One Thing You Didn't Know About Cannabis and Sex

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What used to be strict laws against cannabis use are growing in complexity. New laws that legalizing marijuana use are complicating a once tightly controlled 'cannabuisness' reserved, at least legally, for caregivers and patients up until now. Although many places still prohibit the sale and use of the green, some places like Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington have approved ganja for recreational use.

The District of Columbia has also fully legalized marijuana use for recreation and sale. And it won't end there. Soon you may be able to buy your cannabis with bitcoins and have it delivered by drones. I imagine in the near future happy snackers will have their cannabis delivered through their windows along with a deep dish and some Doritos without any actual cash exchanging hands.

Still, the cannabis story doesn't continue with just a tally of growing business and legal interests. Since the beginning of the bong marijuana has been used before and during sex. It's commonly know that it can have a variety of hazy effects, even during sex, but is 420 a good mix for gay men?

The answer isn't a simple one, and there may be both good and bad news when it comes to mingling cannabis and gay sex. According to Cory Silverberg, About.com's Guide to Sexuality:

"At lower doses, marijuana may alter how you sense and perceive sexual stimuli in ways that enhance sex. While we don’t know why marijuana has positive effects on sexual satisfaction in men and women, research and anecdotal evidence consistently show that in small doses, there are perceived positive effects.

Cory also points out more user experiences with marijuana:

"People report that their awareness of touch is heightened, and their perception of time can change. So things 'feel' better, and sex seems to go on longer as well."

Of course, there is a flip side to mixing cannabis and sex: "Because sex is more than just a physiological process, drugs may impact your psychological and social experience of sex in unpredictable ways," Cory warns.



As far as gay men are concerned this "psychological and social experience" Cory speaks of can have a significant impact on our health, and I'm namely talking about the risk of HIV and STI transmission. Drug use, including marijuana, during sex may heighten sensitivity and enjoyment, but it also decreases inhibitions—increasing the likelihood of engaging in unprotected sex and other less safe sex practices.

So, while more studies show that marijuana may not be the most dangerous drug out there, mixing cannabis with sex can lead to dangerous paths, which is not uncommon with the use of other drugs during intercourse. For instance, men that use Viagra during gay sex to increase the length of time and power of erections, are at greater risk of contracting HIV. Since Viagra increases blood flow to the penis, combining the with bareback sex makes it easier for HIV and other blood borne STD's to be transmitted. 

Unfortunately, the days of the liberated gay sex of the 70's have changed along with the impact of sex on our overall health. This makes it more important than ever to consider safer sex practices and good judgment in any intimate situation, including ones where cannabis is present.