6 Best Marijuana Strains for Sex
Article written by
Shanti RyleContent Writer
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Dr. Lewis JasseyMedical Director - Pediatric Medicine
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We still await more research on how marijuana impacts sex or sexual experience. Still, plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that weed can make it more satisfying and boost sexual desire. Much of cannabis’ ability to enhance libido is attributed to its anti-anxiety effects.
Whether you’re looking for cannabis to lower inhibition, improve sex drive, or generally change things up in the bedroom, here are our top marijuana strains (cultivars) for sex.
- Wedding Cake
- Sour Diesel
- Northern Lights
- Green Crack
Which Strains Are Best For You?
How Cannabis Affects Sex
To date, little existing science has effectively examined cannabis’ effects on sexuality and sex drive, mainly due to the drug’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance. Most research comes from survey participant responses instead of clinical evidence from controlled, randomized trials. Because self-reported surveys carry inherent bias, we must take much of the existing evidence with a grain of salt.
Sexuality and arousal also are complex phenomena. Several biological, environmental, social, and psychological variables factor into different phases of the sexual experience, and what determines “good sex” is different for every person.
Cannabis plays a role in sex by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which operates in many areas in the brain and body that deal with sexual function and male and female arousal. One study found that masturbation to orgasm produced increased levels of 2-AG – an endocannabinoid – in blood samples, supporting the ECS’ role in sex. Cannabis has also been shown to increase blood flow and heighten sensitivity in the skin’s nerve receptors, contributing to an enhanced sensory response.
Subjectively speaking, surveys have found that cannabis use before sexual activity can help participants relax, lowering inhibitions and improving both physical senses and the intensity of perceived emotions. Another survey found that those who regularly used cannabis experienced sex more frequently than those who didn’t consume cannabis.
However, some studies have found that cannabis may negatively impact sexual experience. Women have reported that cannabis can dry out vaginal mucus, requiring them to use a personal lubricant. Other studies have found that cannabis may have adverse outcomes on sexual health in men and male arousal, including causing erectile dysfunction and potentially lower sperm count.
A recent animal study also found that stimulation of the CB1 receptor – on which THC and CBD act – can delay ejaculation time and debilitate men’s ability to orgasm. Another survey found that cannabis’ distortion of perceived time may also delay ejaculation in men.
All-in-all, we need more research to understand how cannabis impacts sex conclusively. Still, many anecdotal reports and one literature review found that both men and women report improved sexual experience, orgasm intensity, physical sensitivity, and improvement in desire with cannabis use.
Best Ways to Use Cannabis for Sex
Dosing is a critical component when considering cannabis as a sexual tool. You should understand your tolerance before experimenting with cannabis with a partner, as environment and physiology can impact experience well before adding other variables.
Start with a lower dose and gradually increase amounts as you see what works best. Too-high doses can cause anxiety or nausea, which diminish and distract from the enjoyment of a sexual encounter.
Regarding consumption methods, some are better suited for sexual experiences than others. Topicals and cannabis-infused oils, lotions, and lubes can add a fun, infused element to bedroom play. However, topicals produce localized sensations rather than full-blown mental psychoactivity.
Smoking or vaping cannabis flower or concentrates will produce faster-acting euphoria, with the effects occurring within 30 minutes and lasting up to three hours. For longer sessions, edibles have a slow onset but deliver longer-lasting and more potent experiences, with results lasting up to seven hours.
Best Strains for Sex
According to anecdotal reports, these different strains may be ideal for sex.
Wedding Cake is a strain well-suited for sexual experiences, reportedly able to relax stress while stimulating focus and physical arousal. The dominant terpenes in Wedding Cake include limonene, which is more energizing, and linalool, known for its relaxing properties.
Trainwreck is reportedly an excellent cultivar (strain) choice for foreplay, thanks to its higher levels of uplifting pinene, the cerebrally euphoric myrcene, and sedating terpinolene. This mix of terpenes and THC content stimulates physical touch and allows participants to enjoy the sensory experience.
Sour Diesel is a more energizing cultivar for sexual experimentation and exciting situations. Its higher levels of limonene uplift low energy, while the peppery beta-caryophyllene and relaxing myrcene work together to stimulate physical sensations and lower inhibition.
Northern Lights is well-suited for relaxing nerves or anxiety surrounding a sexual scenario. It produces euphoric effects, relaxing muscle tension and allowing couples to enjoy the moment. Northern Light contains high levels of myrcene and beta-caryophyllene.
Mimosa is a bubbly, energizing strain with high levels of limonene contributing to its mood-boosting and uplifting anecdotal effects. Its myrcene content also calms nerves, adding to the enjoyment of the sexual experience.
Users claim Green Crack is an excellent energizing and euphoric strain well-suited for sexual arousal and stamina. It has lower THC levels and higher levels of myrcene and alpha-pinene, lending it a citrus-forward and mango-leaning sweetness.
Dosido is perfect for partner play or solo enjoyment, offering relaxation and euphoria in a single dose. The strain features higher levels of peppery beta-caryophyllene. This potent anti-inflammatory relaxes tensions and soothes anxiety, while its limonene content adds energy to the mix.
It is worth noting that the above suggestions are based on anecdotal reports and that some people may find another strain more helpful in improving their desire for sex. Other strains reported to have such an effect include Blue Dream, Blueberry, and Strawberry Kush.