In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the potential benefits of plant medicines like cannabis and psilocybin for various aspects of human life. One area that has garnered our attention is the potential enhancement of intimacy and sexual experiences. Our experience has shown these substances impact the brain by fostering emotional connections between participants and potentially creating new memory associations with sex and one's partner(s). We have encountered this scenario when couples and singles use psilocybin in a curated ceremony and can attest to their effectiveness from personal experience.
The two substances that we find that are most effective are cannabis and psilocybin. We choose them based on their effectiveness, application and the length/depth of the trip desired.
Cannabis: Cannabis contains various chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, which interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. The primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), affects the brain by binding to cannabinoid receptors. This interaction can lead to a range of effects, including relaxation, euphoria, heightened sensory perception, and increased arousal.
Psilocybin: Psilocybin, the active compound found in certain species of mushrooms, is classified as a psychedelic. When consumed, psilocybin is converted to psilocin, which binds to serotonin receptors in the brain. This interaction leads to altered perception, enhanced emotions, and changes in cognition.
Psilocybin has been found to have profound effects on consciousness and can induce a state of heightened emotional and sensory awareness. Some users report feelings of interconnectedness, empathy, and enhanced appreciation for their surroundings. We have found these altered states of consciousness create a unique opportunity for partners to connect on a deeper level during intimate moments, potentially resulting in a stronger emotional bond.
When it comes to sexual encounters, we have found that a small dose, 1-2 grams of dried mushrooms is a great starting point. The effect of psilocybin at this level enhances the experience by promoting relaxation, reducing anxiety and inhibitions, and intensifying sensations. It isn’t enough to start you tripping balls which would likely interfere with the sexual mood but sufficient for you to experience the effects. You will need to experiment on your own to find the level that works for you. We have found that the intimacy and connection are at their peak once the participant is in their trip's ‘comes down’ phase.
The effects of these two substances can contribute to a more enjoyable and satisfying sexual experience for some people. Think back to recall the best sex you’ve ever had. It was likely with someone you were really into and in a comfortable, safe and unique setting. Mushrooms can help you find that feeling as they amplify everything — both the good and the bad. So, a comfortable setting in which you’re safe and relaxed is essential
Is there a long lasting effect?
Formation of Neural Networks and Emotional Connections:
The effects of cannabis and psilocybin on the brain's neural networks are still being studied. However, research suggests that these substances can promote neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to form new connections and pathways. (Calder and Hasler - https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-022-01389-z)
It is possible that cannabis and psilocybin could contribute to the formation of new neural networks related to sexual experiences. The heightened states of relaxation, increased sensory perception, and emotional openness induced by these substances may create an environment that allows for the development of new associations and memories with sexual encounters and one's partner. This could potentially strengthen emotional connections and enhance the overall sexual experience.
However, it is important to note that individual experiences may vary, and not everyone may find cannabis or psilocybin beneficial for their sex life. Factors such as personal tolerance, dosage, set, and setting play significant roles in determining the effects of these substances on sexual experiences. It is also crucial to approach these substances responsibly and with informed consent from all involved parties.
Our experience has shown us that the use of plant medicines like cannabis and psilocybin has the potential to enhance intimacy and improve the effects of sexual encounters for some individuals. These substances can impact the brain by altering perception, enhancing sensations, promoting relaxation, and fostering emotional connections. While further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms and individual variations, it is clear that cannabis and psilocybin can create unique experiences that may contribute to a stronger emotional bond and potentially form new memory connections related to sex and one's partner. As with any substance, responsible use, informed consent, and open communication between partners are essential when exploring the potential benefits of these plant medicines.