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Spice Of Life: How Weed Can Help Your Sex Life

by Ericka Rachelle Mendoza

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you probably already know that Portland has the most strip clubs (per capita) than any other city in the United States. There is no shortage of beautiful, desirable women in this city—you are holding this magazine, after all. So, there’s no question that Portland has a strong sexual libido. But, sometimes you may need a little helper to get things wet or hard. Cannabis can aid in a number of mental and physical ailments and, when it comes to a low sex drive or just breaking the ice, smoking a little weed can go a long way. Researchers at the University Of Buffalo even found that couples who smoke weed together were less prone to committing violence against each other. And, it also aided in intimacy.

Since the 1970s, researchers have been studying the effects of cannabis on sexual performance and desire. Studies done in the 70s and 80s both confirmed what cannabis users already knew: marijuana acts as an aphrodisiac, when used before having sex and also increases desire for sex. Today, there is even a whole line of cannabis-infused products devoted to sexual arousal and satisfaction. This year, GQ named Foria Pleasure the "sex product of the year." This product is infused with coconut oil and cannabis and claims to "awaken arousal and heighten sensation for women, making orgasms more intense, fuller or easier to access." The company that manufactures Foria Pleasure also claims it "helps promote natural lubrication, reduces pain and tension and creates the relaxation necessary for sensual experiences or restorative rest." Foria even offers a cannabis suppository, specifically designed for anal play.

According to AllBud.com, the Columbian Haze strain is often used for low sex drives, due to its ability to create "feelings of uplifting and arousal, along with happiness, creativity and euphoria." According to the site, the flavors are minty, spicy and sweet...with a hint of lemon. However, AllBud advises caution when sampling this strain, since it can cause "paranoia in some smokers (and) it’s not for the weak of heart."

Online cannabis resource site, Leafly.com, also offers recommendations for lovers who might need to smoke a little in order to relax into pulling the sheets back. And, the site also allows users to post comments about certain strains that help them out. Popular strains for site browsers include Green Crack, Hindu Skunk, Danky Doodle, Granddaddy Purple and Atomic Northern Lights.

HerbCo.com reports other strains that have been known to increase sexual desire and sensation are Asian Fantasy, Skunk No. 1, Flo, Super Lemon Haze, Sour Dream, Skywalker, Blue Cheese, Chocolope, Afghan Kush, Godbud, Alaskan Thunder Fuck, True OG and Strawberry Kush.

Lisa "Mamakind" Kirkman, cannabis activist and author of Sex Pot: The Marijuana Lover’s Guide To Getting It On, stated in an interview with AlterNet that some of the best strains for sex are Blueberry, Fucking Incredible, Burmese Fucking Incredible, Matanuska Thunder Fuck, Voodoo and Afghani Bullrider.

While there are dozens of amazing strains out there—and, it’s true, research confirms cannabis has a positive effect on desire and arousal—it’s also worth noting that studies also concluded, when it comes to weed, less is more. Low sex drive and motivation have been known side effects of heavy cannabis consumption and smoking too much sometimes leads to paranoia—quite the opposite of sexy.

Smoking weed with your romantic interest doesn’t automatically mean your partner is going to drop their pants, but it’s worth heading to the local dispensary for some pre-date aphrodisiacs that could help you and your partner both relax, forget about politics/war/global warming/financial stress/etc. long enough to remember how good and healing sex is and can be. Because, sometimes you just need to get stoned, forget and fuck!