By Josey Vogels
April 18, 2009
SexPot: Want to Have Great Sex? Smoke a Joint
Marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years. So what exactly is it about weed that turns people on?
Marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years.
The ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine systems used cannabis to increase libido, produce long-lasting erections, delay ejaculation, facilitate lubrication and loosen inhibitions.
Some Tantric sex practitioners drink a substance called bhang, a sort of spiced marijuana milkshake to enhance the sexual experience. According to one source, Indian prostitutes eat bhang sherbet to help them feel sexually aroused.
In 19th century Serbia, female virgins were given mixtures of lamb’s fat and cannabis on their wedding night to make sex less painful. Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern and Northern African cultures used cannabis for sexual purposes in a potent form known at kif as recently as the early 20th century.
So what exactly is it about weed that turns people on?
Besides the obvious: it heightens your senses, relaxes you and makes you feel hyper connected, there are also physiological effects.
Along with an increased heart rate, changes in blood flow and respiration, according to William Novak, author of the 1980 tome, High Culture: Marijuana in the Lives of Americans, “Neurochemistry, hormonal systems and brain regions such as the temporal lobe are affected by both marijuana and sexual arousal.”
That’s because THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in pot, not only releases dopamine in the brain — causing the “high” — it actually replicates the effects of a sexy little naturally occurring neurochemical called anandamide.
But pot doesn’t always make sex better. For some people, it has the exact opposite effect. Which is helpful if you’re a monk.
Ascetics, monks and others have used marijuana to free themselves of sexual desire. Instead of connecting them to their bodies, sexual desires, or other people, it helps them meditate.
In the context of a sexual encounter, it can be tough to focus on making your partner come when your mind is busy contemplating the meaning of life. Or if being high makes you suddenly hyper-aware of everything that is wrong with your relationship.
The effects of smoking also depend on the person’s tolerance to the drug — a couple of tokes may get one person in the mood, while another user may need to get really high in order to feel a heightened sexual awareness.
Of course, when it comes to pot, you can have too much of a good thing. Heavy, long-term marijuana use can result in low motivation — including the motivation to have sex.
And whereas some folks report an increased libido — in one study, men said they achieved bigger, harder erections and women said they became wetter and were more able to achieve orgasm when stoned — others may report an inability to sustain an erection.
It is commonly believed that smoking marijuana causes reproductive system damage, having an effect on testosterone production and other hormones — which, in turn, can affect fertility, menstruation and erectile function, among other things. Pot prohibitionists like to haul out the “pot will lower your sperm count” argument, although studies on this produce conflicting results.
It is true that the cells of the reproductive system are very high in fat, and thus absorb and hold more THC than do most other cells in the body, a factor that leads some researchers to believe pot can lower testosterone levels. Apparently, in some cases, male pot smokers have developed “man boobs” because of localized fatty deposits.
Still, according to Novak, “There have been no epidemiological studies which have shown increased infertility in marijuana-using humans, and studies of overall reproductive rates have found no reduction in reproductive rates in countries where a higher rate of marijuana use is found.
And the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws cites study upon study indicating that reported lower sperm levels return to normal once marijuana consumption had ceased.
So put that in your pipe and smoke it.
4 thoughts on “Sexpot”
Marijuana is a completely harmless substance. We aren’t telling the truth about pot and it is just ridiculous. Pot has so many more benefits than negative side-effects its not even comparable. It is a natural plant that grows on the same earth we do. To make a plant illegal, and make the act of smoking it, which harms no one at all, illegal, is just complete blasphemy. I hope one day we will open our minds and pot will be legalized. Do you believe marijuana will ever be legal worldwide?
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I’m not sure if Marijuana will ever be legal worldwide. In a perfect world, with intelligent world leaders who actually care about the human race, it would be legalized.
Thank you for your reaction!
After years of contemplation and observing my life & family, I strongly believe Marijuana will make the change and become legalized.
I’ve had examples of many ways people can go about living.
There’s my middle America grandparents, who had eaten “wholesome” from their local grocery, kept a fruits/veggies garden (canned & pickled a lot), drank their fair share of beer and had served as civil servants in their community.
Their outcome – Grandfather died of diabetes complications after loosing his calf and leg on his last year out; His wife (step grandmother) is still truckin along after suffering a couple of strokes (she’s taken care of by her daughters).
Then there are my “well to do” Jewish grandparents who, for most of their lives, were close friends of their Doctor. After a lifetime of pharmaceutical use, poor eating & exercise habits, multiple surgeries for multiple ailments – ALL CAUSED, in my opinion, from adverse effects of said pharmaceuticals…
Their outcome – My grandfather died after a horrifying decline through dementia which turned into Alzheimer’s. My grandmother is hanging on by a thread in her early 80’s, all hopped up on a un-reducible plethora of pharmaceuticals. After a multitude of surgeries from experiencing one organ failure after another, she will be entering into assisted living this coming year.
Then we look to my other grandmother who has lived the organic, health conscious, “live life the natural way” plan. She’s in her late 70’s, has a full-time demanding job, a gentleman caller who comes over with roses, champagne, a joint and quality booty……She’s still getting it on, she’s still tokin, she’s still strong enough to climb and descend 5 flights of steep stairs in the middle of New York every day, multiple times a day, work full time, travels & is wild like fire…..
I can’t escape the reality….it’s been in front of me throughout my life.
Alcohol and prescription drugs are the reasons for our country’s moral and health declines.
Marijuana needs to become legal. Not only for monetary purposes, to sway the drug wars, or for any one stoners fist that pumps in the air for “what’s right” or any other reason….But because Marijuana truly benefits the health & well being of those who have ailments, WITHOUT the adverse effects from the fillers that aid in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals which pollute the environment, our communities and our families bodies. These extra ingredients, which help form the pharmaceutical, doctors feed our population cause early and painful deaths for our loved ones and the loved ones that are watching them die. Among many other reasons.
Doctors everywhere should be ashamed and striped of their titles/ accolades, if they have assisted their patients into early graves because of the fact they would rather line their pockets from the monies made off of the sales of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals, which could have easily been replaced by and seen the most benefit from marijuana, juices or natural remedies that actually HEAL.
I’ll be damned if I ever bring a child into this world only to face the doom of our healthcare ideals today.
What ever it takes to change.
If it’s good enough for our Presidents to use Marijuana and still partake, while they lie through the smoke which escapes through their greedy smiles…..It’s good enough to make legal, a herb which realistically harms few and benefits many.
WE THE PEOPLE….
What ever it takes.