Cannabis has a growing reputation as a medicinal herb that can help relieve some of the most uncomfortable, persistent and even dangerous medical symptoms and conditions, from nausea and chronic pain to seizures. But many people aren’t aware that cannabis is said to have the ability to improve your sex life – whether you’re suffering from a drop in libido, or are just looking for ways take your pleasure to the next level.
When it comes to sex drive, studies have shown that men and women are often on divergent paths as they get older. For most men, the libido begins to decline, where in contrast many women often notice an increase in their libido as they age. In general, a man’s testosterone levels peak between their teenage years and up to forty. As they age, they begin to produce less testosterone, which leads to a slow decrease in sex drive, less interest in sex and the potential for erectile dysfunction.
Women, on the other hand, report feeling much more sexual, with an increase in arousal and a desire to have more sex more often. Some attribute it to hormonal surges associated with perimenopause (the progression into menopause), while others credit improved self-confidence, feeling more comfortable with their bodies and having more time to themselves after the stress of raising young children has subsided. Whatever the cause, it’s common for women to experience a pleasantly noticeable jump in their sex drive after 40 that can last for a few years.
Consuming cannabis is known to relax the body and mind, allowing your body to be more receptive to pleasurable feeling, and ridding your mind of discomforts that may prevent you from truly enjoying a sexual experience. Dee Dussault, founder of Ganja Yoga and the first teacher to offer public cannabis-enhanced classes in the United States, holds a degree in sexuality studies and has offered tantra and sex coaching to people all around the globe. She was able to give some more insight into how cannabis can benefit your sex life after 40.
“How you choose to consume cannabis to enhance your sex life really depends on your preference,” she explains. “For some people, smoking can help them feel sexy while others might prefer the slow, gradual build-up of an edible. It’s important, though, to be mindful of the dose, method and desired experience and find what works best for you and your partner.”
Cannabis can boost our moods, enhance our sensory perceptions (including tactile sensation), increase sexual stamina, and alleviate pain associated with intercourse. It can also help you feel closer to your partner thanks to the THC in cannabis strains, which triggers the release of oxytocin, a chemical compound that sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” because it makes you feel euphoric, deeply connected and can even increase the intensity of your orgasms.
“Cannabis definitely helps partners feel closer. Whether it’s laughing together, giving them a massage or making love, cannabis really helps people to let go of those barriers that often prevent deeper intimacy,” she says.
Some strains may increase blood flow to the genitals, which can be particularly helpful for men who are experiencing issues getting or maintaining an erection, as well as release natural chemicals into the body to help make it easier for you to feel more aroused.
“For some women, though they might find it easier to get aroused, they might have issues with getting or staying lubricated. I’m really enthusiastic about cannabis-infused lubricants and women’s sexual health products that empower women to have good sex even after their bodies start changing,” she shares. “These lubricants are food-grade which means they are edible and fine to be ingested. That can make sex play a lot more fun and enjoyable.” For now, these products are available in certain U.S. states, but as legalization is rolled out across Canada, product development and offerings will likely flourish.
While cannabis can be helpful, though, it’s important not to over-do it or you may just end up feeling too tired and sluggish to actually engage in any sexy time activities. The key is to find the right strain for your intention – along with the correct dose – that will relax you without zapping your energy and motivation. That means taking small amounts and patiently waiting until you’re in the zone. When it comes to finding your perfect mood, less is definitely more.
Story by K. Astre
Illustration by Elena Boils
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