February 14th is the national day of love, so we asked April Pride, Expert en Amour, for the best ways to enhance your sex life using cannabis
Van der Pop was founded by April Pride to give women the best of what cannabis can offer. And that means your sex life can get a whole lot better thanks to a deeper understanding of the plant, its properties, and effects.
CannEpoch: How does cannabis affect sex?
April: It all starts with the ECS, also known as The Endocannabinoid System. The ECS acts as a bridge between the body and mind, it’s a collection of cell receptors and molecules that allow our bodies to process cannabis. The ECS helps with pain, sleep, memory, motor control, immune function and body temperature.
CannEpoch: Explain to our readers, the ECS and the pelvis.
April: Did you know that, second to the brain, the pelvic region contains more cannabinoid receptors than any other part of the body? The two primary cell receptors in the ECS are CB1 & CB2. CB1 is mainly found in your brain and CB2 is mainly found in the body.
For women, the lasting feeling from an orgasm is created by triggering receptors in the brain that emit pleasure and release euphoric sensations. Cannabis works to help promote orgasms by triggering your CB1 receptors.
CannEpoch: What’s the relationship between estrogen and cannabis.
April: Women are more responsive to the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and THC when their estrogen levels are at their highest. Because menopausal and postmenopausal women have low levels of estrogen, this means they will be less responsive to THC and require higher doses than premenopausal women to achieve the same degree of pain relief.
What kind of cannabis should I use for enhanced pleasure?
April: That’s up to you as cannabis comes in many forms, from flower to oil to edibles and beyond.
When choosing a strain, it’s important to note that Sativa is generally uplifting and can help ‘get you in the mood,’ while Indica tends to mellow and aid in muscle relaxation with greater nerve ending stimulation. Either way we recommend hybrid strains, especially if you’re consuming for the first time (or the first time in a while).
Canndescent Connect is described as a social strain with mood enhancing effects. This strain is light, aromatic and thoroughly enjoyable on one’s own or with their partner. $60. Click here to buy.
Harlequin, rich in CBD, this Sativa dominant strain is great after date night or in the morning. Enjoy a mellow mood, less anxiety and the ability to maintain clarity without feeling heavy. Starts at $10 for an eighth. Check your local dispensary for availability.
Skywalker OG warrants a warning: beginners beware, this super potent strain only requires a puff or two to feel the effects. A strong cerebral and physical high, use this with your partner for a sexual fantasy. Starts at $25 for an eighth. Check your local dispensary for availability.
Strawberry Banana is an Indica-leaning hybrid ideal for those who want to just relax. Users report sharpened senses, increased sensitivity to touch and feel very present. $15 for one gram. Check your local dispensary for availability.
Oils, Lubes & Topicals: The Pleasure Set
If you can’t find flower or any consumable cannabis where you live, don’t worry. Cannabis comes in other forms that can help facilitate greater pleasure between you and partner. Topicals and oils are very popular right now and can be found in rec-legal states (with THC) or online (without THC). This pleasure set is available for $69. Click here to buy.
VdP SELF Serum is infused with hemp seed, Rosehip and Ylang Ylang oils, and leaves skin feeling cool, revitalized, and thoroughly hydrated and acts as a CBD-based lubricant. Click here to buy.
Foria Awaken is designed to be used topically. Awaken claims it’s the world’s first all-natural sensual enhancement oil formulated with cannabinoids. It works with your body’s chemistry to promote relaxation and increase blood flow, for a potent ‘therapeutic aphrodisiac’ effect.
Velvet Swing is used as both a sensual topical or a true lubricant, it is water soluble and safe to use with toys. The cannabis-infused bottle of joy delivers longer and stronger orgasms. Available in Washington and California.
Passion by Dosist is a THC dominant pen that provides a euphoric feeling designed to increase sensuality and enhance the sexual experience. Comes with 200 precisely measured doses. Found in California.