Cannabis and sex is probably one of the greatest combinations of any two things in the history of the world, ever. If you haven’t already tried it – what are you waiting for? Here’s a breakdown of exactly what makes the fusion of weed and sex so fantastic, and how to use weed to enhance your sex life.
Cannabis and the sensory system
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the strongest active compounds in weed, interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain and causes your senses to become more heightened. By binding with areas in the brain like the olfactory bulb which controls your sense of smell, the THC in weed gives users a heightened sense of perception of their surroundings. With this heightened sensory perception, colors seem brighter, tastes are richer, and sounds are louder. Your sense of touch is also affected, which is why you can “feel” your skin more when you’re high. Your sense of time and space is also greatly affected when smoking weed, thanks to how THC interacts with your internal, subjective sense of time. Since time seems to move much more slowly when you’re high, an hour of intercourse can feel like a week-long tantric sex bender.
With your sensory system in overdrive, cannabis-fueled sex is already likely to be an incredibly satisfying experience for everyone involved – but there’s more. Smoking cannabis also gives you a greater sense of empathy, meaning that you can relate to your partner and their needs more than when you’re sober. Empathy is the first step towards having a sexual encounter that is equally satisfying for everyone involved, which unfortunately is not always the case during heterosexual relationships – thanks to the ‘orgasm gap’. The orgasm gap refers to the fact that during sexual encounters, heterosexual women experience considerably fewer orgasms than heterosexual men.
Close that Damn Orgasm Gap!
This orgasm gap closes considerably between same-sex sexual encounters, since individuals are likely to find it easier satisfy someone who has the same genitals as they do – in short, a woman is more likely to know what it takes a woman to orgasm (interestingly enough, straight men and gay men experience roughly the same levels of sexual satisfaction, which supports the idea that it is much easier to make a man orgasm than it is a woman - duh).
The heightened sense of empathy you get from smoking weed gives you a better sense of awareness of your partner’s sexual needs, and helps you become more attuned to their physical response to your actions – noticing what they like and don’t like, and what sends them over the edge (in a good way).
This greater sense of empathy coupled with a heightened sense of touch is the magical combination that makes weed sex so fantastic, especially for women.
Top tips for bringing cannabis into the bedroom:
All stoners know that experiencing dry mouth is a pretty inevitable side-effect of smoking weed. Nothing kills the mood like making out with dry mouth - It feels weird, and the inevitable bad breath that follows is sure to be a massive turn-off, so keep water on hand to stay hydrated.
Lube – lots and lots of lube.
Smoking cannabis not only gives you dry mouth, but many women report experiencing vaginal dryness as a result of smoking weed. For women this can result in a lot of pain during intercourse, and result in a lot of discomfort for days afterwards as well as long-term damage like tearing and bleeding. There’s a myth that lubrication is only necessary for anal sex, or for older women who have gone through menopause and experience vaginal dryness as a result, but this could not be further from the truth. Lubrication is a great addition to your sex life – keeping lube on hand means women can enjoy sex for a much longer period of time, and for multiple sessions, even when you’re not high – and who doesn’t want that?
If you’re using condoms with your partner, be sure to check that the lubricant you’re using is not oil-based, as oil-based lubricant will break down latex and create tiny holes in the condom. Natural-based lubricants (often containing aloe vera) can also be incompatible with latex condoms, so be sure to check the label.
Listen to your partner
This is probably the most important tip of all. Even when you’re sober and not feeling the cosy empathetic vibes, listening to your partner and respecting their needs and boundaries is the most important step in creating a happy and satisfying sexual encounter for everyone involved.
Sex under the influence of weed, alcohol, or any sort of mind-altering substance is considered “risky sex”, so if you’re having intercourse with a new partner be sure to take precautions to prevent the spread of STI’s and unwanted pregnancy. Weed might reduce the amount of swimmers you produce (heads up, straight men!) but using a condom is the only form of contraception that prevents both STI’s and pregnancy – so no matter how stoned you are, remember to wrap it up.