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By Elizabeth Barr
Sex and cannabis aren’t just two of the most FUNdamental human birthrights, they are also part of an exploding trend in the legal cannabis market. Cannabis marketing firms and producers are promoting cannabis as a sexual stimulant and intimacy enhancer by marketing specific products paired with loads of strategic content. Since legalization we have seen a surge-of-thrill-seekers, senior citizens and folks who deal with sexual dysfunctioncoming to purchase these products.
As someone who struggles with vaginismus, interstitial cystitis and a contracted pelvic floor who also seeks thrills, I’ve decided to provide some honest feedback on my experience:
Claim: Increased sensation (both pre and post menopause), relaxation of vaginal muscles to relieve symptoms of vaginismus and other pain associated with penetration, enhanced orgasms
Practicality: Although it’s easy to find cannabis infused lubricant, the market is saturated with “do-nothing” products, so I went through several different bottles before feeling an effect. Per the instructions on most, it takes 15-30 minutes to activate so that time could be a bit awkward if you don’t plan for it.
Result: With one of the products ("O" by Fairwinds) I was able to feel both a warming and tingling sensation, which did relax me and help with contractions and pain from vaginismus. My partner reported feeling a tingling sensation in his part and claimed to do so with most of the products we’ve tried. The biggest downside to cannabis lube is consistency, so far none of them have felt very natural or been long-lasting, and some have been so awful we had to stop, wash and snack before trying again.
Recommendation: If you want to have some fun solo play, or get experimental with your partner, definitely grab some quality cannabis lube and prepare for foreplay. If you struggle to relax during sex, and/or with vaginismus, I recommend a lube from a medicinally focused company, like Fairwinds.
Practicality: Not practical. At least in Washington’s market it is extremely difficult to shop by strain. Not only could you go through 5 dispensaries without finding a specific strain, the chances of you finding a well-grown, cured and packaged version of that strain are slim to none. Without careful attention from the producer you won’t get the same effect that you read about online. If you could grow your own sex-strain this could be a fun option, but if you don’t have space or energy for that, you could end up very frustrated.
Result: A good Granddaddy Purple, and several of it’s lineage will definitely give whole body tingles that feel like what the lube is trying to accomplish with my clitoris. Several kush strains that have a nice body buzz without too much of a head high or sedative effect are also great to smoke before sex. The key is not to smoke too much and be too stoned for sex, as some Indica strains can feel too heavy to feel any sensation.
Recommendation: Strain specific sex is fun but unreliable. I recommend this approach when it presents itself, not as a regular practice. If you are not already using cannabis, I would not recommend smoking weed to help relax, or combat any sexual dysfunction.
Claim: Mouth spray that will increase libido and enhance orgasms by administering low doses of THC/CBD and herbal additives.
Practicality: Aside from one spray leaking all over my purse, this method was very practical. You can discreetly spray 2.5mg doses into your mouth anywhere, which would be handy on a date or right before sexy time.
Results: Aside from a variety tour of badly flavored weed taste I got absolutely nothing from these products. Maybe my tolerance or libido is too high, but out of all cannabis products I’ve tried these were the least effective.
Recommendation: I recommend these sprays if you are up for trying something new, able to have fun regardless, and don’t mind wasting a few bucks.
Claim: Cannabis infused suppositories can help relax vaginal muscles or the anal sphincter to make sex more enjoyable, less painful, and reduce painful symptoms after sex.
Practicality: As you can imagine, there is nothing sexier than popping in a suppository to get yourself ready for action! They could also leave a bit of residue that could be startling if unexplained, but if you can make it past that the effects are worth it. They can be tougher to locate in retail dispensaries, but typically companies that make suppositories really know their stuff and care about their consumers (f.e. The CPC, Fairwinds).
Results: In severe bouts of vaginismus or bladder-related pain, these suppositories can work miracles. I did feel a strong overall high with the initial onset, but after that waned, my pelvic floor relaxed, and I didn’t feel too buzzed to enjoy myself.
Recommendation: I would not recommend these to the recreational user but would highly recommend them to anyone dealing with a contracted pelvic floor, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, and any other condition that prevents you from physically relaxing your pelvic region.
Whether you are just playing for fun, or trying to achieve better quality of sex life, cannabis can enhance your experience in some way. I think it’s important to remember that no product or plant will do the work for you, but it can help along the way!