CBD has hit the mainstream in a big way, and we’re thrilled. We’re true believers in this friendly cannabinoid and its potential for enhancing wellbeing, both in and out of the bedroom…
...but we’re also believers in the revolutionary power of CBD’s naughtier twin sister, THC. Our original arousal oil, Pleasure, is the first and best-known “weed lube” on the market, and we’ve continued to develop THC products for enhanced intimacy & erotic enjoyment.
Whether you can access these products or not (hello, California & Colorado!) there’s a good chance that you do have access to cannabis flower, edibles, or vape pens where you live — and you may even be tempted to try these products in combination with Foria’s arousal oils or suppositories.
As the social stigma around cannabis has decreased and legalization spreads across the US, more and more people who haven’t sparked up a doob since college are revisiting the herb for any number of reasons, from managing the symptoms of chronic illness to enhancing their sex lives. Even if you’ve had bad experiences with THC in the past — being too stoned can feel intense or disconnecting — you might still be curious about the many benefits of THC, especially when it comes to sex and pleasure.
To help make it easier for you to discover the benefits of THC, let’s look at several steps you can take to make it work better for you, especially with a little help from CBD...
Sex & Cannabis: A Natural Pairing
Cannabis’ reputation as a safe and potent aphrodisiac goes back centuries. We’re not gonna mince words: the stuff makes people — men, women, and otherwise — horny as hell. (And hungry, and sleepy… eventually.)
Although Americans (especially young adults) are having less sex than we used to, it appears that people who use cannabis regularly are actually having more sex. And with legalization of THC beginning to catch on, creatively incorporating it into one’s erotic life may seem like a no-brainer.
Don’t Fear the High
Although many people love THC – it’s one of history’s most popular intoxicants for a reason – many others report that it makes them uncomfortably high, paranoid, overwhelmed and/or “couch-locked”, with racing thoughts and the kind of social anxiety that’s no fun at all when you’re trying to get it on with someone whose opinion you value. You may have wondered, “Why do other people even enjoy this?”
Of course different drugs (especially wild and woolly natural compounds) affect people differently. We’re all beautiful and unique neurochemical snowflakes.
However, there’s one handy trick that ensures a delicious experience for pretty much everyone — and it has to do with CBD.
THC isn’t quite the same as it used to be. You’ve probably heard older folks waxing nostalgic about the cannabis of the 1960s or 70s, which seemed so much kinder and less intense than the weed of today. Why is that?
After the golden age of the hippies ended, blackmarket growers started developing cannabis plants with astronomical levels of THC — mutants with names like Purple Straitjacket Cerebellum-Nuker 5000.
Interestingly, this also caused the plants to have lower levels of CBD. Why is that a problem? Can’t you just ingest smaller amounts of THC for a gentler experience?
To get sciencey for just a second (don’t worry, we’ll come back to the sexy stuff soon), both THC and CBD bind to certain receptors in the body & brain. THC activates those receptors… while CBD inhibits these receptors from latching on to THC.
Put a simpler way: CBD acts like a time-release capsule for THC, cushioning its effects and doling them out over time instead of all at once.
The result is a more balanced and manageable – and sensuous and tingly and intimate – experience than with THC alone. In nature, these compounds coexist delightfully – so why not inside your body?
Pre-and Post-Gaming With CBD
If you’ve got your hands on a dynamite edible or some really good flower, but you’re worried that couch-lock might ruin the romantic evening you have planned, consider pre-gaming with CBD.
Swish a high-quality CBD Oil before you go anywhere near the herb, and it should help mellow the high, so you can keep your wits about you when it counts. Although the MCT oil in Foria’s CBD Tonic facilitates faster absorption than other CBD oils, you’ll still want to allow at least half an hour for the full effect.
If you have less time to prepare, just reach for a CBD-only vape pen, like Flow. Inhaled CBD preps your receptors within minutes, cushioning you for a mellower experience with that joint your partner just rolled up. You can even double-fist it, alternating puffs of CBD and puffs of THC.
Aaaand, if you’ve already gone a bit too far down the THC road, never fear… a CBD-only vape can still help after the fact (though pre-gaming is best). Inhaling CBD vapor is the fastest way to get it into your system and keep you and your lover on the level, so you can enjoy that spicy high without worry.
Micro-Dosing: Ease Into It
Microdosing is a hot topic in psychonaut news lately. Health nuts, bio-hackers, and Silicon Valley executives are experimenting with sub-perceptual amounts of psychoactive substances to enhance wellness and performance.
With THC, this simply means “taking a teeny-tiny amount and seeing what happens.”
This is easy to do with the edibles available in dispensaries, where gummies typically come in packaging with reliable dosing information, sometimes down to the 2mg level (unlike the brownies your old roommate used to make that accidentally turned everyone into zombies for three days).
Ask your budtender for guidance, and try taking a quarter to a half of the usual 5-10mg dose. Pay mindful attention to how you feel… and remember that edibles take a long time, sometimes over an hour, to start working. Be patient!
If you live in Colorado (and soon California), there’s Empower – Foria’s 4:1 CBD:THC microdose vape pen, for a manageable amount of THC with a big cozy CBD cushion. Empower is specifically formulated to enhance intimacy and expand your horizons without taking you out of commission, eliminating the microdosing guesswork one tasty puff at a time.
Topicals: A Hit to the Body
THC topicals like Pleasure play a neat trick: they get your naughty bits high while bypassing your brain entirely. This is because they engage with local cannabinoid receptors via the uniquely absorptive tissue of the vulva, vagina or rectum, enhancing lubrication, easing discomfort and creating a deep, tingly buzz right where you use them.
Our CBD arousal oil, Awaken, works as a viable alternative to the THC version because it has extra ingredients: botanicals like Kava Kava, Cacao, Ginger and Peppermint. Although there are several “CBD Lubes” on the market, only Awaken offers the magic of Kava Kava, which stimulates the same receptors that THC does, to enhance pleasure and soothe discomfort.
Topicals & Ingestibles: The Ultimate Combination
If you want to supplement the effects of Pleasure or Awaken with a hit or two of Empower or Flow, we’re sure not going to stop you…and you may even find that the combination — a gentle, microdosed brain buzz with a deep pelvic pleasure boost — helps you relax and enjoy even deeper sexual arousal and release.
In the right quantity, with the right delivery method — and with a little help from CBD — a THC buzz can be a marvelous, dreamy, sensuous experience for you and your lover, enabling you to explore your bodies and minds with joyful abandon – as people have been doing for millennia. But make sure your playground is fully prepared: create a soothing setting, give yourself all the time you need to relax and breathe deeply.
A Note On Consent
THC, even in small quantities, is an intoxicant. Intoxicants of any kind can compromise people’s ability to consent to sexual activity. If you suspect that you or your partner might not be in your right minds, the safest approach is to postpone sex until you know informed consent is certain. In the meantime, there’s always ice cream and silly movies… more of life’s great pleasures, that can – and should – be enhanced by friendly plants.