Let's lead with the obvious: getting high feels good. But, depending on your poison, doing so isn't always safe or healthy.
While there's always the risk of becoming paranoid and hiding behind a houseplant or getting glued to your couch, cannabis sidesteps side effects even alcohol comes with. Literally, zero people have died from weed, you can't overdose on it, and it won't leave you with a hangover. The pretty plant is also an aphrodisiac and can enhance your sex life, even in ways you may not expect.
From aiding in anal sex to making pillow talk easier, here are seven ways cannabis can enhance your sex life.
Studies have shown that the THC from weed attaches to our cannabinoid receptors and can interact with our emotional processing, and how we process with others. So basically, weed can make you more empathetic and in tune with your partner. This means stoned post-sex pillow talk, but in my experience, it can also mean better sex. It's like when I'm high I'm more aware of how my partner's vagina wants to be eaten out. TMI? Give it a try.
I used to think that weed made me horny because I dated so many potheads in college before I came out, but as it turns out, our endocannabinoid system regulates pleasure and euphoria, which for some, is a literal turn on. Additionally, when applied topically, (i.e. directly to the genitals through products like Foria) the plant helps increase blood flow to the region and can increase arousal directly through the genitals as well. You need mucus membranes to absorb the cannabis, so while products like Foria won't work when applied to a penis, they work wonders when applied to the vagina or anus. (Along with topicals, Foria also makes suppositories! Keep reading to learn more about those and sticking weed up your butt).
As we all should know, preparation is required prior to a proper anal pounding. You need lube and to prepare and relax the rectum using lots of lube, fingers, and/or toys such as butt plugs, as the rectum isn't self-lubricating and we don't want to hurt our pretty bodies. One of the most beautiful inventions since legalization is cannabis anal suppositories, such as Foria Explore. They're latex-friendly, so you don't have to compromise safer sex. Cannabis aids in reducing inflammation, and helps relax the muscles. I like to pop one in during foreplay, perhaps even coupled with a butt plug, to help relax my rectum before inserting anything bigger inside.
Speaking of cannabis topicals, while when applied to the skin there's usually not a psychoactive effect, if you eat them, it's just like enjoying an edible. You can turn your pussy, ass, dick, nipples, etc. into something more delicious than a weed brownie. Have your partner rub cannabis oil on your genitals as part of an erotic massage, and then as a treat, they can go down on you and literally get high off of you.
Getting high with your partner and watching TV, or laughing about your enemies, or just giggling about how gay you are, can be even more fun than turning your genitals into an edible. But of course, you can do both. If you don't feel like clubbing, or even cooking dinner, why not just sit back, share a joint, and order some take out as you swap awkward middle school stories or Netflix and chill with your partner(s) and Mary Jane.
If you're a queer person in 2018, you deserve a massage. Cannabis topicals, such as Papa & Barkley's Releaf balms, can reduce pain and inflammation. So if you have sore shoulders from stress, have your partner use a topical to give you a cannabis massage. Yes, you're allowed to get stoned and enjoy the heightened sensations. After the massage, feel free to fuck, fall asleep, or just snuggle into your partner's arms and remember that even if the world is on fire, being queer is still the most glam way to be, and lord knows your glittering life filled with love and weed massages is more fun than Mike Pence's.