What makes us want to have sex?
Libido begins in the brain. The moment we like what we see the anterior pituitary gland in our brain produces hormones which charge through our “meso-limbic” or “reward” pathway. From there these hormones have only one place to go: our reproductive system. Though testosterone exists in both men and women, it’s pure hormones that causes men to experience an erection. In women, sexual stimulation is caused by the production of estrogen. But these aren’t the only chemicals produced. We still need the right amount of serotonin, adrenalin and dopamine to keep us in the mood.
There is plenty of margin for error in this process. In the case of erectile dysfunction, the brain might not be producing enough testosterone, dopamine, serotonin or all of the above. Likewise, problems with the cardiovascular system may restrict the blood flow and transport of necessary hormones. Premature ejaculation is the result of the release of hormones into blood flow moving too quickly. Consider external factors like too much alcohol, fatigue, chronic depression and anxiety- well a lot can go wrong.
Cannabidiol (CBD) can aid with a number of problems related to sexual dysfunction. Studies show that the principal non psychoactive ingredient in cannabis can stimulate the CB1 receptors of our endocannabinoid system into producing higher levels of serotonin, testosterone, estrogen (in women) and dopamine. CBD has also been shown to increase cardiovascular performance. Add to that CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation, chronic pain and anxiety, and we’ve got all the reasons we need to make CBD part of our sexual enhancement ritual.