There are questions regarding the way people relate to cannabis and connection in relationships and whether or not the use of it enhances or diminishes said connection. Several studies have demonstrated that not only does cannabis not hurt relationships and emotional connection, it has a strengthening effect on bonding and can aid in stability.
In a study of over 180 heterosexual married or cohabitating couples, living together a minimum of six months, intimate events such as making love, holding hands, and other signs of affection, increased during the two hour window following at least one partner imbibing in cannabis use. In a separate study on the effects of cannabis on sex, the report shows that of the 133 women who reported cannabis use just prior to having sex, over 70% of the women said cannabis always increased their pleasure.
These results are a strong indicator that the use of cannabis can potentially enhance the emotional and sexual intimacy between people who partake while in a relationship. With cannabis legalization happening nationwide at a steady rate, the expectation is that more research will be put forth to continue studying the relationship between regular cannabis use and happy, successful relationships.
In regards to conflict within a relationship, it’s long been shown that alcohol can increase aggression and spur more instances of domestic violence. However, the opposite is true of cannabis use alone. In healthy, mentally fit people, the use of cannabis seems to decrease the likelihood of physical violence against an intimate partner, even when used infrequently. The results are dependent on dosage per use, and it’s shown in the study that low dose cannabis use improves sex, increases intimacy, and greatly diminishes levels of anxiety.
If a couple wants to incorporate cannabis use into their relationship, there are many strains and types of cannabis that can offer the benefits of aiding in closeness. Tolerance should always be accounted for when utilizing cannabis. Always start with a small amount so the effects begin slowly. Trial and error will help determine a perfect dose for romance, however, there are some basic rules that tend not to change.
Indica strains produce the lighter, more euphoric effects, potentially extending lovemaking, while Sativa strains are more prone to give energy and produce a more mental high, which can enhance the connection and create a more intense experience.
In a world with cannabis gaining more widespread acceptance and open use, there is a place for cannabis within the world of dating, and within the bond of a romantic relationship. While it may not be for everyone, for those who are interested, it is great to know that cannabis can potentially increase intimacy and intensify sexual experiences.