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Does Cannabis Affect Arousal?

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It’s the end of winter, time to get your body out of a state of hibernation. If you’re looking for ways to spice things up this herbal aphrodisiac can be a real game-changer. In fact, it may become your new BFF in the bedroom, or, shall we say, your sexual spirit guide. Whether you’re exploring solo or with a partner, cannabis can affect the frequency and intensity of sexual pleasure and dissolve barriers that may have long compromised your body’s capacity for full-spectrum arousal, not to mention incredible, and multiple, orgasms.

But how, you ask?

While the scientific research is still in the works, there is increasing anecdotal evidence that shows positive linkages between cannabis and sex, such as the benefits that cannabis can provide to reducing sexual inhibitions and increasing sensitivity to various stimuli, and particularly, touch. According to sex therapist Lawrence Siegel, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — the cannabinoid THC — appears to target a part of the female brain associated with sexual arousal.

In addition, this distinctive flower is known to enhance creativity, which can open up room for erotic exploration and uncover new practices that can provide great benefit to one’s approach to self-love or intimacy with a partner.

For those that manage pain, anxiety, sexual trauma and/or dysfunction, cannabis can also serve to provide a helpful way of settling in to one’s body, versus an ‘out of body’ heady experience that causes many to miss out on achieving optimal sexual satisfaction.

Regardless of the euphoria one might experience from this special combination, like most things in life, moderation is vital. Certainly, one-too-many hits off the pipe could compromise your journey to climax (and no one wants to be overthinking their work schedule when they’re simultaneously trying to orgasm!), and may cause a state that known to some as ‘desert-mouth’ – not so ideal for those intimate moments with a partner (and for the record, your mouth isn’t the only place that you could experience dryness – just sayin’).  

Therefore, two things to keep in mind: dosage and mixing substances. Let’s be real: if you’ve drank a bottle of wine and then smoked a huge spliff, chances are likely that you may not be setting up the ideal conditions for a mind-blowing orgasm. A glass of wine and a joint (or a dab of weed lube)? Now we’re talkin’. And like all experimentations with weed, the mantra remains the same: start low and go slow. Try a bit and see how you feel! Staying in the moment is key, and so is paying attention to how your body and mind react to ingesting or applying this herbal remedy. If you’ve already gone off the deep end, you may not see the results you’re looking for, so go easy and see how–with intention–you can bring flower power to your sex life.


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