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CBD Oil Is It Safe to Use Coconut Oil as Lube?


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CBD Oil Is It Safe to Use Coconut Oil as Lube?

Maybe you’ve been in the heat of the moment and realized you didn’t have any lube, leading to frantic scrounging around the kitchen for an alternative to use in a pinch. Or maybe you’ve been looking for an all-natural lube, just because. In either case, you may be wondering: Can I use coconut oil as…

CBD Oil Is It Safe to Use Coconut Oil as Lube?

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Maybe you’ve been in the heat of the moment and realized you didn’t have any lube, leading to frantic scrounging around the kitchen for an alternative to use in a pinch. Or maybe you’ve been looking for an all-natural lube, just because. In either case, you may be wondering: Can I use coconut oil as a natural lube alternative?

Coconut oil is generally safe and effective to use as a lubricant, says Michael Ingber, MD, a urologist and urogynecologist at Garden State Urology. However, there are a few things you should know before you decide to slather it on and hop into bed. Here are the pros and cons of opting for coconut oil as a lubricant.

CBD Oil The pros of using coconut oil as lube:

It doesn’t contain alcohol.

Some lubes on the market contain alcohol (you’ll typically see an ingredient ending in “-ol,” like “phenoxyethanol”). While alcohol can provide a “cooling” sensation during sex or masturbation, Ingber warns that lubricants with alcohol can dry out mucosal surfaces, which are predominantly found in the anus and vagina. This can cause pain, UTIs, or yeast infections.

It doesn’t contain glycerin.

Glycerin, a byproduct of sugar, is sometimes found in lube, and it’s not recommended for people with vaginas. “It can often serve as a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria,” Ingber says. (Glycerin is one of the predominant ingredients in K-Y Jelly and it can also be found in some JO lubricants.)

It doesn’t contain propylene glycol.

While propylene glycol doesn’t seem to be incredibly prevalent, it still can be found in some more common lubes, including in few of Astroglide’s lubricants. Propylene glycol is a chemical used in antifreeze, as well as a preservative, explains Ingber. “In general, it is safe, but some patients can develop a sensitivity to it, so it’s better to avoid if possible.”

It feels good!

When it comes to texture, Ingber says many of his clients end up trying and preferring coconut oil to water-based and silicone-based lubricants that you can buy over the counter. Some folks also prefer the taste and smell.

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CBD Oil The cons of using coconut oil as lube:

It can alter vaginal pH levels.

The typical vaginal pH is “acidic” at around a level 4 before menopause, explains Ingber. Many of the coconut oils have a pH of 5.5 to 7.5, which means if anything, it is alkalinizing the vagina, or making it more “basic.”

“So we always caution patients to do some trial and error when trying out coconut oil,” says Ingber. “If they notice malodorous discharge after sex, or increased incidence of yeast infections, or bacterial vaginosis (overgrowth of vaginal bacteria), it may not be the best idea to continue use.”

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Coconut oil can degrade latex.

Ingber notes that coconut oil can degrade latex, increasing the likelihood that a latex condom will tear during intercourse. If you’re using a latex condoms, you shouldn’t use coconut oil as lube—instead, opt for water-based or silicone-based lube.

You may be allergic.

“Our patients use coconut oil for penis-masturbation a ton,” says Ingber. “It works great, but we have had a few patients whom we recommended coconut oil to and noticed the development of a rash.” Ingber notes this was likely an allergy, and it quickly resolved when the men stopped using the oil.

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CBD Oil If you decide coconut oil isn’t for you…

Don’t worry, we still have you covered. Here are our favorite lubes for anal sex, our top picks for CBD-infused lubes, and last but not least, other household items you can use when you run out of your preferred lube.

Zachary Zane is a Brooklyn-based writer, speaker, and activist whose work focuses on lifestyle, sexuality, culture, and entertainment.

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