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Cannabis is a natural vasodilator, meaning it allows for greater blood flow. More blood flow, more pleasure. Let nature be your enhancer.
Cannabis/marijuana is the most frequent illicit drug used today for recreational purposes. However, it is still not common knowledge that the cannabis plant is one of the oldest drugs used for medical purposes. The therapeutic use of Cannabis was first recorded in a classical medicine book by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C. The medical use of cannabis was also known in other ancient cultures throughout India, Assyria, Greece, Africa, South America, Egypt, and the Roman Empire. (1)
A paper published in 2015, for the first time shows that CBD causes vasorelaxation (2), meaning the relaxation of the blood vessel walls allowing for greater blood flow. This paper, along with many others published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information look to understand the effect of CBD on the body.
Studies however are still limited with CBD, but Cannabis research is a bit more widespread given how long it has been around. THC has been shown to stimulate the release of other neurotransmitters, particularly nitric oxide (NO). (3) Nitric oxide causes the smooth muscle of blood vessels to relax and – voila! – the blood vessels dilate and swell with blood. (This same process is also how erectile dysfunction drugs for men work: by releasing nitric oxide.)
The active ingredients in cannabis activate receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which is widespread throughout the entire body and brain. These receptors come in a variety of forms (the three most popularly studied of which are called CB1, CB2, and GPR55/CB3, although there are others besides these), and the molecules that activate these receptors come in an even larger variety of forms.
Normally, when you experience sexual arousal, blood rushes to your clitoris and vagina, creating opening, elongating and lubrication. Similarly, when you apply phytocannabinoids to your vulva, they also increase blood flow there. Phytocannabinoid compounds and extracts can come from both hemp and marijuana including CBD. CBD unlike THC does not give you the “high” or psychoactive effects generally associated with marijuana.