have other fragrant oils or essences added which can be potentially irritating to more sensitive skin (i.e. the vulva, vagina and penis). Furthermore, the laws for language in the cannabis space are always changing and are different state by state. So always be 100% sure you know what you are purchasing, look beyond the name of the product and again, always check the ingredients yourself. Unfortunately even when a brand says it is "natural" that does not always mean 100%.
Thanks for being nice <3