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The best strains for arousal, according to cannabis and sex experts

It’s no secret that a dash of weed will spice things up in the bedroom. In recent years, the legal market’s been awash with topicals, suppositories, and tinctures aimed at doing just that. But while these products are great — and work very, very well — puffing on a pre-roll or taking a bong hit of some spicy flower can be just as effective when it’s time to get down.

However booming the canna-sexual market may be, it seems to be devoid of any smokable sex aids. While something is working with smoking pot before (or even during) a sexual experience, there is little data on what kind of flower lends itself best to enhance sexual pleasure.

When it comes to sex and using flower, are there strains that specifically heighten arousal? Or, when it comes to sex, is all weed created equal? Is there such a thing as a “viagra strain” to kickstart your sex life?

So many strains claiming to enhance female arousal and male arousal with names like Atomic Northern Lights and/or high-THC content that claim to be “sure things” can be intimidating, confusing, and just downright mood-killing when they don’t work. Or, worse, make you get in your own head.

This kind of journey is personal, intimate, and determined by how the plant’s chemical makeup of terpenes and cannabinoids react with your individual endocannabinoid system, as well as how you react with your surroundings, so we spoke to some of the experts behind the canna-sexual uprising that’s rocking the weed world and bedrooms alike.

While there’s no single strain that’s guaranteed to get your engines going, here are a few of their favorites.

Mimosa

“There is no such thing as the perfect strain for all. yet,” explains cannabis expert Jaron Gladstone, co-founder of CBCeuticals. “Think of shopping for condoms or toys. Often, you will find a variety of shapes and sizes to appease everyone’s interests. This tends to be — in part — due to the nature of our bodies each being psychologically and mentally unique. Answering the question of what cannabis strain is best is relative to what you like, what you need, and what the situation calls for.”

While Gladstone’s personal go-tos are Tangie, Original Glue, and Bruce Banner, his favorite is Mimosa, a cross between Purple Punch and Clementine with high levels of the terpene limonene, known for its bright and uplifting effects, and myrcene, known for promoting calm and relaxation.

“Mimosa is the crown jewel, if you can find it,” he raved. “Think of the Mimosa as doing spin art during Sunday brunch. It throws in a little energy, a little pep in your step, and takes all worries away, leaving you happy-go-lucky, euphoric, and free from anxiety.”

Strawberry Cough

For Joe Vela, co-founder and CEO of Emojibator, a shame-free, accessible pleasure-tech brand debuting a CBD pleasure activator later this year, it’s all about Strawberry Cough.

“I keep a steady supply of sativas and sativa-hybrids,” said Vela. “My go-to strain for arousal is Strawberry Cough. In addition to the sensual smell and taste of berry, this strain gives me creative energy and full-body relaxation.”

Strawberry Cough is a sweet, potent strain known for its heady high and hard, cough-provoking smoke. With a terpene profile high in caryophyllene and limonene with a dash of linalool, it produces a shimmering, euphoric high that is at once uplifting, relaxing, and perfect for getting freaky.

Trainwreck

High in euphoria-inducing myrcene, uplifting pinene, and sedating terpinolene, Trainwreck is a fabulous strain for foreplay and beyond, according to our sex experts. While it hit its peak popularity about a decade ago, that doesn’t stop Laura Eisman and Allison Krongard, CEOs and co-founders of Her Highness, a brand of glamourous cannabis accessories, from enjoying Trainwreck’s hard-hitting cerebral high, surging euphoria, and creativity.

“My absolute favorite strain for sex is Trainwreck,” said Eisman. “I love it in any form. Nothing is sexier than slowly smoking a Trainwreck preroll. It makes me feel completely euphoric. I get lost in the experience and every sensation is intensified.”

Krongard adds, “Personally, the best pre-sex strain for me is whichever one I have available. Getting high before sex makes it better for me, and all strains deliver. However, if I had to pick just one or two notable pre-sex standouts, they would be Trainwreck and Red Congolese.”

Granddaddy Purple

“I think, more than focusing on strains, something to think about, ask about, and look into is terpenes and cannabinoids,” said Anne Louise Burdett, co-Founder & CEO of TOCA, an organic CBD line of intimacy lubricants. “Different strains have different terpene and cannabinoid profiles which is what makes them unique, and if you know what you’re looking for, you can try out all kinds of different combinations.”

She continued, “When it comes to terpenes, for example, if you want to be clear and focused, look to pinene. If you are wanting something more relaxed and sedating, myrcene or linalool, with limonene being more euphoric, creative. As far as cannabinoids, CBN is a major chemical that makes people feel kind of sleepy and dull, so likely best to avoid. THC is fantastic for pain relief and heightened sensation, and THCV is more stimulating. So overall, it’s a pretty idiosyncratic choice, depending on what you need to get aroused and how you like to feel.”

That said, her recent go-to has been Granddaddy Purple (or GDP), an indica-growing cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud that is high in relaxing myrcene, anxiety-curbing caryophyllene, and uplifting pinene. “Grandaddy Purple is currently the strain I use the most because I have very full days … a pretty regular obstacle to sex is the task of slowing down my brain and getting present and relaxed in my body at the end of the day. Grandaddy Purple is perfect for a longer, more languid experience. A sensual, relaxed time.”

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel, one of the most popular strains in existence, is a sativa-growing plant that took over in the 90s. This cross between ChemDog 91 and Super Skunk was cultivated by grower AJ Sour Diesel and launched a ton of beef between growers in the weed world at the time due to its diesel-y aroma and general prowess as the ultimate 90s dank. High in uplifting limonene, peppery caryophyllene, and fruity, relaxing myrcene, Sour Diesel made two of our expert’s lists, including Anne Louise Burdett above.

Daniel Saynt, Founder & Chief Conspirator of The New Society for Wellness (NSFW), a private members club for the adventurous, agreed. “My choice strains for great sex are Sour Diesel, Afgan Goo, Blue Cheese, and Voodoo.”

Saynt continued, “Just think about the experience you’re about to have and try to match the strain that best fits. If you’re looking for a Barry Manalo style, long and romantic sex experience consider going with an indica-based weed like Bubblegum Kush. Try other indica strains if you want to stretch out your sexual experience with more touch and massage, as these strains make that action feel amazing. If you’re looking for wild and crazy sex making, go for a sativa or hybrid-based strain like Sour Diesel or Jillybean. Both are great for getting the juices going and raising arousal.”

“It’s not about getting insanely high when you’re mixing weed and sex. It’s about enhancing the experience, not overpowering it … much like great sex, it’s better to start slow and build up.”

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We spoke to some of the experts behind the canna-sexual uprising that's rocking the weed world and bedrooms alike to find out which strains to try.

Top 7 Zambeza Strains For Euphoria

Published : Sep 4, 2019
Categories : Strain information

Although most strains cause a positive shift in mood, some cultivars bear the perfect balance of phytochemicals to support euphoria. We’re not talking about a slight boost in optimism or giggle fits here; euphoria is defined as a state of intense excitement and happiness. Not every strain is capable of bringing about this cognitive state, but the following 5 varieties are known for their euphoric potential. Embrace pure enjoyment.

Cannabis makes people happy. The archetypical stoner is depicted with red eyes, snacks in hand, and a massive smile across their face. Smoking weed leads to increased levels of dopamine in the synapses, a neurotransmitter associated with good mood, pleasure, and reward. Every strain that contains substantial levels of THC creates this effect to varying degrees. The cannabinoid binds to CB1 receptors and initiates a chemical cascade that results in dopamine release. It’s rare for cannabis to cause an immediate reduction in mood. That is assuming, of course, that you understand the basics of dosage and your own tolerance.

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

As well as being the title of a hit stoner comedy flick, Pineapple Express is the name given to the indica-dominant progeny of strains Pineapple and Lemon Kush. This breeding project was destined to produce an offspring that ramps up mood and prompts dopamine neurons to fire. Both Pineapple and Lemon Kush are delicious hybrids famed for their uplifting and energetic effects. Pineapple Express toes the family line with accuracy and provides a stoning, laid-back body high. A THC level of 19% ensures a pronounced effect that just falls short of being overwhelming.

If you’re planning on growing this zesty cultivar, you’ll be pleased to know she has a relatively brief flowering time of 55 days. She’s a good candidate for small indoor growing operations, where she can be kept at 100cm using pruning and low stress training. Expect a harvest of between 500–550g/m². If you have the luxury of a garden, plants will flourish to 170cm and produce a harvest of 450–550g/plant.

NYC DIESEL

Winter blues got you feeling low year after year? Work stress killing your vibe? Then take a walk into the woods and bring a joint of NYC Diesel along with you. This sativa-dominant lady instantly elevates the mood and opens the heart. This clear-headed high is perfect for a solo hike to shed anxiety and consider the bigger picture. NYC Diesel swiftly tames rumination and makes you realise that most of your worries are scarier in your head than they are in real life.

NYC Diesel is a combination of Diesel, Hawaiian, Shiva, and Northern Lights genetics. She produces thick and tall buds that bear a THC content of 19%, enough to hit that sweet spot between being fired up and too high to step out the door. Plants display a tall sativa growth pattern and feature a flowering time of 65 days. Specimens confined to grow rooms provide a yield of up to 500g/m² and peak at a height of 150cm. Outdoor plants raised in beds or containers soar to 190cm and produce a maximum yield of 650g/plant.

LEMON KUSH

Lemon Kush boasts all the features it takes to enhance mood: an indica-dominant high, refreshing fruity taste, and stellar genetics. This strain is a comfort blanket in the metaphorical and literal sense. It’s a remedy for low mood and depression, both of which it blasts with shining rays of euphoria. Its physical high, on the other hand, makes the body feel as though it’s been wrapped in a warm, weighted blanket. These pleasant effects are augmented by a spicy and citrusy flavour that invigorates the mind.

The soothing high and complex tastes of Lemon Kush are derived from parent strains Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Pakistani Kush. Although indica-dominant, she typically exhibits a more sativa-like growth pattern. Indoor plants can reach 130cm before the end of the grow cycle, yielding around 450–500g/m². Outdoor plants soar to a height of 230cm and produce bounties of 550g/plant.

GREEN AK XL

Green AK XL is a strain of international origins. Her euphoric effects stem from a lineage of landrace specimens from Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, and Thailand. Taking a hit of these flowers will send the weight tumbling off your shoulders and make it hard to resist smiling. A THC content of 19% activates CB1 receptors to phenomenal effect, bathing the brain in a feeling of wonderment. Strong notes of spice, fruit, and pine make Green AK XL a fine addition to edibles.

Green AK XL grows well indoors and outdoors, but thrives in the comfort of a grow room. Here, she maintains a short height of around 110cm and produces up to 750g/m². Outdoors, this strain grows to a greater height of up to 180cm and yields up to 650g/plant.

WHITE WIDOW XL

White Widow XL combines legendary genetics with rewarding yields. The original White Widow is a firm cannabis classic, earning multiple awards for her great taste and euphoric high. She was selectively bred with the strain ICE to increase her productivity and maximise resin content. The result is an uplifting indica-dominant hybrid that soothes the body and creates a surge in appetite. She’s the strain of choice for the evenings. A few tokes is enough to set you up for some undisturbed and restorative sleep.

White Widow XL is a different animal depending on where she’s grown. Indoor plants only reach 60–90cm, but produce an impressive yield of 600g/m². But it’s outdoors where this strain reaches her full potential. She soars to a height of 200cm and produces a mammoth harvest of up to 600g/plant.

SKUNK

Skunk is another timeless classic whose name has seeped into every corner of the cannabis world. This invigorating sativa-dominant variety is the culmination of Afghan, Mexican, and Colombian landraces. Growers have utilised her stable genetics and desirable traits for decades to breed other world-renowned strains into existence. Despite a seemingly average THC content of 17%, her effects are still very apparent, producing a euphoric and sociable high.

The genetic stability of this strain means she can handle varying conditions, and phenotypes emerge with a high level of uniformity. Plants grown indoors easily pump out 600g/m² and top out at 110cm. Those cultivated outdoors grow to a taller height of 200cm and yield up to 650g/plant.

AMNESIA HAZE XL

There’s no denying that Amnesia Haze XL plunges users into a happy state of mind. High levels of THC blast open the floodgates to an ecstatic state of being. All the while, good levels of CBD prevent the high from becoming too overwhelming. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, cold, and miserable, Amnesia Haze XL will put you in a good mood that’s bulletproof.

This beast is the product of Amnesia, Super Skunk, and Super Silver Haze. She’s reliable and performs exceptionally well in pretty much any environment. Indoors, she reaches a height of 130cm and yields up to 600g/m². Outdoors, plants can reach 200cm, but are capable of churning out a heavy haul of 700g/plant.

Most cannabis strains can boost your mood, but only some are able to induce pure euphoria. Check them out here!