Cannabis and Sex
By: Larissa Gomes
Want to spice up your sex life? Forget the toys, try a cannabis strain known for arousal! At least, that is the sentiment among those who are enthusiastic about the marriage of cannabis and sex.
Chemically, the science backs it up. Cannabis triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates part of pleasure and pain. The THC in cannabis can bring on feelings of euphoria, by removing the place that anandemide (AEA) ‘the bliss molecule’ compound generally rests. Also, oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) produces feeling of bliss through the use of AEA.
According to some progressive sex therapists, the good news is the cannabis can make most patients feel less inhibited and relaxed enough to make achieving an orgasm possible. This essentially gives one a glimpse into what our sexual potential can be, and if one can find a way to enjoy it again then one can work together with their partner to develop more intimacy and a deeper connection.
Of course, the feelings depend on the people involved, many will only desire to feel relaxed and not ‘high’, for this, a product that has a 1:1 CBD to THC concentration can be sufficient to enjoy sex. Also, there are products that are topical, looked upon more as a sexual ‘aid’, such as massage oils or sprays that relax you and increase arousal so as not to experience any pain and make sex enjoyable. These issues can stem for anything hormonal, from trauma or after childbirth for some women.
Ashley Manta is a sex educator and creator of CannaSexual, a lifestyle brand that educates people about the cannabis and sex. She suggests using smaller amounts (microdosing) to get the best benefits and encourages all to try different strains on your self first, to see what may better work for you with a partner.
A few rules to keep in mind if you are going to indulge, keep the dosages low and research the strains (Pink Berry, Kali Mist, Super Lemon Haze or Chocolope have all been known to amplify arousal). The idea that cannabis is an aphrodisiac is only made more exciting by the research that suggests it makes people selfless…in bed.
Cannabis can remove blocks and barriers that people have when it comes to intimacy, it can open us up to empathy, which is key to elevating our understanding of one another. Of course, when it comes to sex, all most of want is to find a way to enjoy our partner in a full mind and body experience. Cannabis and sex, may just provide the channel to that source of pleasure.