More couples are enjoying a casual joint, vape, or cannabis-infused edible than ever before. Why? Because recreational cannabis legalization has swept across 15 U.S. states, and medical cannabis legalization has been enacted in 36 states.
The industry is also starting to take off elsewhere around the world. Since Sativa and Indica flower use is growing among adults aged 50 and above in the 21st century, it’s safe to say that many couples who are married or living together are becoming accustomed to the plant’s bonding qualities.
Not only is cannabis, the fastest-growing industry in America, but studies have shown that domestic violence may even be reduced in couples that smoke weed together. This was proven by the University of Buffalo social psychologist Maria Testa who, along with colleagues, recently explored instances of cannabis use and intimacy events in 183 married or cohabitating heterosexual couples.
Based on the results – which were recorded in real-time using a smartphone and published in the August edition of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors online – “intimacy events” that demonstrated caring, supportive, and loving feelings/behaviors increased after one month of consumption.
“We found robust support for these positive effects within two hours of when couples use marijuana together or in the presence of their partner,” says Testa, who noted that all couples had been living together for six months or more and one partner (at least) was using the plant a minimum of twice weekly.
Let’s find out some of the top ways in which you can consume cannabis to help strengthen your relationship:
- Put the Spark Back into Your Sex Life – Why not use it as a herbal aphrodisiac? This is a traditional method that has been tested out for centuries. In 2017, researchers published results from the National Survey of Family Growth in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. A link was established between self-reported cannabis consumption frequency and the amount of times couples engaged in intercourse. The results showed that monthly, weekly, and daily users had more sex than non-smokers!
- Ease Stress and Avoid Dramas – Being in a serious relationship is a blessing. After all, it is an opportunity to experience love, trust, and comfort with someone who you consider to be your best friend. Nonetheless, certain obstacles must be overcome to prevent the cracks from showing. From learning how to manage the stresses associated with affording bills to putting up with each other’s bad habits, relationships can take their toll if you don’t know how to relax. Thankfully, a Washington State University study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders revealed that inhaling cannabis can drastically reduce anxiety, stress, and depression.
- Enjoy a Fit of Giggles Together – Studies have confirmed that cannabis invigorates blood flow levels in the right frontal and the left temporal lobes — segments of the brain that are related to laughter. Since the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can spark plenty of activity in these cortical regions, you and your partner could discover that laughter is a strong medicine when you consume THC-rich strains. Furthermore, laughter is known to enhance mood, reduce pain, shield the brain from stress, and bolster the immune system.
- Admire Beautiful Views with a Joint – According to experts, admiring scenes of nature “reduces anger, fear, and stress, and increases pleasant feelings.” Moreover, basking in the beauty of nature has the potential to increase our feelings of connectedness and soothe and heal the mind. With that being said, why not surprise your partner with a trip to one of the many touristic cannabis hotspots across the United States, such as California, Colorado, Oregon, or Vermont?
- Feast on Dinner for Two When You Get the Munchies – Did you know that certain foods contain mood-altering chemicals? With cannabis being famed for its ability to ignite the appetite, you and your partner can take advantage of having the munchies.Try partnering your weed pen or weed with foods that are high in serotonin, such as pineapples, salmon, turkey, nuts, cheese, tofu, or eggs. Foods like shrimp, potatoes, spinach, broccoli, berries, cocoa, and soy can also aid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) production — often referred to as “nature’s Valium.”
Remember that you cannot love someone until you love yourself first! With that being said, it’s worth considering the spiritually-enhancing benefits of using cannabis, which could essentially help your relationship to reach new depths. As a natural anxiolytic, not only will cannabis help to rid the mind of unnecessary clutter, but also, it could encourage honest sharing with your partner and a deeper connection with your higher self.
Perhaps the best part about using cannabis as a tool for relationship growth is that there are many different Indica flower and Sativa flower strains to choose from. Since the plant harbors more than 100 unique cannabinoids – naturally-occurring chemical compounds that are exclusive to cannabis – there are plenty of ways to experiment when introducing cannabis into your love life.
People who don’t like to experience intense feelings of psychoactivity may want to try low-THC Sativa strains. Conversely, CBD-rich products may help to relieve insomnia, treat pain, and address anxiety issues. Some other lesser-known cannabinoids include CBG, CBN, and CBC. While existing studies are limited, widespread acceptance of the plant is stimulating scientific research.
Note: Always consult with your doctor before trying cannabis for the first time, especially if you have a pre-existing condition or are using alternative medication(s).