Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so we wanted to dedicate this newsletter to the subject of love, lust, and intimacy. And don’t stop reading if you’re single because there are plenty of ways to celebrate a holiday about love for one. We can all use a little more self love and self-care. So how does cannabis fit into your love life? Well, it turns out that cannabis is a great addition to the bedroom for both men and women and in more ways than one. Read on if you want in on some of our juiciest advice for how to ramp things up and get sexy!
Many of you may already know this from your own first hand experiences with cannabis as an aphrodisiac, but there are now some great scientific studies that confirm that cannabis enhances sexual arousal and experiences for both men and women. In 2019, The Journal of Sexual Medicine published an article based on a survey completed by 216 individuals in regards to their personal experiences with cannabis and sex. The majority of the participants said that their sexual desire and sexual satisfaction were both increased with the use of cannabis, which seems at least partially due to reporting an increased sense of relaxation, an increased sense of touch and increased intensity of orgasm (1).
And it turns out that sex with a partner or sex for one (masturbation) has a number of really important benefits for minds and bodies, so the benefits of an increased sense of pleasure and satisfaction goes well beyond the bedroom. Sex offers relief from stress by reducing stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and also improves sleep quality and duration by releasing certain hormones, such as prolactin. It also promotes a more positive self-image and lends itself to bonding in a relationship by releasing oxytocin in the brain (2).
And for those folks that are new to cannabis but want to experience the benefits without feeling overwhelmed, we recommend experimenting with topicals. Topical use increases local blood flow to the tissues where it is applied by dilating capillary beds which can increase sensitivity to touch and stimulate lubrication of the vagina. Cannabis is also a supreme anti-inflammatory and pain reliever when applied topically, so it can be used to soothe inflamed tissues and to quell pain from overly sensitive nerve endings in the genital region. Additionally it is an antispasmodic for smooth and skeletal muscles so it can decrease elevated muscle tone that can contribute to pelvic pain during intercourse (3).
Humboldt Apothecary’s Love Potion No. 7 is the perfect product to incorporate into your love life. This is a unique product because it can be taken internally as well as applied topically as a personal lubricant. It is wonderful to use alone when you want to give your body some extra love and satisfaction and can even be used on a regular basis to lubricate dry vaginal tissues. It is also a wonderful lubricant and sensual enhancer for lovemaking with your partner. However, it is very important to note that it is not compatible with latex condoms. For people that want to become familiar, I like taking it sublingually and enjoying the wonderful aromatic flavors and the euphoric experience that it imparts. AND, I also delight in putting some on the tips of my fingers or in my palms to rub on to my sensitive bits. It makes for a wonderful sensual lubricant and will enhance any sexual experience, and it’s a great way to treat yourself when you are in the mood for some erotic touch!
- Wiebe E, Just A. How Cannabis Alters Sexual Experience: A Survey of Men and Women. J Sex Med. 2019 Nov;16(11):1758-1762. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2019.07.023. Epub 2019 Aug 22. PMID: 31447385.
- Malfitano, Anna Maria; Proto, Maria Chiara; Bifulco, Maurizio. “Cannabinoids in the management of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis”. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2008 Oct; 4(5): 847–853. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2626929/.