Cannabis and Sex: Is Marijuana Hindering Your Sex Life?
Marijuana can have some *ahem* unpleasant effects on a lady smoker’s lady parts. Here’s what you should know about cannabis and sex, and “cotton vagina.”
Every magazine and blog in the world tells you how to have the best sex ever:
“Drink three glasses of red wine!”
“Yawn upside down while clenching your ab muscles!”
… Right. It is, however, rare to find marijuana on the list of things contributing to the amazing sex life we all crave. In the past, we have looked at how cannabis can positively affect your relationship with your significant other, but today we skip all that mushy stuff and go straight into the nitty gritty of cannabis and sex.
According to a study by my420mate.com, a cannabis-oriented dating site, 77.8% of respondents said that their partner’s sexual experience was more important than their own, making cannabis smokers selfless lovers. Among other things, certain strains of cannabis can relax and comfort smokers to allow for more passionate sex and intense orgasms.
Despite those good feels and eased inhibitions, marijuana can have some *ahem* unpleasant effects on a lady smoker’s lady parts. Vice recently published an article by Sophie Saint Thomas titled, “ Smoking Weed Might Be Drying Up Your Vagina.” Within this article, Saint Thomas suggests that there is a real “dry” side to cannabis consumption and intercourse—and she is letting you guess very little within her title.
Her article stems from an interview with Dr. Julie Holland who authored the book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having and Whats Really Making You Crazy. Dr. Holland suggests that smoking certain strains of marijuana can cause the mucous membranes in the vagina to dry up—also known as “cotton vagina”—thereby affecting a woman’s ability to get wet (similar to the effects of cotton mouth). Of course, this experience is entirely subjective to both the woman and the strain.
This may sound like a major bud-kill, but don’t put your joint out just yet—there are solutions.
So, What Should I Do?
If you’re concerned that your smoking habits are hindering your sex life, Dr. Holland offers some pretty wise insight on how to combat the issue: “…experiment a bit to find out what’s right for you.” We all know that different strains have different effects, so essentially, smoke some weed and have some sex to see what feels good. She also suggests checking out Foria, a cannabis infused lubricant which enhances female pleasure. Although it is only available in states where cannabis is legal, customer testimonials suggest that it may be the solution to spicing up your sex life.
If you can’t get your hands on Foria, Dr. Holland also recommends trying coconut oil (which is Foria’s base):
“I think that coconut oil is excellent for lubrication. I’ve had patients tell me, I’ve had friends tell me, it is better than any other lube they’ve tried… I am a big proponent of coconut oil as a lubricant.”
Coconut oil is generally great for the skin and can actually help to maintain a healthy vagina PH—aiding in fighting off yeast and bacteria. Please note that liquid coconut oil is not compatible with latex condoms.
Although cannabis consumption can lead to vaginal dryness, that doesn’t mean you should stop smoking before sex! Consider experimenting with different methods like the ones listed above to enhance your experience and find out what works best for you.
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