Human sexuality is an undeniable part of our genetic and cultural make-up; without it, none of us would be here, so it’s naturally part of who we are. But what is sex like when cannabis is in the picture?
There’s a lot going on when it comes to cannabis and sex. Some view tantric cannabis use as a means to increase the libido to unbelievable levels; studies have shown cannabis use by men can increase testosterone, a well-known libido driver. Others have a darker approach, suggesting it lowers the sperm count.
The bottom line:there’s simply not enough research that’s been done yet and the study of sex and cannabis is a developing field.
So, what is good sex and how can cannabis boost it? Good sex is uniquely definined by each of as individuals, as our experiences and desires will always vary and remain unique to our personal preferences and comfort levels. That’s why most research to date is of the self-reporting kind and a lot of opinions offered up are particularly subjective.
However, in 2017 a study published in Science Direct took a different approach: simply matching the amount of cannabis use with the amount of sex of the people who participated. The study revealed that people using cannabis seem to be having a little bit more sex than non-smokers. For example, women who didn’t use cannabis said they had an average of 6 sexual encounters in the prior month – compared to the 7.1 encounters experienced by women who did.
But none of that talks about a heightened sexual experience. That’s why Becky Lynn, M.D., director of the Center for Sexual Health and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Louis University, conducted two major studies focused entirely on women, and the findings were fascinating:
- Women who used cannabis before sex were more likely to have satisfying orgasms than those who did not use cannabis before sex (and this was a statistically significant difference, not just a small handful).
- Those who use cannabis frequently (not just before sex) were also significantly more likely to report having satisfying orgasms than people whose use was less often.
But how is that possible? What is the possible medical reasoning that can support heightened experiences? Well, in short Cannabis acts as a vasodilator, opening up blood vessels and boosting the flow of blood. It also can affect memory and fear/anxiety which can lead to different mental experiences.
According to a Doctor interviewed by Self magazine,“What I tell everybody is that the first time you want to think about using cannabis for sex, that should be a masturbation event.” The doctor suggests you get to know your own limits before bringing a partner into the mix.
Most importantly, you’ll also want to ensure that any and all sex is consensual, which can be tricky if both or either party is stoned. Therefore,make sure you and your partner talk about and consent to everything you each have planned for your night of Netflix and chill before you get stoned. But as always, remember that no means no- even and especially after you start doing the deed. What one can consider pleasurable could be overwhelming for another.
When the big night (or day) arrives, our friends over at Leafly offer up some great strains for sex. Their recommendations range from GSC (Girl Scout Cookies) for masturbation to Bubblegum Kush for a slower, languid night of passion with a partner. They advise Sour Diesel is good for frenzied, lustful sex; Harlequin is recommended for morning sex; and Jillybean is suggested for creative, kinky sex. But you have to be creative and into kink to achieve that last one – no substance will magically turn you into an imaginative, kink-driven sex machine.
We hope you guys and girls find the right combination of sex, love, kink, and cannabis. As two wise men once said: “The cuervo gold, the fine Colombian - make tonight a wonderful thing”. So hit up our site to find some of that Sour Diesel to make tonight an amazingly wonderful thing.