The Best Cannabis Strains for 8 Different Types of Sex and Sensation
Set aside the chocolate and oysters, there’s a new aphrodisiac in town that can help take your sexual pleasure to another level. Yep, we’re talking about cannabis.
Though research continues into cannabis and its benefits in and out of the bedroom, 68.5 percent of people in one study said sex while using cannabis was more pleasurable.
Curious? So were we. So we reached out to John Renko, cannabis expert and cofounder of GoLove CBD Naturals and Jordan Tishler, MD, a Harvard physician and medical cannabis therapeutics specialist who runs InhaleMD.
They shared more on choosing the right strain and product for the most mind-blowing sexual experience — no matter what type of mood you’re in.
Experts disagree on the role strains play when it comes to effects. Dr. Tishler believes strains lead to different preferences during sex, but don’t guarantee any outcomes. He advises his patients to ignore strains altogether and focus on dosing and method of delivery.
Renko believes the real magic lies in the terpenes when it comes to defining the effects of each strain.
Terpenes are compounds found in plants that are responsible for the aroma and flavor. If one cannabis plant smells like diesel and another reminds you of lemons — that’s terpenes at work.
Terpenes impact the different effects of cannabis, though how is not clear yet. The research into strains’ individual traits — and how those might affect humans — continues.
To ramp up your sex drive, Renko recommends choosing strains with high levels of the terpene limonene, like Do-Si-Dos and Wedding Cake.
Both are indica-dominant, high-THC hybrids that hit you fast with a body-warming euphoria before melting to blissful relaxation.
Strains containing the terpene linalool — known for a nice calming effect — are the way to go to enhance your solo session, according to Renko.
LA Confidential, an indica, and Amnesia Haze, a sativa, are popular strains that fit the bill when it comes to making self-pleasure a full afternoon activity.
Users report a slow start before an intense euphoria with a gradual come down. Sounds a lot like a good orgasm, no?
This is where cannabis really shines. Along with plenty of convincing anecdotal evidence, current research also shows that cannabis may reduce anxiety.
A small 2018 study analyzed cannabinoids and terpene levels of different strains. Participants rated those most effective at treating their anxiety.
Looks like getting your “Kush” on is the way to go if any self-consciousness is making your adult playtime less enjoyable.
The top strains for anxiety were:
- Bubba Kush, an indica
- Skywalker OG Kush, an indica-dominant hybrid
- Blueberry Lamsbread, a sativa-dominant hybrid
- Kosher Kush, an indica
There’s evidence that cannabis relieves pain and past studies have found that indicas seem to be the preference when it comes to pain relief.
If you’re worried about pain putting a damper on sex, look for strains with terpenes that might ease pain, such as beta-caryophyllene, humulene, myrcene, and caryophyllene, according to Renko. His top pick is the strain Zkittlez.
Zkittelz is an indica-dominant hybrid with a strong beta-caryophyllene and humulene profile.
Other strains to try:
- G13, a potent indica
- Cannatonic, a low-THC, high-CBD hybrid
- Harlequin, a sativa-dominant strain
If you’re looking to break out of your comfort zone when it comes to sex, there’s anecdotal evidence that some strains can help.
Based on online user reviews, these strains lower your inhibitions and boost your confidence:
- Granddaddy Purple, an indica
- Trainwreck, a potent sativa-dominant hybrid
- Atomic Northern Lights, an indica-dominant hybrid
- Blue Dream, a sativa-dominant hybrid
Some strains, especially with the right dosing, can give you the energy to keep up with the most enthusiastic of bedmates.
Based on online user reviews, these are the strains to consider if you’re in the mood for an Energizer Bunny-esque romp:
- Green Crack, a sativa
- Cheese Quake, a hybrid
- Super Lemon Haze, a zesty sativa
Any cannabis stain will make you chill if you use too much, so look for relaxing strains and dose right to ensure the right level of chill for turning up the heat.
Try these relaxing strains:
- Master Kush, an indica
- Mr. Nice, a sativa
- Animal Cookies, a balanced hybrid
Many a seasoned cannabis user will tell you that certain strains increase sensitivity to touch and change tactile sensations for the better.
Everyone’s different, so some strains may enhance touch for you, while your partner’s body may respond to different strains.
If you’ve been enjoying cannabis for a while, Renko recommends balancing out your fave THC-dominant strain with a CBD-dominant strain like ACDC. It gives you a “rich terpene profile coupled with the synergistic effect of CBD and THC.”
ACDC is a sativa-dominant strain with 14 percent CBD and less than 1 percent THC.
Here are some other strains to really ramp up erogenous play and give you the tingles:
- Bubblegum Kush, an indica-dominant strain
- Sour Diesel, a pungent sativa
- Jillybean, an indica-dominant strain
There’s no simple answer to this question, because these classifications are less important than the terpenes in a strain, according to Renko.
“Those actually are just physiological plant classifications made around the physical plant properties and not its flower profile, which is where the focus should be,” he explained.
There’s no right or wrong strain for sex. The best one for that encounter will depend on how your body responds to specific strains and on the type of romp you’re aiming for.
Both Dr. Tishler and Renko agree that edibles aren’t the best way to go for partnered sex because they’re too slow and unpredictable.
Edibles need to pass through your digestive system before they take effect. Your BMI and other factors also affect how quickly they kick in.
Chances are you’ll peak at different times than your partner, have sex long before you feel anything, or end up ingesting a dose that isn’t optimal.
If edibles are your preference, they’re probably better saved for a solo sesh.
Here are a few to tickle your taste buds and nether regions:
- 1906 Love Chocolates. These sexy treats combine five herbal aphrodisiacs with cannabis for a physical and psychological high that peaks at around two hours after ingestion.
- Kikoko Sensuali-Tea. The ingredients in this cannabis tea sound as sexy as it’s supposed to make you feel! Rose petals, hibiscus, and lavender are just a few ingredients that are combined with cannabis to arouse passion in anyone who drinks it.
Loads of things! But since we’re talking about cannabis and sex, here are a few other cannabis products made with sexy time in mind.
THC or CBD lube
THC and CBD-infused lube is a thing — and a damn wonderful thing according to many who’ve tried them.
Makers of these lubes say they offer a number of benefits, from increased arousal to faster, more powerful orgasms. The scientific evidence to back some of the claims may not exist yet, but that doesn’t mean the benefits don’t.
Topical application of CBD can be slow to take effect and research is ongoing into ways to improve delivery for faster results. Still, that doesn’t mean that a cannabis-infused lube can’t give your sex life a little boost.
Sufficient lubrication is key to comfortable and enjoyable penetrative sex. Also, it just feels great.
If you want to give a THC or CBD lube a go, you have a few to choose from, starting with GoLove CBD Intimate Lubricant. John Renko is the cofounder of GoLove CBD Naturals, along with sexologist and bestselling-author Dr. Sadie Allison.
A couple more popular options are:
- Foria Pleasure Lube (contains THC and CBD)
- Kush Queen Ignite CBD Lube (contains hemp-derived CBD)
- Velvet Swing Cannabis Sensual Lubricant (contains THC and CBD)
THC or CBD anal or vaginal suppositories
Clinical research on cannabis suppositories is limited.
There’s no solid evidence that they’re absorbed into the bloodstream via the anus or vagina, so don’t expect to get a high from them. This doesn’t mean they don’t have other effects that can help you below the belt.
Users of CBD and THC suppositories, like Foria Intimacy Suppositories, say they’re great lubricants that also help mitigate pain during and after anal or vaginal sex, as well as enhance sexual pleasure.
THC or CBD massage oil
Who doesn’t love a good, oily rub down? Since topicals don’t enter the bloodstream, this can be a nice way to make your body feel good physically, without the “high.”
Oils and condoms don’t play nice together, so be mindful of your method of protection.
Now that you’re armed with some cannabis strain and product ideas, here’s some advice to help you get the most out of the experience.
If you’ve never used cannabis during sex before, try solo sex first
If it’s your first foray into the world of cannabis or even your first time using it for sexual pleasure, trying it during solo play is a good idea.
This gives you the chance to see how you react to a product and whether or not it rocks your world. It can also help put any of your cannabis worries to rest if you’re concerned about any less-than-sexy effects.
Negotiate before you consume
Communication is key to great sex and it needs to happen before you get high. Cannabis can impair your judgment and cause sedation if you take too much.
Get consent and set clear boundaries before getting started. This is also the time to discuss safer sex and make sure you have barrier protection on hand.
Start low and go slow
Dosing can make or break your experience, so heed the advice of most experts and start low (dosage-wise) and go slow if you choose to consume more.
Dosing varies between the different methods of delivery, as does the time the effects take to kick in.
Inhalation methods and tinctures taken under the tongue are quick-acting methods, which make dosing a bit easier. You can tell within 10 minutes if you need another puff or a few drops, or know to stop if you’ve hit your sweet spot.
Keep water and lube on hand
There’s nothing sexy about cotton mouth or vaginal dryness when you’re trying to get your freak on. Make sure you stay hydrated in every way by keeping water and lube on hand.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that cannabis makes sex better. Research even shows that cannabis users have more sex than non-users.
If you want to give it a try, cannabis is usually well-tolerated when used as directed. Be sure to purchase products or flower from a reputable, licensed source — and have fun exploring!
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddle board.
Last medically reviewed on February 4, 2020
Sure, you’ve heard it from friends, but the research is also in: Cannabis and sex is a potent and pleasurable combo. Experts told us how to choose the right strain and product for the most mind-blowing sexual experience — no matter what type of mood you’re in.
Is Cannabis An Aphrodisiac?
For many people, part of the appeal of marijuana is its rumored aphrodisiac-like qualities. THC has been proven to elevate mood and arousal, as well as physically stimulating sexual activity, however, not all users have such a positive reaction. Despite the fact that this substance has the ability to enhance pleasure and reduce inhibitions, much in the way that alcohol does, it may also have some undesired effects on a person’s libido. While some users feel that it greatly increases their sexual desire, others experience the opposite effect. As you read the pros and cons of marijuana and sex below, keep in mind that drug effects are rarely simple, and there is no true “wonder drug” that will give you every benefit without any drawback (or vice versa). Also, because sex is more than just a physiological process, drugs may impact your psychological and social experience of sex in unpredictable ways.
The sociology department at the University of California Santa Barbara has stated that while people sometimes feel aroused after consuming cannabis, most of the time they fall somewhere in between. Most of the time, one’s feeling will be determined by the particular strain or the mood of the person at the time of consumption, though only anecdotal evidence exists to support this argument.
In an informal survey from Psychology Today, 67% of respondents said that marijuana enhances sex, 12% said that it destroys sex (that’s a strong word, don’t you think?) and 20% said that it depends on the dosage, strain and their mood. According to a survey of 1,400 legal marijuana users from HelloMD, 14% of respondents reported using weed to significantly boost their sex drive. However, in a survey from the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 76% of men said cannabis increased their sexual pleasure, 68% reported it enhanced their orgasms and 39% of men said it helped them last longer. Women are even more likely than men to report enhanced sexual desire with marijuana use. From that same study, 90% of women reported that marijuana increased feelings of sexual pleasure and satisfaction to varying degrees, and 40% said that marijuana increased the quality of their orgasm.
Because cannabis targets the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors and triggers the release of dopamine, it is commonly used to treat anxiety and other psychological and physiological issues. This euphoric and relaxing feeling will most likely place the user in a good mood, which most likely translates into other aspects of life. In an essay, the late prolific scientist Carl Sagan wrote that weed “…enhances the enjoyment of sex. On one hand it gives an exquisite sensitivity, but on the other hand it postpones orgasm: in part by distracting me with the profusion of images passing before my eyes.” Validating Sagan’s truthful words are multiple studies on the effects of marijuana on sexual performance, because aside from the psychological effects pot has on your sex drive, there are physiological effects as well, such as increased heart rate, increased blood flow to certain areas of the body and changes in respiration, that all mimic sexual arousal. The THC in weed duplicates the neuro-chemical anandamide, giving you the feeling of being high and aroused at the same time.
As is common knowledge, the type of strain and the dosage will ultimately provide the “high” that one might feel from medicating. It is only natural that this would play into the level of arousal in the user. In both men and woman, there is what is called a “dose effect”, which means that the amount of marijuana taken can drastically change the impact. In higher doses, marijuana can have a depressing effect, which can leave one without the energy to want sex, or the awareness of the way sex is feeling. Let’s think about it, if you have a nice natural body high, it’s obviously going to affect the stimulation you feel from touch, not just in sexual areas of the body, but everywhere. Marijuana slows down our brain waves, and when it comes to sex, you want to get out of your head and into your body. Your taste buds are enhanced, motor senses enhanced, skin more sensitive and sex organs more easily engorged. However, the effect is going to most likely correlate with your usual marijuana experiences. If you smoke Sativas and they make you energetic, fast-talking and nervous, is that what you want for a sexual experience? Or vice versa, if you smoke OG Kush and find it impossible to carry on a conversation or lift your head off the couch, how useful is that going to be for making love? Now if you’re in a lot of pain, or stressed from your day at work, maybe a nice Indica or Afghanica-dominant strain would be best for putting you or your partner in the mood.
To summarize, cannabis is said to increase libido and sexual desire. However this drug is not an aphrodisiac in the strict sense of the definition, as it does not consistently produce aphrodisiac effects as its main action. At low to moderate doses, cannabis is known to heighten sexual climax. It has been reported that users have a heightened ability to communicate sexually with their partners and have increased sensuality, but at high doses, it can result in diminished sexual performance and decreased desire. There are so many strains of marijuana with different ratios of THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes that you can’t accurately say “all marijuana makes sex better.” Some marijuana might make you so high you can’t tie your shoes, much less have sex. That said, here at The Higher Path we offer our house strain, Gucci, which is grown and engineered to be a pleasant and relaxing aphrodisiac, without an extremely high THC percentage. Try it today!
Is Cannabis An Aphrodisiac? For many people, part of the appeal of marijuana is its rumored aphrodisiac-like qualities. THC has been proven to elevate mood and arousal, as well as physically