The cannasexual movement was started in California by sex therapist Ashley Manta, who coined this term and, in 2013, opened a therapy and sex education clinic based on the cannabis plant: “My mission is to help people have joyful, empowered sex lives.” Ashley defines herself as a “writer, feminist, and sexual educator.” In 2014, she released her first e-book: “A Feminist’s Guide to Phone Sex.”
Weed and Sex
The history of the use of cannabis before, during and after sexual intercourse is nothing new. Records from Ancient India document how cannabis was employed during Tantric sexual intercourse. Adherents of Tantra—a Pan-Indian movement of the 2nd century that influenced both Hinduism and Buddhism—believed that sexuality was a means of ascending to the superconscious state. Mircea Eliade explains that the original philosophers of Tantra felt that the spirit was so “thickly veiled by the flesh,” in their contemporary times, that the seeker “had to ‘go back to the source’ and, to that end, start from the fundamental, specific experiences of his blighted condition—in other words, the very sources of his life.” But not just any sex would do. Tantric intercourse must be meditative and focused on an experience of oneness rather than on orgasm. For those purposes, cannabis must have appeared to the original Tantrists a nearly indispensable aid.
The cannabis industry has not departed to far from that, and today there are plenty of cannabis-based products that serve a sexual function, such as lubes, cream, massage oil and even aphrodisiac chocolates.
In this context, the term “cannasexual” came up and is gaining ground as a movement—almost a philosophy that seeks to combine the benefits of cannabis with sexual pleasure, whether it be self-stimulated or with a partner. The golden rule is to ensure relaxation, willingness, and consent. According to Manta, these elements must always be present before any kind of action takes place. On a different note, smoking is not mandatory to enjoy the cannasexual experience, as CBD can be found in other products.
Why Does Cannabis Enhance Pleasure?
Marijuana compounds such as THC interact with the central nervous system, heightening our feelings and senses—the reason why pleasure increases. Under the influence of CBD, touch intensifies and the body loosens up. Still, it is crucially important to be aware of the effects of cannabis on the body and what happens when we use this drug.
In 2018, researchers from Stanford University found that marijuana users had more sexual intercourse than non-users. This study analyses data on 28,000 women and 22,000 men compiled by the National Survey of Family Growth, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although research on medical cannabis is clearly breaking new grounds all around the world, there’s still a lot to discover, investigate, and record. Restrictions on cultivation, research and legislation mean less opportunities for patients who benefit from the wonders of cannabis and its many uses, on a sexual level and on many others.