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Mixing pot and sex? Make communication a priority, says sexologist

When it comes to cannabis and sex, communication is key, a sexologist says.

Sexologist Carlen Costa suggests take it slow if incorporating cannabis in an intimate relationship

Relationship psychotherapist and sexologist Carlen Costa says communication is key when introducing cannabis during sex and suggests to start slow. (Shuttershock)
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Originally published on October 18, 2018.

When it comes to cannabis and sex, communication is key, a sexologist says.

Carlen Costa, who is also a relationship psychotherapist, advises couples who may already use pot or who are now introducing cannabis in their intimate relationship, to take it slow and always talk.

"Communication is the key to a really positive relationship," Costa told The Current's guest host Piya Chattopadhyay.

"Talk about how it helps you, how it supports you and how it will help increase your desire, pleasure and arousability."

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers unveiled a link between marijuana and the frequency of sexual intercourse in a 2017 study, indicating frequent marijuana users have about 20 per cent more sex than those who don't smoke pot. The study's senior author, however, cautioned that it should not be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.

To discuss the highs and lows of mixing pot with sex, Chattopadhyay spoke to:

  • Jonathan Bertram, an addiction physician at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  • Darren Roberts, the CEO and co founder of High There, a dating app known as the Tinder for tokers.
  • Carlen Costa, a sexologist and relationship psychotherapist.

Listen to the full discussion near the top of this page.


With files from Reuters. Produced by Danielle Carr.

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