Much like cannabinoids that are found in cannabis, terpenes give rise to various effects, including mood.
What are terpenes & how can
they change your sex life?
Perhaps you’ve recognized the particular citrus flavor of a plant as you smoked, or whiffed the fruity aroma of the flower - this is due to the particular terpene profile of that strain. Terpenes are by no means unique to cannabis - they can also be found in many other herbs, fruits, and plants. Much like cannabinoids that are found in cannabis, terpenes give rise to various effects, including mood.
While you might be seeking
specific strains based on their CBD or THC levels, it’s also important to
consider the terpene profile of the strain. There exists over 100 different
terpenes in the cannabis plant with an infinite amount of strains to explore.
Much like with essential oils, each specific terpenes found in cannabis strains
will give you an effect. While some terpenes promote relaxation and
stress-relief, others promote focus and agility, which can be quite useful when
it comes down to sex. Depending on the physical and mental response you’re
seeking in a sexual experience, choosing a strain based on the terpene profile
it contains may be helpful in pointing you in the right direction. In
order to enjoy sex to its fullest, you should always feel complete relaxation,
as well as approach it positively. If you or your partner(s) are experiencing
anxiety, shame, or sadness, the possibility of a climax decreases, and often
can become impossible. If you struggle with performance anxiety, and need
assistance entering a relaxed state of mind, choose terpenes that have a calming
or euphoric effect. If you’re seeking an extra boost of vitality, choose an
energizing strain. Keep in mind that you can become “too high to FUCKtion”. In
order to avoid this, choose a strain with a low terpene count. See a guide to
choosing the right strains to make your sex life even more “dope.”
Outlined below are the most
common cannabis terpenes, matched with suggested strains to look out for
according to the desired sexual effect.
Referred to as the “couch-lock”, Myrcene is known for its highly sedative effects. Unless used to promote (occasional, maybe) restful sleep before sex, Myrcene is a terpene you’ll want to avoid in high concentrations.
Strains to avoid: OG Kush, Grandaddy PurpleAlso found in hops.
Common to citrus plants, this terpene is known for its energizing and antidepressant properties. Because citrus greatly increases alertness, visual stimuli is also strongly enhanced, making this a perfect pre-sex ritual to help get the juices flowing and blood pumping between you and your partner(s).
Strains to look for: Super Lemon Haze, Durban PoisonAlso found in citrus.
Energetic and therapeutic, this terpene is common in pine needles. If you’ve ever walked through a forest and felt that “lifted” sensation, you’ve experienced this terpenoid! The A-Pinene profile supports sharp thinking and motivation. For those energetic, hair-pulling, “ended up on the floor” sexual experiences, I highly recommend this terpene.
Strains to look for Blue Dream, Pineapple Express
Also found in pine needles.
Linalool, similar to limonene, promotes relaxation & stress relief. It also provides antidepressant benefits. Due to its sedative qualities, I suggest the “less is more” approach.
Strains to look for Amnesia Haze, Master Kush
Also found in lavender.
Cannabis is a personal experience, as is your process in selecting the right one. Terpene profiles provide you with unique insight on what qualities one should look for in a strain when desiring a more pleasurable sexual experience. For many consumers, this level of precision in strain selection is paramount to having an enjoyable time in bed. For others, picking a strain of any variety and getting straight to business is the way to go. The key to finding the right strain, amount, and preferred method of consuming cannabis is through micro-dosing. Start low and go slow! I highly recommend that each partner finds the strain that works the best for them individually, and then apply it to their shared sexual experience. Sexual communication is key to having a positive sexual experience, so stay open-minded, open-hearted, and and enjoy yourselves some Dope Sex!