Sex and Cannabis have a number of similarities. Both are natural. Both are considered socially taboo subjects. Both are extremely pleasurable. This popular pair have been hand-in-hand for quite some time. While some prefer to grab a cocktail before sex, I highly recommend reaching for the pipe instead. Not only can the ritual of sharing a smoke with your partner(s) be something of an exciting pre-intercourse ritual, but the use of cannabis can also be beneficial for shedding inhibitions and really setting “the mood”, leading to some highly satisfying sexual experiences.
As legalization and regulation become more prevalent in the states, we too have become more aware of the lesser known compounds and beneficial effects of the cannabis plant’s terpenes. Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity, taste, and unique color. These oils that are secreted in the cannabis flower’s sticky resin glands are the same ones that produce THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids that cause you to feel high. Perhaps you’ve recognized the particular citrus flavor of a plant as you smoked, or whiffed the fruity aroma of the flower - this is due to the particular terpene profile of that strain. Terpenes are by no means unique to cannabis - they can also be found in many other herbs, fruits, and plants. Much like cannabinoids that are found in cannabis, terpenes give rise to various effects, including mood.
While you might be seeking specific strains based on their CBD or THC levels, it’s also important to consider the terpene profile of the strain.There exist over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant with an infinite amount of strains to explore. Much like with essential oils, each specific terpenes found in cannabis strains will give you the desired effect. While some terpenes promote relaxation and stress-relief, others promote focus and agility, which can be quite useful when it comes down to sex. Depending on the physical and mental response you’re seeking in a sexual experience, choosing a strain based on the terpene profile it contains may be helpful in pointing you in the right direction.
In order to enjoy sex to its fullest, you should always feel complete relaxation, as well as approach it positively. If you or your partner(s) are experiencing anxiety, shame, or sadness, the possibility of a climax decreases, and often can become impossible. If you struggle with performance anxiety, and need assistance entering a relaxed state of mind, choose terpenes that have a calming or euphoric effect. If you’re seeking an extra boost of vitality, choose an energizing strain. Keep in mind that you can become “too high to FUCKtion”. In order to avoid this, choose a strain with a low terpene count, as a high count can lead to mood killing drowsiness.
Some of the known sexual benefits of cannabis use are:
- Management or elimination of performance anxiety
- Relief of pain or discomfort associated with sexual dysfunctions
- Heightened physical sensations during sex
- Deepened emotional connection and intimacy between partners)
Outlined below are the most common cannabis terpenes, matched with suggested strains to look out for according to the desired sexual effect.
Referred to as the “couch-lock”, Myrcene is known for its highly sedative effects. Unless used to promote (occasional, maybe) restful sleep before sex, Myrcene is a terpene you’ll want to avoid in high concentrations.
Strains to avoid: OG Kush, Grandaddy Purple
Also found in hops
Common to citrus plants, this terpene is known for its energizing and antidepressant properties. Because citrus greatly increases alertness, visual stimuli is also strongly enhanced, making this a perfect pre-sex ritual to help get the juices flowing and blood pumping between you and your partner(s).
Strains to look for: Super Lemon Haze, Durban Poison
Also found in citrus
Linalool, similar to limonene, promotes relaxation and stress relief. It also provides antidepressant benefits. Due to its sedative qualities, I suggest the “less is more” approach.
Strains to look for: Amnesia Haze, Master Kush
Also found in lavender
A smokey, earthy, or woody aroma that is slightly sedative. Although it’s the least common terpene, this shouldn’t affect the importance of Terpinolene in your sex life. This specific terpene profile would be perfect for some good old fashioned slow love making session partnered with a massage. For some good, old-fashioned love making and sensual massage, look no further than this terpene! By helping to slow things down, it allows you to experience intimate relaxation and pleasurable comfort with your partner(s).
Strains to look for: Dutch Treat, Sensai Star
Also found in lilacs
Energetic and therapeutic, this terpene is common in pine needles. If you've ever walked through a forest and felt that "lifted" sensation, you've experienced this terpenoid! The A-Pinene profile supports sharp thinking and motivation. For those energetic, hair-pulling, “ended up on the floor” sexual experiences, I highly recommend this terpene.
Strains to look for: Blue Dream, Pineapple Express
Also found in pine needles
Cannabis is a personal experience, as is your process in selecting the right one. Terpene profiles provide you with unique insight on what qualities one should look for in a strain when desiring a more pleasurable sexual experience. For many consumers, this level of precision in strain selection is paramount to having an enjoyable time in bed. For others, picking a strain of any variety and getting straight to business is the way to go. The key to finding the right strain, amount, and preferred method of consuming cannabis is through microdosing. Start low and go slow!
I highly recommend that each partner finds the strain that works the best for them individually, and then apply it to their shared sexual experience. Sexual communication is key to having a positive sexual experience, so stay openminded, open hearted, and and enjoy yourselves some Dope Sex!