How Does Cannabis Affect Sex & Intimacy?
Want to spice up your sex life? Forget the toys, try a cannabis hemp product or marijuana strain known for arousal! At least, that is the sentiment among those in our hive 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.
This essentially gives one a glimpse into what our sexual potential can be, and if one can find a way to enjoy it 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 hemp derived product (meaning containing less then 0.3% THC) or a marijuana product (meaning containing greater then 0.3% THC) that has a 1:1 CBD to THC concentration can be sufficient to enjoy sex. Also, there are topical products, 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.
According to some progressive sex therapists, the good news is cannabis can make most patients feel less inhibited and relaxed enough to make achieving an orgasm possible.
Ashley Manta is a sex educator and creator of CannaSexual, a lifestyle brand that educates people about cannabis and sex. She suggests using smaller amounts (microdosing) to get the best benefits and encourages all to try different strains on yourself 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 us 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 source that pleasure.