Cannabis in the bedroom? Yes, please.
All-natural aphrodisiacs come in different shapes and sizes, from slimy oysters to dried beetles (Spanish fly). In the arena of plant-based sexual stimulators, cannabis is right up there with sweet basil and fenugreek. But how does the herb affect sex and how much should individuals consume to go from zero to king or queen of the bedroom? Find out below!
Stimulating the Endocannabinoid System
The plant’s effects on the endocannabinoid system is largely responsible for heightened levels of pleasure experienced during sex. After consumption, one’s mind becomes more sensitive to touch, memory, cognition, sounds and behavior. CB1 receptors are activated in the brain – a pathway associated with general euphoria. As a result, sexually active cannabis consumers have reported more intense orgasms and feelings of closeness with their partners.
“There’s no doubt that when people are high, they’re more sensitive to their sexual feelings and urges,”
said Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
The duration of intimate sessions may also be affected when cannabis enters the bedroom. Consuming the herb can alter one’s perception of time, making some activities seem longer or noticeably shorter than normal. According to a post from Medical Daily, the average time that couples spend getting frisky is 5.4 minutes. Though this figure was taken from a range of 33 seconds to 44 minutes. Men who are concerned about how cannabis affects their ability to perform for long periods of time may want to use time markers, such as a playlist of hot and steamy tracks, to help them gauge how long they’ve been in action.
Strains, Dosages and Tips
Just as sexual preferences vary from person-to-person, so does the effects of cannabis on people getting down for some nightly action. Studies seem to be mixed regarding the appropriate dosage for maximum stimulation. A study published in The Journal of Sex Research concluded that small doses of the herb were more effective than colossal doses. Other groups have reported great success in using large doses, resulting in an immediate increase of sexual drive. These findings emphasize people’s broad range of tolerance and sensitivity to cannabis.
“In a person smoking marijuana, the THC enters the bloodstream very rapidly,”
said Dr. Susan Dalterio, during an interview with the New York Times.
“The drug’s almost instant effect on the testes, as shown in the study, would seem to account for the dramatic reports of sexual arousal during and after smoking.”
Taking such results into consideration, individuals who are experimenting with the herb should first start with small doses and work their way up from there. When it comes to specific strains, low-THC options are highly recommended to prevent couch-lock (avoid edibles). Topical sprays have been gaining popularity for individuals looking to make sexual encounters more intense. Applying cannabis-infused sprays on sensitive areas of the body have been linked to increased stimulation. If applied properly and generously, the effects can be felt in as little as 15 minutes.
To conclude, there’s no denying that cannabis is a viable aphrodisiac for people interested in enhancing their sex lives. However, doses and methods of consumption must be explored thoroughly to maximize its effectiveness. Have fun with it and see where it takes you!