Plans for Valentine’s Day are blooming, so we spoke to some local experts about using cannabis as an aphrodisiac.
There is no scientific evidence that Marijuana is truly an aphrodisiac. But there are millions of cannabis users who swear they had the best sex ever while stoned.
With Valentine’s Day high in the sky, SF Weekly asked a variety of cannabis experts for advice on planning the ultimate erotic infused date, and for that matter, whether cannabis really is an aphrodisiac.
“Cannabis is an excellent aphrodisiac,” said Amanda Denz, co-founder and CMO of the delivery service sava. She notes that cannabis is a vasodilator and makes your blood rush to certain highly beneficial erogenous zones.
“There are a few different ways you can take cannabis as an aphrodisiac. You can use it locally as a topic [lotion]. If you’re using it as a topical, just apply it to your genitals or any other part of your body where you want to increase sensitivity.”
But there are countless ways cannabis can make you hornier on your Valentine’s Day night.
“Vaping starts very quickly, within seconds of inhaling,” says Denz SF Weekly. “If you take an edible product, it starts a little longer.”
Since this is San Francisco, there are multiple meetings to discuss the intersection of marijuana and sexuality. Cannabis media company and lifestyle brand Oov Life is holding one of these events in Hayes Valley this Saturday. LUST: A Night of Sexual Wellbeing and Empowerment will feature the hippest infused sexual wellness products, sensual pole dance troupe S Factor and an oyster bar because you know what they say about oysters.
“It’s multidimensional how you integrate cannabis into health and wellness,” says Oov Lifestyle founder and CEO Ozzie Ozkay-Villa. “A lot of people have the misconception that you have to get high when you use cannabis. That’s just not the case. There are great topicals and CBD edibles that contain no THC.”
Each of the experts recommends modest microdoses, avoid alcohol and take it slow when adding a sash of spice to your date night.
“No giant bong rips or date night dabs,” warns Johanna Nuding of cannabis lifestyle guide Casually Baked. “Make cannabis part of your evening, not the main event.”
“Cannabis and alcohol mixed can sometimes lead to bedroom disasters or people who are unable to perform. I encourage people to explore the idea of a slow, cannabis-infused evening without booze.”
Intoxicants are traditionally a way to check out or get wasted. That won’t help you navigate your partner’s sweet spots, so talk before you start, and stay in a headspace where you’re attuned to boundaries and stop words.
“As affirmative consent becomes the norm in our culture, it’s important to understand the inevitable gray areas of incorporating recreational cannabis into your sex life,” said matchmaker and dating coach Erin Beata. SF Weekly. “Check in for a major escalation of sexual activity, especially with a newer partner.”
Safe sex is also an issue, as cannabis lubricants are oil-based and not safe for use with latex condoms. But the personal lubricant experts in San Francisco Quim Rock have just released a latex-safe sensual serum called Oh Yes, which is on the shelves of pharmacies and delivery services.
Another local legend in the infused product scene, the cannabis tea brand Kikoko, prescribes their low-THC offering Sensual-tea, whose formulation of an aphrodisiac is based on scientific evidence about arousal and orgasms.
“We recommend that people drink Sensuali-Tea in the form of tea or a ‘teatail’, walk or Lyft to dinner, have a remarkably fun, deep and open discussion, then go home and undress” , says Kikoko co-founder Amanda Jones.
Baked casually‘s Johanna Nuding also recommends setting the mood with music and emphasizes the importance of pillow talk.
“Ask your partner, ‘How are you? What was your favorite part of your day?’ ” she says. “Get some quality time to connect with your partner. Maybe that leads to sharing a joint, or talking about sexual fantasies, or maybe you had a sexy dream about it a few nights ago. Turn the conversation into something more romantic and sexy.”
“If you’re with someone who is a cannabis lightweight, you might smoke a THC joint and get their own CBD joint. You can smoke together, but they will get relaxed rather than way too high and unable to connect, communicate or orgasm.”
Everyone’s body chemistry processes cannabinoids differently, so weed’s pleasure experts all recommend starting with low doses and working your way up as needed. In other words, keep your feet on the ground as you and your partner join the mile-high club.
LUST: A night of sexual well-being and empowerment, Saturday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Big Rock, 34 Page St., $55; 415-741-0291 or oov.life