Cannabis has many uses. Cannabis is a herbal medicine that provides potent pain relief and helps treat serious conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, and Crohn’s disease. It also offers many benefits to people suffering from anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, and poor appetite. But did you know that cannabis can also act as an aphrodisiac?
Physiologically, it is difficult to be aroused when there is pain, tension, depression or anxiety. Thanks to its relaxing effects, backed by science, cannabis can help couples get “in the mood” by helping them feel calmer.
In addition, many users find that certain strains of cannabis induce physical euphoria that stimulates their libido. According to a 2016 study, 70% of participants said cannabis use resulted in “increased pleasure and satisfaction” in the bedroom.
So if you are suffering from depression or anxiety and they are affecting your relationship, the healing powers of cannabis may be able to help. Not only can cannabis bring a deeper intimacy into your relationship, it also offers a new way to explore your own sexuality.
Cannabis and pleasure chemicals in the brain
Physical attraction is not a precise science. While we understand the biological processes associated with arousal, there are myriad factors that affect the way we feel about another person. When it comes to romance, there is no one size fits all.
However, we do know that one of the chemicals responsible for attraction is a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone,” is associated with positive emotional ties. It is believed that the brain releases this hormone to make us feel happy when we are close to a loved one, thus creating a strong connection with that person. Research also suggests that oxytocin may play a role in orgasms.
While science is still uncovering the myriad of ways cannabis affects our brains, there is evidence that the endocannabinoid system contributes to the production of oxytocin. This suggests that cannabis use stimulates oxytocin production and may explain some of the pleasant sensations associated with cannabis use.
The THC in cannabis is also believed to improve sensory perception (you guessed it – also backed by science), make colors appear brighter, and increase sensitivity to touch. For some, consuming cannabis helps them experience their partner with increased attraction.
More laughter, more entertainment, more connection
Science aside, cannabis use can help couples grow closer together. Think about how cannabis affects you on a personal level. You can laugh more, express yourself more freely, and experience a deeper connection with the world around you. When you share this with your partner, your relationship can reach new levels of emotional intimacy.
Combined with its relaxing, often euphoric physical effects, it is easy to imagine how the deeper intimacy of cannabis can lead to heightened romantic experiences. After all, many people find that sex is far more enjoyable when they have an emotional connection with their partner.
In addition, cannabis can help people with social anxiety who may have difficulty expressing themselves. Cannabis can make it easier for partners to open up. This can lead to thoughtful, loving conversations, and it can lead to even greater romance.
How to Incorporate Cannabis into Your Relationship
If you’re ready to incorporate cannabis into your relationship, there are many cannabis strains and products purportedly designed specifically for this effect. But you can also get creative! You and your partner can add cannabis to your romance in new, exciting ways.
Schedule a cannabis date night
No matter how long you’ve been with your partner, a date always helps with libido. Plan a special evening at a new restaurant or show, followed by an intimate evening. But instead of toasting with wine or champagne – which can actually lower the mood by making you both tired – celebrate your romance with cannabis.
When the two of you are feeling it, put your phones and other distractions away and be fully present with each other. Listen to music or read poetry together. Look into your partner’s eyes. Ask them questions, tell them how you are feeling, and laugh together. Using cannabis as part of your date night can help you feel more connected and sensual.
Learn to make your own foods
Another way to use cannabis as an aphrodisiac is to learn how to make your own food. If you take a cannabis cooking class or watch an instructional video, you and your partner can bake decadent desserts together – or you can surprise them!
Chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac in its own right, so combining it with cannabis can result in a very romantic moment. But any cannabis dessert or snack made and shared with love will improve the intimacy between you and your partner. Try dipping strawberries in cannabis-infused chocolate for a 420-friendly touch for a Valentine’s Day favorite.
Unwind with a relaxing massage
Is there anything more relaxing than a massage? Whether it is about relieving pain or minimizing stress, one of the best ways to feel closer to your partner is with a relaxing massage. Turn on your favorite relaxing music, turn on the fireplace, and treat yourself to an hour-long massage. Who knows, they might even return the favor!
When it comes to pain relief, many people turn to CBD topics for its proven pain relief potential. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that can relieve tension and swelling. Some brands even make CBD themes for heat and cold relief so you can mix and match depending on your partner’s source of pain.
Remember to use cannabis responsibly
No matter how you incorporate cannabis into your love life, remember to use it responsibly and to maintain clear, open communication with your partner. Together you can achieve sensual pleasure with cannabis as an aphrodisiac. For more romantic activities that you and your partner can try after using marijuana, check out these ideas.