Let’s talk about sex (and cannabis), baby.

It’s generally accepted that cannabis is a substance that enhances. It makes some of the most mundane tasks more interesting, bringing a bit of an extra glow to everything you do under the influence of cannabis.

But what about sex? Could it be that cannabis actually makes sex better?

What Researchers Are Saying

Let’s dig into some of the current research.

A St. Louis University in Missouri study surveyed 133 adult women during their annual gynecologist visits. Of the 133, 38 (29%) reported using cannabis prior to sex with partners. Of that group of 38 carnal cannabis users, 16% said it ruined sex, 68% said it made sex “more pleasurable,” and 16% expressed no opinion.

Of the 68% who said it made sex more pleasurable, 72% said it increased their erotic pleasure, with 62% saying it increased their libidos and the pleasure of their orgasms.  16% of those who consumed cannabis prior to sex indicated that it was to relieve some of the pain associated with sex.

The study was followed up by the same team of researchers with a larger group, where 33% said they’d used cannabis prior to sex. 65% of this second group referred to cannabis as “sex enhancing”.

What’s Happening in the Body?

So why does cannabis enhance sex? It all has to do with the endocannabinoid system.

“Our body’s natural endocannabinoid system is key in regulating things like pleasure, pain, relaxation, and homeostasis. When it is activated by the cannabinoids in cannabis, it can leave users feeling relaxed with increased pleasure and decreased pain,” explained Peter Barsoom to CNN. Barsoom is the founder of 1906, which aims to bring cannabis back to the mainstream. “This can lead to increased arousal and make sex even more enjoyable. For others, the reason is the increased pleasurable sensations that can arise with cannabis. This effect can make sex feel even more enjoyable.”

Increased Pleasure, Increased Fun

So, what’s really happening to the sex organs when THC and CBD are introduced?

According to Foria, a leading brand that’s all about sex and cannabis, when you apply THC to your sex organs, blood flow is increased, amplifying sensitivity and pleasure. This process is called vasodilation.  It’s the same reason you get red eyes when you consume cannabis. THC encourages the body cells to relax and dilate by releasing nitric oxide, increasing blood flow, and subsequent sexual desire. Fun fact: this is the same effect in male enhancement drugs!

There’s no wonder cannabis is often referred to as “the female Viagra”

Cannabis Makes You Have More Sex

A Stanford University Medical Centre study published in 2016 used data from the National Survey of Family Growth to examine sex and reproductive patterns. The survey assessed how frequently people had sex over the past 4 weeks and how frequently they had used cannabis in the last year.

There was “a positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups”. Women cannabis users reported having sex an average 7.1 times over the past 4 weeks, compared to the 6 times for non-cannabis users.

Men reported having sex 6.9 times over the last 4 weeks in comparison to their cannabis-abstaining friends who did the nasty 5.6 times over that period.

I Smell Sex and [Cannabis] In Here

Luckily for those who are interested in pairing sex and cannabis, cannabis brands have been rising to the challenge of coming out with the sexiest cannabis-infused sex enhancers.

HighOnLove™ introduces superior grade lubricating oil blends made with hempseed oil. Curated by Angela Mustone, a specialist producer of adult cosmetics, this product line brings heightened style and intimacy, for the discerning woman who knows what she wants in the bedroom.

Formulated specifically for women, Pleasure by Foria enhances tactile sensations while decreasing tension, discomfort, and dryness. Users of this product report enhanced access to orgasm and deeper orgasms.

For those who hold a medical cannabis recommendation in Canada, Hydropothecary has a new product called fleur de lune, an intimate coconut based oil.

Coming soon is a cannabis personal lubricant from Toronto-based Pleasure Peaks. Products are all organic and pH balanced to promote vaginal health.

When using these products, make sure you’re aware of whether these products can be used with latex. For example, fleur de lune is not compatible with latex!

Double Your Pleasure

It’s in the science: cannabis makes sex better. When used lovingly between partners in an intimate setting, it can create the mood, stimulate, and help partners find increased pleasure in their climax.

We can’t think of a better way to experiment with cannabis!

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