Psychedelics have been used for centuries to achieve altered states of consciousness and gain deeper insights into the self. In recent years, their potential benefits in the realm of sexual exploration have gained attention. Some proponents argue that psychedelics can enhance sexual desire, increase intimacy, and even improve couples therapy outcomes. However, like any powerful tool, psychedelics also carry risks that should not be ignored.
First, let's explore the potential benefits of using psychedelics in sexual exploration. One of the most commonly reported effects of psychedelics is a heightened sense of empathy and emotional openness. This can lead to increased intimacy and deeper connections between partners. Some users also report increased sexual desire and a greater sense of sexual pleasure during psychedelic experiences. Many of the psychedelics have an effect on the energy in the body, looseness of the limbs, increase of blood circulation + activation of the nervous system that allow for more fluidity of movement + more ease in finding rhythm. This makes syncing up with the rhythm of music or rhythm of your partner easier + more pleasurable.
In addition to these subjective experiences, there is some scientific evidence to support the use of psychedelics in couples therapy. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that MDMA-assisted therapy significantly improved outcomes for couples with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The authors suggest that the increased emotional openness and empathy induced by the drug may have facilitated communication and healing within the couples. When it comes to topics around sex, this makes it easier for individuals to express their needs, their fears, + even their desires + fantasies that might otherwise be difficult to share either because of fear or the inability to identify what it is they want.
However, it's important to note that the use of psychedelics in sexual exploration is not without risks. One potential danger is the possibility of experiencing a "bad trip" or a difficult psychological reaction to the drug. This can include intense fear, anxiety, and confusion, which can be exacerbated by the vulnerability and emotional intensity of sexual exploration. Similarly, when in altered states of consciousness, the concept of consent is skewed. The threshold of what we can tolerate increases, both physically + mentally/emotionally, so we are more likely to say “yes” to things that we might not say yes to if we were sober. It’s important to have the parameters of our “yes” + “no” established before we take any sort of psychedelic substance.
There is also a risk of physical harm, particularly when using synthetic or unknown substances. Psychedelics can cause changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, which can be dangerous for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. In addition, the long-term effects of psychedelic use on the brain and body are not yet fully understood.
Finally, it's important to consider the legal and social implications of using psychedelics in sexual exploration. In most countries, these substances are illegal and possession can result in criminal charges. Even in areas where they are legal, there may be social stigma or disapproval associated with their use. Be sure to do the research in your own area + country to find out the legal status of psychedelics + cannabis in your area.
The use of psychedelics in sexual exploration can offer potential benefits such as increased intimacy and improved couples therapy outcomes. However, it's important to weigh these potential benefits against the risks of experiencing a difficult psychological reaction or physical harm. Additionally, it's important to consider the legal and social implications of using these substances. Individuals interested in exploring psychedelics in a sexual context should carefully research the substance they plan to use, consult with a medical professional, and consider seeking guidance from experienced practitioners or therapists.
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Also, I'm excited to announce my upcoming Sex Love Psychedelics course. This course will provide a comprehensive guide to exploring the intersection of psychedelics and sexuality, with a focus on enhancing pleasure, promoting intimacy, and staying safe.
Disclaimer: This class is for educational purposes only. We are not providing health advice or recommendations that you engage in illegal activity. This is not intended to provide psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, psychotherapy, psychedelic substances, referrals, or medical advice. Ingesting psychedelic compounds is never completely safe. Adverse effects can occur from ingesting psychedelic drugs, including PTSD or seizures. Please discuss with your medical provider about health fit + any medications that might interfere. These medicines are not safe for all consumers. We are providing harm reduction information to seekers interested in safely working with it. We do not advocate for, endorse, or intend for this report to be used to violate federal law.