It’s that time of year again — it’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some people love this holiday, others dread it.
Regardless of your feelings about our annual celebration of the sappiest, lovey, hallmark-y holiday — it’s a great time to reflect on your relationships with others, your love life, or absence thereof.
And part of that reflection should include a key tool for your intimate relationships.
That’s right — we are talking about marijuana. You might be surprised how marijuana can work to make your intimate relationships better.
And if you are single and wondering why bother reading — don’t X out of this page just yet. This applies to you as well — because all of these reasons make you a great catch!
Here are three surprising (maybe not surprising for some of you) ways that marijuana makes your intimate relationships better.
1. Marijuana can help relieve stress and tension in a relationship
Handling your stress and your partner’s stress is a real challenge in any relationship. And if we ignore this stress, well, it can create serious problems. And guess what — your favorite herb can actually work as a tool for you and your partner to de-escalate stress and tension.
According to relationship gurus, stress should be taken seriously, not just swept underneath the rug.
When stress enters any relationship, it has the potential to create distance, disagreements and disconnection. But by supplying a steady supply of support for your partner when he or she is stressed, not only can you help prevent your relationship from becoming strained, you can create a new level of intimacy that actually brings you both closer together.
You and your partner can channel that stress into something positive when you sit down, calm down, and talk about your problems and differences together. And marijuana can be a great way to achieve that.
No, we aren’t saying that marijuana automatically solves problems, but we are saying it can be used as a tool, an outlet, for approaching stress.
According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, an appropriate dose (small — you aren’t getting blitzed here) of marijuana has positive effects for relieving symptoms of stress.
We found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effects.
When we are stressed out with our partners, we make rash decisions and give into negative emotions. Don’t let that stress build up! Have a sesh, relax, and then communicate with one another. You might be surprised how well it works.And besides, if you do get high, you’ll probably just want to hug it out anyways.
2. Marijuana can lead to more activities and shared experiences with one another
This may seem obvious to some, but for others, here’s your wakeup call: activities and shared experiences are the building blocks of any positive romantic relationship.
And guess what? Marijuana can be great at inducing you and your partner to open up and try new things together!
According to relationship experts, shared activities and experiences are critical to maintaining interest after the easy honeymoon phases of our relationships.
…shared activities may not be something you would do on your own (these activities do not necessarily trigger a personal interest), but in the process of engaging in these activities together, the shared experience becomes the priority. These can be silly or creative or intellectual activities–there should be few limits placed on what you try.
Just remember that the togetherness is what’s paramount.
Did you read that last part? “These [experiences] can be silly or creative or intellectual…” Can you think of any other tool or substance that is better at promoting your inner silliness and creativity? Yeah… we’ll just stop there. Go smoke and get silly or creative together — and build that togetherness.
3. Marijuana can benefit your sex life
Speaking of activities… marijuana can really boost one in particular. We are talking about doing the dirty. Knocking boots. Makin’ whoopee. You get the idea.
And that’s an important part of any intimate relationship. And marijuana has ways of enhancing that department.
First, marijuana users have more sex in general. A 2016 population-based study found that people who regularly use marijuana reported significantly higher amounts of sexual frequency.
“A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups.”
A second study published last year by International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health the found that:
…the majority of marijuana users before sex reported a better overall sexual experience, an increase in sex drive, a more pleasurable orgasm and a decrease in pain. There was no correlation between sexual difficulties and MUBS.
There are more studies that confirm increased sexual frequency and pleasure all over the internet. But what’s the actual cause?
According to Green State:
Your body’s natural endocannabinoid system is key in regulating things like pleasure, pain, relaxation, and homeostasis. When it is activated by the cannabinoids in cannabis, it can leave users feeling relaxed with increased pleasure and decreased pain.
This can lead to increased arousal and even make sex even more enjoyable. Cannabinoids, those magical compounds found within cannabis, have a variety of effects that can boost our moods and minds. When we are happier, we are also more prone to being arousal. You can do the math. Cannabis can be great for your bedroom boom. So get smokin’ and get busy!
Elevating Your Intimate Relationships
Marijuana can play a positive role in your relationships. Whether its stress-relief, being more open to new ideas, communication, having more shared experiences, or even more sex — the benefits are numerous.
It’s not going to solve all of your problems — but responsible marijuana use can be a great tool or outlet for your relationships this year! And if you’re single — stay strong my friend.
These traits will make your future relationship(s) that much better!
What do you think? Does marijuana play a positive role in your intimate relationships? Let us know in the comments section!