Part of overall health is determined by how the mind, body and spirit are able to engage and connect. Mindfully ingested and dosed cannabis, for a myriad of reasons, seems to help people not only reconnect with their communities and their families but also with their partners and themselves.

Part of this (re)engagement can be attributed to shifts in mood and perspective, and, to increases in physical and emotional comfort. This shift may create a space for intimacy, where a more mindful, present and physically enhanced connection is possible.  

Which brings us to…. Can cannabis be an aphrodisiac? Can it enhance sensation? Can it heighten orgasm? Can it deepen the connection between partners? Can it allow you to get more in touch with your own body?

Why, yes! It can do all of these things!

But first, the caveat. Always start with a minimum effective amount. Enough to help manage underlying conditions like chronic pain, erectile dysfunction (ED), insomnia, anxiety or depression, but not so much as to cause potential negative side effects like dry mouth (or dry vagina), increased heart rate or anxiety. You may want to experiment with both THC and CBD as they each have different effects. You may want to experiment with topicals as well as vaporizing. If you choose to ingest edibles, keep in mind their effect is delayed by up to two hours and can last 6-8, so it’s important to know your correct dose. Dosing, ingestion methods, and particular strain choices all depend on desired effects. Keep a journal noting successes and greater successes 😉

Cannabis has been used as an aphrodisiac and for sexual health in many global cultures. Indian, African, Chinese and Germanic cultures have used the plant to this end as far back as 7th century AD. Why? Because it can naturally enhance pleasure and diminish pain.  

Studies are starting to support what we have known historically and anecdotally for well over a thousand years. For instance, a 2016 survey of 289 women at a single ObGyn practice found “the majority of marijuana users 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 marijuana use before sex.

There is also sometimes an increased sensitivity to touch and increased willingness to be more engaged and sensual which, in turn, enhances sexual pleasure and deepens orgasmic abilities,” Sexologist Diana Urman said of both CBD and THC.

Our endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a master regulator in things like pleasure, pain and relaxation. When it is activated by the cannabinoids in cannabis, it can leave users feeling relaxed, with increased pleasure and blood flow and decreased pain. Add to this that cannabis is known to directly affect the receptors in the brain responsible for tactile sensations (sensation enhancers) and euphoria.

Cannabinoids in topicals, like Foria, carried by Spectrum, should not produce any psychoactive effects when used as recommended. Topicals can act to decrease inflammation and increase circulation, which may, in turn, improve sexual function and arousal in women with problems such as endometriosis and other types of chronic pelvic pain.

Dr Jennifer Berman, an American Urologist and sexual health expert specializing in female sexual medicine, speaks about Foria, “Perimenopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal women who have noticed a decline in sexual response have had great success with Foria. Younger patients who have difficulty achieving orgasm have had an enhanced response with it as well.”

Hydropothecary’s Fleur De Lune intimate oil spray is THC with an MCT carrier and acts the same way.

Of course, you can also experiment with making your own. Cannabis crafts are the best crafts 🙂

 

— Kait Shane, Community Outreach Educator Natural Health Services. Follow Natural Health Services on Twitter @NatHealthserve.

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