Sex On a Macrodose: What to Know

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Microdosing, or taking small amounts of cannabis, is all the rage. But for some people, such as myself, whether they're medical marijuana patients or simply after a different experience, opt for macrodosing. A standard dose of cannabis is around 10 mg of THC, so a macrodose is upwards of 50 mg or 100 mg. It's not unusual for some medical patients to take as much as 100 mg of THC, an amount that would produce heavy psychedelic effects. So what the hell is it like to have sex on that much weed? Keep reading. 

How can cannabis improve sex?

Before we enter the trippy bedsheets of sex on a macrodose, let's review why people use cannabis for sex in general. Physically, cannabis can increase blood flow, mainly when applied to the vulva as a topical. This can make sex less painful and heighten arousal. It's also why using a CBD topical to give your partner a sensual massage not only sets the mood but reduces inflammation and muscle pain

In addition to the physical benefits, cannabis can reduce anxiety which can get in the way of being present in the moment. "Cannabis is widely used, clinically and recreationally, to calm anxiety," says clinical sexologist Dr. Kyle Zrenchik, Ph.D. When people are anxious, they are activating areas of their brain and body that are incongruous with arousal. In simpler terms, one cannot be horny and anxious at the same time. “If there is ever a time that you want to be calm, focused, and functioning well, it's during sex." 

Cannabis, in particular, THC, also can comfortably lower your inhibitions. As a result, you may feel more open to new experiences. "There are many benefits of cannabis in sexual health; one is that it decreases inhibition and helps libido and communication. If participants are not comfortable with their partner, paranoia can interfere, and dissonance may feel a bit stronger. However, with a strong relationship, intimacy is encouraged and enhanced," says Dr. Lynn Parodneck, the medical advisor for TribeTokes.

For instance, a role-playing scene that seemed daunting may feel fun and accessible. Like, hell yeah, I can put on a schoolgirl outfit tonight! In addition to adventure, cannabis has long been associated with love. Having sex stoned can open up your heart and help you connect with your partner, and heighten your intimacy. "Two lovers consuming cannabis together may share more laughs, engage in easier conversation, and find their bodies primed to engage in more satisfying sex. Small studies have also found that regular cannabis use is correlated to more frequent sex," says Dr. Zrenchik. 

What is stoned sex on a macrodose like?

When I have sex after consuming 50mg of THC, the sex almost activates the cannabis. I only sleep with my live-in partner, who is quite aware of my relationship with cannabis, so I feel safe and know I can speak up if I ever feel uncomfortable. While there are a few times when the high was distracting, primarily on a macrodose, I feel hyper-connected to my partner, almost like we have a psychic sexual connection. I am mindful, fully present in the moment, and tuned into his desires, expressions, and pleasure. Orgasms come easier to me, the sex is more exciting, and, as a result, we grow closer. But don't just take it from me. 

"Macro-dosing weed for sex doesn't render you incoherent or unable to consent. It does lower your inhibitions in the best way possible. For me, it's also always nice to have a comfy place to play and explore, with the bed being the most obvious place. But, I do encourage nice sheets and lots of pillows. When you're having high sex, your skin feels everything and fresh cotton is a gift that keeps giving," says cannabis equity advocate, CEO, and co-founder of Community Gardens Raeven Duckett-Robinson.  

What safety precautions should you follow before having sex on a macrodose?

As Duckett-Robinson points out, while you can consent to sex on a macrodose, anything can affect your ability to give consent, which is why it's crucial to have an open line of communication with your partner. Let them know precisely what you took and how much, and create a safe word so that you can stop at any time. "When macrodosing to psychedelic levels, the consumer must be comfortable with being very high, as well as dealing with their partner during this experience. With that said, communication and a feeling of safety are essential," says Dr. Parodneck. 

The most important thing to avoid a negative experience is taking too much, which is why it's crucial to understand your tolerance. While I have access to carefully dosed cannabis capsules from a medical dispensary, often, especially in places where legal weed is unavailable, edibles can be unreliably dosed. Even inhalation methods, such as smoking or vaping, can provide a vastly different experience depending on the type of cannabis that you're using. We understand now that cannabis is far more diverse than Indica versus Sativa. Various strains have different potency and effects based on where and how they are grown, in addition to genetics. The only safe way to enjoy sex on a macrodose would be to start low and go slow. 

Once you're comfortable with sex at a low dose, you can start adding more to the equation. Because, as the saying goes, you can always take more, but you can't take less. But once you nail your tolerance point, split a 100mg gummy with your partner and enjoy the astounding visuals of a pastel paradise that occur when you come simultaneously. 

Sophie Saint Thomas is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn originally from the US Virgin Islands. Her writing is published in GQ, Playboy, VICE, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire, and more.