BY PATTE PURCELL

I came across an interesting article the other day about cannabis and sex. With Valentine’s Day looming I thought it offered some interesting ideas.

What’s your pleasure? Smoke, vape, nibble, or nosh, there are hundreds of ways to imbibe in your favorite cannabis treasures. The gift of cannabis is always welcome as any marijuana fan will tell you.

Cannabis is not in itself an aphrodisiac, but it does help you relax. If you plan to use cannabis to achieve that purpose make sure that you pick the right strain. Paranoia can be a common side effect of certain strains so do a little research to make sure you pick a good one. Sativa or a hybrid may be a good choice since indica strains can make you sleepy.

Although everyone reacts differently to certain strains, a good choice might be ‘Clementine’  a sativa dominant hybrid strain which is insanely delicious.  The ‘Clementine’ high is both uplifting and relaxing in nature, pulling both indica and sativa effects, although it tends to lean heavily to the sativa side. Smokers may feel more perceptive and attuned to their surroundings. It’s a great choice for some quality time together.

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Another sativa that packs a punch and is very smiley, focused and fun is Bruce Banner (The Incredible Hulk). Amazingly floral and fruity, it’s a powerful strain with effects that come on quickly and strong and then tend to settle into a euphoric and creative buzz. The sativa effects of this strain are most evident and linger mostly in the head, but it does also provide body relaxation and pain relief. It is one of the highest THC sativa strains so a little goes a long way.

Sativa has a more invigorating effect according to sex columnist and author Lisa Kirkman.  She states that “intercourse and cannabis prompt us to release oxytocin, the love molecule, which is a hormone related to sexual patterns as well as maternal and paternal behavior, which also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.”  Lisa Kirkman also said that when it comes to sativa “they have the effect of contracting muscles, which improves performance.” As a whole cannabis increases perception, and works as a dis-inhibitor.

First of all, set the mood before you choose your intake method. Turn down the lights, put on some music, light the scented candles. Plan a romantic dinner and an ‘edible desert’. There are many cannabis cooking products; cannabis butter, olive oils, powers, liquids and tinctures. A visit to your local dispensary can take your dining experience to a whole new level. How about a bottle of cannabis wine? Melissa Etheridge has an extensive line of high end hand crafted wines. Make any dessert into a cannabis creation just by adding your oil or tincture. Remember edibles take up to an hour to feel the effects so don’t overdo it and know how many mg. you are adding. It’s better to stay with 5 mg to make sure you don’t end up sleeping.

Finally, take it up a notch with a cannabis bath with a cannabis bath bomb. Your partner would love a massage with one of the many cannabis lotions that work so well.

The biggest advice we gleaned was not to overdo it on the cannabis. A little goes a long way. When incorporating the right strain, dosage, and intention, cannabis users report that it increases sexual stamina and skill, awakens creativity, prolongs orgasms and intensifies the emotional bonding between partners. So this Valentine’s Day celebrate at home with a romantic cannabis evening.

Patte Purcell works in the cannabis industry. She also does cannabis jazz events for the 420 industry. These are private parties and you must be invited to attend. If you’d like an invite text your name and email to 1-702-219-6777.