There are a few different options out there if you decide to begin using CBD products to enhance sexual activity. Some of these may take a little bit of time to kick in, so some planning ahead of time may be necessary. Using a massage oil or lubricant is going to work faster than an edible or supplement. Also, be aware that you may need to try a couple of different varieties, or vary the amount you use before you find the right combination.
No one needs anxiety and stress in their sexual performance. Using CBD for erectile dysfunction can help you relax and enjoy sex by alleviating anxiety in the same way an antianxiety medication might, but with fewer potential side effects. The relaxed feeling it produces can help break the cycle of performance anxiety and stress, so you can enjoy your sex life again.
Edibles are often stronger than other forms of CBD. It’s also important to be aware that cannabis-derived CBD products may have some amount of THC (less than 0.3%), which can have a stronger effect when taken as an edible.
CBD is reported to help some symptoms that mainly causes erectile dysfunction, including:
One of the primary physical causes of erectile dysfunction is high blood pressure  . Over time, high blood pressure can damage the lining of blood vessels, leading them to harden. This damage, called atherosclerosis, limits the blood flow to the penis. It’s blood flowing  into the penis which creates an erection in the first place, so less blood flow makes it harder to develop and sustain an erection. Low blood pressure creates a similar problem.
Cannabis use has repeatedly been linked to lower body mass index (BMI), rates of diabetes, and other metabolic diseases. Because CBD is either the primary or secondary ingredient in most varieties of whole-plant cannabis, it could play a very important role in managing BMI, which would support healthy sexual function for men. The specific role of CBD in these conditions is still being investigated.
While the results are not guaranteed, CBD-rich oil may be worth trying for men who want to be less inhibited in bed and treat their ED without the side effects of prescription medications. As Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer at HelloMD, said in a Men’s Journal article in 2016, “The way I see it, why not try cannabis? There are side effects to Viagra and zero side effects to cannabis when dosed properly. Maybe it’s just making them feel better and relaxed, and that’s making it easier for them to enjoy sex, but it’s still working.”
Obesity is one physical cause of erectile dysfunction that CBD could potentially treat, although CBD on its own was nowhere near as effective as CBD paired with tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) in the supporting study. In 2012, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published an article titled, “Cannabis Could Be Used to Treat Obesity-Related Diseases.” Science correspondent Richard Gray wrote about the revealing study conducted by GW Pharmaceuticals: “When the scientists examined two compounds, called THCV and cannabidiol, they were found to have an appetite-suppressing effect.”
What the experts say
The CBD/THCV combination could indirectly help men with ED by decreasing appetite and, potentially, contributing to weight loss. Based on this evidence, a broad-spectrum product which contains both of these beneficial cannabinoids could be useful. Cannabis product labels should list which cannabinoids are included and in what concentrations. Only lab-verified products are guaranteed to be pure.
From the perspective of treating ED-related anxiety, CBD-rich oil may be helpful. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Diana Urman, a certified sex educator with a practice in San Francisco, believes that CBD can help reduce sexual anxiety. In a 2018 interview with HuffPost, Urman said, “Many people say they feel more spontaneous and adventurous [after using CBD]. There is also sometimes an increased sensitivity to touch and increased willingness to be more engaged and sensual which, in turn, enhances sexual pleasure and deepens orgasmic abilities.”
However, moderation is key, as some research has indicated that too much cannabis can actually cause ED, even while it increases sexual desire.
Because CBD products aren’t generally regulated by the FDA, it can be difficult to determine the quality of the products you’re getting. It can also be difficult to know what form of CBD (i.e., CBD oil, gummies, CBD capsules, etc.) may work best for you. Using any drug without this knowledge can cause a host of unwanted side effects that are difficult to predict without guidance or regulation.
While there is no current research that demonstrates CBD, a natural (non-psychoactive) substance from the cannabis plant, may help treat ED, but it may help address anxiety, which can play a role in ED.
Whether you’ve heard commercials about it on the radio or seen ads on TV, chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about erectile dysfunction (ED). But while the phrase is a hot topic, many people are confused about what the condition actually entails and which remedies—if any—actually work. One popular, albeit controversial, treatment strategy involves the use of cannabidiol, aka CBD, a non-psychoactive molecule found in hemp and marijuana.
Potential risks and side effects of taking CBD
Before diving into if and how CBD may impact ED, it’s important to understand what ED really is. ED is a common type of male sexual dysfunction that involves the inability to get or keep an erection that is satisfying enough for sex. Although ED does become more common in men as they age, it’s not considered a natural part of aging, and it can have a negative effect on a person’s confidence and sex life. In fact, ED can be a sign that something is wrong with a man’s health. While it’s not always an indication of something serious, ED can sometimes signal other health problems like clogged blood vessels or nerve damage. That’s why it’s always important to discuss ED with a doctor, even if sexual topics can be difficult to talk about. (NIH, n.d.).
If you’re considering taking CBD in an attempt to treat erectile dysfunction or any other medical condition or health issue, it’s important to understand the potential risks involved. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved one cannabis-derived and three cannabis-related drug products. To use any of these medications (Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, and Marinol and Syndros for the treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in AIDS patients), you’ll need to have a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider (FDA, 2020).
Certain lifestyle changes and improvements can also have a positive effect on ED. Lack of physical activity, obesity, an unhealthy diet, and cigarette smoking have all been shown to contribute to ED, so taking actions to modify these behaviors and health conditions may have a major impact. Health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, as well as certain psychiatric and mental disorders can also contribute to ED, so working with a health professional to manage these conditions may be helpful (Krzastek, 2019).
While there’s not a ton of research on the topic of CBD as a treatment for ED, one 2009 study found that there are ECS receptors involved in male fertility. And while research has found that cannabis was indirectly associated with erectile dysfunction and may cause ED in young habitual cannabis users, others believe CBD is a unique exception (du Plessis, 2015). Some research has shown that CBD may help reduce anxiety for some people (NIH, 2019). Because anxiety may play a major role in erectile dysfunction or even be a cause of erectile dysfunction, some people believe CBD oil for erectile dysfunction may be a helpful tool (Hedon, 2003). However, there are currently no studies that examine that link directly.