It’s the season of romance! By now, you should have the restaurant booked, your date-night outfit ready to go, and now it’s time to buy her flowers — but maybe not the flowers you’re used to buying.
There is an increasing amount of findings that highlight a correlation between consuming cannabis and friction in the bedroom… intriguing, right? But it affects everyone differently. There’s a number of factors that come into play before you start stocking up on flowers…
An informal poll by Psychology Today showed that 67% of people claimed that cannabis intensified their sex lives, while 20% noted that it was totally dependent on the heat of the moment.
Cannabis may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Physically and psychologically, everyone has different experiences and preferences, so while some may experience heightened anxiety, others may enjoy having it as part of their daily routine, using it to relax or unwind after a long day.
While it’s still unclear as to why exactly the substance can make such a difference when it comes time to close the door, the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth noted that cannabis consumers may generally be more free-spirited due to their relationship with cannabis, which could explain the additional engagement in the bedroom.
“Individuals who engage in marijuana use or would be open about use might be more psychologically disinhibited in general than those who are not. This also might be reflected in their sex life.
Cannabis and Libido
If you want cannabis to impact your libido, you have to find the type of flower that works for you, and you have to have a positive relationship with cannabis to start with, or the anxiety may undermine you instead of enhancing your experience.
Sex therapist, Lawrence Seigel, has an educated hunch as to why it’s so appealing and leads a steamier experience in the bedroom. He said that THC plays a big role, at least in females it does. THC targets the part of your brain which is associated with sexual arousal or a sense of euphoria. Our bodies have a natural endocannabinoid system which is integral in regulating how relaxed we are while also balancing pain and pleasure. When cannabis cannabinoids are thrown into the mix, people tend to feel more relaxed, with more pleasure and less pain. So in hindsight, a controlled dose of cannabis can increase your arousal and make sex more enjoyable.
Daily Users Have More Sex Than Non-Users
Some people assume that the more frequently you consume cannabis, the worse it could be when it comes to sexual performance, however, we learned that exactly the opposite is true according to Dr. Eisenberg, a published author in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. In fact, daily users have up to 20% more sex than those who never consume cannabis.
The U.S. National Survey of Family Growth performed a study on 50,000 people averaging how much intercourse users and non-users have. The study involved over 28,000 women and almost 23,000 men and asked how often they had intercourse during a 4-week period before the study, and how frequently they consumed cannabis in the past year.
Women who didn’t consume cannabis had sex an average of 6 times in the 4 weeks prior to the study, while women who reported consumed cannabis daily averaged at 7.1 times.
Similar results were revealed for men too. Men who did not consume cannabis averaged at 5.6 times in the past month, whereas men who consumed cannabis daily averaged at 6.9 times.
The results showed that regardless of marital status, gender, age, religion, education, income, race or ethnicity, cannabis-users have more sex than non-users, and the studies were consistent year after year. It came as a surprise is
THC vs. CBD
The arousal from a ‘high’ is totally dependent on the type of cannabis you consume, and your mood plays an important role as well. Cannabis has roughly 100 cannabinoids, which are the active components on the flower that contribute to the effects that you’ll have after consumption.
The famous cannabinoid on the market is THC. THC is primarily responsible for the psychoactive effects, or ‘stereotypical high’, that people tend to experience when they consume cannabis. Contributing to the state of euphoria users may feel after consumption makes it an attractive addition when it comes to the bedroom, however, some women say THC is a no-go because it can halt natural lubrication, leading to a more uncomfortable experience on their end. However, CBD could help with this.
CBD is the second most common cannabinoid in cannabis and is primarily used for medicinal purposes on the market. It has benefits such as chronic pain relief and is known to relax its users without the psychoactive effects that THC can bring to the table.
There are CBD-infused products on the market aimed at enhancing your experience in the bedroom. Ranging from topical creams, ointments, lubricants and more, the products capitalize on CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects.
While CBD products are primarily targeted toward women who suffer from painful intercourse, pelvic discomfort or diagnoses such as endometriosis, it’s been shown that the products reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation, which may lead to a steamier session with your partner.
If you’re looking to add cannabis into your love life, a balance between micro-dosing a cannabis product with moderate THC potency, as well as a CBD product such as lubricant could be exactly what you need to spice things up.
Now, just because some studies say that cannabis consumption is related to the amount of sex users have, it’s still a careful balance that sparks the perfect chemistry.
The Sociology Department at the University of California Santa Barbara stated that while arousal is connected with cannabis consumption, it helps to have experience with dosing yourself. When people consume cannabis, they’re more likely to fall between aroused and just straight-up sleepy depending on how much you consumed vs. your tolerance/experience level.
The last thing you want to do is fall asleep on your significant other, or end up Netflix and literally just chilling all night when the plan was a romantic night with your partner.
Micro-dosing is key to gauge exactly what level of high you want to be with your partner.
There you have it. Cannabis may just be the new aphrodisiac to spike in popularity now that federal legalization is on its way.
With 67% of users experiencing extra heat between the sheets, and with cannabis to blame, why wouldn’t it be worth a try?
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