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I Smell Sex and Cannabis

Marijuana is the hot new sex toy.

Sex and drugs have been bedmates for as long as we have been able to put stuff in our bodies. Over time, people have adapted cannabis and erotic activities to include, and be enhanced by, each other. And with the recent explosion of interest in cannabis in the U.S., we are seeing advancements on all fronts, including the sexy ones.

Bringing cannabis-based lotions and massage oils into the bedroom is a sure-fire way to get everyone’s body in the mood. Massage is a beautiful way to connect to another person’s body. It also brings blood up to the skin, where it will absorb the cannabinoids faster and carry them into the bloodstream. Body rubs like Dragon Balm from Ceres Gardens are just right for raising your libido to a fever pitch.

But cannabis itself has been looked to as an aphrodisiac all over the planet. We know it causes a spike in testosterone when introduced to the body, as well as a release of anandamide and dopamine, all chemicals our body produces when we are happy, blissed-out, and turned-on. These interactions can be influenced by the levels of CBD and THC in various strains. A few companies like Delta 9 Labs, with its ”CannaSutra,” and Humboldt Seed Co. with its “Purple Panty Dropper,” are attempting to dial in the magic formula by creating strains that offer a curated smoking experience designed specifically to enhance your sensual activities.

So you’re finally in bed (or in the alley or wherever) with your lover(s). You have your pipe stuffed with lust-inducing weed; bodies have been warmed with a good cannabinoid-laden rub-down; and you’re ready for another level of sex; penetration. Weed has your back here, too. Created by Seattle dominatrix Mistress Matisse, Velvet Swing is a lube with both THC and CBD, designed to enhance the sexual experience. Bond by botanicaSEATTLE and Muse by Ethos Innovates are both also formulated with a combination of THC and CBD. None of these lubes will get you “high” in the traditional sense, but they will heighten focus and sensation during sex if used on the clitoris, significantly more so if used inside the vagina or anus where the lube can be absorbed through the mucous membrane. One note, though: None of these products should be your “main” lube during a session; use them as a stoney addition to your old standby.

Because these lubes contain THC, you’ll have to buy them at a dispensary, but CBD CaraGold Lube from Good Clean Love contains only CBD, so sex shops can legally sell it. CBD-based lube is a really wonderful addition for people getting into buttplay, as it can help diminish discomfort and generally relax the whole pelvic region without clouding your ability to stay present with your body. It’s also a great addition for people who have gone through menopause or other hormonal changes and find that their body doesn’t produce the amount of wetness they prefer. I personally like to mix my CaraGold lube with Hathor’s Aphrodisia lube, which contains ginseng and horny goat weed. And for those who like their erotica straightforward, there’s a world of pipes, bongs, and rolling papers bedecked with veiny cocks, perky boobs, pouty-lipped vaginas, and pink-puckered buttholes waiting for your eager mouth. Pipedreams offers a basic glass pipe that is also a dildo made of hardened Pyrex, giving you the opportunity to literally take a hit from inside your lover. Just watch your teeth.

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