8 Best Weed Strains For Arousal
It is no secret that a dash of weed can spice things up in the bedroom. But to make a blanket statement about which bud is best for between the sheets is difficult. Since each sexual encounter is different, even with the same partner, it is always important to check your headspace and your heart before introducing cannabis into the situation.
With that said, there are still certain strains that are famous in the cannabis community for helping to induce effects relating to and enhancing arousal.
How can weed help with arousal?
Cannabis has actually been used to increase libido for thousands of years in other parts of the world. In fact, it is included in the Indian Ayurvedic philosophy of medicine and is a key part of tantric sex rituals. In nations such as Uganda, it has been a common treatment for sexual dysfunction for centuries.
Many people believe that cannabis can increase the strength of orgasm in women, decrease inhibitions and increase the body’s sensitivity so that physical sensations are enhanced. According to Ian Kerner, a popular American sex therapist, studies suggest that cannabis helps deactivate the parts of the brain that control stress and anxiety, which can help one better enjoy the experience.
When it comes to choosing the right weed strain to help you get aroused, it is crucial to find the right indica to sativa balance for you. While sativa opens the mind to new sexual possibilities, indica has been known to heighten your sensitivity to touch.
Let’s examine 8 different strains that are notorious for igniting feelings of arousal.
Strain 1: Ultimate Trainwreck
This is a sativa-dominant (80%) hybrid and is the cousin of the well known marijuana strain, Trainwreck. You can guess by the name that this is a far more potent version.
This strain will make you feel euphoric and energetic in a hurry, as well as enhancing your focus; Ultimate Trainwreck will help you get ready for some action.
The consequence is a reduced level of inhibition, as you feel genuinely happy. You may notice a feeling of light-headedness, but it is far from debilitating. Also, it could prove to be a very effective strain when you are trying to find the courage to chat someone up, as it helps you become more talkative.
As far as taste, there is a delicious sweet taste that emanates from Ultimate Trainwreck. Be warned, however: although this strain will help you with arousal, it eventually results in a more sedated, low-energy high. We recommend taking Ultimate Trainwreck just before intimacy because it will help you out and ensure a good night’s sleep afterward.
Strain 2: Afghani Yumboldt
The main downside to this marijuana strain is its rarity. Also known as Yumboldt Kush, it is an indica dominant hybrid (70%) with a THC content of 19%. It is definitely potent enough to give you an intense body buzz over the course of time.
However, it is a slow-acting high which creeps up on you and eventually makes you feel somewhat lethargic. Before this final effect, however, Yumboldt will help you relax and get cozy with your partner.
This strain is arguably a good option if you are planning to cuddle with your loved one because of the warm sensation it provides. As well as providing you with a smooth and mellow high, Yumboldt is an excellent pain reliever that rewards you with a spicy taste that is a little like a fine dry wine.
Strain 3: Green Crack
If you are planning an all-night lovemaking session, there are few better marijuana strains than Greek Crack. It produces a euphoric head high that is positively joyful. Also, it fills you with energy and ensures that you are ready for action when the time comes.
Green Crack is one of the most popular sativas around. It is also a great option if you are looking to be creative, as it combines a feeling of happiness with a shot of energy.
Lastly, the cerebral high will ensure your focus level goes into overdrive, so when it comes to satisfying your partner, there are few better options than Green Crack.
The only downside with this marijuana strain, however, is that you will be unable to sleep for a few hours after consumption.
Strain 4: Atomic Northern Lights
Lots of people from the cannabis community say that Atomic Northern Lights is even better than Viagra when it comes to arousal, which is high praise indeed. It is a cross of Afghani, Thai Haze, and Northern Lights, and it offers a sweet taste that infuses a significant amount of energy into users. It is an unusual strain and not the easiest to find, but it is well worth the search.
No matter what mood you are in, Atomic Northern Lights will give you a spark of happiness, and it is excellent for helping stressed-out people to chill.
Also, in addition to providing you with a fantastic high, it also has a delightful smell and taste. This is definitely a strain for people on a night out, that normally might struggle to find the courage to interact with people.
Strain 5: Hindu Skunk
This Indica dominant hybrid (70%) is a cross of Hindu Kush and Skunk #1. The resulting strain is a powerful one with a THC content of up to 23%. It will please all of your senses and make you feel exhilarated from head to toe.
Although it will make you feel relaxed, it also invigorates and energizes you. As a result, it is perfect for those who want to unwind after a long day but is also great for socializing as it is uplifting.
You will probably find yourself being the life and soul of any party, so choose Hindu Skunk if you are out and about, and someone has caught your eye.
After the uplifting feeling dissipates, you will feel tired and sleepy, so make sure you have completed your mission within a few hours. Hindu Skunk also has a wonderful fruity and tropical taste that is a delight to your taste buds.
Strain 6: Green Goddess
This nice strain is 18% THC and is indica dominant (70%). As the high increases, so do the feelings of relaxation. The mental stimulation and energizing buzz is the perfect combination for arousal since you can enjoy a tingling body high with a clear mind.
With that sharpened focus, it is easier to stay in the moment and let the stresses of the day slip away. After a few hours this strain will set you up for a nice sleep.
Strain 7: Alice in Wonderland
This strain is perfect for exploring, whether it be in the bedroom or outdoors. An 85% sativa clocking in at up to 23% THC. It offers an intensely elevated sensory experience paired with euphoria and creativity.
This strain is said to be ideal for treating patients suffering from conditions such as mild to moderate cases of depression, stress, fatigue, and chronic pain due to injury or illness. Without pain weighing down the body, there is only the floating feeling of an orgasm.
Strain 8: Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel, one of the most popular strains in existence, is a sativa-growing plant that took over in the 90s. This cross between ChemDog 91 and Super Skunk was cultivated by grower AJ Sour Diesel and launched a ton of beef between growers in the weed world at the time due to its diesel like aroma and general prowess
This popular sativa-leaning hybrid will send sensual shivers throughout your body, making your skin deliciously sensitive to touch and your mind buzzing with thoughts of the bedroom.
It is no secret that a dash of weed can spice things up in the bedroom. But to make a blanket statement about which bud is best for between the sheets is difficult.
The best strains for arousal, according to cannabis and sex experts
It’s no secret that a dash of weed will spice things up in the bedroom. In recent years, the legal market’s been awash with topicals, suppositories, and tinctures aimed at doing just that. But while these products are great — and work very, very well — puffing on a pre-roll or taking a bong hit of some spicy flower can be just as effective when it’s time to get down.
However booming the canna-sexual market may be, it seems to be devoid of any smokable sex aids. While something is working with smoking pot before (or even during) a sexual experience, there is little data on what kind of flower lends itself best to enhance sexual pleasure.
When it comes to sex and using flower, are there strains that specifically heighten arousal? Or, when it comes to sex, is all weed created equal? Is there such a thing as a “viagra strain” to kickstart your sex life?
So many strains claiming to enhance female arousal and male arousal with names like Atomic Northern Lights and/or high-THC content that claim to be “sure things” can be intimidating, confusing, and just downright mood-killing when they don’t work. Or, worse, make you get in your own head.
This kind of journey is personal, intimate, and determined by how the plant’s chemical makeup of terpenes and cannabinoids react with your individual endocannabinoid system, as well as how you react with your surroundings, so we spoke to some of the experts behind the canna-sexual uprising that’s rocking the weed world and bedrooms alike.
While there’s no single strain that’s guaranteed to get your engines going, here are a few of their favorites.
“There is no such thing as the perfect strain for all. yet,” explains cannabis expert Jaron Gladstone, co-founder of CBCeuticals. “Think of shopping for condoms or toys. Often, you will find a variety of shapes and sizes to appease everyone’s interests. This tends to be — in part — due to the nature of our bodies each being psychologically and mentally unique. Answering the question of what cannabis strain is best is relative to what you like, what you need, and what the situation calls for.”
While Gladstone’s personal go-tos are Tangie, Original Glue, and Bruce Banner, his favorite is Mimosa, a cross between Purple Punch and Clementine with high levels of the terpene limonene, known for its bright and uplifting effects, and myrcene, known for promoting calm and relaxation.
“Mimosa is the crown jewel, if you can find it,” he raved. “Think of the Mimosa as doing spin art during Sunday brunch. It throws in a little energy, a little pep in your step, and takes all worries away, leaving you happy-go-lucky, euphoric, and free from anxiety.”
For Joe Vela, co-founder and CEO of Emojibator, a shame-free, accessible pleasure-tech brand debuting a CBD pleasure activator later this year, it’s all about Strawberry Cough.
“I keep a steady supply of sativas and sativa-hybrids,” said Vela. “My go-to strain for arousal is Strawberry Cough. In addition to the sensual smell and taste of berry, this strain gives me creative energy and full-body relaxation.”
Strawberry Cough is a sweet, potent strain known for its heady high and hard, cough-provoking smoke. With a terpene profile high in caryophyllene and limonene with a dash of linalool, it produces a shimmering, euphoric high that is at once uplifting, relaxing, and perfect for getting freaky.
High in euphoria-inducing myrcene, uplifting pinene, and sedating terpinolene, Trainwreck is a fabulous strain for foreplay and beyond, according to our sex experts. While it hit its peak popularity about a decade ago, that doesn’t stop Laura Eisman and Allison Krongard, CEOs and co-founders of Her Highness, a brand of glamourous cannabis accessories, from enjoying Trainwreck’s hard-hitting cerebral high, surging euphoria, and creativity.
“My absolute favorite strain for sex is Trainwreck,” said Eisman. “I love it in any form. Nothing is sexier than slowly smoking a Trainwreck preroll. It makes me feel completely euphoric. I get lost in the experience and every sensation is intensified.”
Krongard adds, “Personally, the best pre-sex strain for me is whichever one I have available. Getting high before sex makes it better for me, and all strains deliver. However, if I had to pick just one or two notable pre-sex standouts, they would be Trainwreck and Red Congolese.”
“I think, more than focusing on strains, something to think about, ask about, and look into is terpenes and cannabinoids,” said Anne Louise Burdett, co-Founder & CEO of TOCA, an organic CBD line of intimacy lubricants. “Different strains have different terpene and cannabinoid profiles which is what makes them unique, and if you know what you’re looking for, you can try out all kinds of different combinations.”
She continued, “When it comes to terpenes, for example, if you want to be clear and focused, look to pinene. If you are wanting something more relaxed and sedating, myrcene or linalool, with limonene being more euphoric, creative. As far as cannabinoids, CBN is a major chemical that makes people feel kind of sleepy and dull, so likely best to avoid. THC is fantastic for pain relief and heightened sensation, and THCV is more stimulating. So overall, it’s a pretty idiosyncratic choice, depending on what you need to get aroused and how you like to feel.”
That said, her recent go-to has been Granddaddy Purple (or GDP), an indica-growing cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud that is high in relaxing myrcene, anxiety-curbing caryophyllene, and uplifting pinene. “Grandaddy Purple is currently the strain I use the most because I have very full days … a pretty regular obstacle to sex is the task of slowing down my brain and getting present and relaxed in my body at the end of the day. Grandaddy Purple is perfect for a longer, more languid experience. A sensual, relaxed time.”
Sour Diesel, one of the most popular strains in existence, is a sativa-growing plant that took over in the 90s. This cross between ChemDog 91 and Super Skunk was cultivated by grower AJ Sour Diesel and launched a ton of beef between growers in the weed world at the time due to its diesel-y aroma and general prowess as the ultimate 90s dank. High in uplifting limonene, peppery caryophyllene, and fruity, relaxing myrcene, Sour Diesel made two of our expert’s lists, including Anne Louise Burdett above.
Daniel Saynt, Founder & Chief Conspirator of The New Society for Wellness (NSFW), a private members club for the adventurous, agreed. “My choice strains for great sex are Sour Diesel, Afgan Goo, Blue Cheese, and Voodoo.”
Saynt continued, “Just think about the experience you’re about to have and try to match the strain that best fits. If you’re looking for a Barry Manalo style, long and romantic sex experience consider going with an indica-based weed like Bubblegum Kush. Try other indica strains if you want to stretch out your sexual experience with more touch and massage, as these strains make that action feel amazing. If you’re looking for wild and crazy sex making, go for a sativa or hybrid-based strain like Sour Diesel or Jillybean. Both are great for getting the juices going and raising arousal.”
“It’s not about getting insanely high when you’re mixing weed and sex. It’s about enhancing the experience, not overpowering it … much like great sex, it’s better to start slow and build up.”
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We spoke to some of the experts behind the canna-sexual uprising that's rocking the weed world and bedrooms alike to find out which strains to try.