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People who smoke weed often claim everything tastes, smells and feels better when you’re high. But that’s not true for everyone. When it comes to combing weed and sex for example, some folks swear the experience is epic. Others say not so much.

What are the pros and cons of mixing weed and sex?

  1. Increased Sexual Desires

It has long been suggested by those who smoke pot that a positive side effect is increased sexual desire. It turns out there is some research to support these claims.

Recent researches has demonstrated that a majority of cannabis users experienced various elevations in their libido ranging in intensity.

This may explain why some guys who identify as straight

crave a same-sex experience while smoking pot.

Researchers think libido elevations can be traced to biochemical changes occurring in the brain that involve the hormone, oxytocin.

2. Time Stopping

If you ask most people who use marijuana, one of the reported side effects is a distortion in time. Specifically, time itself slows down.

While this may be considered a minus by some, it can also act as a powerful plus in the area of love making. That because when time is perceived as stretched, it can make “quick” play sessions feel much longer.

3. Super Intense Orgasms

The research suggests that when a person is stoned during climax, the release is often perceived as extremely intense. What’s more, orgasms are often experienced as “long”.

There may be physiological and biochemical reasons for this phenomenon, linked to an increase in dopamine levels; similar to what one might find when using MDMA (ecstasy).

4. Heightened Sensitivity

Folks who take the occasional hit of weed almost universally report they experience heightened sensitivity during intimacy. Specifically, taste, sound, and touch.

Researchers also feel that when a person is relaxed (like they might be when smoking weed), the individual is more open to enjoying physical interaction. This may explain why some report feeling “uninhibited” when combining weed and sex.

And there have been some claims to suggest that when weed, sex and lube are combined, love making sensitivity becomes amplified.

5. Multiple Releases

Multiple orgasms can also happen during extended periods of play, which is influenced by the time perception/distortion effect previously discussed.

Those who were able to go two and three rounds report that marijuana acts as a powerful aphrodisiac, which increases their libido and by extension, the ability to release more than once.


  1. Carelessness 

Any sort of mind-altering substance can make the best of us a tad careless, especially if we’re not used to it. When under the influence of any substance (dependent of course on other factors like quantity, mood, one’s relationship with their partner), some are more likely to make lax decisions—like have unprotected sex, for example. It's very important to use it around people you can be vulnerable with.

2. Vaginal Dryness

Smoking cannabis can lead to vaginal dryness. This is due to the drying of mucous membranes, so it is exactly like cotton mouth, except it’s down there. And if we know one thing, it's that that's not going to set the mood. Not at all.

3. Mouth Dryness

You probably already knew this one but it is worth mentioning. Pot has a funny way of causing the user to experience dry mouth. There are many reasons for this but mainly, it’s because of the way marijuana interacts with the production of the salivary enzyme, amylase. And while there are some quick fixes for this con, like sipping water during an oral activity, mouth dryness caused by 420 can still be a drag

4. Wrong Cannabis Type.

Certainly not pure “weed” per se’ but there are some people who use various forms of synthetic cannabis, marketed under herbal labels.

Those who purchase this form of cannabis often do so for two reasons:

1) To avoid detection on drug screens and; 2) To buy a substance currently not regulated by the FDA.

For point number two, the reason it’s not regulated is because synthetic cannabis is often labeled “not for human consumption”; similar to what we see with the use of “head cleaners ” for butyl nitrate (aka poppers).

There have been reports of negative, adverse side effects with synthetics. These include racing thoughts, rapid heartbeat, and hallucinations.

When combined with sex, synthetic weed may exacerbate the negative symptoms described due to increased oxygen flow, greater activity in the hypothalamus and pre-existing mental health issues.

5. Over Dose-Effect

Unsurprisingly, the more you smoked the worse (or better depending on your end goal) the effects. In relation to sex, this means if you smoke too much you won’t be getting any. You’ll be too high to do much of anything let alone trying to pleasure yourself or your partner. The challenge with marijuana and sex— Don't do it , unless you're a user who knows the effects of the strain—

Bottom Line

Marijuana’s effects are unique to every individual. While some claim that sex under the influence is not for them, many note that a pre-sex sesh can do wonders for libido and really make magic happen in the bedroom—so much so that the results are mind-blowing. If you're going to experiment just remember what Oscar Wilde said: “Everything is good in moderation, including moderation.”

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