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  • Tanya Griffin

A Guide to Cannabis & Sex: Dosing, Delivery Methods, and Strains


Naked woman and man smoking a joint before sex
Illustration: July 1972 Cosmopolitan Magazine article titled “The Ostentatious Orgasm” by Wendy Buttrose.

Welcome back as we take a deeper dive into best practices for sex with cannabis and ask ourselves, does weed make sex better? On this path to more and better sex, oOYes will explore dosing, delivery methods, and strains to help find your orgasms. 


As cannabis becomes more mainstream, its consumption methods have diversified, including dabbing, vaping, patches, edibles, and topical applications. For enhancing sexual experiences, we'll focus here on joints, edibles, sublinguals, and topicals.


With cannabis legal in 38 states and 24 states allowing sales to adults over 21, accessibility is better than ever.  While most dispensaries, especially in newly onboarded states, look and feel more like an Apple Store than a back-door weed shop, there continues to be a stigma, especially for women, to engage and shop regularly. 


DOES WEED MAKE SEX BETTER?


In the oOYes Guide to Sex and Cannabis, we explored what happens to your brain when you orgasm, the history of cannabis and sex, and the mind-body magic that happens when sex and cannabis come together. 


Whether you are an experienced cannabis user or just getting started, approaching both sex and cannabis with intention and knowledge will help you ‘tune in’ and ‘turn on.’ 


This guide will take you through cannabis dosing, delivery methods, strains, and tips to help you show up and stay present for more and better sex! 


BEING "HIGH"


If you are new to using cannabis, it is helpful to know what to expect. Dialing in a positive, euphoric experience can come with starting slow and experimenting with dosing that works best for you. While there are common denominators to “being high,” each experience can be different depending on the delivery method, dosing, user’s tolerance, body chemistry, and mood. Finding that sweet spot, or predictable high, can come with time and practice. 


Pairing sex with cannabis can lower inhibitions and increase arousal.  Cannabis can help you show up and stay present while disrupting your short-term memory.  While short-term memory loss may not be an advantage during a business meeting, it can be a helpful tool when channeling sexual thoughts and engaging in intimate connections before you.  


Good or bad, cannabis can accentuate your mood. If you “show up” for a sexy time, cannabis can take you there. On the contrary, negative feelings or cluttered thoughts can be exacerbated and distracting.   


While cannabis can help drop you into euphoric happiness, elevate all five senses, and leave you feeling groovy, a bad trip can take you out of intimacy altogether and send your mind racing in all the wrong directions or leave you on the couch, dazed and confused.   


While delivery methods and dosing are important factors for a good high, setting the mood is also key. Crafting the perfect ambiance with music and lighting and ensuring that your partner(s) are eager to engage will all contribute to more and better sex play. 



A groovy woman celebrating weed and calling herself green queen


KNOW THYSELF


When it comes to metabolizing cannabis and its effects on the endocannabinoid system, we are not all created equally. 


Individual reactions to THC, minor cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN), and terpenes vary based on factors like tolerance, body chemistry, and mood. Regular users might notice increased tolerance, requiring a break to reset sensitivity to cannabis effects. If you are harkening back to your virgin days when it was very easy to get high, you may need to take a few weeks off to return to that former self. 

 

For couples with similar cannabis tolerances, synchronized dosing can enhance your experience together. If your tolerances differ, pacing is crucial to ensure a pleasurable experience for both partners. Pace yourself. It will pay off in the long run. 


For partners who are all regular users and whose tolerances have plateaued, imbibing equally with your partner may be a welcome option that puts one partner in charge of dosing. Tracking your cannabis intake is a job that requires attention. If you can relinquish the responsibility, be thankful.  


If your partner is new to cannabis and you are seasoned, be considerate and mindful of dosing; it may determine how well the night goes.  The more you practice cannabis sexplay, the more you will learn what works best for each of you.  


The key when practicing cannabis sexplay is to know thyself, know thy partner and pace yourself accordingly. 


SOLO ADVENTURES WITH SEX & CANNABIS


If you are new to cannabis sexplay and would benefit from practice, starting with masturbation is an excellent way to understand how cannabis affects your sexual experiences. Begin with a low dose, take your time, and document your experiences to refine your preferences.


TRACKING DOSING FOR SEX PLAY


It's essential to go slow and track your experiences when introducing cannabis into your sexual activities. We will cover different delivery methods like smoking, edibles, sublingual, and topicals, noting that each method has unique onset times and effects.



DELIVERY METHODS FOR ENHANCED SEX PLAY


Choosing the right cannabis delivery method can significantly influence your sexual experiences. Whether you're smoking a joint, which offers immediate effects, or using edibles* that require time to kick in, selecting the right method at the right time can enhance your sexual engagement.  


*Edibles, sublinguals, and topicals that use nano-emulsified distillate are designed to have a quicker onset and create a faster-acting high. 


Like sex, using cannabis is all about the “experience.”  Choosing the right delivery method or a combination thereof can positively affect Sexplay. 


  • SMOKE A JOINT Smoking a joint with your partner can be a bonding experience that immediately hits the bloodstream and gets you in the mood.  We explore the top flower choices for Sexplay below. Short-term effects can last 1-3 hours. 

  • EDIBLES Whether infused gummies, chocolates, or honey, edible cannabis passes through the digestive system. Uptake should be planned for and can take up to 30 minutes to hit and can last up to 12 hours. 

  • SUBLINGUALS Elixirs & tinctures, like our Going Down Oral Sex Elixir, hit the bloodstream, metabolize quickly, and are ideal for women with fluctuating hormones.  Onset is 15-20 min and can last 6 hours. 

  • TOPICALS Topicals and lubes, like our Start Me Up Lickable Glide, when applied to genital areas, hit the bloodstream quickly and can increase blood flow. Similar to sublinguals, onset is 15-20 min, lasting 6 hours.


SMOKIN' FLOWER


Cannabis flower is typically classified as Sativa or Indica. Sativa strains are known for their cerebral highs, while Indica strains are renowned for their profound body effects, often described as leaving one "in the couch." Many popular strains are "Hybrids," showing characteristics of both Sativa and Indica, thanks to years of genetic breeding aimed at crafting specific experiences, including enhancing sexplay.


MINOR CANNABINOIDS


In the cannabis experience, it's crucial to appreciate the full entourage effect. THC may be the most recognized psychoactive component, but non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabinol) play essential roles in how cannabis is experienced. These minor cannabinoids are particularly beneficial in sexual contexts, enhancing blood flow, reducing inflammation, alleviating anxiety, and influencing mood and arousal.


TERPENES


Vital to the cannabis experience, terpenes are the aromatic molecules that contribute to the fragrance, sensory profile, and therapeutic benefits of cannabis. At the top of our list of Sexplay terpenes, Limonene delivers a citrusy taste and smell, creating a sensual, blissful, relaxing experience. This is prevalent in strains like Do-Si-Dos and Wedding Cake. It is also highlighted in our lubes and elixirs, each flavored with a limonene-dominant, orange-cream terpene blend designed to titillate the senses. 



Woman sitting with cannabis plants titled Cannabis Sativa
Concept & Design: Ted Freeland & Stephen Wholey / Art: Thomas Wolfe

TWELVE ECSTATIC SEX STRAINS


Indica-Dominant Hybrids: 
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS This OG strain comes with a healthy balance of CBD and delivers a euphoric experience that sets the mood while decreasing tension and increasing sexual function 

  • GRANDADDY PURPLE — Known as a catalyst for desire and arousal, this strain offers enduring effects.

  • Wedding Cake - Balanced for great sex without marriage, this one stimulates the mind while relaxing the body.

  • GELATO Time will stand still as this strain delivers a euphoria that enhances physical sensation and presence and increases blood flow.  

  • DO-SI-DOS As high as 30% THC with a peppery beta-caryophyllene, great for stamina and mood while bringing a relaxing body high.

  • LAVA CAKE Bringing euphoric happiness, this high THC strain offers a full body high without dropping ‘in the couch.’


Sativa-dominant Hybrids: 
  • SOUR DIESEL Energizing and uplifting, this one brings the CBD and will get you in the mood for a night of lovemaking. 

  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS Offers heightened physical pleasure, increased energy, and long-lasting euphoria. 

  • BLUE DREAM This harmonious blend of Blueberry and Haze brings euphoric,  energizing, and stress-relieving qualities that may increase sexual desire, enhance mood, and heighten pleasure.

  • GREEN CRACK Top choice for female arousal, ideal for mood and stamina; this Sativa or Indica dominant strain delivers low THC that leans into terpenes with a citrus kick.  

  • TRAINWRECK Great for foreplay, this high THC strain can bring psychedelic effects in high doses and titillates the senses with pinene and myrcene terpenes. 

  • MIMOSA Bringing on the sexy, this high THC strain delivers a citrusy taste while increasing circulation to all the right places.


OPEN COMMUNICATION AND CONSENT


At oOYes, we encourage you to educate yourself, take it slow, and practice cannabis use with intention. Incorporating cannabis into your sex life can enhance communication, presence, and sensory experiences, leading to more profound and satisfying sexual encounters. 


Whenever bringing mind-altering substances into sexplay, it is important to open communication to ensure you know your and your partner's needs. 


To help open communication, enjoy the oOYes Sex Quiz, where you can discreetly share over 100 sex acts to try with your partner. 


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