Meet the Woman Making Aphrodisiac Weed
by Allison P. Davis Follow on Twitter @AllisonPDavis
Photo: Karyn Wagner
One night last year, Karyn Wagner, founder of Paradigm Medical Marijuana, smoked a joint before having sex with her partner — a fairly unremarkable move in terms of foreplay, but this time the results were something special. “After I smoked this one,” she remembers, “I said, You know, honey, that was perfect. Save it for next time.” Her partner dutifully labeled the bag “Sexpot." And inspiration struck.
Sexxpot, derived from a low-THC strain called Mr. Nice, has been grown, packaged, and branded (with an extra x) by Wagner’s company as an "aphrodisiac weed" — the first to specifically target women.
Marijuana "enhances the enjoyment of sex," as Carl Sagan explained in one essay. "On the one hand it gives an exquisite sensitivity, but on the other hand it postpones orgasm: in part by distracting me with the profusion of images passing before my eyes. The actual duration of orgasm seems to lengthen greatly, but this may be the usual experience of time expansion which comes with cannabis smoking.”
Berkeley-based cannabis consultant and nurse practioner Eloise Theisen regularly treats both men and women — but especially women in their 50s and 60s — who want to use weed to help with sexual issues or enhancement. "It's still taboo for women, though; men ask more," explains Theisen, who is also on the board of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
Aside from the THC-laced lubricant Foria, Theisen struggles to find products geared specifically toward women and their libidos, and she says she sees promise in Sexxpot.
"Women just need less THC in general," Theisen says. "And high levels of THC can promote anti-estrogen activity, though science is still very limited ... My guess is that Sexxpot, with the lower THC, regulates the body's endocannabinoid system (the group of brain receptors that are involved with processes like pain, sensation, mood, and mediating effects of cannabis) and helps bring back the balance of hormones, but without sacrificing the therapeutic properties."
Stephen D’Angelo, cannabis activist and co-founder of Harborside Health Center (the "largest pot shop on the planet"), is somewhat skeptical about Sexxpot's science. But whatever Sexxpot's scientific rigor, he says its marketing is astute: His experience at Harborside confirms that both men and women seek weed to specifically enhance arousal.
D'Angelo points to Foria's popularity as an example of a product targeting women successfully.
“Cannabis is good for everybody's sex life."
Legal Weed Means Your Vagina Can Get High, Too
by Kate Stoeffel Follow on Twitter @Kstoeffel
Cosmopolitan is reporting live from the front lines of America’s marijuana-legalization movement. Will the medical-marijuana-laced lubricant popping up in California, Washington, and Colorado make their correspondent’s sex weird or fun?
Her answer is a little of both. Applying Foria before having sex (so the marijuana can be absorbed vaginally) is weird. But the sex itself is fun. She writes:
"It hit me hard, in the absolutely most delicious way. I was super relaxed and also super ready to go due to the fact that I was feeling so damn good! This was a mellow high that felt like a warm and very sexual hug, which is also what I was doing at the moment."
All the chill bliss of nature’s Viagra, in other words, with none of the dry mouth.
Read the original article here: http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/08/legal-weed-means-your-vagina-can-get-high-too.html
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