The Connection Between CBD and Better Sex

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CBD scientist John Renko details why retailers should carry certain CBD products as well as how to ID high-quality products.

Hemp-derived CBD has quickly become one of the hottest health and wellness supplements in the US. Industry analysts are predicting that the US CBD market will approach $20 billion in yearly sales by the year 2022.

Retailers that get a head start in offering quality CBD products will reap the rewards in the form of a growing customer base and bigger ticket sales. Customers that have better sex ultimately spend more on products such as sex toys and adult apparel.

However, retailers that stock CBD products without regard for quality and safety risk the wrath of unhappy customers (and possibly even state regulators). This article will discuss the benefits of CBD in sexual wellness, why retailers should carry certain CBD products and provide some rules of thumb that will help you identify high-quality CBD products.

How CBD can enhance sex

Before we go any further let’s talk briefly about the connection between CBD and better sex. Not only can CBD reduce pain and soothe discomfort during intercourse but it can also absorb into the bloodstream and quickly find its way to the brain and central nervous system where it can help to relax muscle tension, reduce performance anxiety, and even intensify orgasm.

These qualities make CBD an ideal additive for intimate lubes.

While oral CBD supplements also provide some of these benefits, it can be as much as an hour before they take effect. Topical preparations, on the other hand, have been shown to reduce inflammation on contact, which in turn can reduce pain, tenderness, itching, and other forms of discomfort.

How to identify a high-quality CBD product

There are a few things that all retailers should be looking for when purchasing CBD products for sale in their stores.

Source – CBD is the same whether it originates from industrial hemp or marijuana. They cannot be used interchangeably in finished goods, however. CBD from “marijuana” should be handled through regulated marijuana frameworks in states that allow marijuana to be sold medically or recreationally. CBD derived from “industrial hemp” is not subject to the same laws governing marijuana.  A proper Certificate of Analysis should disclose the source and clarify that the CBD comes from industrial hemp (and therefore is also below 0.3% THC content).

Buyers should also be aware that hemp seed oil contains absolutely zero CBD. Hemp seed oil does have nice omega 3 and 6 properties but does not contain any CBD. There is a myriad of terms used to market CBD origin: broad spectrum, full spectrum, isolate, ethanol extracted, CO2 extracted, etc.

Lab testing – Now that regulation of hemp and CBD is in the hands of the states, we’re getting a patchwork of quality standards. Most states now require some level of testing to confirm the potency and purity of CBD products. (Potency refers to the actual amount of CBD in the final product and purity refers to an absence of heavy metals, impurities, and pathogens such as mycotoxins, and other microbes.)

Certificate of Analysis (COA) – The state with the strictest hemp CBD regulations is Indiana. Indiana regulators require that all CBD products not only be tested but that the test results be made available to consumers via a document known as a Certificate of Analysis, or COA. Each COA is associated with the exact test results for a batch and lot number of every unit shipped. Products that meet Indiana standards are compliant in all states where CBD is legal.

QR Codes – To facilitate access to the COA associated with a product, Indiana requires all CBD products to include a lot number and QR code on the outside of the package. The QR code must reference the actual COA for independent lab tests associated with the lot number. A scan of the QR code should reveal a website URL that links either directly to the COA (usually in PDF format), or to the page with a link to the COA. The batch number on the COA should match the lot number on the package.

Many states are working on legislation to adopt Indiana’s strict standards. As states solidify and potentially adopt these standards, store owners carrying compliant products can be confident that their products will stay on the shelf and continue to remain available to their customers.


THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CBD AND BETTER SEX By Eugenio Torrens originally appeared on StorErotica

Q&A: Holiday Products Founder Moe Levy Reflects on Decades of Career Accomplishments

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Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., as an only child, Moe Levy learned to become business savvy at an early age from his parents. Even more importantly, Levy says his parents instilled in him their people-oriented values — which decades later, continues to be a key tenet of Levy’s business philosophy.

In 1985, Levy became a pioneer of the adult home party industry when he founded Holiday Products. As a home party distributor, the company grew rapidly, enlisting consultants in droves and manufacturing pheromone-infused sensual body care and sexual enhancement products under its Classic Brands banner. The company today, with Levy’s son Loren at the helm, is a leader in its category.

In 2009, Moe Levy tapped Ken Sahn, an industry vet, to take on the role of president at Holiday Products and bring the company to its current, modern reinvention. Today, Holiday Products — which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year — is much more than a home party distributor with retail customers spread across several platforms and the reputation of being a reliable, customer service-oriented supplier of high-quality products.

In this exclusive Q&A, XBIZ Premiere honors Levy as he reflects on his background, career highlights and continued legacy.


XBIZ: Tell me some background information about yourself. Where were you raised?

Moe Levy: I was born in 1936 and raised in the Bronx of New York City. I was an only child and lived in the Bronx with my Mom and Dad until I was 14 years old. We moved to Southern California in 1950. As an only child, I was very, very close with my mom and dad. My dad owned a store where he sold cigars, cigarettes and candy. It was from my experience watching and working with my dad that I learned business and how to sell. More importantly, I learned from my dad and my mom (who was a very sweet, kind woman) how to treat people.

XBIZ: What were you doing before establishing Holiday Products?

Levy: I was in the restaurant business in various capacities. I worked for Pioneer Chicken in purchasing, sales and more. I eventually opened my own Pioneer Chicken retail store. It was during this time that I slowly but surely moved into our industry.

XBIZ: How did you get into the industry? What inspired you to launch Holiday Products? What was your vision for the company?

Levy: Back in 1981 buying sex-related toys required going into a “dirty bookstore” that usually had peep show booths. This was extremely intimidating for most women and many men. That year I saw an interview on the Phil Donahue show with a woman from New York City. She was doing “home parties” showing sex toys and more for women in their homes, which was a very comfortable, safe setting. I thought “what a wonderful idea!”

Using my business and sales background, I put together a line of adult products. I worked with my girlfriend to prepare a “presentation” for home parties. We searched among our friends to see if someone would allow us to do a sales presentation for her friends in their home. It was too embarrassing for most women. Fortunately, we found a gutsy lady that would allow it. The “party” was a success! We then started receiving calls from many strong women that wanted us to do party presentations in their homes. It was interesting to see how little women knew about their own bodies.

I continued to hone my skills in this industry and worked only part-time for the next few years until I moved into my own business full-time and in 1985 Holiday Products was born!

XBIZ: Holiday Products celebrates its 35th anniversary this year — how has the company evolved?

Levy: In the beginning, I had to train “love consultants” to do the presentations since we couldn’t keep up with the requests locally and from other areas of the country. The consultants were sold kits and given a discount when they bought merchandise to fulfill their party orders. We had a bull by the tail and the phone was ringing off the hook. Within a year, we had over a hundred consultants working for us. The company was evolving, and I had found my niche.

The industry was growing. The manufacturers started making more colorful and better-quality products for women. I was still running the business with my girlfriend. I did purchasing, order filling, training, accounting and answering the phone. She continued doing the presentations. I had to get help and move to a bigger place to continue growing the business. I always believed that finding a need and filling it with good product and service was extremely valuable to my growth.

XBIZ: What were some of the challenges that you faced in the beginning?

Levy: As I grew, we found that there were many roadblocks concerning our “business.” The banks requested that we take our business elsewhere. We had huge issues accepting credit cards, our insurance was cancelled when they found out the nature of our business and printers were reluctant to do our jobs. I had to overcome all of that, besides the normal business challenges, in order to continue to grow. Fast-forward to today and they are begging for our business.

XBIZ: How has the industry evolved?

Levy: The industry has grown and changed so much since I started it would take too long to cover it all. Simple things like the acceptance and mainstreaming of our industry has had a profoundly positive effect. However, not all of the growth and change is positive. The supply chain model is all but gone. There are too many importer/manufacturers going after the same product. There are too many distributors going after the same customers. Add to that the “Amazon” model and you’ve got an industry in flux.

XBIZ: Tell me about Holiday Products and how it is unique compared to other distributors?

Levy: Well, our corporate name is W.T.F.N. but we do business as Holiday Products and Classic Brands. The two companies are run separately with separate staff, sales departments and leadership. Classic Brands is the leading manufacturer of pheromone-infused sensual body care and sexual enhancement products in the U.S. Back in 1985 we began producing our own product. We came up with Coochy Shave Cream along with many other items that continue to be among the best sellers in that category.

The president of Classic Brands (formerly Classic Erotica) is Loren Levy, my son. He has done everything on this side of the business. He knows it inside and out and has been a great, innovative leader. He is also a brilliant brand ambassador and face of our company. We have worked together for 22 years and we have enjoyed every minute of that. We highly respect each other.

“As we continue to grow beyond my expectations I have great comfort in the knowledgeable and wonderful people that treat our business as their own.” -Moe Levy, Holiday Products

Holiday Products was mainly a home party distributor. In 2009 I brought in Ken Sahn as president of Holiday Products. With his background, industry experience and knowledge we set out to reinvent Holiday Products. It is now eleven years later, and we have succeeded beyond all of our expectations. We have become a much larger, stronger and diverse distribution force with brick and mortar, internet and of course, home party.

So why are we unique? I know there are so many stock answers to this question, but our success and strength is truly in our people. We literally have dozens of employees who have been with us for many, many years. And, as we grow, our new hires do not leave. Our staff is amazingly diverse, and we treat each other in a professional and respectful manner, which always translates to our customers.

XBIZ: How involved are you with the company currently?

Levy: I’ve started to cut back over the last several years. I still come to the office two or three days a week. I have regular weekly lunch meetings with Loren and Kenny and one to two corporate meetings with our CFO as well. It’s been a great run and I hope I can share with others the benefit of what I have learned over the last 35 years. The reality is that, being 84, I am slowing down. But as we continue to grow beyond my expectations, I have great comfort in the knowledgeable and wonderful people that treat our business as their own.

XBIZ: Tell me about a hobby you have or activity that you enjoy outside of work?

Levy: I love going to movies and playing cards, but my real passion is traveling. My wife and I take a lot of cruises and travel pretty extensively. For my 80th birthday I took my entire family of children and grandchildren (25 of us) on a beautiful cruise — that is a memory I will always cherish.


Q&A: Holiday Products Founder Moe Levy Reflects on Decades of Career Accomplishments by Ariana Rodriguez was originally published on XBIZ.

Coochy Oh So Fresh Sweat Defense by Classic Brands

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Keep feeling fresh and delightfully dry with Coochy Oh So Fresh Sweat Defense.

This lightly scented, luxurious lotion-to-powder formula goes on like a lotion and dries to a powder to keep you comfortable all day long.

Apply it wherever skin touches skin for talc-free natural comfort and a strong barrier against wetness.

Safe to use anywhere on the body, including under the breasts, thighs, and more intimate areas.

Peony Prowess Fragrance: Fresh peony combines with sweet pea & blue violet with a blush of powdery white cedar.

Features:

  • Applies like a lotion, dries to a powder
  • Paraben-Free, Sugar-Free, and Sulfate-Free
  • No Animal Testing
  • Made in the USA

3.4 oz. Tube

Rechargeable Butterfly Kiss by CalExotics

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Designed to double your intimate pleasure, the Rechargeable Butterfly Kiss is a toy box must-have for any pleasure lover.

This petite sensually-contoured massager knows your intimate curves and is here to indulge your fave pleasure points.

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Indulge in ten intense functions of vibration, pulsation and escalation with the push-button control. Dual high-intensity motors put out knee-shaking vibration throughout every inch of this passionate vibrator.

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The fluttering wings-and-antennae stimulator of this flexible butterfly flutter faster with every increase of vibration to tempt, tease, and satisfy external sweet spots.

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The USB rechargeable Rechargeable Butterfly Kiss is waterproof for fun in & out of the water and easy cleanup.

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Features:

  • Sensually designed arouser with a delicately shaped G-spot stimulator
  • Optimum fluttering wings with tantalizing antennae
  • Perfectly sized for beginner, intermediate and advanced users
  • Dual motors
  • 10 Functions of vibration, pulsation and escalation
  • Body safe Silicone
  • Easy push-button control with security travel lock feature
  • Waterproof
  • USB rechargeable – charging cord included
  • 60 Minute charge provides up to 75 minutes of play time
  • 1 Year warranty provided by CalExotics
  • Silicone
  • 3.5” x 1.25” (shaft)
  • 7.5” x 1.5” (overall)

Dr. Jack’s Advanced Formula Tinctures

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The endocannabinoid system consists of many cannabinoid receptors, and a large portion of these are found in the skin. Molecules in CBD may interact with this system to create positive effects.

Isolates tinctures are CBD oils that have had all other compounds removed. This ensures they are the purest form of CBD that can be ingested. Highly potent, isolates are not only effective but fast acting.

Dr. Jack’s CBD Tinctures are isolates tinctures that may help facilitate increased bioactivity, which is the growth of our living tissue.

Dr. Jack’s CBD Tinctures ignite the endocannabinoid system and may regulate homeostasis – the state of a steady and stable internal physical and chemical living system – which may lead to overall better health and wellness.

Dr. Jack’s CBD Tinctures are CO2 Extracted, and are said to positively impact mood, appetite, digestion, bone growth, and the immune system. They are also anti-inflammatory and can lower stress too!

Dose topically or sublingually.

Choose your strength – Available in 250mg, 750mg, and 1500mg.

Available in Natural or Peppermint.

1 oz/30ml

Ingredients: Hemp (Seed) Oil, PCR (Hemp) Oil, (Peppermint Oil in Peppermint Products.)

*Please note, we are not permitted to make claims in regard to treatments. For any medical treatment you should consult a healthcare professional.

Intimacy – The Sexy Board Game For Any Couple by Kheper Games

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Intimacy is the board game where you answer personal questions and perform erotic activities with your lover as you move around the game board.

Explore seven categories of intimate fun, while you earn sexual rewards.

The winner gets to select the reward coin to act out, but the other player selects which of the two sides they enjoy.

All rewards, questions and actions are gender-neutral, so any couple can play!

Includes:

  • Game board,
  • (1) Die
  • (2) Game markers
  • (14) sexual reward coins
  • (2) Question cards for each of the 7 categories: Sex, Intimacy, Intrigue, Romance, Foreplay, Fantasy, and Kinky Adventures.

Bloom 4-in-1 Interchangeable Intimate Body Pump Set by Doc Johnson

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Let your flower bloom.

The Bloom automatic suction cup and vibrator has 4 different-sized, interchangeable heads with soft, silicone rims made for stimulating the user’s clitoris, vulva, and nipples.

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The cups are designed to follow the body’s natural curves and the handle is ergonomically designed for comfortable use.

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Seven vibration patterns and seven suction functions allow for 49 unique sensations, which operate with just the touch of a button and can be enjoyed hands-free once the optimal seal is formed. Additional features including an instant air release button and power locking feature to ensure that your pump play is always safe and worry-free.

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The USB rechargeable Bloom Intimate Body Pump Set is splashproof for easy care and cleanup.

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Features:

  • Intimate Body Pump
  • 4 Interchangeable Suction Cups:  2 Large Cups for Vulva 1 Cup for Nipples 1 Small Cup for Clitoris
  • Individually-Controlled Suction and Vibration
  • 7 Vibration Patterns
  • 7 Suction Functions
  • 49 Unique Sensations
  • Automatic Hands-Free Suction and Vibration
  • Cups Designed to Follow the Natural Curves of the Body
  • Removable Soft, Silicone Rims for Easy Cleaning
  • Custom, Ergonomically Designed Handle for Comfortable Use
  • Air Release Button for Fast, Safe Removal
  • Water Resistant
  • Power Controls Lock for Discreet Storage and Travel
  • Includes Bag for Discreet Storage and Travel
  • USB Rechargeable – charging cable included
  • 120 Minute charge provides up to 90 minutes of playtime
  • 90 Day warranty provided by Doc Johnson

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Vibrating Handle with Vulva Plus Attachment: 9”

Width/Diameter Inner Diameter Attachments:

  • Vulva Plus: 3.5”
  • Vulva 3”
  • Nipple 1.75”
  • Clitoris 0.5”

Satisfyer Wand-er Woman XXL Body Massager

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Seductive massages in XXL format

Thanks to its impressive XXL size and the hidden power behind its seductive silicone head, the Wand-er Woman relieves tension and scratches any orgasmic itch.

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The massager is dressed in medical grade silicone, which is especially soft and gentle against your skin. A rounded head on a flexible neck skillfully reaches every part of the body craving relaxation.

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Choose from 10 different vibration modes and combine them with 5 intensities – whatever kind of vibration you want, the Wand-er Woman has it! With a total of 50 different vibration combinations, the Wand-er Woman will dissolve any tension it encounters.

The USB rechargeable Wand-er Woman is rated IPX7 waterproof for fun in & out of the water and easy cleanup.

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Features:

  • Stimulating full-body massager
  • Impressive XXL size
  • 50 vibration combinations
  • Whisper mode
  • Waterproof to rating IPX7
  • USB rechargeable – charge cable included
  • 5 Year warranty and 15 year guarantee provided by Satisfyer
  • Silicone and ABS
  • 13.5″ x 2.1”

Sex & Mischief Fishnet Collection by Sportsheets

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The Fishnet collection from the Sex & Mischief Collection by Sportsheets revamps classic designs and adds a stylish fantasy twist. Fetish has never been more fashionable!


Sex & Mischief Fishnet Paddle

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Your fetish desires are brought to life.

The Fishnet Paddle revamps the classic paddle design with a fetish fantasy twist.

Feel the paddle’s plush design against your partner’s skin and watch their eyes grow upon impact. Delight all the senses when you hear the perfect smack sound when skin to paddle contact is made. Arouse the entire body with playful soft taps or strengthen your swats to heighten your sensation play with the Fishnet Paddle.

Fishnet Paddle specifications:

Material: 60% Polyurethane, 26% Polyester, 10%, Fiberglass, 4% ABS plastic

Measurements: 12”x 4.5”, wrist loop, 6”

 

Sex & Mischief Fishnet Cuffs

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Evoke the passion from within and let the inner deviant come out to play. Entice your partner by adding the finishing touch to your favorite piece of lingerie with the Fishnet Cuffs.

When you’re wearing these this erotic fishnet look your paramour won’t be able to resist keeping their hands off of you. In addition to their devastatingly sexy look, you can adjust the size of these Fishnet Cuffs with the hook and loop closure. Use the easy off/off closure to secure cuffs in place, that includes 2 snap links that can easily be attached to your favorite restraint system.

To make a statement pair with the Fishnet Paddle, Fishnet Collar and Leash, and Fishnet Ball Gag.

Fishnet Cuffs specifications:

Material: 60% Polyurethane, 26% Polyester, 10%, Fiberglass, 4% ABS plastic

Measurements: 12”x 4.5”, wrist loop, 6”

 

Sex & Mischief Fishnet Collar & Leash

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Seduce your master as you hand over the reins to your Fishnet Collar & Leash.

This leash and collar set will turn heads as you show off your submissive while you are out in public. Detach the leash for a more subtle day collar that will captivate

The Fishnet Collar & Leash can be used with your favorite restraint systems or simply be worn for visual/physical stimulation. With an adjustable and easy on/off closure, you will be allowed to control how restrictive this collar can be. Connect the leash or collar to any of your favorite BDSM positioning toys like the Expandable Spreader bar.

To make a statement pair with the Fishnet Paddle, Fishnet Cuffs and Fishnet Ball Gag.

Fishnet Collar and Leash specifications:

Material: 40% Polyurethane, 28%Nickel Free Metal, 25%Polyester, 7% Hook and Loop Snaps

Measurements: 19″ (48.26cm) and leash with nickel‐free chain, 24.5″(62.23cm) total length

 

Sex & Mischief Fishnet Ball Gag

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Their muffled words never sounded so sexy.

Gaze into your submissive’s eyes and hear them whimper, while you see the excitement build in their eyes. Heighten any BDSM submission play by asking your partner to communicate without words using the Fishnet Ball Gag.

This beautiful fishnet designed gag is the perfect accessory for you and your partner’s next play session. They’d thank you for the present if they could. Pair with a Satin Blindfold to play a game of ‘find your erogenous’ zones. To make a statement pair with the Fishnet Cuffs, Fishnet Paddle, and Fishnet Collar and Leash.

Fishnet Ball Gag specifications:

Material: 55% Polyurethane, 30% phthalate-free, TPE, 8% Polyester, 7% Nickel Free metal

Measurements: Gag size, 1.5″ (3.81cm) in diameter

Silicone Bullet Ring by Nu Sensuelle

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Soft to the touch and packed with power, the stretchy Silicone Bullet Ring accentuates your lovemaking, improving sensation and intensifying pleasure for you both.

The super flexible silicone ring stretches for a tailor-made fit to help enhance the look and feel of an erection. It may also delay climax for longer-lasting pleasure.

A stimulator with a flickering upward curve allows for positioning at the top for clitoral stimulation or place it under the shaft or testicles for self-stimulation.

A Seven-function bullet with a deeply intense motor provides the power and offers powerful vibrations at the touch of a button – just press and hold for three seconds to turn on or off, then quick press to change the mode.

The USB rechargeable Sensuelle Silicone Bullet Ring is waterproof and submersible for fun in & out of the water and easy cleanup.

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Features:

  • Vibrating c-ring
  • Flexible and stretchy to accommodate most penises
  • Versatile style to wear up or down
  • 7 vibration modes
  • Submersible
  • USB rechargeable – charging cable included
  • 1 Year warranty provided by Novel Creations
  • Silicone and ABS