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The Intersection of Sex and Psychedelics: Exploring the Connection



Sex and psychedelics have been topics of interest for decades, and their intersection has garnered even more attention in recent years. Many people have reported profound experiences with psychedelics that have impacted their sexuality and relationships in positive ways. This blog will explore the connection between sex and psychedelics, including the potential benefits and risks of combining the two.


Sexual desire and intimacy are complex experiences that involve physical, emotional, and psychological factors. Many people struggle with sexual issues, including low desire, performance anxiety, and relationship challenges. Couples therapy is often recommended for those who want to improve their sexual relationship and overcome these challenges.


However, some couples have found that psychedelics can be a powerful tool for enhancing sexual intimacy and connection. MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, has been used in clinical trials as a treatment for PTSD and has been shown to increase feelings of empathy and intimacy, making it easier to find resolution from past distressing events. Further, we do see research an increase of sexual desire, energy, + confidence that has contributed to sexual satisfaction. The Desire Project is one leading project in the pursuit of discovering how MDMA can help with women who struggle with low desire for sex.


Ketamine has also been used in clinical settings to treat depression, anxiety, + PTSD. At low doses, individuals reported to enhance sexual experiences by reducing inhibition, relieving emotional/physical pain, and increasing pleasure + feelings of lightness. It works differently than traditional antidepressants (working on the glutamate receptor), therefore, you don’t have the same sexual side effects as SSRIs that are characterized by: loss of sexual desire, difficulty with erections or orgasms.


Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been used for centuries in traditional spiritual practices and is currently being studied for its potential therapeutic benefits. Many individuals report feeling sexually activated by this substance, while others report a big NOPE. The reason for this isn’t clear by research. My assumption is that it may have more to do with the intention, practices used, + individuals tendencies towards wanting to be in their head/cognitive space to avoid being in their body. I’ve been collecting anecdotal data on individuals experiences in sex + psychedelics to learn more about what people are discovering for themselves. Check that out here.


Ayahuasca, a plant-based psychedelic, is also used in traditional shamanic practices and has gained popularity in recent years for its reported therapeutic and spiritual benefits. In this space, we can really learn about the erotic nature of the world we live in, as well as, discover how to source our own turn-on---without having to outsource it to a lover, or something outside of us. This is actually really empowering + important as we develop wholeness in our own selves to form healthy relationships with others. Check out my podcast interview with Rev Briana Lynn all on this topic. Tune into it here.


While Cannabis isn’t a traditional psychedelic, it’s properties are powerful in supporting individuals in sex. From the pain + inflammation relieving properties of CBD to the anxiety-relaxing properties of THC, the whole plant is an epic source for supporting us having better sex. The practice here needs to be approached with care + education, as every person has a different effect with different strands + doses. Be sure to check out my podcast episode with Ashley Manta about how cannabis can be a powerful tool in sex.


While some people report positive experiences with psychedelics and sexuality, it's important to note that there are risks associated with combining the two. Psychedelics can lower inhibitions and impair judgment, which could lead to risky sexual behavior or regretted sexual encounters. It's essential to approach the use of psychedelics with caution, respect, and intention.


The intersection of sex and psychedelics is a complex and fascinating topic that deserves further exploration. While psychedelics may have the potential to enhance sexual intimacy and connection, it's crucial to approach their use with caution and intention. If you're interested in exploring psychedelics in the context of your sexual relationship, it's essential to do so with the guidance of a qualified therapist or healthcare provider. I highly recommend checking out my guide to finding the right facilitator or program for sex, psychedelics, or plant medicine. This guide will provide you with valuable information and resources to help you make informed decisions and ensure that you have a safe and positive experience.


If you're fascinated by the intersection of sex, love, and psychedelics, you won't want to miss my upcoming Sex Love Psychedelics course. In this course, we'll delve into the ways in which psychedelics can enhance our sexual experiences and help us deepen our emotional intimacy with our partners. We'll also explore how psychedelics can improve our relationships and help us overcome sexual challenges.


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.

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