Cannabis, Sex & Aphrodisiac Plants
In honor of Masturbation May, we thought we’d crank up the heat just a lil bit and talk about the sexier aspects of Mother Nature’s most wonderful plant. What does it mean to be Cannasexual? Anyone who deliberately combines sex and cannabis to deepen intimacy and enhance pleasure! Now let’s get right down to it.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a Stanford study in 2017 researching whether heterosexual cannabis users had more, less or the same amount of sex as non-users. 50,000 participants reported an unexpected trend… if you use cannabis… you have more sex!
Average amount of sex over 4 weeks
Non-Cannabis Women: 6 Times
Cannabis Women: 7.1 Times
Non-Cannabis Men: 5.6 Times
Cannabis Men: 6.9 Times
The clinical implications put it right out there, “Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.
Is cannabis an aphrodisiac?
Well, in India, cannabis has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for a myriad of conditions, including increasing sexual performance and pleasure. This was confirmed by the 1979 cannabis using Health Sciences college demographic who, when surveyed, absolutely agreed that the plant can improve orgasms and should be classified as an aphrodisiac.
The results from a similar study in 1984 came to the same conclusions; cannabis use enhances sexual pleasure, increases sexual desire, and, interestingly, increases the desire for a familiar sexual partner.
What the science says
The evidence from a biological perspective is pretty clear. Pleasure of any kind (derived from eating, physical exercise, sex, social interaction) is caused by the release of serotonin and dopamine. Another integral aspect of this pleasure / reward feedback loop is the production of endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids, and therefore cannabis compounds, affect our serotonin and dopamine centres. CBD and THC both stimulate the cannabinoid receptors in the Basal forebrain – the pleasure dome of the whole body. This increase in the feeling of wellbeing and happiness as a result of using cannabinoids undoubtedly unlocks more feelings of arousal – when we feel good, we feel good, right!
Sexual arousal increases the release of endocannabinoids so adding plant cannabinoids to our system increases this arousal we feel. More arousal = prolonged and more satisfying orgasms. Add to this the ability for high CBD cannabis strains to lessen our anxiety (a significant hurdle to great sex) and increase our feelings of relaxation and wellbeing – expect to see stars.
‘Start Low, Go Slow’ Our moto for cannabis dosing can equally be applied to our advice on sex.
Find that Goldilocks zone – not too little / not too much – when it comes to incorporating cannabis into your sex life.
Worried about getting high? Go topical – THC is a vasodilator – meaning it increases blood flow to the area it has been rubbed on – use your imagination on that one.
So the anecdotal bottom (so to speak) line, backed up by ancient wisdom and modern science is that
*High CBD strains
- Increases the amount of sex you have.
- Increases your level of arousal
- Increases your feeling of wellness
- Gives you superior orgasms
- Reduces anxiety*
- Can be ingested or rubbed in
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