5 Ways That Cannabis Can Boost Intimacy in Relationships


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Contributing to the ever-increasing list of benefits to cannabis, intimacy in relationships can be boosted by cannabis. Studies have revealed that cannabis can have a positive impact on intimacy in relationships. Lisa Kirkman, author of ‘Sex Pot: The Marijuana Lover’s Guide to Getting’ It On’, said that cannabis can act as a potent aphrodisiac and explains how cannabis and intimacy go well together. Cannabis can boost intimacy whether it is engaging in a physical act of passion or having a meaningful conversation. 

How Cannabis Boosts Intimacy in Relationships

1. Intimacy

Cannabis can boost intimacy through the release of oxytocin after having consumed it. Oxytocin is a hormone that is secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland in the brain. Oxytocin, simply put, can make you feel cuddly/loving towards others or it can make you suspicious of others depending on the environment. Oxytocin is also naturally released during sexual arousal and bonding. Consuming cannabis bumps up the amount of oxytocin being released during intimacy, in turn, taking it to a new level and to greater feelings of intimacy. 

2. Desire

A study involving 183 couples proved that when they consumed cannabis simultaneously, they were more likely to engage in an intimate experience. The same proves true for the case where only one consumes cannabis. The same study displayed that when one member of the couple was not around, cannabis consumption didn’t do much for their intimacy. If you’re looking for more intimacy than just day-to-day conversation, it is recommended to share a joint or edible, or however you choose to consume cannabis. 

3. Confidence

Becky Kaufman Lynn, the author of study done on women during their annual gynecological exams, states that cannabis lowers anxiety and stress. Which causes more confidence in intimacy skills and ability. It breaks down barriers from expectations and it can even slow down the perception of time and heighten sensation.  Cannabis consumption can also lower inhibitions causing the individuals to be more relaxed. When individuals stop over-thinking intimacy, they will find that their ability is actually better.

4. Sensation

Cannabis consumption can heighten your sensory perception. Sensory perception plays an important roll in intimacy. Colors can become brighter, smells become stronger, sounds become louder, tastes become richer and textures, such as skin, can become softer. Eye-contact in conversation can also be intensified creating a genuine connection as if you were staring into the soul instead of merely the eyes. 

5. Connection

Intimacy is not all about physical acts. Cannabis can help strengthen and deepen your love and connection with your partner, friends, and even your pets. Cuddling, enjoying touching, caressing, romantic dates, enjoying the details in nature together, sharing personal experiences of taste and smell can all lead to a more intensified connection with your partner. Cannabis consumption allows for the opportunity in intimacy to break past barriers and to get to know each other in new and exciting ways. 

Important Notes When Consuming Cannabis for Intimacy:

  • Researchers found the most effective time frame for the outcome is for intimate moments to take place within two hours of cannabis consumption. 
  • Cannabis for boosting intimacy can work for the couple, even if only one person consumes it. 
  • Research suggest that cannabis consumers have up to 20% more intimate moments than non-consumers. 
  • Women consuming cannabis experience an increase in libido, just like men, but women also tend to have better orgasms too. 
  • More cannabis does not necessarily mean more sex. For example, smoking 3 joints does not mean you will have 3 intimate experiences. It increases the likelihood of intimacy, but it does not dictate the quantity of intimacy. 

The benefits of cannabis have only recently started gaining the attention of researchers although cannabis has been associated with intimacy for decades now. Cannabis has proven itself extremely valuable in the medical field and now it is proving its value in our relationships too. Enjoy the touch, the smell and the presence of your partner, even better than before, through the consumption of cannabis. 


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Chane Leigh

Chane, aka The Bud Fairy, is a South African cannabis advocate and enthusiast with a firey personality and a thirst for travel. She loves to educate people and to question the norms.

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