Cannabis can be a potent turn on, even revolutionary when it comes to enhancing sexuality.
Ashley Manta, founder of lifestyle brand Cannasexual, has done plenty of her own experiential research: “I find that cannabis helps arousal in that it helps address things that get in the way of pleasure, connection and arousal,” the sex and relationship coach explains. “Some examples of things that get in the way could include pain (either acute or chronic), shame, anxiety, struggles with body confidence, difficulty feeling embodied, or struggles with communicating wants and needs. Cannabis, when used with intention, can help address some or all of these concerns.”
It’s really about your own personal journey.
If you’re ready to explore the exciting possibilities in the bedroom (or on the beach, or the pool, or the floor...or whatever you’re into), there are so many new products on the legalized market that it may be difficult to distinguish which item in what form will rouse the best results. There are lubricants, lollipops, chocolates, waxes, oils, flowers, and tinctures that could leave a novice consumer high on the possibilities before they even take their first dose. So, for the sake of any beginner who may want to brace for a cannabis-charged sexual journey, let’s simplify our exploration: Let’s pick differentiate the potential sexual properties of indicas versus sativas.
Today, sativa is colloquially associated with creative energy while indica to mental repose. The distinction of strains is used in most any legal dispensary that sells the plethora of products described above. It helps organize the shelves and shelves of product, and more likely than not, a budtender will follow their initial greeting with something like, "Do you prefer indica or sativa?" But just as scientists, like Ethan B. Russo MD, call the sativa/indica distinction “total nonsense and an exercise in futility".
Cabrera agrees that categorizing strains as indica or sativa only further proves that "today’s cannabis strains are so far abstracted from the original designation that it pretty much doesn’t matter whether something is considered an indica or a sativa because of all the hybridization that’s happened and because of the grower influence being so strong.” In many ways, one could correlate this to the food industry’s use of marketing terms like “all natural,” which are more widespread adopted jargon than they are scientific truth.
“What I tell people to do, if you’re smoking or you’re using an edible or vaping, you want to keep a notebook and write down everything that you try and what your reaction was, where you were at in your menstruation cycle [if you are a person who menstruates], whether you were hungry, whether you were tired, basically anything that was relevant to the experience. And over time you can do this kind of trial and error thing where you start to recognize what works for you and what makes you horny.”
If you’re a person unsure of where to even begin, Cebara recommends seeking out a hybrid strain with a differentiated effect, where they have the clear-headed mind high that one associates with a sativa and that kind of deep body feel that is associated with an indica. “But truth be told, it’s not about strain. It’s not about indica or sativa. It’s really about your own personal journey.”
So there you have it: some homework to get started on immediately.