As with all intoxicating substances, cannabis can be tricky in a committed relationship. If one of you is a consumer and the other one is not, having the conversation up front is crucial. It’s not essential that both of you enjoy the herb, but having a clear understanding about it is.
I know of quite a few marriages and long-term relationships in which only one tokes. But if it creates tension in the relationship, you have a choice to make. And if weed wins out over your lover, well, that may require a little introspection. We’re not here to judge. We’re here to explain how to enjoy cannabis as a couple.
Here are five things to know:
Less Domestic Violence
A 2104 study indicated that frequent marijuana consumption by couples is associated with fewer incidents of partner violence.
According to the report published by the American Psychological Association, “more frequent marijuana use generally predicted less frequent IPV [intimate partner violence] for both men and women over the first 9 years of marriage.” The study suggested lower risk of partner violence when both spouses consumed regularly.
The World Health Organization reports that “alcohol consumption, especially at harmful and hazardous levels, is a major contributor to the occurrence of intimate partner violence.”
Get Rid Of That Stress And Anxiety
Often times, intimacy is destroyed by outside thoughts. Everyday stress and anxiety interfere with the enjoyment of simple pleasures. Like sex with your partner.
A Vanderbilt University study in 2014 discovered for the first time that cannabinoid receptors can be found in the central nucleus of the amygdala, a key emotional hub in the brain involved in regulating anxiety.
The discovery may help explain why cannabis consumers feel reduced anxiety, said Dr. Sachin Patel, the senior author the study.
So take a toke or two and let the stress leave your mind.
Now that the stress is gone, talk. Marijuana, for many users, allows for a more conducive environment to chat. Sure, the conversations may lead to silly banter. But laughter is good. Relaxation is good. With hope, it will lead to a more fulfilling love life.
Lotions And Lube
Yes, there are cannabis products out there — lubes, lotions, sprays, suppositories — that will definitely increase the pleasure of love making.
The vagina has cannabinoid receptors that receive THC as it is absorbed through the membranes. THC increases blood flow and makes the vagina more sensitive to the touch.
And, yes, most of the lubrication products work well anally.
Tune In And Turn Off Your Brain
Sometimes, sex is best when you just turn off your brain and enjoy the physical sensations. Cannabis can help.