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Research is lacking on how cannabis impacts female sex drive and arousal, so we have to rely on anecdotes and trial-and-error when it comes to the best strains for female arousal. Many women claim that components in certain strains have positively impacted their sex lives, including:
- Wedding Cake
- Green Crack
- Sour Diesel
- Granddaddy Purple
- Amnesia Haze
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Northern Lights
- Bubba Kush
- Blue Cheese
- Strawberry Kush
(Editor’s Note: Leafwell recognizes that people have diverse gender identities and strives to use gender-inclusive language in our content. Sometimes, we use the words “women” or “men” to describe individuals whose sex assigned at birth was female or male. In those cases, we will continue to use the gender terms reported by the study investigators.)
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How Cannabis Affects Female Arousal
Unfortunately, marijuana’s status as a controlled substance has presented research challenges to those exploring weed’s effects on arousal and sex drive. Most research comes from survey responses instead of clinical trials with control groups. As surveys are inherently biased, it’s tough to align reported answers with actual sexual encounters.
Additionally, sex is a complicated phenomenon incorporating social, environmental, biological, and psychological considerations at different stages. “Good sex” is also subjective, depending on factors such as environment and mood.
For some, cannabis may relieve stress and improve mood, which can help ease into sexual activity. For others, its sedative and relaxing properties may reduce sex drive.
Here’s what we do know: The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the mechanism by which cannabis plays a role in sexual function and drive. One study found increased levels of the naturally-occurring cannabinoid 2-AG in the blood samples of individuals who masturbated to orgasm, pointing to the ECS’ role in sex. Cannabis has also been shown to increase blood flow, which plays a crucial role in female physical arousal and enhances overall sensory perception.
Subjectively, female participants in a study of perceived sexual satisfaction claimed that cannabis use before sex more than doubled the likelihood of orgasm compared to women who didn’t, as did frequent female cannabis users. Other recent studies found that marijuana helped people relax, enjoy touch more, heighten the emotional experience of sexual activity, and even increase the number of sexual encounters.
However, one of these studies noted that women are more likely to report sexual dysfunction after cannabis use than men. Cannabis also has a dehydrating effect, potentially drying out vaginal mucus and requiring women to use a lubricant.
Best Ways to Use Cannabis for Female Arousal
When using cannabis for arousal, proper dosing is essential. Too much THC can cause paranoia, anxiety, or even nausea, which can interfere with overall sexual enjoyment and lower arousal.
It’s important to know your tolerance limits and how cannabis impacts your arousal before deciding to add a partner to the mix. THC may also induce sedation, making you sleepy instead of aroused. Start with a low dose and gradually increase the amount consumed to test what works best with your body and desired experience.
Additionally, specific consumption methods are better suited to sexual encounters and can be incorporated into the experience. Topicals and infused oils or lotions can enhance bedroom activities. However, topical cannabis products have more localized effects than other consumption methods’ cerebral euphoria.
Best Strains for Female Arousal
Different strains (i.e., chemovars, cultivars) have differing effects on the consumer, so what works for one person may not work for another. You may have to try several strains to determine which is best for you.
Those looking to enhance arousal may opt for Wedding Cake due to its physically relaxing and cerebrally stimulating properties. This popular strain’s terpenes include high levels of the energizing limonene and calming linalool, which helps up the excitement while soothing any anxiousness.
Per anecdotal reports, Green Crack is one of the best cannabis strains (cultivars) for energizing and enhancing sexual arousal. The energy from this sativa hybrid strain helps women maintain stamina, while its lower THC levels help avoid paranoia or feeling overly sedated.
Sour Diesel is a sativa-dominant strain (cultivar) that people gravitate towards to enhance creativity and sexual satisfaction. It features higher limonene content, which helps banish fatigue, while beta-caryophyllene and the soothing myrcene combine to lower inhibition and heighten sensory enjoyment.
Granddaddy Purple (GDP)
The wine-scented Granddaddy Purple is an indica-dominant hybrid that reportedly boosts relaxation and enhances physical sensations. Grandaddy Purple may also be a good marijuana strain for cannabis users seeking to dull acute or chronic pain that would otherwise impact sexual enjoyment.
Amnesia Haze may be the perfect strain for women seeking to soothe depression and have more enjoyable sex. The cultivar reportedly enhances mood, often stimulating users with a case of giggles, which can make sexual encounters much more fun.
Trainwreck‘s higher levels of mood-boosting pinene and sedating terpinolene make it an excellent choice for women looking to use cannabis to have great sex. It also mixes its terpenes with moderate levels of THC, which isn’t too sedating but produces an enjoyable euphoria.
Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies is an indica-dominant strain that reportedly stimulates sexual desire in females. It reportedly provides potent pain relief thanks to its higher levels of analgesic THC and its anti-inflammatory beta-caryophyllene content.
Northern Lights is a euphoria-producing cultivar that reportedly relaxes muscle tension and anxiety, allowing couples to be present with each other. Its myrcene and humulene content produce noticeable analgesic effects, while pinene gently energizes with an enjoyable focus.
Bubba Kush is an indica-dominant strain well-suited to relieving anxiety and any physical tension that would get in the way of great sex. It stimulates blood flow and enhances the enjoyment of touch while offering pain relief, thanks to its myrcene and beta-caryophyllene levels.
DJ Short’s Blueberry is a cultivar that often hits many “Top Strains for Sex” lists, perhaps due to its pleasant taste, aroma, and relaxing but not overly sedative effects. Blueberry is often rich in beta-caryophyllene, pinene, linalool, humulene, and myrcene, contributing to its easing effects.
Blue Cheese is another variety that many report finding helpful for arousal. Blue Cheese contains plenty of the strain Blueberry, also known for stimulating arousal. The terpene profile is also similar to Blueberry, although the pungency suggests that this variation may contain more of certain terpenes like myrcene and limonene.
Strawberry Kush is a flavorful hybrid made from a cross between Strawberry Cough and OG Kush. Dominant terpenes include myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, limonene, linalool, and geraniol, which could contribute to this cultivar’s strawberry-like taste and smell. Anecdotal reports suggest that phenotypes of Strawberry Kush that lean more towards the Strawberry Cough parent — an uplifting, anxiolytic (i.e., anxiety-reducing) variety — are ideal for sex.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is indica or sativa better for intimacy?
Whether indica or sativa is better for intimacy depends on how you want to use cannabis to change your mood. Indicas are better suited for enhancing physical sensations, including touch. Conversely, sativa cultivars produce more psychedelic experiences and energize users, which can help elicit good sex.
What terpenes are good for arousal?
Limonene, myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene are all reportedly useful in enhancing female arousal. Limonene is an energizing terpene that helps battle fatigue, while myrcene is more sedating and heightens the enjoyment of touch and other sensory experiences.
Beta-caryophyllene and myrcene work together to soothe pain and physical discomfort, which can help make sex more enjoyable. Floral terpenes like linalool and geraniol may also promote arousal due to their pleasant smell.