The po­ten­tial for sex­ier bed­room en­coun­ters

Women are us­ing pot to spice up their sex life

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Re­mem­ber that scene from An­nie

Hall where Alvy ( Woody Allen) ba­si­cally shames An­nie (Diane Keaton) for tak­ing a few puffs of her mar­i­juana cig­a­rette be­fore their usual evening coital rou­tine?

De­spite An­nie’s at­tempts to im­part her wis­dom about the won­der­ful re­lax­ing ef­fects of cannabis, the self-in­volved and for­ever neu­rotic Alvy re­fuses to lis­ten. A dis­cour­aged An­nie gives up on her ef­forts to en­lighten her lover and they pro­ceed to “go through the mo­tions” as An­nie’s dis­jointed in­ner be­ing watches from the chair next to the bed.

Although a lit­tle bit of “grass” won’t make you “un­bear­ably won­der­ful, too won­der­ful for words” (Alvy), it has the po­ten­tial to make your next bed­room en­counter a lit­tle sex­ier.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent ar­ti­cle in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Phar­ma­co­log­i­cal Re­search, nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring cannabi­noids and those found in the cannabis plant play an im­por­tant role in reg­u­lat­ing our sex­ual mo­ti­va­tional pro­cesses. Cannabi­noids such as delta- 9- tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC) and cannabid­iol (CBD) have the po­ten­tial to help al­le­vi­ate symp­toms of sex­ual dys­func­tion and en­hance the sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

That cannabis can al­le­vi­ate symp­toms of sex­ual dys­func­tion and pain and en­hance the sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ence is a lit­tle known se­cret held by cannabis en­thu­si­asts and par­tic­u­larly fe­male canna lovers.

As pot talk en­ters a new leg­isla­tive era, recre­ational and medic­i­nal uses of cannabis are be­com­ing less and less of a taboo in gen­eral — es­pe­cially among women and older gen­er­a­tions.

Re­search from the United States shows that baby boomers are one of the fastest grow­ing cannabis con­sumer pop­u­la­tions. One study found that since 2006 cannabis use among adults aged 50 to 64 in­creased by 57.8 per cent, with a 250 per cent in­crease in adults aged 65 and up. Are the baby boomers gear­ing up for a new sex­ual revo­lu­tion in­spired by cannabis?

Christa Schadt, who is in her 60s, be­gan cre­at­ing her own cannabis lu­bri­cants in order to help her cope with symp­toms of menopause. Schadt per­fected her recipe us­ing en­tirely or­ganic in­gre­di­ents and found that, thanks to the cannabis lu­bri­cant, once the pain and dry­ness were man­aged, the plea­sure re­turned.

Cannabis lu­bri­cants won’t re­sult in you feel­ing “high,” but they will pro­vide ther­a­peu­tic ef­fects.

“Women re­port stronger or­gasms and a deep­ened abil­ity to en­joy their sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ences” says Char­lene Free­dom, a cannabis ex­pert who hosts DIY cannabis medicine classes in Toronto and also makes cannabis-in­fused vagi­nal sup­pos­i­to­ries.

“Menopausal women need to know that smok­ing or va­p­ing cannabis can re­ally de­hy­drate them, in­clud­ing vagi­nally, and us­ing a lube or sup­pos­i­tory can re­ally help,” says Free­dom.

So, how do these prod­ucts work? Cannabis-in­fused sex­ual health prod­ucts, such as lubes and vagi­nal sup­pos­i­to­ries, work in tan­dem with the body’s en­do­cannabi­noid sys­tem by at­tach­ing to re­cep­tors found through­out our bod­ies, in­clud­ing reproductive or­gans, en­dometrium and skin.

Ac­cord­ing to Lisa Ma­makind, a cannabis in­dus­try pi­o­neer and renowned sex­pert, cannabis­in­fused lubes can in­crease oxy­tocin and help to di­late blood ves­sels so as to en­cour­age more blood flow to the area.

But where do you start? Do you take after An­nie and smoke your mar­i­juana cig­a­rette be­fore bed? Or do you en­gage in some top­i­cal prepa­ra­tions or ed­i­bles? And, how do you build your com­fort level and con­fi­dence?

Be­gin by ex­per­i­ment­ing with top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions and lu­bri­cants by your­self first. It’s im­por­tant to ex­plore the ef­fects of cannabis on your body and de­velop a sense of what works best for you. Start­ing with lu­bri­cants with bal­anced amounts of THC and CBD can pro­vide sub­tle ef­fects to help you ease into things.

If you are look­ing to in­cor­po­rate vapour­ized cannabis prod­ucts or ed­i­bles, start low and go slow. Choos­ing an in­di­cadom­i­nant strain or a bal­anced hy­brid is a good place to start. Many women re­port a pref­er­ence to­ward indica-dom­i­nant strains as it tends to cre­ate more of a body­fo­cused ef­fect. But,there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to choos­ing the best strains. It’s all about your pref­er­ence, mood and the kind of ex­pe­ri­ence you are ty­ing to cre­ate.

If you want to take things to the next level, seek out work­shops and cannabis-friendly com­mu­nity events.

An­toinette Gomez, of Plea­sure Peaks, pro­vides tantric sex work­shops, which work on com­bin­ing yo­gic prin­ci­ples along­side cannabis, for a deeper, more con­nected sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ence.

Fi­nally, be safe. Re­mem­ber: most cannabis-in­fused lu­bri­cants are oil based and, there­fore, not la­tex safe.

Cannabis ed­i­bles and lu­bri­cants can in­crease sex­ual plea­sure

LJUBICA KOSTOVIC Ljubica Kostovic is a cannabis en­thu­si­ast and the di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and re­search at a med­i­cal cannabis ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice.

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