BY MARIA DEL RUSSO
The Truth About Cannabis and Sex
It should come as no surprise: research indicates that cannabis use and quality orgasms are directly correlated.
“We’ve got data that suggests that enhanced orgasm for women [who use cannabis before sex] is common, with the caveat that most products are not exactly lubricants,” says Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the University of Albany and author of the book Understanding Marijuana: A New Look At The Scientific Evidence. “The perception of slowed time seems to be part of the story, as orgasms appear to last longer.”
Antuanette Gomez, CEO of Pleasure Peaks, a cannabis women’s sexual health company, is steadfast in her assertion that cannabis and orgasm are inextricably linked. “It’s a vasodilator, like Viagra, so there’s more blood flow to your genitals when you use cannabis,” she says. “[It’s partially] why your eyes get red when you smoke. It increases circulation, which increases sensitivity and arousal.” Both she and Earleywine mention that women in particular report benefits to using cannabis during sex. “Cannabis lets you put your ego aside, so you’re way more open, and you give in to those urges,” Gomez says. “So when you have a person in front of you, and you’re smoking pot, it’s more intimate.”
According to Gomez, the key to finding the best strain and format for you and your sexual experience is to pinpoint exactly what it is you’re looking for. “Not all sex is the same,” she explains. “Edibles are great for going on a date because they have a longer effect and give you a more intimate mood. Think slow and sensual sex.” More interested in sweaty jackrabbit sex? You should definitely smoke something, then. “Go for a higher sativa strain,” Gomez says. “Smoking sativa is great for a quickie.”
The reason women seem to especially experience the benefits of sex and marijuana use is that it allows them to get out of their heads and into the moment, according to Earleywine. In fact, stress and anxiety are some of the main reasons why women occasionally struggle to achieve orgasm. But with weed, “women report feeling more closeness with a partner, and data from the ‘60s suggests [they feel] ‘more energy exchange’ as well as ‘connections on a deeper level,’” Earleywine says. “Women who have trouble ‘spectatoring,’ or not feeling in the moment during sexual encounters, claim that cannabis can help.”
Gomez sees things the same way. The Sativa strain can be great for people who have anxiety, or have a hard time relaxing during sex because sativa creates more of a head high, she explains. Gomez also says that CBD is great for that, too, since it can calm your brain down. Indica, on the other hand, is great for people who tend to physically tense up during sex. Gomez also suggests playing around with hybrid blends to find the one that works best for you.
It’s important to remember, though, that different strains might affect different people in different ways. Earleywine says that the way you experience cannabis is tied to how much you dose, and knowing how much to take is definitely a learned skill. When it comes to dosing, “start small and go slow,” Gomez says. Start with a little and then add a little bit more if you feel like you can handle it. The sweet spot is out there somewhere.
Gomez also recommends masturbating while under the influence before bringing a partner into the mix. “This really allows you to get to know yourself and how the cannabis affects your sex life,” Gomez explains. “It’s a great way to make you less ego-driven.” And once you’re ready to bring in your partner, make sure they’re aware that you’re using, and that you’re prepared for the after effects of your orgasm. “Orgasm can be intense when you’re using cannabis,” Gomez warns. In other words, you want to make sure that your partner will be supportive and aware of your mindset. But not to worry—the more you use cannabis during sex, the more you’ll know how it will affect you, and eventually, everything will fall into place.
All in all, though, the message seems pretty clear: Weed and orgasms go together like peanut butter and jelly.