With recreational cannabis being legal in Canada now, the thought of integrating cannabis into our sex lives is becoming more widespread. Before trying it out in your own sex life however, there are a number of things that should be considered and understood.
In today’s post, we hope to clear up some of the misconceptions about mixing cannabis and sex and leave you feeling educated on the subject.
The human body is an incredibly complicated system, and the way it functions as it pertains to sexual arousal and function is no exception to the rule. Due to the complex nature of the human body, it is quite difficult to examine the connection between cannabis and the quality of sexual experiences.
There are biological, social and physical factors at play when it comes to sex and all may be perceived differently depending on the person.
What we do know about cannabis from research comes to us from the medical community. A common medicinal use for cannabis is to help relieve anxiety and pain.
The rest of the information we have been able to gather regarding the effects of cannabis on the human body generally come from self reported studies which may not be completely reliable.
Another hurdle researchers have faced in understanding the effects of cannabis stem from the fact that up until recently, recreational cannabis use was illegal. This made it difficult to freely dispense cannabis to the general population and simply observe the impact it could have on people’s sex lives.
Now that cannabis is legal across Canada, we may find an increase in the number of studies done on cannabis and its impact on sex as it becomes increasingly integrated into society as a recreational substance.
The science community may not yet be in agreement on the implications of cannabis on sexual experience. However, there have been a significant number of studies done on frequent cannabis users who report cannabis having a positive impact on their sex lives.
In one of the largest and most recent studies done to date, a group of Stanford researchers extracted data from the ongoing National Survey of Family Growth. The total data set included 28,176 women and 22,943 men, average age 30, and was used to compare reported sexual experiences of frequent cannabis users with those who did not use cannabis.
The study found that frequent male cannabis users reported 22 percent more sex, while frequent female cannabis users reported 34 percent more than non-users.
While the study was not designed to look specifically at the quality of sexual experiences, it can be inferred that there is a positive correlation between cannabis use and sex quality.
Some of the reported benefits from those who have mixed cannabis and sex include improved levels of intimacy, heightened sensory perception, as well as stress and pain relief. If you haven’t already, check out our article on How cannabis can improve your sex life.
The reported benefits of cannabis use for sex vary but there seems to be a common theme developing amongst reported frequent cannabis users:
When dosage and timing are considered responsibly, cannabis use can lead to an overall more positive sexual experience for all parties involved.
If you do any kind of research online about using cannabis products before sex, one of the most common pieces of advice you will receive is to ensure you don’t overdo it.
That is to say, ensuring you take the proper dosage is critical. Everybody responds differently to cannabis products depending on factors such as their metabolism and previous usage. High amounts of THC can actually hinder your sexual experience if you aren’t careful.
It can be difficult to know how much THC content is too much for you until you have experimented with cannabis a few times. THC has psychoactive effects on your mind and can be unpredictable as it affects everyone individually, so be cautious.
Therefore if it is your first time under the influence of cannabis, we strongly discourage you from having sex. Give yourself time to become comfortable with how your body reacts to it and proceed from there.
Another important point to consider before mixing cannabis and sex is communicating with your partner beforehand about your intention to do so. As mentioned earlier, cannabis products can have body-altering effects that will impact your sexual experience. Ensure that both you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to experimenting with cannabis in the bedroom before proceeding.
Speaking of dosing, it’s important to not go overboard with the cannabis. A bit too much can have unwanted effects like turning your focus inwards, instead of towards your partner. You could also experience a heavy body high which can lead to sexual inaction.
It’s reported that men who have had too much cannabis can experience erectile dysfunction and women find it a lot harder to reach orgasm. It’s suspected that these last two effects are related to each other.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine conducted a survey in Australia with 8656 males and those who were frequent cannabis users reported that they would reach orgasm slower than their sober counterparts and in some cases, they couldn’t orgasm at all.
But how much is too much? The answer again is not straightforward as cannabis affects everyone individually. Significant differences can occur between sexual partners as well. Consider the case of an experienced cannabis user introducing their significant other to cannabis for the first time.
Again, the most sound advice is to experiment through trial and error and find what works best for you. As a tip, you could look into micro-dosing with oils or edibles. One of the best things you can do to ease the experience for someone inexperienced is to take care of the environment around you.
Deciding on using cannabis before being intimate is one thing, but few people consider the great variety that cannabis itself offers. Cannabis product are available in a number of ways, and each is absorbed differently by your body.
The most traditional method of consuming cannabis products is through smoking or vaping. One of the benefits of this method is that the effects are felt by your body quickly. Furthermore, the dosage is easier to control making this a safer option if you are afraid of overdoing it.
Edibles are another commonly considered option for cannabis users. However we do not recommend them when experimenting with sex, especially if you and/or your partner are relatively inexperienced with using cannabis products. The effects brought on by edibles tend to take a while to kick in, sometimes up to a few hours, and they are notoriously difficult to dose.
A third and increasingly popular option for cannabis consumption is CBD products such as cannabis oil drops. The effects are fast and dosing is very precise. CBD, also known as cannabidiol can actually be used to counteract the effects of THC, restoring your senses back to a more ‘normal’ state if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the high brought on from THC products.
The last caveat with cannabis and sex has to do with consent. Have clear communication with the person and decide that you want to go through this experience together while you are still sober!
To conclude, cannabis is a very viable option to bring some variety into your sex life and spice things up. Most people say that it really does make a positive difference and makes sex more enjoyable. Cannabis can increase blood flow, remove stress, increase sensitivity and can provide for a greater overall experience.