Hey Flamingo Fam! With love in the air this week, we thought we would shed some light on how cannabis can affect your sex life. If you’re ready to learn more, keep on reading!
Did you know there are more to aphrodisiacs than chocolate and oysters? That’s right, cannabis has entered the chat! As we all know, cannabis has some pretty historic roots, from being used as an ancient Chinese aphrodisiac, to being prescribed as a remedy for menstrual cramps in the Victorian Era. Regardless of the ailments it was used to treat, cannabis has come a long way since then. Cannabis has finally earned its place in today's society, and for some, it’s earned its place in the bedroom as well.
With the legalization of cannabis, many cannabis companies have been able to experiment with new formats of both THC and CBD. Gone are the days of smoking only, in todays market, you can purchase lube, massage oils, suppositories, and even bath bombs with a little THC or CBD, or a mix of both.
A recent study revealed that of 150 customers surveyed between five different dispensaries, 68% of them admitted that cannabis had heightened or elevated their experience in the bedroom. One reason this may be, is because cannabis (depending on the strain) can sometimes reduce your stress and anxiety, allowing you to step into your sexual abilities a little more confidently than you usually might. Other affects of cannabis include euphoria, relaxation, and sensitivity to touch - all things that enhance a sexual experience. Physical contact, including touching, hugging, caressing, and being held release the feel-good hormone oxytocin. Cannabis also enhances skin sensation and physical closeness, likely due to the abundance of cannabinoid receptors on the skin.
And while incorporating cannabis to your bedroom routine can be fun for everyone, did you know that people with vulvas react to cannabis differently than those that don’t? Cannabis topicals increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and desensitize the nerves that tell your brain you’re in pain, and when applied topically, THC doesn't get absorbed into the bloodstream, so you won’t get intoxicated! Wild right? THC is almost guaranteed to enhance your ability to climax as a woman, but for men- maybe not.
Most men will experience the similar positive benefits that come with incorporating THC into sex that most women do, however, a small chunk of men have reported the complete opposite. For most- THC helps them last longer before achieving an orgasm, but for a few unfortunate fellows, they last too long- unable to ever achieve an orgasm after consuming.
We know what you’re thinking, what if you and THC don’t get along? If paranoia and anxiety usually arrive shortly after consuming THC, you’re not alone. Some consumers can be affected by even the smallest doses of THC, so if that’s your situation, we’ve got something for you too. CBD of course!
CBD has always been associated with relaxation and calming of the nerves. According to a study done at the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University, there are so many cannabinoid receptors in reproductive organs and sexual tissue. CBD increases blood flow to tissues, which increases sensitivity and promotes the body’s own natural lubrication. With that being said, CBD might actually put some people in the mood for romance. Research shows that CBD can be effective at reducing stress and anxiety. That relaxation can, in turn, reduce the distractions and worries that can hinder a positive sexual experience.
It’s not all THC and CBD though, terpenes are also doing some work in the background. Terpenes enhance the entourage effect, so it only makes sense that terpenes can also play a major role when incorporating cannabis into your sex life. Experts have suggested strains high in limonene if you’re lacking libido or sex drive. Linalool is known for its calming effects, who wouldn’t want to be calm, cool, and collected during sexy time?
So now that we’ve given you a little rundown on how cannabis can be incorporated into your next date night, where to start? With a variety of products and options, it’s important to do your research and ask questions before grabbing the first THC lube you see. Cannabis, whether inhaled, ingested, or applied topically, affects each and everyone of us differently. Your tolerance does not depend on your height, weight, or sex - it depends on your endocannabinoid system, which is unique to you and only you. No two are the same. We encourage you to start low and go slow, trying a lower dose to start. Better safe than sorry!