Weed can give you better orgasms, but too much can kill an erection. Here's how to properly dose it.
- A mounting body of research suggests
cannabiscan reduce anxiety and boost pleasure.
- For some users, the benefits could translate well into
sex. Small studies suggest cannabis can intensify orgasms and intimate connections.
- A cannabis expert said to start with a low dose and use a flower vaporizer.
If you're looking to spice up your sex life,
Cannabis can quiet the mind and boost intimacy
THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis, interacts with the brain in a way that quiets the ego, Tishler previously told Insider. The result is a calmer, more go-with-the-flow demeanor in some people, he said.A small May 2020 study found queer men who used cannabis before sex reported feeling less anxious and more open to experimentation than if they didn't use the substance, Insider previously reported.
Other participants said using cannabis helped them release feelings of guilt surrounding sex so they could better focus on the moment with their partner.
It can also reduce pain and increase pleasureIn the same study, participants said cannabis increased feelings of pleasure and boosted their orgasms. "I've been having anal sex for, like, probably a decade, but until very, very, very recently while having an edible [i.e. ingesting cannabis], I've never actually liked it… It's never been better than a six out of ten," one study participant told the researchers.
"I'm actually enjoying this for like the first time, solidly, like a nine out of ten [after taking the edible]! And then the next time I had sex without an edible, I was enjoying it as an eight out of ten. I'm like, 'Huh?!' So it changed something in me."
Women have also reported cannabis improving their overall sexual satisfaction and orgasm intensity.A small March 2019 study found women who used weed before sex, typically smoking it, reported more satisfying orgasms, a higher sex drive, and better sex overall, Insider previously reported.
When a person consumes cannabis, it "gently stimulates" brain receptors in charge of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps you feel happy, Tishler said. As a result, any given activity can feel more fun and pleasurable.
According to Tishler, both men and women can use cannabis to boost their sex drives. But men have to be more careful about how much they consume, because too much weed can impede an
To use cannabis during sex, start with a low dose and avoid ediblesIf you want to infuse weed into your sex life, it's best to start with a small dose and see how your body reacts, said Tishler. Consider talking to your doctor about the best course of action before proceeding, he said.
The method you use for getting high also matters."Edibles are too slow and unpredictable to be very helpful for sex involving two or more people who need to be ready at the same time," said Tishler, because they can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to create an effect.
Instead, Tishler recommends vaporizing cannabis flower because it's the easiest on your lungs and simple to mix into foreplay. He said to take one or two puffs before you get down to business.
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