A International Historical past of Weeds and Intercourse


Colleen Fisher Tully February 13, 2020

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Whether smoked, ingested, introduced, or smeared all over, many cultures have used cannabis in connection with sex for thousands of years. While today's scientists (and therefore business owners) strive to add "aphrodisiac" to the many health benefits of cannabis, the results, though positive, remain inconclusive. Vancouver Island-based sex therapist Kim Switnicki suggests that the intentions set when consuming cannabis have a lot to do with whether sex will get better or not.

"If it works, great! But is it really cause and effect? Is it different from other intentions to look into each other's eyes? ", Ask her. "If you vape to have better sex, you already have an intention."

She says the same was true in ancient times when drugs and herbs were used in ceremonial rituals that ended up with sex. "Maybe there was something in the substance again, but the ritual aspect is similar to the intention."

What we do know is that people around the world have been mixing cannabis with carnal activity for millennia. Here are just a few examples of ancestral ceremony, sex and euphoria:

Ancient Rome

Priapus, the Greek god of the erect penis, "had a great influence on the Roman religion", writes David Hillman in Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (2014). To find the prophetic words of a dedicated Priapus priestess, men had to go through a cleaning process using a drug preparation called Satyrion – a mixture of snake venom, alcohol, ivy, and cannabis to create a hallucinogenic haze.

During the ritual, young Priapus priestesses tied the hands and legs of prophetic seekers – Hillman notes that they are unlikely to be raped – before rectally inserting a Satyrion-treated dildo. The result was a forced erection (also known as a priapic erection) and a stunning high. He writes: "These young, post-adolescent witches, who were themselves under the influence of drugs, were commissioned to recite oracles while using medical dildos to manually bring psychotic, violently upright initiates to orgasm."

At the same time, cannabis was also used to suppress sex in ancient Rome. The Greek physician and Roman army doctor Pedanius Dioscorides noted in his text De Materia Medica (About Medical Affairs, around 70 AD) that cannabis, which was used to make ropes, "also produced a juice that was used to treat ear pain and has been used to suppress sexual desire ”.


From around the second century, Tantrism entered both Hinduism and Buddhism and involved the ritual use of cannabis to raise people's levels of consciousness and find unity with one another. Tantric sex does not focus on pleasure or orgasm, but on a feeling of absolute unity with each other and with the universe as a whole.

In The Great Book of Hemp (1996) Rowan Robinson refers to the modern observations of the academic Ernest Abel: “The cannabis start to yoga sex would begin ninety minutes before sexual intercourse. With a bowl of bhang in front of them, the devotees sang the mantra om hrim – which calls the image of the goddess Kali, to whom sex is dedicated – and pleaded for occult power or siddhi. After several more mantras, the seekers drank the mixture and made ritual love relationships. "


Around 880 AD came the Viking Age and the northern deity Freya (also Freyja, Freyia and Freja), the goddess of love and fertility, who also protected flax and hemp fields. Although there is no mention of getting high per se, the Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs (2013) says that hemp fields were once a place for pagan and erotic rituals associated with sowing and harvesting this valuable crop. An example takes place in Switzerland, where the night before midsummer (the summer solstice at the end of June) unmarried girls rolled naked on the community's hemp field and weaved hemp leaves into wreaths before throwing them on the next tree: “The number often fell the wreath on the floor how many years the girl would remain unmarried. "

The authors Rätsch and Müller-Ebeling note that the local boys certainly knew when and where this marriage oracle took place, and it can be assumed that the young people found each other in the hemp. They also quote this old Germanic love charm: “Hemp, I sow you; Hemp, I harvest you, and the love of my heart will come behind me and harvest me. "

Medieval Europe

Ah, you old Inquisition. The mass persecution began seriously in 1484 and quickly spread across Europe and continued for centuries. Herbalists and healers of the time used cannabis for a number of diseases, including low libido, until Pope Innocente VIII. The use of hemp in rituals was banned and classified as heretical.

Another fear of the day was the so-called satanic mass or the witch's Sabbath: supposedly a nighttime event in which witches gathered, feasted and had blatant traffic while they were on a mixture of cannabis and available herbs such as opium and hemlock and belladonna.

While this sounds a bit like Scandinavia frolicking in hemp, Martin Booth in Cannabis, A History (2015) writes this cannabis mix “supposedly helped to drive the Satanists into an ecstatic madness, make them hungry, and act as one Aphrodisiac to prepare them for their orgies. If hemp seed oil was not used ritually, it was said to be a major ingredient in the "flying ointment" that witches "ride on their brooms" with.

On this flight ointment, researchers now believe that it was a real thing that was applied intravaginally via broomsticks for pleasure, pain relief, or probably both. Over the centuries, Booth wrote: "The continued use of [cannabis] as medicine and for magical purposes was well known, but only a few spoke openly about it for fear that their words might reach the Inquisitor's ear."


19th Century America

Sex on the first night of marriage is full of ceremonies and often full of fear. In 1851, "Doctor" Frederick C. Hollick published his lengthy text: The Marriage Guide; or natural history of the generation: a private tutor for married people and those who want to get married, both men and women.

Hollick's Handbook was basically a beginner's sex book and encouraged readers to write it for his patented aphrodisiac: a mixture of hashish that was readily available in American pharmacies at the time. Hollick was later exposed as a medical authority, but he had already made his fortune with over 200 reprints of his book with access to his sexy prescription, Booth said.

Soviet Union of the 20th century

Although cannabis was banned by the Soviet Union, a centuries-old recipe was still used in Uzbekistan in the 1930s to help young brides on their wedding night, according to Polish anthropologist Sula Benet. In Ethan Russo's cannabis treatments in obstetrics and gynecology (2002), he refers to Benet's research from the capital, Tashkent, in which cannabis, called nasha, was mixed with lamb fat and used vaginally “to relieve the pain of defloration” (and man would do it) hope to increase the pleasure). In the same area, Benet found that women also made a confectionery called Guc-Kand, a mixture of cooked cannabis with sugar and spices to put them in a “happy mood”.

Weeds and sex in modern times

Whether you want to communicate with the gods of lust or just want to improve your mortal sex life, Switnicki says cannabis can be a great tool for couples today. "The bottom line for me is that if cannabis use helps you feel more comfortable, if you engage in consensual sexual activity on your own terms, then go for it."

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Colleen Fisher Tully is a freelance writer and editor with current work in the areas of Clean Eating, Today & # 39; s Parent, The Walrus and Local Love. She posted random thoughts on Twitter @colleenftully