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"Smoke Some Pot" and Other Sage Sex Advice

Despite concerns that Jeff Sessions will shut down big marijuana and the woefully limited research into the relationship between cannabinoids and our brain’s receptors, it seems we’ve entered a period of increased interest in the connection between cannabis and the female orgasm. To give voice to the opinion of many: it’s about goddamn time.

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April 09, 2017

One can hardly fault our attraction to such beacons of light: roughly 1 in 3 women cannot orgasm through penetration or clitoral stimulation alone. Early studies showed a link between high levels of external endocannabinoids and decreased sexual appetite in women; however, smaller doses are known to have the opposite effect. While we are still many years (and double-blind clinical studies) away from cannabis becoming a socially accepted sexual stimulant for women, there’s one man out there who seems to have made it his mission to champion women’s orgasms: Dan Savage.

If you aren’t already, familiarize yourself with his well-syndicated NSFW column Savage Love or the Savage Lovecast; few advice columnists cover the depth and diversity of human relationships (sexual or otherwise) as he does. Over the last twenty-something years, Dan has been a strong proponent of everyone finding their orgasms, regardless of how that fits with conventional notions on how orgasms ‘should’ be achieved.

Knowing this, it’s no surprise Dan often suggests that women distressed over their elusive orgasms, especially in the presence of a partner, should “smoke a little pot” to unwind. What may surprise you is learning there is already one low-THC flower strain marketing themselves as ideal for just this purpose.

For those bothered by the act of smoking, Dan’s endorsed edibles instead. While Dan’s heart is in the right place, I feel the need to step in with a word of caution: Don’t dive face first into the space cakes or you will wind up Dowding out—and nobody wants that. The consensus is that a 5-10mg dose can take one to two hours to kick in, with up to four hours before a user experiences their peak—but everyone’s different, and I hardly want to be an alarmist.

A delightful piece of mnemonic advice to share with fledgling users is to start low and go slow. (Hat tip to the Marijuana Policy Project for that one, by the way.) It wouldn’t hurt to give an experience like this a test flight before adding a partner into the mix, either.

Make sure to eat something a few hours in advance. Remember: You can always take more, but you cannot take less. Or can you? Products advertised as ideal for microdosing present a strong third option for the untried cannabis consumer. While the concept of microdosing has become cause célèbre in the MMA and Silicon Valley communities, conventionally it allowed patients to take medications at smaller doses to achieve a specific effect.

The notion has since gained traction in the recreational industry, prompting edible companies to develop a variety of treats containing under 3mg per dose. There's enough mints, gummies, and sprays on the market right meant to be enjoyed without getting the user “too high” to allay the fears of even the most nervous of Nancies. For those concerned about being unable to reach orgasm without the use of cannabis, I close with further wise words from Dan, emphasis my own:

“If you need pot to come, pot is your friend. Pot may be what your body requires – this may be how your orgasms work; you need this little pharmacological boost, you need the THC. And yet you’re trying to wean yourself from it because you’re afraid you’ve created this dependency. And you hear this same thing with people around vibrators—which I regard as a tool, the hammer that you built that orgasmic house with—that they’re afraid of becoming dependent on it and then always needing the vibrator to come. And my take is always well, maybe you do need the vibrator to come. Maybe that’s what your body requires. And it’s not about you being dependent upon it, it’s about you finding the tool that you need to build that orgasmic house of which you need, and there it is and thank god you found it! Otherwise, you wouldn’t be coming. I think this is maybe drug paranoia and bias and feeling deficient because you ‘need’ pot or are ‘dependent’ on pot to have your orgasms – and maybe that’s not helpful.”

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