They’re dubbed “cannasexuals” — people who are using cannabis products, often the non-psychoactive styles, in the bedroom to enhance sexual pleasure.
Adam and Dounia, whose names have been changed to protect their anonymity, have been including cannabis in their sex lives for the last three years.
“Sometimes I use it to get rid of my anxiety in the bedroom,” Dounia told the BBC.
“One of my favorite products is actually non-psychoactive; it’s a spray I use on – and in – my lady parts. I feel a warmth and comfort down there that I wouldn’t without it.”
The term “cannasexuals” was coined by sex counsellor Ashley Manta, from California, who begun a sex therapy and education practice using cannabis in 2013.
She also teaches clients to focus on specific topics like oral sex, body confidence and dirty talk to keep things fresh in the bedroom.
“Essentially, it is about combining cannabis and sex mindfully,” she said.
“Choosing what products or strains you want to consume or apply to your body, in order to enhance pleasure and intimacy, and to increase comfort and confidence.”
Most people aren’t opting for psychoactive cannabis but, instead, are using cannabidiol to relax their muscles.
Feeling at ease in the bedroom is essential for a woman to reach orgasm, sex therapist Louise Mazanti told The Sun Online.
“I know that cannabis in itself can really help relax the nervous system, which is the gateway to experiencing pleasure,” she said.
“But applied topically is not something that is well known.
“If we are tense and anxious our body is in contraction and we are on alert, for women our ability to experience an orgasm depends on whether we feel safe enough to relax.
“In the moment of orgasm we shut down our vigilance, so if a woman is tense and monitoring a situation she won’t be able to relax into a natural orgasm.
“It would either be impossible or she will need a lot of stimulation and friction to be able to get there.”
If you are having trouble reaching heady heights Mazanti suggests taking things a bit slower and focusing on plenty of foreplay,
making sure there are no distractions when you’re getting down and dirty and focusing on your breathing to help you relax.
Although marijuana isn’t legal in the UK, products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are and can be bought from some shops on the high street.
In terms of the United States, CBD oil is not legal in every state however it is legal for medical usage in states like New York, according to Medium.
It is substances containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the stuff that gets you high – that are illegal.
Canada has just become the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis.
Last year the World Health Organization declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.
The problem with using cannabis oils on your private parts is that the effects haven’t been studied.
Some studies have linked smoking cannabis to erectile dysfunction, but directly applying cannabis products is somewhat of an unknown territory.
We don’t know how the vagina absorbs the substances, or even if it can.
That means controlling the dose is difficult and it’s almost impossible to tell if the substances are having a negative effect on your vaginal health.
Dr. Jen Gunter, a Canada-based gynecologist, said it’s hard to substantiate any claims about cannabis products used down there because there is limited research.
“Oral and mucosal delivery of THC is different from smoking.
Mucosal delivery (like vaginal suppositories or an oral spray) is a slower reveal to the brain than smoking,” she wrote on a blog on whether cannabis can ease period pain.”
“Vaginal THC and CBD could affect the vaginal ecosystem (the good bacteria). Again, untested. One study has linked marijuana use with colonization of the vagina with yeast.”
In other words, there is no telling how a cannabis product put on your vagina will affect your vaginal health.
Most gynecologists will tell you that using a product down there that isn’t specifically designed for a vagina can damage your levels of good bacteria and leave you at risk of infections.