Cannabis: An All-Natural Aphrodisiac?
It’s that time of the year my friends. It’s February, Valentine’s Day is approaching, and love is in the air.
As many people look to celebrate their relationships (or lack thereof!), we want to shine a light on a very special relationship and its benefits to each and every one of us: our relationship with cannabis!
And this month we want to highlight a very a special property of cannabis: its potential to act as an incredible aphrodisiac.
Let’s explore the hidden properties of cannabis that makes it nature’s best-kept secret.
Cannabis was used as an aphrodisiac for centuries
Cannabis has been used as a natural aphrodisiac in many different cultures for centuries — long before cannabis was ever formally researched for its sexual enhancement properties.
Various texts suggest that cannabis was used for sexual health by many cultures. These include various eastern (India, China) and African cultures over thousands of years ago.
Marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years, yet ironically it has also been used to decrease sexual desire. Ancient sacred texts reveal how to use marijuana to increase sexual pleasure, but modern research teaches an equally important lesson: marijuana’s effects are determined by the personality, physiology, intention, environment, and culture of the user.
— Terry Necco “Marijuana and Sex: A Classic Combination”
We know that various ancient cultures and religions celebrated nature’s divine combination of mankind’s two favorite recreational activities — cannabis and sex — but what is the actual science behind it?
THC and Anandamide combine for powerful experiences
You’ve most likely already heard of our friend, THC. It’s the most popular cannabinoid compound found in cannabis. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects we associate with being high.
Although the effects of THC vary, it is generally accepted that THC promotes feelings of euphoria and creativity. It also slows down our perception of time. When you introduce these effects into the bedroom…well you could be in for some interesting results.
Being in a state of happiness, openness, coupled with the ability to slow down and enjoy each moment (kind of like listening to music when you’re high) may lead to some people experiencing increased sexual pleasure.
Our other friend, Anandamide, also known as the bliss particle, also activates endocannabinoid receptors that are also responsible for a multitude of positive effects when activated in the brain.
It’s synthesized in areas of the brain that are important in memory, motivation, higher thought processes, and movement control. It plays an important role in pain, appetite, and fertility. It also helps put the brakes on cancer cell proliferation.
— Deane Alban “Putting The Bliss Molecule To Work For Your Brain”
Our body’s endocannabinoid systems are responsible for regulating our feelings of pleasure, pain, relaxation, etc. When we are enjoying cannabis, we are activating these pleasure receptors. Cannabinoids can influence our feelings of pain and pleasure. Which can also lead to more arousal or more pleasure from sex.
Better sex…and more of it?
As cannabis has become more widely accepted in the mainstream, so has medical and academic research on cannabis use and the cannabinoids responsible for our change in feelings and behavior.
Recent research has yielded some arousing results.
A recent study conducted in 2016 discovered that people who regularly use cannabis reported a much higher frequency of having sex when compared to their non-user counterparts. The study focused on large population groups, spanning multiple demographics.
And each group that consumed cannabis had more sex. “A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups.”
Another study by International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health found that cannabis use was associated with increased sexual arousal, sexual pleasure, and even better orgasms. Boom.
…the majority of marijuana users who spark up before sex reported a better overall sexual experience, an increase in sex drive, a more pleasurable orgasm and a decrease in pain. There was no correlation between sexual difficulties and MUBS.
One caveat to these studies is that many of them cannot confirm causality, that is, what it is within cannabis that is specifically responsible for increased sexual activity.
Cannabis Is Nature’s Not-So-Secret Aphrodisiac
From ancient texts to modern research, there is a consensus that cannabis has powerful potential for bedroom activities.
One can assume that the mind-altering effects of cannabis likely lead to enhanced experiences. When under the effects of bliss and euphoria, we are more likely to be open to arousal and pleasure.
We will just have to keep doing field research ourselves until we have it all figured out. And then we will keep doing research anyways!
Are you looking to turn up your love vibes this month and activate some of your pleasure receptors? Check out our 3 Powerful Strains For February Spotlight or head on over to our flower page for some heavy-hitting flower that you and your partner can enjoy. They also make great gifts for Valentine’s Day!
And if you’re single, you can still enjoy the same effects — you don’t need anybody else! Treat yourself!
Higher Heights and Positive Vibrations
Do you have any stories to share about cannabis’ positive effects on your love life? Let us know in the comments box!