Indulgences are almost always better when presented in pairs: chocolate and wine, shopping and champagne, sun-tanning and pina coladas. If you double the pleasure, you double the fun. The benefits of coupling cannabis and intimacy, however, have historically been inconclusive. Marijuana has anecdotally been linked to decreases in sex drive, shortened sexual performance and an all-around inferior erotic experience.
For those afraid of getting high and hitting the bedroom, there’s good news: the scientific community recently proved that smoking cannabis can, in fact, enhance your sex life. Dr. Michael Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology at Stanford University, was the first to examine the relationship between cannabis use and sexual intercourse. Pulling data from the U.S. government’s National Survey of Family Growth, where he analyzed more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45, he found that “frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency.”
And the news only gets better from here—particularly for women. In a study from the 2017 Journal of Sexual Medicine, Missouri gynecologist Becky Lynn discovered that women who indulge in cannabis before intercourse experience increases in sex drive, no change in lubrication and significant decreases in pain. “83 per cent reported that pain was decreased by a lot or a moderate amount,” the study reads. There is, however, one more important finding to note: Women who frequently use marijuana—before sex, during sex or otherwise—are 2.10 times more likely to report satisfactory orgasms compared to women who don’t dabble in cannabis at all.
Still, there are a few things you need to know before getting sexual while high. If you plan on introducing a little green into your love life, here are a few tips to follow:
You should get acquainted with certain products and their high before taking them into the bedroom. Experiment with several strains and doses ahead of time, so you know exactly how your body will react when you introduce another human into the equation.
Cannabis is a lot like sex: every person likes something different. What works for you might not work for your partner, and that’s okay. You should never feel pressured to match someone else’s smoking experience, whether your at a work party or at home with a romantic partner, working your way towards the bed.
Whether or not you’re using cannabis, sexual activity requires both parties to communicate about how they’re feeling and where they’re at—both physically and mentally. Cannabis adds yet another layer to the conversation of consent, so before even taking your first toke, you should have a conversation with your partner about boundaries. Then, create opportunities throughout intimacy to check-in and make sure you’re both on the same page. In doing so, you’ll ensure everyone achieves ultimate-satisfaction.
Lean on this tip when consuming cannabis in all forms, in all situations. Getting high should always be a gradual process. There’s nothing worse than getting too stoned—especially when you’re planning an intimacy-filled evening. Start with a single puff or hit, then wait ten to fifteen minutes before deciding if you’d like to go back for seconds.
From chocolate bars to arousal lubes, there are a number of THC and CBD-infused products on the market that promise to stimulate your sensuality. When it comes to mixing pot with pleasure, you can get as playful as you and your partner want; the more indulges, the better.