Cannabis and sex is a far better pairing than bread and butter. While it’s important to keep doses on the low side, for many, the herb is a friendly yet powerful aphrodisiac. The plant’s effect on both mind and body makes it a sex enhancer unlike any other. Here are seven fun facts about cannabis and sex.
1. Cannabis is a pleasure enhancer
There are a lot of things that happen in the body when you’re high on cannabis. As it turns out, the plant may help you experience more pleasure in a couple of different ways.
For one, cannabis triggers the release of a key neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine plays a role in pleasure, pain, and attention. The main psychoactive in the plant, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also hijacks the landing site of a compound known as “the bliss molecule”, prompting sensations of euphoria.
But, pleasure isn’t only about brain chemicals. A 2014 survey given out on an online dating site for cannabis consumers, My420Mate.com, nearly 78 percent of couples said that they care more about their partner’s pleasure than their own. Nothing like a little selflessness now and again.
2. Cannabis encourages bonding
The “bliss molecule” has a proper name and it’s anandamide (AEA). Interestingly, bliss and love have something in common. A rodent experiment conducted in 2015 found that the “love hormone” oxytocin produces bliss in the form of AEA. This is thought to boost the pleasure of social interactions.
As mentioned above, THC replaces AEA in the body. So, if you’re hoping to get a little cuddly, smoking or vaping some cannabis might lend a helping hand. It may also help you enjoy and appreciate your partner a little more.
3. Cannabis consumers have more sexual partners
In 2009, researchers from the Australian Centre for Sex found that cannabis consumers were more likely to sleep with more people. In the year prior, cannabis-loving women were more likely to admit to having two or more sexual partners.
For cannabis-consuming men, the herb was associated with “a doubling of the likelihood of reporting two or more partners.”
4. Keep it to a low dose
Cannabis can have a two-fold effect on sex drive. Smoking, vaping, or dabbing just a little can turn up the heat. However, consuming too much of the herb might be a bit of a downer. Early rodent research suggests that THC can boost testosterone for a short period, and then cause levels of the hormone to tank. The greater the dose, the shorter the peak.
Testosterone is key to a healthy sex drive in both men and women. Those hoping to keep the fire going for the long run may want to consider microdosing over full rips.
5. Smoke together stay together
Real research suggests that couples who smoke together have lower risk of domestic violence and aggression. The research came in the form of a survey given to 634 married couples over nine years. The found that couples who smoked cannabis were less likely to be violent toward each other. The more they smoked, the less risk. Having a shared interest and similar values is thought to contribute to relationship health in these cases.
The found that couples who smoked cannabis were less likely to be violent toward each other. The more they smoked, the less risk. Having a shared interest and similar values is thought to contribute to relationship health in these cases.
6. Strains matter
Certain strains are more likely to cause arousal than others. Some of the top choices include:
7. Yes, cannabis is an aphrodisiac
Half of all respondents reported that they thought cannabis was beneficial to their sex drive. 70 percent of those who consumed the herb experienced an “enhancement in pleasure and satisfaction”.