Cannabis and sex—what’s the connection?
If you’re canna-curious and want to know how your CBD wellness routine could impact your sexual experience, then this article is for you.
Let's explore why and what you can expect from experimenting with this ancient plant.
The Endocannabinoid System & Sex
The endocannabinoid system is a biological system consisting of endocannabinoids. These endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters bind to cannabinoid receptors along with cannabinoid receptor proteins expressed throughout the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.
The two primary receptors are called CB1 and CB2. CB1 is found in the spine and brain, while CB2 receptors are found in our organs. To trigger CB1, the presence of the endocannabinoid anandamide is required. The name anandamide has its origins in the word "bliss." Researchers gave it this name because when it triggers the CB1 receptors in the brain, we experience intense pleasure.
Interestingly, however, it is CB2’s trigger called 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), is associated with the stimulation and pleasure of sexual orgasm.
While the research is still out, experts know that the endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in sex and intimacy thanks to its connection to our sexual responses.
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For example, experts report that cannabis is a libido enhancer because of its potential to help you relax and enhance body sensitivity and awareness.
One reason for this is that cannabis is multifactorial, meaning it affects the brain, body, and vaginal tissue to enhance arousal. Instead of focusing on blood flow alone, for example, cannabis takes a multi-layered approach.
Individuals who experience pain during sex can consume cannabis and report reduced painful sex thanks to the relaxation of the vaginal muscles and relaxed mental focus. So, instead of worrying about pain, they can focus on the pleasure of intimacy.
It’s important, however, to test dosage to ensure that you are using the least amount possible to enhance your pleasure.
Can CBD Gummies Enhance Sexual Pleasure?
While many use THC to enhance their sexual encounters, CBD gummies, too, can support your sex life. Some research suggests that CBD could be effective at reducing anxiety and stress. Relaxation is critical with any sexual experience since stress can negatively affect your body's response to sex.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine conducted a study that revealed cannabis helps people relax, heightens their sensitivity to touch, and increases the intensity of their feelings, all leading to enhanced sexual pleasure. So, it would seem CBD and THC both can make sex more enjoyable.
Not only that, but some research suggests that women, in particular, can experience more than one orgasm per session when using CBD. This is especially true for women who already have experience with multiple orgasms.
What Strain of Cannabis Supports Sexual Connection
Now that we know more about the science behind sexual pleasure and cannabis, you might wonder what strains are best.
Once again, it’s important to remember that cannabis research is limited.
However, some believe that terpenes dictate the effects you’ll experience from CBD or cannabis. Terpenes create the aroma and flavor of cannabis. For example, the difference between a diesel- smelling flower and one with a citrus-like scent lies in the terpene profile.
Terpenes associated with enhanced sexual connection include beta-caryophyllene, humulene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. Most cannabis strains contain these terpenes, so look for strains with a higher percentage to increase the chances of enhancing your pleasure and reducing your pain.
What to Keep In Mind Before Mixing CBD & Sex
Before you use cannabis or CBD in your sex life, remember that cannabis is a psychoactive drug that causes different reactions in different people. If you haven't used cannabis or CBD before, go slow and take a lower dosage.
A safe, enjoyable experience is possible with cannabis or CBD. Reconnect with your partner for years, or plan a pleasure-packed date by adding CBD gummies or cannabis to your experience.
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