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Set aside the chocolate and oysters, there’s a new aphrodisiac in town that can help take your sexual pleasure to another level. Yep, we’re talking about cannabis.
Though research continues into cannabis and its benefits in and out of the bedroom, 68.5 percent of people in one study said sex while using cannabis was more pleasurable.
Curious? So were we. So we reached out to John Renko, cannabis expert and cofounder of GoLove CBD Naturals and Jordan Tishler, MD, a Harvard physician and medical cannabis therapeutics specialist who runs InhaleMD.
They shared more on choosing the right strain and product for the most mind-blowing sexual experience — no matter what type of mood you’re in.
Experts disagree on the role strains play when it comes to effects. Dr. Tishler believes strains lead to different preferences during sex, but don’t guarantee any outcomes. He advises his patients to ignore strains altogether and focus on dosing and method of delivery.
Renko believes the real magic lies in the terpenes when it comes to defining the effects of each strain.
Terpenes are compounds found in plants that are responsible for the aroma and flavor. If one cannabis plant smells like diesel and another reminds you of lemons — that’s terpenes at work.
Both are indica-dominant, high-THC hybrids that hit you fast with a body-warming euphoria before melting to blissful relaxation.
Strains containing the terpene linalool — known for a nice calming effect — are the way to go to enhance your solo session, according to Renko.
LA Confidential, an indica, and Amnesia Haze, a sativa, are popular strains that fit the bill when it comes to making self-pleasure a full afternoon activity.
Users report a slow start before an intense euphoria with a gradual come down. Sounds a lot like a good orgasm, no?
This is where cannabis really shines. Along with plenty of convincing anecdotal evidence, current
A small 2018 study analyzed cannabinoids and terpene levels of different strains. Participants rated those most effective at treating their anxiety.
Looks like getting your “Kush” on is the way to go if any self-consciousness is making your adult playtime less enjoyable.
The top strains for anxiety were:
- Bubba Kush, an indica
- Skywalker OG Kush, an indica-dominant hybrid
- Blueberry Lamsbread, a sativa-dominant hybrid
- Kosher Kush, an indica
There’s evidence that cannabis relieves pain and past studies have found that indicas seem to be the preference when it comes to pain relief.
If you’re worried about pain putting a damper on sex, look for strains with terpenes that might ease pain, such as beta-caryophyllene, humulene, myrcene, and caryophyllene, according to Renko. His top pick is the strain Zkittlez.
Zkittelz is an indica-dominant hybrid with a strong beta-caryophyllene and humulene profile.
Other strains to try:
- G13, a potent indica
- Cannatonic, a low-THC, high-CBD hybrid
- Harlequin, a sativa-dominant strain
If you’re looking to break out of your comfort zone when it comes to sex, there’s anecdotal evidence that some strains can help.
Based on online user reviews, these strains lower your inhibitions and boost your confidence:
- Granddaddy Purple, an indica
- Trainwreck, a potent sativa-dominant hybrid
- Atomic Northern Lights, an indica-dominant hybrid
- Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid
Some strains, especially with the right dosing, can give you the energy to keep up with the most enthusiastic of bedmates.
Based on online user reviews, these are the strains to consider if you’re in the mood for an Energizer Bunny-esque romp:
- Green Crack, a sativa
- Cheese Quake, a hybrid
- Super Lemon Haze, a zesty sativa
Any cannabis stain will make you chill if you use too much, so look for relaxing strains and dose right to ensure the right level of chill for turning up the heat.
Try these relaxing strains:
- Master Kush, an indica
- Mr. Nice, a sativa
- Animal Cookies, a balanced hybrid
Many a seasoned cannabis user will tell you that certain strains increase sensitivity to touch and change tactile sensations for the better.
Everyone’s different, so some strains may enhance touch for you, while your partner’s body may respond to different strains.
If you’ve been enjoying cannabis for a while, Renko recommends balancing out your fave THC-dominant strain with a CBD-dominant strain like ACDC. It gives you a “rich terpene profile coupled with the synergistic effect of CBD and THC.”
ACDC is a sativa-dominant strain with 14 percent CBD and less than 1 percent THC.
Here are some other strains to really ramp up erogenous play and give you the tingles:
- Bubblegum Kush, an indica-dominant strain
- Sour Diesel, a pungent sativa
- Jillybean, an indica-dominant strain
There’s no simple answer to this question, because these classifications are less important than the terpenes in a strain, according to Renko.
“Those actually are just physiological plant classifications made around the physical plant properties and not its flower profile, which is where the focus should be,” he explained.
There’s no right or wrong strain for sex. The best one for that encounter will depend on how your body responds to specific strains and on the type of romp you’re aiming for.
Both Dr. Tishler and Renko agree that edibles aren’t the best way to go for partnered sex because they’re too slow and unpredictable.
Edibles need to pass through your digestive system before they take effect. Your BMI and other factors also affect how quickly they kick in.
Chances are you’ll peak at different times than your partner, have sex long before you feel anything, or end up ingesting a dose that isn’t optimal.
If edibles are your preference, they’re probably better saved for a solo sesh.
Loads of things! But since we’re talking about cannabis and sex, here are a few other cannabis products made with sexy time in mind.
THC or CBD lube
THC and CBD-infused lube is a thing — and a damn wonderful thing according to many who’ve tried them.
Makers of these lubes say they offer a number of benefits, from increased arousal to faster, more powerful orgasms. The scientific evidence to back some of the claims may not exist yet, but that doesn’t mean the benefits don’t.
Topical application of CBD can be slow to take effect and
Sufficient lubrication is key to comfortable and enjoyable penetrative sex. Also, it just feels great.
If you want to give a THC or CBD lube a go, you have a few to choose from, starting with GoLove CBD Intimate Lubricant.
THC or CBD anal or vaginal suppositories
Clinical research on cannabis suppositories is limited.
There’s no solid evidence that they’re absorbed into the bloodstream via the anus or vagina, so don’t expect to get a high from them. This doesn’t mean they don’t have other effects that can help you below the belt.
Users of CBD and THC suppositories say they’re great lubricants that also help mitigate pain during and after anal or vaginal sex, as well as enhance sexual pleasure.
THC or CBD massage oil
Who doesn’t love a good, oily rub down? Since topicals don’t enter the bloodstream, this can be a nice way to make your body feel good physically, without the “high.”
Oils and condoms don’t play nice together, so be mindful of your method of protection.
Now that you’re armed with some cannabis strain and product ideas, here’s some advice to help you get the most out of the experience.
If you’ve never used cannabis during sex before, try solo sex first
If it’s your first foray into the world of cannabis or even your first time using it for sexual pleasure, trying it during solo play is a good idea.
This gives you the chance to see how you react to a product and whether or not it rocks your world. It can also help put any of your cannabis worries to rest if you’re concerned about any less-than-sexy effects.
Negotiate before you consume
Communication is key to great sex and it needs to happen before you get high. Cannabis can impair your judgment and cause sedation if you take too much.
Start low and go slow
Dosing can make or break your experience, so heed the advice of most experts and start low (dosage-wise) and go slow if you choose to consume more.
Dosing varies between the different methods of delivery, as does the time the effects take to kick in.
Inhalation methods and tinctures taken under the tongue are quick-acting methods, which make dosing a bit easier. You can tell within 10 minutes if you need another puff or a few drops, or know to stop if you’ve hit your sweet spot.
Keep water and lube on hand
There’s nothing sexy about cotton mouth or vaginal dryness when you’re trying to get your freak on. Make sure you stay hydrated in every way by keeping water and lube on hand.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that cannabis makes sex better. Research even shows that cannabis users have more sex than non-users.
If you want to give it a try, cannabis is usually well-tolerated when used as directed. Be sure to purchase products or flower from a reputable, licensed source — and have fun exploring!
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board.