With all the mind-blowing, cannabis-infused lubes coming to the market, we wanted to take a look at the main lubricant bases—silicone, oil and water—and find out why you might choose one type over the other. It’s an important decision. Some are better for underwater play, while others feel fantastic but can destroy condoms. Still, others offer compatibility with condoms and toys, as well as easy cleanup. And for the ladies, one thing all cannabis-infused lubricants have in common: you’ll feel it in ways no ordinary lube can offer. Owner and creator of Velvet Swing personal lubricant, Mistress Matisse, puts it succinctly: “Your pussy will get high.”
There are three main lube bases in the recreational cannabis market. Here’s what you need to know about each in order to take your next sexual experience higher, and find out which one is right for you:
Silicone-based lubricants are the slipperiest of the bases and have a unique, satiny feel. Silicone doesn’t absorb into the skin or evaporate, so it can go and go without requiring constant reapplication. Also, it doesn’t wear off under water, making it perfect for an intimate bath or shower, or for doing it under a waterfall . . . or in the rain. O Intimate Lubricant by Fairwinds Manufacturing is one great example of a cannabis-infused, silicone-based lube. The only drawbacks to silicone-based lubricants: They can ruin silicone toys, and will definitely stain sheets and clothing, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.
Oil-based lubricants typically have the simplest, most natural ingredients, and like silicone lubes, they’re super-silky and long-lasting. This makes oil-based lubricants great for massage, as well as under-the-sheets play. One thing: Oil-based lubricants will destroy latex condoms and other barriers such as dental dams, rendering those protections useless. Yeah, that’s a big deal. But if you don’t use latex barriers, oil-based lubricants offer an organic feel with natural ingredients. Bond Sensual Oil blends cannabis oil with highly refined coconut oil in a convenient pump applicator.
Water-based lubes are the most common type of personal lubricant. They’re safe to use with all condoms and toys, and can offer a soothing feel that mimics the body’s own natural lubricant. Plus, they’re non-staining and easy to clean up. Water-based lubes do tend to wear off quickly, requiring repeat application. Velvet Swing is currently the only brand offering a cannabis-infused, water-based lubricant. They use a proprietary emulsion technology to infuse THC into a highly-absorptive water base that lengthens and strengthens orgasms—and, according to Mistress Matisse, makes it easier to experience multiple orgasms. Ooh la la!