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Marijuana as an Aphrodisiac? Studies Say “Yes!”

Marijuana as an Aphrodisiac? Studies Say “Yes!”

Looking to spice up your sex life? Cannabis may hold the answer!

Of course, conditions such as “erectile dysfunction” don’t exactly qualify you for medical marijuana use. But if you do have a qualifying condition, there’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of marijuana’s other medicinal properties.

And this could be good news for men and women who don’t want to pay outrageous prices for sexual enhancement drugs. Viagra and Cialis costs $50 a pill without insurance. The enhancement drug Addyi, specifically designed for women, costs $800 for a one-month supply.

In this post, we’ll discuss why marijuana can work as an aphrodisiac. We’ll also give you some tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking about bringing cannabis into the bedroom.

People Have Used Marijuana as an Aphrodisiac for a LONG Time

The use of marijuana as an aphrodisiac goes at least as far as back as the seventh century. Cannabis was used by the ancient Indians as part of their tantric sex rituals. Instead of smoking it, however, cannabis was mixed with milk and various herbs, spices, and nuts to create a drink called bhang.

Bhang not only helped increase sexual pleasure, but it was also used as an aid to spiritual enlightenment. Talk about getting more bhang for your buck!

(Come on. That one was too easy).

In 1930s Russia, virgin brides used a mixture of cannabis and lamb fat to help ease the pain of first-time sex. And, of course, it also made sex a lot more enjoyable!

Why Marijuana Works As an Aphrodisiac

More research is needed on the aphrodisiac effects of marijuana, but here’s what we do know:

  • Marijuana works directly with our body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls, among other things, our coordination, memory, and our feelings of pain and pleasure.
  • When we consume marijuana, chemical compounds known as cannabinoids enter our bloodstream and bind with receptors in our brains.
  • This is why people typically experience euphoria when they use marijuana. And it may explain why sex feels even better than normal when we’re under marijuana’s influence.

What Studies Say About Marijuana as an Aphrodisiac

  • Business Insider published a report on a study which found that 50 percent of participants felt “aphrodisiac effects” after using marijuana. 75 percent said that marijuana increased their overall sense of pleasure.
  • These findings are fairly consistent with other studies. In 1970, Former sociology professor Erich Goode conducted a survey on this subject. He found that 50 percent of marijuana users felt aphrodisiac effects, whereas two-thirds said it increased their feelings of pleasure.
  • In 1983, a study performed by the Journal of Sex Research got nearly the exact same results as the 1970 Goode survey.

3 Things You Should Know Before Using Marijuana as an Aphrodisiac

  1. Marijuana Enhances What You’re Already Feeling

Marijuana isn’t an aphrodisiac in the sense that, once you take it, it automatically makes you more interested in having sex.

Rather, marijuana tends to enhance what thoughts and feelings you’re already experiencing. If you’re in the presence of someone who you already find attractive, marijuana may enhance that feeling and make sex with that person more pleasurable.

On the other hand, if you’re with someone that you’re not attracted to, marijuana is just as likely to make you want to get away from that person, sit on the couch, and eat Fritos.

2. Different Types and Strains Will Have Different Effects

Marijuana isn’t a “catch-all” aphrodisiac that has the same, consistent effect on everybody.

We all have different bodies and temperaments. As a result, we all respond differently to marijuana, depending on the type and strain we’re using.

Two very basic examples are:

  • The “body high” you get from using indicas, which make you more relaxed
  • The “head high” you get from sativas, which make you feel more energized and alert

It’s possible that both of these types of marijuana could be useful for sexual activity. It all depends on you and how you react to them. You may have to experiment. If you’re not too shy, ask your budtender for a recommendation.

3. Less is More.

A woman sent in a letter to Leafly, saying that she and her boyfriend had both eaten a 120 mg edible and smoke two joints over the course of two days. They tried to have sex on the second day, only to find that their “nether regions” had become numb.

The lesson here is pretty clear: too much marijuana can kill the romance. The main culprit was probably that 120 mg edible, which most likely overwhelmed their nervous systems and caused their private parts to “go dark.”

But when it comes to sex, there’s also such a thing as using too little marijuana. Former professor Erich Goode observed that consuming 50 joints over the course of six months (a little more than two joints a week) can enhance sexual performance. On the other hand, smoking less than a joint a week can actually hurt your performance.

In other words, you’ll need to find your own personal “Goldilocks zone” – not too little but not too much!

What do you think about marijuana as an aphrodisiac? Have you ever used it for that reason? Or do you prefer to keep cannabis out of the bedroom? Share your comments with us on Facebook!

Parents Using Pot - Okay Or Not Okay?

Parents Using Pot – Okay or Not Okay?

Parents Using Pot – Okay or Not Okay?

“You have kids, and you smoke marijuana??? Are you out of your mind? Parents using pot is not okay!”

Have you ever wound up in a conversation like this?

Or maybe you’re a parent who wants to use medical marijuana, but you don‘t want to wind up in a conversation like this. You may even be postponing treatment because of it.

Hey, we get it. We’ve been told for decades that marijuana is bad, especially for kids. And even though the green medicine grows more popular every day, there’s still a stigma around it.

So in this post, we’ll explain why the idea of parents using pot may not be as bad as people think.

At the same time, we’ll give you four important questions to consider before deciding whether or not it’s a road you want to go down.

Parents Need Medicine – Just Like Everybody Else

When we hear the phrase “I’m using pot,” it has a certain connotation to it.

But when we hear someone say, “I’m taking my prescribed medicine,” it sounds a lot different, right?

The first one sounds like something you shouldn’t be doing. The second one sounds like something that’s perfectly fine.

Same substance, different phrasing.

Marijuana is medicine. It may not feel that way sometimes because the stigma against it is so powerful, but that doesn’t alter the fact that cannabis has the power to relieve pain and, in some cases, help people recover from real illnesses.

When you have a headache, it’s okay to take ibuprofen or aspirin. If a doctor prescribes opioid medication because of your chronic pain, there’s no question of whether or not you’re going to take your medicine, regardless of whether you have kids or not.

With any type of medicine that has serious side effects, you have to exercise caution when taking it.

Why is marijuana any different? Especially when it’s less toxic than many prescription and over-the-counter drugs?

A Glass of Wine After the Kids Go to Bed? A Nighttime Toke is No Worse.

Obviously, we deal solely with medical marijuana, but we’re not blind to the fact that people also use marijuana simply to unwind.

Some parents only use marijuana at night, after the kids have already been tucked away in bed.

If that sounds shocking, consider the fact that many parents have a glass of wine after the kids are asleep. Marijuana isn’t that much different. In fact, it’s much safer and less toxic than alcohol.

Some Patients Feel Like Marijuana Has Made Them Better Parents

It’s 2 AM and the baby is crying. Again.

Or maybe it’s 3 AM. It’s hard to tell. By this point, you’ve lost track of time.

Raising a child is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as an adult. It’s also pretty stressful. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by anxiety and/or lose your temper.

For some folks, marijuana offers much needed anxiety relief from the pressures of parenting.

This doesn’t mean the parents are skipping out on their responsibilities. In fact, some parents report that marijuana actually makes them better parents. It calms them down. It helps them be more compassionate towards their kids and the problems they might be going through. In some cases, it even helps parents relate better to their children.

ALL Medicine Should Be Used Responsibly, Including Marijuana

Prescription drugs usually come with warning labels. That way, you know about the possible side effects, as well as possible negative interactions with other medications.

Medical marijuana is no different.

All types of drugs can be used inappropriately or irresponsibly. So really, the issues isn’t whether or not parents using pot is okay.

It’s really a question of how parents are using pot.

Obviously, we can’t tell you whether or not it’s okay for you to use marijuana while parenting. You’ll need to decide that for yourself.

However, we can give you a list of questions to think about if you do plan on parenting while medicated.

4 Questions For Parents That Use Marijuana

1. Are you still able to be productive?

As a parent, the well-being of your kids always comes first. Your marijuana use shouldn’t impair your ability to be a good parent. In fact, it should make parenting easier, in that it allows you to do what you need to do without struggling through pain.

So that’s the first question to think about: are you still able to perform your parental duties on a consistent basis?

2. Is your marijuana use harming you and the people around you?

Not being able to perform your daily tasks is an issue of productivity.

But depending on your marijuana tolerance level, you could be putting yourself and your child’s safety at risk. Especially when you:

  • Consume marijuana before driving your child somewhere
  • Find it difficult to walk straight or hold objects without dropping them
  • Suffer from short-term memory loss, which makes you forget basic safety practices, like turning your stove off when you’re done cooking

Again, marijuana affects people in different ways. Much of it depends on the type and strain of marijuana you’re using, and how powerful the products are. There’s a big difference between taking a CBD-dominant product and consuming a concentrate that’s 90 percent THC.

It’s up to you decide the level of consumption that is the most appropriate. Talk with your doctor and a dispensary staff member for guidance.

3. Will you use marijuana in front of your children?

Some parents don’t mind taking cannabis in front of their children, especially when the children are young and perhaps don’t know any better.

Others have strict rules about only using it when the kids are out of sight.

Some go even further, not only going outside to medicate, but waiting until their children are put to bed.

Again, this is a personal decision. But if you do choose to consume cannabis in front of your children, you’ll definitely need to ask yourself the next question.

4. Are you ready to talk to your children about your marijuana use?

Children model the behavior of their parents. Whatever they see the adults doing, they’re going to think it’s okay to do themselves.

There’s a good chance that if they see you using marijuana on a regular basis, even for medical purposes, they’re going to assume that pot is fair game.

And that’s where you need to be proactive. We’re not saying you should sign up your kid for D.A.R.E. classes, but it’s important that you’re ready to have a conversation with them about marijuana and drug use in general.

Studies show that marijuana can negatively impact the brain development of adolescents. And given that marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, you should be very deliberate about how and when you decide to expose your children to your marijuana use.

If you’re interested in connecting with parents who openly support marijuana use, check out Mothers for Marijuana International and Parents For Pot.

What do you think about parents using pot? Is it totally okay or totally irresponsible? Connect with us on Facebook and let us know what you think!

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  • AIDS / HIV
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Seizures
  • Chronic Pain
  • Nausea
  • PTSD

…then you qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card. Schedule an appointment with us online today!