THC or CBD for better sex?

"I just started consuming cannabis last January. I’ve heard CBD can be great for sex. Should we continue to use THC or switch to CBD to help get into the mood?"

Stephen H.


You are on the right path! There is a long-time history of cannabis and sex working together. Many people may not think about cannabis enhancing their sex lives. For years now, many male cannabis users have sworn that the plant helps with their sexual stamina and improves sexual sensation. Research is beginning to back up these claims made by consumers. There have also been some fascinating reports of women using cannabis-based gel to reduce painful sex.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most well-known cannabinoid found in marijuana plants. THC can be beneficial in various medical and recreational uses, and is often associated with its psychoactive properties THC iss predominant in most strains on the market. But, remember too much THC can actually kill sexual desire or cause anxiety and even paranoia. It may also cause erectile dysfunction for some men. That said, just the right amount can enhance sexual experience, it’s really trial and error.

CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. CBD lacks the psychoactive effects of THC because it does not bind with the same receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD can be a great addition to your sexual encounters as it can help you relax!

While THC can help build up euphoria and that desire for sex, CBD can be perfect once you’re all wrapped up in the sheets and looking to wind down. Really, it’s up to each individual to decide which works better – THC or CBD! Good luck!!!!

Alexis M.


A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine was published and suggests that people who smoke more marijuana are having more sex than those who smoke less or abstain. Women who had consumed marijuana daily reported having sex 7.1 times a month, on average. For men, it was 6.9 times. Women who did not use cannabis at all, reported sex 6 times a month, on average, while men who did not use weed had sex an average of 5.6 times a month. This is with cannabis that contains THC.

The University of Kansas Medical School conducted a 2012 study that revealed cannabis enhanced sexual desire and performance in respondents. While doctors do not know precisely how cannabis manages to do this, they see that it promotes the release of oxytocin, the "bonding hormone" that makes sexual partners feel close. Because of this, (cannabis with THC) has often been classified as a sexual stimulant, and consumers have been taking advantage of it for years to have amazing sex and perform better.

Cole B.


If you are looking to bring down the heat once the magic has played out, a CBD-dominant tincture or a hybrid strain could be great options for relaxing cuddles and watching a movie. Finding your proper dose can be done by experimenting with THC: CBD ratios. You can start with a higher THC and lower CBD combo to help build up that bonding energy. Several different ratio options are available within dispensaries, ranging from 1:1, 2:1,5:1, and many more combos.

THC strains could help you bring up the volume in the bedroom. You may want to consider Indica-hybrid strains that promote arousal, euphoria, and feeling uplifted. Granddaddy Purple is a long-lasting Indica strain that promotes a dreamy state of being. Northern Lights offers euphoric effects that settle in throughout the whole body, relaxing muscles and easing the mind. Sour Diesel is a Sativa-dominant strain that delivers bursts of energy and rushes of excitement — perfect for bringing the stamina.

There are many different consumption methods to consider for special nights. Maybe you want to enjoy a joint while watching a date-night movie, pass around a vape pen while playing video games, or make a DIY-infused recipe with one another for some unique homemade edibles.

Also, you may want to do some research into some out-of-this-world THC-infused lubes that may be available in your state. Topical lubes do not get you high but the sensations that you will feel in both partners’ nether regions will be unforgettable.

Kelsey K.

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