Marijuana Is a Great Sex Enhancement, But Microdosing Is Key

If you asked couples on the cannabis scene whether getting high enhances their sexual experiences, the results would inevitably turn out mostly in favor of incorporating weed in the boudoir. Some men believe the herb gives them rockstar stamina and for women, cannabis consumption before sex is often the key to relaxing. Cannabis has also been shown to help women who have difficulty achieving orgasm find one while intensifying them for others. But there have also been reports of marijuana hindering sexual performance.

There is indeed a mixed bag of evidence out there on the subject mostly because science really hasn’t made any new developments on the topic for the past few decades.

But more research is being done, and it all points to promise for pot and sex.

Dr. Becky Kaufman Lynn, a gynecologist and professor at the Saint Louis University medical school, recently conducted a small study in hopes of getting to the bottom of whether marijuana could help more women enjoy sex. She wanted the ability to provide her patients with definitive evidence when asked if smoking marijuana might assist them in overcoming their sexual issues – something she says happens a lot.

The results of the study, which were published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that most women who smoked marijuana prior to sex had a more pleasurable experience than those who did not. Only one of the respondents reported a less pleasurable experience on weed.

“The majority of women [who said that they mixed sex and cannabis] said that the sexual experience was improved, orgasms were improved, the libido was improved, pain was improved, and lubrication really didn’t change,” Dr. Lynn said in an interview with Global News. “There are a variety of ideas as to why. One is that it lowers your anxiety and stress, it gives you a little bit more confidence in your sexual ability. Or it may slow down your perception of time and heighten sensation.”

But there is a trick to using marijuana to achieve this apex of slobbering lust, and it is “less is more.” Although it may be a couple’s first impulse to get completely ripped out of their gourds on the ganja before jumping into the sack, this is more likely to ruin the moment. Medical professionals say that massive doses of marijuana have a way of getting individuals locked up inside their own heads – they start to focus on all the wrong things — which makes it less possible for them to let go of their inhibitions.

What’s more is high doses of weed can make it more difficult for men to perform, contributing to temporary bouts of erectile dysfunction. This is why cannabis edibles may not be the best choice for a couple looking to explore the effects of weed in the bedroom.  The “unpredictable” nature of these products (especially without proper instruction) can make them more of a hindrance to sexual enhancement than simply taking a hit or two of raw cannabis or a vaporizer.

Yet, edible cannabis products can make it easier for a couple to microdose, which is optimal for sexual benefit. People in the know recommend that a first-time couple should start with 2.5 milligrams or less. After some time, they’ll get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Some experts say trying various strains is also essential. “I recommend experimenting with a small amount of indica strains, sativa strains and a hybrid of both to see what works best,” said Nick Karras, sexologist and author of “The Passionate High: A Guide to Using Cannabis For Better Sex and Creativity.”

Even with the scant evidence on marijuana and sex, it makes sense that the herb has the power to increase sexual pleasure. Sex therapist Lawrence Siegel told CNN last year that “tetrahydrocannabinol — the cannabinoid THC — appears to target a part of our brain associated with sexual arousal, at least in females,” which is more than half the battle when it comes to taking boot-knocking action to the next level.

But it is also important to understand that there are a wealth of other variables that determine whether a couple has great sex or not. Although sex experts say women have as many dirty thoughts as their male counterparts, they still need certain things from their chosen mates for those naughty notions to become motivation. It doesn’t matter how stoned you get the misses, if you’re an insensitive jerk most of the time, continually putting the weight of the world on her while you go off and play video games, no strain on Earth can help you. Start with a little appreciation and affection that isn’t so obviously a ploy to get laid and the rest stands a better chance of falling in place.

Remember, cannabis can be a sexual enhancement, but it is no substitution for the connection that a healthy relationship provides.

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Japanese Court acknowledges cannabis psychosis in sexual assault case

Published on Wednesday 9/30/2020 7:54PM TV Kansai After an appeal hearing, a court in Osaka, Japan convicted a man with a suspended sentence. He had allegedly attacked a woman under the influence of cannabis psychosis.  Defendant Naoya Tateishi (36) was prosecuted on a count of injuring and attempting forcible sexual conduct on an in-home nurse. […]

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Socially Distant Sex – You can do it! Here’s how

It’s the summer, the time for love but the only problem is that we are in the middle of a pandemic. If you weren’t banging someone before this whole thing started, chances are that this hasn’t changed. After all, how exactly does one score some socially distant action? It’s a question that we all should […]

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The best strains for arousal, according to cannabis and sex experts

It’s no secret that a dash of weed will spice things up in the bedroom. In recent years, the legal market’s been awash with topicals, suppositories, and tinctures aimed at doing just that. But while these products are great — and work very, very well — puffing on a pre-roll or taking a bong hit of some spicy flower can be just as effective when it’s time to get down. 

However booming the canna-sexual market may be, it seems to be devoid of any smokable sex aids. While something is working with smoking pot before (or even during) a sexual experience, there is little data on what kind of flower lends itself best to enhance sexual pleasure. 

When it comes to sex and using flower, are there strains that specifically heighten arousal? Or, when it comes to sex, is all weed created equal? Is there such a thing as a “viagra strain” to kickstart your sex life?

So many strains claiming to enhance female arousal and male arousal with names like Atomic Northern Lights and/or high-THC content that claim to be “sure things” can be intimidating, confusing, and just downright mood-killing when they don’t work. Or, worse, make you get in your own head.

This kind of journey is personal, intimate, and determined by how the plant’s chemical makeup of terpenes and cannabinoids react with your individual endocannabinoid system, as well as how you react with your surroundings, so we spoke to some of the experts behind the canna-sexual uprising that’s rocking the weed world and bedrooms alike. 

While there’s no single strain that’s guaranteed to get your engines going, here are a few of their favorites. 

Mimosa 

“There is no such thing as the perfect strain for all…yet,” explains cannabis expert Jaron Gladstone, co-founder of CBCeuticals. “Think of shopping for condoms or toys. Often, you will find a variety of shapes and sizes to appease everyone’s interests. This tends to be — in part — due to the nature of our bodies each being psychologically and mentally unique. Answering the question of what cannabis strain is best is relative to what you like, what you need, and what the situation calls for.” 

While Gladstone’s personal go-tos are Tangie, Original Glue, and Bruce Banner, his favorite is Mimosa, a cross between Purple Punch and Clementine with high levels of the terpene limonene, known for its bright and uplifting effects, and myrcene, known for promoting calm and relaxation. 

“Mimosa is the crown jewel, if you can find it,” he raved. “Think of the Mimosa as doing spin art during Sunday brunch. It throws in a little energy, a little pep in your step, and takes all worries away, leaving you happy-go-lucky, euphoric, and free from anxiety.” 



Strawberry Cough

For Joe Vela, co-founder and CEO of Emojibator, a shame-free, accessible pleasure-tech brand debuting a CBD pleasure activator later this year, it’s all about Strawberry Cough. 

“I keep a steady supply of sativas and sativa-hybrids,” said Vela. “My go-to strain for arousal is Strawberry Cough. In addition to the sensual smell and taste of berry, this strain gives me creative energy and full-body relaxation.”

Strawberry Cough is a sweet, potent strain known for its heady high and hard, cough-provoking smoke. With a terpene profile high in caryophyllene and limonene with a dash of linalool, it produces a shimmering, euphoric high that is at once uplifting, relaxing, and perfect for getting freaky.



Trainwreck 

High in euphoria-inducing myrcene, uplifting pinene, and sedating terpinolene, Trainwreck is a fabulous strain for foreplay and beyond, according to our sex experts. While it hit its peak popularity about a decade ago, that doesn’t stop Laura Eisman and Allison Krongard, CEOs and co-founders of Her Highness, a brand of glamourous cannabis accessories, from enjoying Trainwreck’s hard-hitting cerebral high, surging euphoria, and creativity. 

“My absolute favorite strain for sex is Trainwreck,” said Eisman. “I love it in any form. Nothing is sexier than slowly smoking a Trainwreck preroll. It makes me feel completely euphoric. I get lost in the experience and every sensation is intensified.” 

Krongard adds, “Personally, the best pre-sex strain for me is whichever one I have available. Getting high before sex makes it better for me, and all strains deliver. However, if I had to pick just one or two notable pre-sex standouts, they would be Trainwreck and Red Congolese.” 



Granddaddy Purple

“I think, more than focusing on strains, something to think about, ask about, and look into is terpenes and cannabinoids,” said Anne Louise Burdett, co-Founder & CEO of TOCA, an organic CBD line of intimacy lubricants. “Different strains have different terpene and cannabinoid profiles which is what makes them unique, and if you know what you’re looking for, you can try out all kinds of different combinations.” 

She continued, “When it comes to terpenes, for example, if you want to be clear and focused, look to pinene. If you are wanting something more relaxed and sedating, myrcene or linalool, with limonene being more euphoric, creative. As far as cannabinoids, CBN is a major chemical that makes people feel kind of sleepy and dull, so likely best to avoid. THC is fantastic for pain relief and heightened sensation, and THCV is more stimulating. So overall, it’s a pretty idiosyncratic choice, depending on what you need to get aroused and how you like to feel.”

That said, her recent go-to has been Granddaddy Purple (or GDP), an indica-growing cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud that is high in relaxing myrcene, anxiety-curbing caryophyllene, and uplifting pinene. “Grandaddy Purple is currently the strain I use the most because I have very full days … a pretty regular obstacle to sex is the task of slowing down my brain and getting present and relaxed in my body at the end of the day. Grandaddy Purple is perfect for a longer, more languid experience. A sensual, relaxed time.” 



Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel, one of the most popular strains in existence, is a sativa-growing plant that took over in the 90s. This cross between ChemDog 91 and Super Skunk was cultivated by grower AJ Sour Diesel and launched a ton of beef between growers in the weed world at the time due to its diesel-y aroma and general prowess as the ultimate 90s dank. High in uplifting limonene, peppery caryophyllene, and fruity, relaxing myrcene, Sour Diesel made two of our expert’s lists, including Anne Louise Burdett above.  

Daniel Saynt, Founder & Chief Conspirator of The New Society for Wellness (NSFW), a private members club for the adventurous, agreed. “My choice strains for great sex are Sour Diesel, Afgan Goo, Blue Cheese, and Voodoo.” 

Saynt continued, “Just think about the experience you’re about to have and try to match the strain that best fits. If you’re looking for a Barry Manalo style, long and romantic sex experience consider going with an indica-based weed like Bubblegum Kush. Try other indica strains if you want to stretch out your sexual experience with more touch and massage, as these strains make that action feel amazing. If you’re looking for wild and crazy sex making, go for a sativa or hybrid-based strain like Sour Diesel or Jillybean. Both are great for getting the juices going and raising arousal.” 

“It’s not about getting insanely high when you’re mixing weed and sex. It’s about enhancing the experience, not overpowering it … much like great sex, it’s better to start slow and build up.” 



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COVID-19 Sex tips from The BC Center For Disease Control

This pandemic is hitting the economy pretty hard. Orgasms are free but for loads of people, hard to come by. In the age of social distancing, getting laid has gotten scary. Living through this pandemic is stressful enough but if COVID-19 is cockblocking you, life is a special kind of hell. Thankfully, The BC Center […]

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Fetish Quiz for Couples – Bring up kink

According to Sigmund Freud, the only unusual sexual desire was to have none whatsoever. Everything else is just a matter of personal preference. If everyone emulated that mentality, our sex lives would all be happy ever after. However, for one reason or another, we get shy about our kinks and this is a shame. Being […]

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Weed Goggles: Marijuana Can Increase Hookups

Anyone who hangs around the bars understands there is a phenomenon that happens after a few or five cocktails that seems to make the world a more beautiful place than it really is. On beer one, the scene might appear more as if management turned a pack of drunken hyenas loose than a place where humans go to drink. It’s like your favorite watering hole has all of a sudden started moonlighting as a shelter for weird-looking animals with beer bellies and speech impediments. But then somewhere around the third vodka and soda, something miraculous starts to happen. Wait, what’s this? All of the beady-eyed varmints mingling around the room are starting to look just a bit more appealing than when you first walked in. You think to yourself for a moment: Perhaps the crowd changed when I wasn’t looking. But, oh no, that’s not it at all. The more likely scenario is that you’re now riding the barstool with your booze goggles on.

Interestingly enough, it’s not just alcohol helping ugly people hook up. Our old pal marijuana has also been known to inspire its fair share of regretful encounters, which may or may not have started with the phrase, “Hey baby, what’s shaking? Want to get high?” Yep, we are fully aware that we could use a little help with our pick-up lines, no doubt. But here’s the thing: With weed, there may not be a need for any smooth-talking when trying to pick up a partner for the night. It could be as easy as getting stoned and just allowing all of the annoying hang-ups we might have about a person slip away into a cloud of smoke. It’s something that the pros are calling “weed goggles,” which is where the buzzed brain makes a person think their prospective love interest — one who might only have one tooth and reek of cheese — is totally doable.

The problem with weed goggles is, just like when alcohol is involved, people can wake up the next morning and think, “Sweet Jesus, what in the hell did I do?” Ah, yes, the hot sexual conquest has transformed into a ghastly beast that doesn’t come anywhere close to passing standards. This realization is hard to swallow, too, and it can spawn the kind of loathsome regret that makes a person want to gnaw their arm off at the shoulder to make a daring escape. But there’s always a chance —  always — that they’ll get caught trying to bolt and have to make up a dumb excuse to avoid staying for breakfast. Admittedly, these “oh, crap” moments are not as common in those sexual prowlers who consume marijuana as it is in those who like to get drunk.

But there is undoubtedly a level of unsafe, questionable sex that often transpires because two people got high.

“While alcohol reportedly led to riskier sexual behavior, both drugs appear to potentially increase risk for unsafe sex,” concluded a study published several years ago in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

What is most telling about this study is it suggests that the marvel of weed goggles may have more to do with marijuana being illegal in most places than anything else. Lead researcher Joseph J. Palamar, Ph.D. claims that people are more likely to hook up because of the situations they find themselves in when trying to get high. “If you’re older than 21, you’re able to drink anywhere you want. But when it comes to marijuana, at least in most of the U.S., it has to be in a hidden area where you can’t get arrested,” he told Inverse. “If you get someone to come home with you to smoke weed, there’s a way to facilitate getting a sexual connection, for better or for worse.”

Some of the latest research on the subject of sex and marijuana finds that people are just having more of it in states where it is legal. A study published in the Journal of Health Economics shows daily marijuana users are having 20% more sex than their sober counterparts. But before you get too excited, you should also know that these people are also having more babies and contracting more sexually transmitted diseases. States with medical marijuana laws on the books saw a 2% increase in yearly births, the study shows, and most of these kids got brought into the world by unmarried parents. Presumably, this is because single people are getting high and jumping into the sack with strangers. It’s this impaired judgment (weed goggles) that the study attributes to a temporary increase in gonorrhea. The idea is that people are just getting stoned, getting naked and getting it on without much consideration for contraceptives.

There is no denying that marijuana and sex go hand in hand. But it’s not supernatural. Marijuana enhances the senses, lowers inhibitions and makes average, everyday gobbledygook just a little better. So, toss in some good music and a pizza with those affairs guided by the so-called weed goggles and that’s just about as perfect a night as they come. It is worth mentioning, though, that there has been a spike in STDs nationwide over the past several years – some of which are incurable – so sexual stoners might need to start getting serious about using condoms. Because while the regret of sleeping with the unattractive can be hard to stomach, it has nothing on the despair of finding out that you’re about to have an ugly baby with herpes.

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Stoner Sex on Valentine’s Day

The key to making the most of February 14th is planning ahead. In the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Valentine’s Day can be a blast, and even more so if you smoke weed. If you have a 420 friendly partner, kick it up this year and get freaky with some […]

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A Guide to Dating in the Modern Age of Weed

With 22% of 18—29-year-olds in the US smoking weed, the issue of cannabis usage is coming up more and more on dates and in relationships. Dating apps like Hinge and Bumble have features for people to indicate whether they smoke weed, and there are several dating apps just for cannabis users. 

Sex and weed have been mingling for years. There are plenty of studies that find that cannabis can increase sexual activity and enjoyment, and a slew of sex-focused cannabis products promise to reduce pain associated with intercourse and enhance the experience in the bedroom, so it’s not much of a surprise to find weed factoring into more aspects of dating. 

But anti-weed stigma is a real issue for singles: 76% of women and 62% of men in a 2015 survey by the dating app Match said they wouldn’t date regular smokers. On top of that, some challenges can come up once smokers are in relationships, like negotiating each other’s usage and navigating consent under the influence. From meeting people to having sex while stoned, here’s our guide to dating in the modern age of weed. 

Finding 420-friendly partners

Lots of dating apps now let people indicate whether they partake or not, so putting that information on your profile is one way to start filtering out people who aren’t OK with it, says dating coach Lana Otoya. To be extra overt about it, you could write “420 friendly” on your profile, says sex coach and CannaSexual creator Ashley Manta.

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If you don’t want to go through the effort of figuring out whether your matches will be OK with your habits, try a weed-specific app like High There, 420 Singles or My 420 Mate. Weed-focused events can also provide avenues for stoners to meet partners, says Manta. You can search for them on eventhi.io

The sooner you talk about weed usage with your dates, the better, says sex coach Kristen Thomas. That way, if they have an issue with your habits, you won’t waste time trying to make it work. If you’re nervous about disclosing your usage right away, you can ask your date if they smoke or their general feelings about weed, she says. 

Manta even advocates getting the conversation over with before your first date. One way to do this is to have a FaceTime call that includes a virtual smoke session. “If cannabis is part of your life, whether medically or recreationally, it’s good to know upfront if a prospective partner is on board with that.” 

Negotiating each other’s weed usage

In general, Otoya cautions against opining about your partner’s weed usage. “Not everybody needs to live their life the way you do, including your partner,” she says. “Changing people doesn’t work too well in relationships, and I advise against it.”

If your partner’s smoking habit is impacting you negatively, Manta suggests keeping it about your own experience. You can bring it up by saying, “when you do X, I feel Y.” 

“That’s valid if it’s affecting you directly, although you cannot expect to control their behavior and ultimately have to make choices on compatibility if it’s an ongoing issue,” she says. If your concern is less about the impact on you and more about how it’s affecting their life more generally, it’s not really within your rights to comment. “It’s not your job to make sure they’re accomplishing their goals, and no one gets to tell anyone else how to live their life.” 

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If your own smoking habits bother your partner, you can offer to put boundaries around it, like always smoking outside or not doing it before family gatherings, says Otoya. “A couple who is going to have a healthy long-term relationship should be able to find a compromise that works for both parties.”

Elise, a 33-year-old working in finance in Massachusetts, is a daily smoker in a relationship with a non-smoker. “It got difficult when we moved in together because he can’t stand the smell and doesn’t want to be around it. I’ve adapted a lot in that I’ve switched my primary use of consuming to edibles and don’t smoke in our apartment as much,” she says. “I do still smoke in the house occasionally, especially in winter; we open windows, and there’s only one room that I smoke in, so there are smoke-free spaces he can go.”

If you’re unable to find a compromise, you may need to have a conversation about your relationship’s future, says Manta. “No one deserves to be made to feel bad for their choices around self-care. Your partner is allowed and encouraged to negotiate boundaries around consumption in their presence, or brushing teeth after consuming/before kissing them, but otherwise, it’s really not their place to tell you how to live your life.”

Navigating consent

“It is a good idea to talk about sex, boundaries, and fantasy before you get baked together,” says Thomas. Some people love stoned sex and even have better sex under the influence, while others feel it compromises their ability to consent. 

Because people have varying reactions to weed, a lot of it is about knowing your partner. “I am very affectionate when under the influence, and [my partner] was the opposite,” says Adam Marshall, a 39-year-old facilities manager in LA. “It basically came down to knowing [that] if she smoked, that any form of intimacy was off the menu for the night.”

Even if you know your partner’s general tendencies, it’s a good idea to talk about what you want any time you’re smoking and sex is a possibility. “Have a conversation prior to consuming any cannabis product about what you’re consuming, how much, what your intentions are, what your boundaries are, how to tell if you’re in distress, and how long you’d like to play,” says Manta. “I encourage regularly checking in throughout the experience to make sure everyone is still on the same page.”

If you’re both cool with getting intimate while stoned, Thomas suggests using a “red, yellow, green” system to communicate your boundaries: If you’re comfortable, you can say “green,” if your comfort zone is being pushed but you still want to continue, you can say “yellow,” and if you’re completely out of your comfort zone and want to stop, you say “red.”

A lot of couples enjoy lighting up together and find that it enhances their relationships as well as their sex lives. The key is to make sure you’re on the same page, both about each other’s usage and about anything you might do under the influence. Cannabis will only bring you closer if you take the opportunity to have discussions about it and get to know each other better through it.

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