Sex. Love. Life.
Telling it how it is
Trade Sexual Health is a health charity working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGB&T) communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (United Kingdom).
What we do.
All about Trade
Trade Sexual Health is a health charity working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
We offer a range of free and confidential support and advice services around sexual health and HIV information; one-to-one emotional and practical support; support in ‘coming out’, sexuality and relationships; rapid HIV testing; community based men’s sexual health clinics; safer-sex packs for men and women; and a fully qualified counselling service.
How we can help
Trade offers FREE and Confidential advice, information and support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
We believe that by providing you with these services, you will be able to make more informed choices about your sexual and overall health.
Practicing safer sex means protecting yourself and others from sexually transmitted infections and HIV infection by taking the necessary precautions during sex and foreplay.
Keeping you up-to-date
There are a whole host of of support organisations specifically for the LGB&T community within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Within this section we aim to give you an idea of what services are available for a range of differing needs. We try to update this on a regular basis, however if there is a service you know of that isn’t listed, or one you cannot find please contact the Trade office on 0116 254 1747.
This area is to help you find your way around groups, services, venues and events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
We continue to update this section on a regular basis, but if we miss something or a LGB&T service, group or venue is not listed, send us an email or give us a ring and let us know.
Get the facts
Welcome to Trade’s section for professionals working in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) health, or for those Healthcare professionals who just want to widen their knowledge base. In this section there will be resources, links and information covering a wide range of topics from healthcare to transphobia/homophobia and schools to safer-sex as well as Trade’s bespoke training packages, which could help your organisation become more LGB&T aware.
What’s the Score?
Cannabis is also known as marijuana, Mary Jane, dope, pot, spliff, hash(ish), weed, puff, grass, herb, draw, wacky backy, smoke, ganja, hemp, or skunk which is a much stronger variety.
It’s a psychoactive (mood changing) drug made from the buds or flowers of the cannabis plant. It can come as a block of soft, greenish/brown resin or can look like dried herbs, in which case it’s known as weed, marijuana or grass. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active chemical in the drug that causes the high.
Sex on Cannabis
Cannabis can make you feel horny, increase your sense of touch and lower your inhibitions. If you take too much its tranquillising effects get in the way. Orgasms may seem weaker but more sensual and not just felt in the dick. There can be a stronger sense of connection to who you’re with, with sex being more ‘touchy feely’.
But the drug can also make people feel withdrawn and less interested in sex. If you smoke it with tobacco, you have the same long-term higher risk of erection problems that cigarette smokers have.
Cannabis resin is usually mixed with tobacco and smoked in joints. It can be smoked using a bong which is a kind of water pipe, eaten, for example baked in cakes, or drunk in warm drinks.
Highs and Lows
You can be high or stoned for up to four hours after taking cannabis. This can make you feel chilled out, sociable, talkative and giggly. You might feel you have new insights into life and experience touch, sounds and colours differently. It can also cause a distorted sense of space and time, and you might hallucinate. Cannabis can also make you feel hungry, sleepy or light-headed, and it can dull pain.
Cannabis can leave you feeling ‘woolly headed’ and can cause short-term memory loss, confusion, co-ordination difficulties, and slower reflexes which makes driving dangerous. Higher doses can make you feel sick, anxious, paranoid, or panicky.
A Long Term Relationship?
You can become dependent on cannabis. It can leave some people with a poor memory and less able to concentrate or stay motivated – the classic ‘dope head’.
Researchers are looking at the link between cannabis and mental illness as the drug seems to trigger mental health problems, including schizophrenia, in a small number of people. This is more likely to happen in people who already have depression or anxiety or who are vulnerable to mental health problems, although they usually won’t know they’re vulnerable.
Mental illness seems more likely if you use cannabis as a teenager, if you use it a lot, or if you use the stronger types.
Cannabis with Other Drugs
Tobacco – smoking cannabis with tobacco has a high risk of addiction to nicotine and smoking-related illness like cancer, heart disease and breathing problems. People smoking both cigarettes and cannabis take in very high levels of cancer-causing tar.
Alcohol – using cannabis and alcohol together can have negative effects. You may feel sick or lose track of how much of each substance you’ve taken. This also leaves you open to taking risks you might not otherwise.
HIV drugs – there are no known dangerous interactions, however, one study has shown that marijuana decreases the levels of Atazanavir in the blood.
Useful to Know
Cannabis smoke contains more harmful substances than cigarette smoke.
Smoking it with tobacco has the same health risks as smoking cigarettes, such as cancer, chest and breathing problems. The risk may be higher because cannabis smokers breathe in deeper and for longer.
Eating it gets round these drawbacks but it’s harder to control the dose and the effects can be much stronger than you might want.
Using bongs is more harmful than joints because you breathe in more drug and smoke.
Cannabis is illegal. In 2009 it was reclassified upwards from a Class C drug to Class B. Possession can now mean up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Intending to supply cannabis, which includes giving it to your mates, can mean up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
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Sex. Love. Life. Telling it how it is Trade Sexual Health is a health charity working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGB&T) communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Weed Aphrodisiac: Does Cannabis Make You Horny?
Thursday September 24, 2020
D epending on whom you ask, combining marijuana and sex can result in mind-blowing orgasms or flaccid mishaps and arid experiences. With mixed results in the lab and the cannabis community, one has to wonder if combining two of their favorite experiences is the correct way to go about it or not. Should you smoke up before having sex? Or, should you save getting lifted for after you get off? Is it better to use an edible? What about a topical? As it currently stands, you might be best with going with your gut on this one.
Does Cannabis Increase Sexual Arousal?
Marijuana has various effects on a person’s sexual wellness, according to multiple sources. The nonprofit advocacy group The Society of Cannabis Clinicians lists a series of benefits and risks that come with consumption. Some of the pros and cons raised include:
Pros and Cons of Consuming Cannabis before Sex:
- Enhanced emotional bonding and release inhibition
- Increased risk-taking
- Enhanced touch sensation
- Improved sexual function
- Increases and decreases in libido and sexual frequency, depending on dosage
- Drying of mucus membranes in the mouth and vagina
- Increased orgasms
Such effects are highlighted by the nonprofit and other groups, including lab researchers and everyday consumers. While each person experiences different outcomes, lab studies over the years now provide a better insight into such a wide-ranging and crucial issue in most adult lives.
Current Research on Cannabis and Sex
One of the most commonly cited positive results comes from a 2017 Stanford University study. It revealed that regular consumers averaged 20% more sex than those not consuming.
“Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function,” noted the study’s researchers, Andrew J. Sun and Michael L. Eisenberg. “A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups,” concluded their report, calling for additional research.
Aside from the scientific underpinnings, the cannabis community has produced decades of anecdotal feedback on the interactions between cannabis and sex.
“Cannabis is a divine aphrodisiac and arousal tool. It heightens our senses, increases blood flow, and relaxes our body and mind,” said Laura Eisman, co-CEO and co-founder of Her Highness, a female-centric cannabis brand, with some products geared toward a woman’s sexual wellness.
“When I’m high, I notice my thoughts and feelings more, same with my body. All senses are elevated,” stated Eisman’s co-founder Allison Krongard. She seemed personally convinced without needing to see any lab studies. “I’ve performed a 30-year study on myself with 100% conclusive results.”
How Cannabis Can Affect Sex for Different Users
Those who believe cannabis improves their sex life often don’t need to see the lab data to prove their personal conclusions. That said, studies through the years have revealed some possible effects marijuana has on women and men.
Intensive care doctor Sarah Mann, MD wrote on the Society of Cannabis Clinicians’ website, “Despite long-standing beliefs that cannabis impairs sexual function, recent evidence refutes these myths.” As such, beliefs just a decade or so ago linked marijuana use with a decrease in male sexual function are being challenged.
Mann pointed towards the Stanford study to support their claim and a 2016 research on the sex effects of cannabis on a person’s brain structure and functions. The review of existing literature concluded that there are differences in male and female users, noting brain structure changes in areas such as attention, reward processing, coordination and sensitivity to withdrawals. The review noted literature inconsistencies and called for more research.
Additional studies in recent years shed more light on the matter. A 2019 analysis of cannabis use and women’s sex functions determined that marijuana improved satisfaction for a majority of the 373 participants. “A better understanding of the role of the endocannabinoid system in women is important, because there is a paucity of literature, and it could help lead to development of treatments for female sexual dysfunction,” concluded the team of researchers.
A 2020 study of a smaller group of women noted no change, citing a need for additional dosage studies. However, another research effort that summer concluded that women who use cannabis experience increased sexual frequency and improved functions. Researchers noted that strain, consumption type and reasons for consuming did not impact the results.
Tips for Combining Cannabis and Sex
Though the study suggests that strain and consumption methods don’t matter, anecdotal feedback from scores of consumers might say otherwise. Both of Her Highness’ co-founders enjoy Trainwreck. “It’s a high-THC sativa that puts your head on cloud nine and melts away inhibitions,” said Eisman.
Krongard also holds Red Congolese in high regard. “I’ve had the experience of smoking Red Congolese at the end of a meeting in California where my boyfriend and I looked at each other and knew we needed to leave immediately,” she said. “We both felt the intense body high.”
Keep in mind what works best for you. If you and your partner(s) feel right, go with the flow. Just be sure to check in with yourself and everyone involved from time to time. Ensure everyone feels good, is in control of themselves, and if there is anything else needed to make this experience more pleasurable for you all.
Consumption type may not have been all that impactful in the 2020 study, but that isn’t the case concerning onset times. Those seeking instant relief are more likely to benefit from smoked or vaped options. Whereas someone looking for a slow burn leading into an often intense high might be better off with an edible. Topicals are another option that doesn’t involve cannabis reaching the bloodstream. Companies like Her Highness (mentioned above) make products aimed at tapping into a person’s pleasure points.
If you want to use cannabis in your sex life, follow the adage of “start low and go slow.” The idea often leads to a more pleasurable and favorable experience when smoking or having sex. Be safe, practice enthusiastic consent, and have a good time.
Does cannabis get you in the mood? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
Depending on whom you ask, combining marijuana and sex can result in mind-blowing orgasms or flaccid mishaps and arid experiences. With mixed results in the lab and the cannabis community, one has to wonder if combining two of their favorite experiences is the correct way to go about it or not.