Since as early as the 7th century, cannabis has been used to enhance sex in many cultures. It isn’t limited to simply being an aphrodisiac either; cannabis has a long history of being used in sex rituals, easing pain during sex from childbirth or other medical conditions and treating STDs. While there currently is no concrete evidence of its effectiveness, as the topics of sex and cannabis become less taboo there will hopefully be some more research in the area.
Whether we examine the tantric sex rituals of ancient India or practices of Persian prostitutes in the late 1800s, we humans have quickly caught on to the beneficial physiological reactions that we have when consuming cannabis. These reactions are similar to sexual arousal itself: bliss, heightened sensitivity, relaxation, an increased mind-body connection and a sense of time slowing down. Strain selection and method of delivery will dictate how you feel; smoking a strong sativa may exacerbate anxiety lingering on the conscience, whereas choosing an indica-dominant hybrid may ease both stress and body pain and guide you into a relaxed and euphoric state. Smoking and vaporizing aren’t the only options for bud and the bedroom these days either. Marijuana infused edibles may take longer to set in, but their effects produce a deep body relaxation and can last for many hours. During the sex rituals in ancient India, participants would consume a drink called bhang, which is essentially a marijuana milkshake (recipe below) for an enlightened experience and powerful orgasms.
Topical applications are also becoming more popular, with the advent of infused massage oil and companies like Foria making infused lubricant. Foria’s product has received overwhelmingly enthusiastic reviews from women; not only does is increase the quality (and quantity) of orgasms, is also makes sex possible for women with complications from childbirth, menopause or medical conditions like endometriosis, for whom it was previously too painful to manage. Currently sold only in Colorado, it’s easy to whip up a batch of your own and will probably be cheaper too — a bottle of Foria’s product goes for $44 a pop.
Bhang Cannabis Drink:
2 cups water
4 cups warm milk
1/2 to 1 teaspoon rosewater
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons blanched, chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoon garam masala (blend of black pepper, cardamom, caraway seed, clove, cinnamon, bay leaf, nutmeg, mace, cumin seed, corainder, and saffron – varies between brands)
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
Bring the water to a boil in a clean teapot.
Remove any stems or seeds from the cannabis, add to the teapot, and cover. Let simmer for approximately 7 minutes.
Strain the water and cannabis through cheesecloth and squeeze the wet cannabis to extract as much water as possible. Save this water.
Place the cannabis in a mortar and add 2 tablespoons warm milk. Slowly but firmly grind the milk and cannabis together.
Put the cannabis through cheesecloth and squeeze out as much milk as you can. Save this milk.
Repeat this process until you have used 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of milk. (Save this milk. The cannabis should look pulpy at this point.) Put the cannabis back into the mortar.
Add the chopped almonds and enough warm milk to completely cover the chopped almonds and cannabis.
Grind the mixture in a mortar until a fine paste is formed.
Put this through cheesecloth and squeeze out as much milk as you can. Save this milk also. (Repeat until dry.)
Throw out the dry mass. Combine all the liquids that have been saved (the water and the milk).
Add garam masala, ginger powder, sugar, rosewater, and remaining milk. Stir.
Chill, serve and enjoy.
Note: This drink is VERY potent!! Consume small amounts at a time and wait 45 minutes to an hour for the onset of effects.
Homemade Cannabis Lubricant
1 cup liquid coconut oil (MCT oil) or raw coconut oil*
1 cup trim or bud, or 1 gram hash
1 tablespoon liquid sunflower lecithin
Combine ingredients in crockpot on low/warm setting or in a Magical Butter Machine, set on the “oil” setting.
If using crockpot, cook 3-4 hours stirring frequently.
Strain and cool.
*lubricant made with raw coconut oil will solidify at room temperature, however the heat from your hand will re-liquefy the product; note that oil-based lubricants can weaken latex condoms