“We’re extraterrestrial,” I muse as his lips touch my skin. Smoke rings swirl around the room mimicking the sixth planet from the sun. Weightless and whimpering, I close my eyes to spy flashes of light like a universe of glittery trichomes. A sweet and pungent musk fills my lungs. Hints of citrus mingle with my subconscious, triggering fits of sensuous giggles. Everything’s electric. Touch is ecstatic. Kisses are shooting stars. I can’t escape his gravitational pull. I don’t want to, either. Oysters and champagne can’t hold a candle to this sun-grown, organic cannabis ... the cosmic key that unlocks libidinous secrets.

In my experience, few things complement each other as well as sex and cannabis. Note that I live in a state where recreational use is legal. Several other states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes as well. (Getting arrested isn't sexy.) But, if you can get it, here are 7 ways that cannabis can improve your sex life.

Strengthens Bonds

Did you know the bonding hormone, oxytocin, is released after having sex and after consuming cannabis? THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the many chemical compounds found inside the plant’s resin glands, triggers the release. This explains why post-coital cuddles feel so incredibly amazing. I’m hooked on them.

Relieves Tension

When I consume cannabis, it’s as if my body takes a big sigh. This is especially true when I pack a bowl with strains high in CBD (cannabidiol), a cannabinoid known for having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and muscle relaxant properties with minimal psychoactive effects. Deep breaths and long stretches in conjunction with this plant medicine melts the day’s stresses away, allowing me to focus my attention on being in the moment with my partner.

Enhances Mood

When I need a pick-me-up, I choose a bud high in the energy inducing terpene pinene. If I’m blue, I choose cannabis high in uplifting limonene. If I want to feel a blanket of sedation, I choose cannabis high in myrcene. Terpenes are compounds that make up the essential oils found in all plants. They are largely responsible for aroma and also correlate to many physiological effects, including the type of high you feel. Next time you’re feeling low on energy yet still want to pounce, toke a cannabis varietal high in uplifting terpenes, like Golden Pineapple or Super Silver Haze.

Stimulates Silliness

Don’t be afraid to laugh when you feel pleasure. One of my favorite things about getting stoned is the inevitable case of the giggles. There’s no reason to turn this off because you’re feeling sensual. Sex can be both serious and silly. While moaning is sexy, laughing can be even sexier. I’m at my best when I embrace the inane.

Inspires Adventure

Try a cannabis-infused lubricant or massage lotion. Nibble on a dark chocolate truffle crafted with full extract cannabis oil. Delectable edibles and tinctures are readily available and come in infinite combinations of flavors, strains, and cannabinoid ratios. Did you know that eating cannabis creates a body buzz, leading to a more profound orgasmic experience? It’s a brave new world full of adventurous ways to consume cannabis. Enjoy experimenting.

Elevates Creativity

Creativity is spurred by divergent thinking, the ability to view the world through different lenses in a way we’ve never seen it before. These thoughts are stimulated by the frontal lobe of the brain. Cannabis is known to increase blood flow to the frontal lobe. I notice when I change my perception, interesting things begin to happen. Fantasies take unexpected turns. I discover new positions or come up with innovative tongue techniques to tickle my partner’s fancy.

Heightens Sensations

When consuming cannabis, touch becomes sensitive, colors are brighter, sounds are bolder, smells are more robust as taste is enhanced, time stretches and patterns emerge. Don’t be surprised if your orgasms are more intense as well. Put on your steamiest playlist and your favorite fragrance. Trace your partner’s freckles with your fingertips or tongue. Break out the ice cubes and hot wax. Since every sense is amplified, I find it helpful to be gentle and deliberate with every move as you flow through the motions of making love.

A Final Word: Mindfulness and Moderation

Before you blaze, remember moderation is mandatory; too much too soon may result in anxiety, lack of motivation, or sedation. Remember, one hit goes a long way. Micro-dosing with a vaporizer will allow more control over the effects. You want this experience to be out of this world, so be mindful.