The THC and CBD’s of Sex by Kat Nadel
Sex is fun, euphoric, an experience. It’s why sex and cannabis are like hand and glove for so many of us. If you’re like me, you enjoy a healthy dose of THC with your sex life. Pre, during, or postgame… doesn’t matter, you know the benefits of inviting cannabis into your inner sanctum, whether it’s for a smoke, as a lube, or an ice-breaker, because like sex, cannabis is a fun, euphoric experience.
It goes without saying, but I’ll say it: I’m advocating safe and responsible use of both. But if you can’t tolerate smoking, that’s no reason to miss the experience of a cannabis-fueled romantic romp. I’m talking the THCs & CBDs of sex. Let's take a look at what cannabis can do, then see what comes up for you.
THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis. It's what gets you high, but that's not all it can do. THC helps treat:
· Socially induced anxiety
What does this mean in terms of sex?
· if you’re restless, it can calm you down.
· Performance anxiety? Maybe take a toke. Not too much. You’ll want to be up for the main event.
· Socially induced anxiety? Create your own spotlight and put yourself center stage.
How is this accomplished? Realize cannabis affects each of us differently. These are personal recommendations based on my body chemistry and experience with the strains listed. Take my recommendations as they suit you. The most fun is to figure out what works for you!
· Consider these strains if you’re a toker:
o Purple Punch (I)
§ Go easy with this Indica. I recommend it because of the euphoric almost giddy body rush that settles on me when I smoke this strain. It’s just enough to get me relaxed and elevate my mood for the good things to come.
o Cookie Dawg (H)
§ For me this hybrid is euphoria in a bud. Any hint of anxiety is out the window with a few hits of this GSC lineage strain. It’s relaxing, happy and the perfect complement to morning sex. How do you want to start your day?
o Ghost Train Haze (S)
§ For me, nothing works better than Ghost Train Haze, at removing inhibitions and instilling a playful, creative vibe. This strain is an excellent for keeping the magic alive and flowing.
· Consider this method if you don’t like to smoke:
Cannabis infused lubes are a wonderful addition to your romantic repertoire. I love coconut-oil based lubes, because let’s face it, they feel amazing! They’re also a great way to bring cannabis into your bedroom if you’re not a smoker. Although, considered a topical, remember you are applying a THC infused lube to mucous membranes, so there is the opportunity for THC to make it into the bloodstream. I’ve never found it to be an issue with store bought lubes, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re making your own. Which, btw, is super easy to do. Just remember anytime you’re using cannabis, start low and slow, you can always add more.
I like to use an organic, virgin, coconut oil as the base oil. Next, I add my preferred dose of THC laden CCO (concentrated cannabis oil). Consider Siskiyou Sungrown, which comes in a syringe. Put your desired amount of base oil into a glass spray bottle. Next, place the bottle into a bowl of hot water. Let it sit for a minute. Grab your syringe of CCO and put the desired dose into the bottle. The warm water will allow the CCO to dissolve into the base oil. Remove your bottle from the water, put the lid on, shake it up and get your groove on.
On a side note, the same can be accomplished with a CBD rich CCO. You’ll get the benefits of coconut oil, and no worries about any psychoactive compounds crossing the blood/brain barrier.
CBD is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. In layman's terms, it won't get you high no matter how much you take. That being said, what can CBD do? Like THC it relieves anxiety. Additionally, it’s helpful for depression.
Well that’s what I’ve got. Cannabis is an experience and can be a lifestyle enhancer. I find it most fun to experiment with different strains and different methods of ingestion and application. Like sex, figuring out what feels good is half the fun. Find out what works for you, and get your fun on!
I Can’t Sleep! I’m in Pain! I Can’t Eat! I Need Inspiration!
If you find yourself in any of these states, here’s what GVW has in store for you this week!
I Can’t Sleep:
Flower: Triple Crown OG from Red Barn Gardens
Classification: Heavy Indica
· Deep Therapeutic Body High
· Euphoria inducing
· Creeper: use caution for those with low tolerance
Good for: Insomnia, Fibromyalgia, & Autoimmune disorders such as Lupus, & Vasculititis
I’m in Pain!
Flower: Frank’s Gift: Green Cross Specialties
Classification CBD Flower
Good For: CBD Flower is recommended for a wide array of ailments including: Crohn’s Disease, PTSD, Muscle Spasms
I Need Inspiration!
Flower: J-1 Epic Family Farms
Classification: Sativa Leaning
· Stress Reliever
· Promotes Focus
Good for: Creative inspiration, ADD, ADHD, Affective disorders
Benefits of CBD
Taking cannabidiol (CBD) perhaps doesn’t sound that appealing to a recreational cannabis user, who wants a classic psychoactive experience. And indeed, when consuming cannabis to get “high,” it’s simply counter-productive to dull the effects with CBD, which isn’t just non-psychoactive but serves to suppress the impact of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
However, the cannabis plant has changed dramatically over the past few decades and is chemically unrecognizable to what was being smoked during the ‘Summer of Love’ back in the 1960s. Strains have much greater quantities of THC than they once did, and levels of CBD in recreational cannabis are typically minimal.
While this is brilliant for enhancing the psychoactive effects, this chemical imbalance means that we quickly acquire a tolerance to cannabis. And, on a more serious note, without the balance between CBD and THC, could chronic use of high-THC strains be having a negative impact on the brain. One study, which we will focus on later, suggests so – but don’t worry, CBD can help!
*Information provided has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information is not provided by medical professionals and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.