It’s Friday night, and you and your partner are looking forward to a night of
dancing, romance, great food and even better sex.
You start with a glass of merlot or a fine cabernet expertly paired with your meal.
Then you add a twist… You offer up a handcrafted confection of ginger dark chocolate, made from with a 120 MG of both THC and CBD from KIVA confections. The superb dark chocolate doesn’t disappoint, with sweet notes of ginger and spice, the THC and CBD is easily disguised and, as it turns out, proves to be an exceptional aperitif.
Sexual desire, the ability to perform, even your sexual experience is all governed by your emotional, physical and mental state. Alcohol and marijuana affect these states quite differently. Knowing the difference might just influence which you decide to reach for next time.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to shift mental states a bit during a night out, by having a drink or a smoke.
Which is the better aphrodisiac, marijuana or alcohol?
Alcohol and Sex
Did you know that long term use of alcohol can lead to sexual dysfunction?1,3
Alcohol can appear to be a bit unpredictable when it comes to enhancing or hurting sexual performance, desire and pleasure. With alcohol, it is a balance between the suppressive effects alcohol has on one’s sexual capabilities (reduced sensitivity, respiration and circulation), and the increased desire often accompanied by a reduction of sexual inhibitions so commonly experienced after consuming alcohol.
In a 2009 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine2, the author concludes alcohol is principally a detriment to sex and a man’s ability to obtain an erection. Medical research has also established a link between chronic alcohol use and liver damage. Once damaged, the liver lowers levels of testosterone and increases oestrogen levels – BOTH of which contribute to significantly ED!4
Hmm, that doesn’t sound much like an aphrodisiac.
Marijuana and Sex
For many, marijuana can be a great way to both relax your nerves and lift your spirits. So what about marijuana – does it Help or Hurt one’s sexual experience?
The way in which marijuana can influence your sexual experience is rather complex. Marijuana is not unlike a compound pharmaceutical drug, and it is the complex interplay of phyto-chemicals that together determine the ultimate effect.
Cannabis contains a mix of powerfully bio-active phyto-chemicals – a rich soup of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD influence your sexual desire, focus and even your physical sensations. THC can energize you, focus your attention, heighten your sensations, all the while relaxing your inhibitions and inspiring your creativity. CBD in part – mitigates the effects of THC, providing a balance and calm that supports a more enjoyable, intimate and long lasting sensual experience.
Terpenes such as limonene and linalool can elevate your mood and help take the edge of any date stress or performance anxiety that might creep in.
When taken together, these natural phyto-chemicals influence your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – a group of receptors located throughout your central and peripheral nervous systems, responsible for a litany of physiological processes including mood, sensation and appetite. Given this interplay, the potential for marijuana to influence one’s sexual experience is undeniable.
Erectile Dysfunction | Can MARIJUANA help?
The sexual experience is a complex interplay of physiological, psychological and emotional processes.
What is ED?
ED, or erectile dysfunction, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection that is suitable for sexual intercourse. Frequent ED can be a sign of deeper health problems, but infrequent ED is likely nothing to worry about. If you think you may have ED, talk to your doctor.
Fact: ED affects men of all ages.
Fact: 1 in 4 men seek medical advice from their doctor about ED before age 40.
The most common causes of ED are:
- Poor cardiovascular health resulting in inadequate blood flow to the penis,3
- drinking too much alcohol,1
- prescription medications (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety meds, etc.)
- fatigue, depression, anxiety and stress.
- Other causes: High blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, cigarettes.
Might marijuana contain a little chemistry that supports short-term success and long-term sexual health?
Cannabidiol (CBD) from marijuana and hemp, is known to possess powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and neuro-protective properties – all of which supports your cardiovascular health, enabling stronger blood flow to all of those key appendages. Marijuana use is also associated with a lowered incidence of obesity, a leaner body mass index (BMI) and healthier blood sugar levels. All of which support strong sexual health.
The Best Strains for SEX
A perfect marijuana strain to support amazing sex would be a strain with a strong terpinolene, limonene and linalool terpene profile, and a strain that has a strong CBD profile – perhaps a 1:1 ration of CBD to THC.
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- 1Arackal, B. and Benegal, V. “Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in male subjects with alcohol dependence.” Indian J Psychiatry, 2007 Apr-Jun; 49(2): 109-112
- 2Thornton, S. “Hydration Increases Tissue Perfusion and Thus Erectile Function.” J of Sexual Medicine, 2009 Jun
- 3Musicki, Bella, et al., “Basic Science Evidence for the Link Between Erectile Dysfunction and Cardiometabolic Dysfunction.” J Sex Medicine 2015 Dec
- 4Yafi, Jenkins, Albersen, Corona, et al., “Erectile Dysfunction.” Nat Rev Dis Primers 2016: 2: 16003