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Everything You Need to Know About Using Weed for Butt Play

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Weed has long had a special place in the bedroom, and for the first time, it’s possible to use a cannabis-based anal suppository for more relaxed and pleasurable butt play. This news may be a boon for people on various points of the sexual spectrum who may be open-minded but still hesitant about getting touched or penetrated back there. By taking things slow, I learned that anal sex doesn’t have to hurt. There can be some discomfort, but there can also be deep pleasure—the notion of using weed to help ease things sounds both helpful and intriguing.

It’s worth noting that a 2015 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that more than a third of female respondents (36.3 percent) said they had tried anal sex. For men, the Telegraph reported that stimulating the walnut-sized gland known as the prostate or P-spot potentially leads to “mind-blowing, leg-shaking, eye-rolling, neighbour-panicking pleasure.” The article itself was a call for guys to lighten up and let go of the stigmas surrounding butt stuff.

Sexual health and wellness company Foria gained popularity with Foria Pleasure, a cannabis-infused sexual lubricant for women meant to enhance sensations and induce longer, stronger, and even multiple orgasms. Foria’s new cannabis-based suppository is called Explore and designed for anal play; it releases 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD after being inserted into the anus, thus allowing the surrounding muscles and pelvic region to relax. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana with psychoactive qualities that give users a buzz. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, the compound in cannabis with anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities that doesn’t contribute to one’s buzz.

Within 15 to 20 minutes of insertion, Explore’s desired effects will begin, according to Ashley Manta, a cannabis sexual health educator. Because Explore is taken in suppository form instead of being inhaled or taken orally, the dose is absorbed with higher bioavailability, meaning that your body will get to feel the effects quicker.

“The effects will kick in after 15 to 20 minutes. How long Explore lasts depends on one’s tolerance,” Manta explains. “If you are a regular cannabis user like I am, it will be around an hour. Insert it, let it do it’s magic, then move to whatever kind of anal stimulation you’re looking for.” Foria does posit that users can have different experiences, noting: “Explore is known to produce little to no psychoactivity, however, psychoactive effects can vary based on the individual user.”

Before Explore was on the market, Manta says she used a DIY approach to make suppositories, and coconut oil was a key ingredient. She welcomes this new product because it incorporates cannabis: “CBD slows down electrical signaling to muscles, causing relaxation, thereby allowing Explore to reduce discomfort without numbing or desensitizing the anal area or surrounding tissues. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can go a long way for the person being penetrated (both during and after).”

Explore stands out from other anal products because it doesn’t numb the area. Numbing the area can be dangerous during butt play, since your body needs to send your brain signals of pain in case there’s serious harm. Manta explained, “People think ‘anal sex is going to hurt, so I need to just get through it.” But anal isn’t supposed to be painful if you do it right. “Anal sex should not hurt. If it hurts you are doing something wrong. You can feel discomfort without pain, and Explore helps alleviate discomfort. Then you also get anal pleasure because of the effects of the THC.”

Anal sex should not hurt. If it hurts you are doing something wrong.

Although not exactly sexy, Manta said that sex educators often evoke the imagery of a snail to emphasize that slowness is critical during butt play. “With anal the keys are: ton of lube and lots of breathing, along with going really, really slow,” she explained. “Snails go really slow and leave lots of goo. You want to go even more slowly than you think you should go.” Explore works because the area around your anus has a high number of mucus membranes, and absorption can happen because it’s a moist and wet environment, making the snail reference even more legit.

When asked if a finger or penis would feel pleasant vibes from Explore, Manta explained that since they don’t have mucus membranes, there would be little absorption. “The only thing you would notice is more ease with the muscles, and that your partner would probably be more receptive,” she explained.

Explore is marketed as a gay-friendly product, but anal play can be fun for people of every sexual orientation. Manta said she’s tried bringing up butt exploration to male partners in the past and found that some thought it a fraught topic—even though butts shouldn’t be so taboo.

“At the end of the day everyone has an ass. All asses are capable of producing pleasure,” she said. “Cis guys, trans and non binary folks have a prostate. There are so many stigmas about hetero guys receiving anal stimulation. When I ask guys about anal stimulation they gasp and tell me, ‘I’m not letting you put a finger in my ass!’ It doesn’t matter what’s giving you pleasure, it can just be what it is and be pleasure. Anal play doesn’t have to affect your sexual identity.”

We talked to an expert about the new cannabis-infused anal suppository.

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I’m Sophie Saint Thomas, and I’m a sex and cannabis writer, as well as a major fan of both. I’m also writing a book about cannabis and self-care, which you can pre-order here. Weed and sex have more in common than being two things you loved in high school but had to hide. If anything, the two are kindred spirits that can complement one another and lift you to new heights.

In my new column for MERRY JANE called “Stoned Sex,” I’ll be exploring the intersection of sex and sativas, intercourse and indicas, often through first-hand experience and interviews with experts. To start, I’ll be discussing how to put bud up your butt safely and effectively — but that’s just the tip. Stoned Sex will be running every other week, so make sure to stay tuned for the next dose.

I adore anal sex and cannabis, both together, and separate. I have since high school. While I commend myself on being honest about my desires at such a young age (although my classmates preferred the term “slut”), cannabis and sex were barely covered by our health teacher in any respect besides a vague “don’t do it.” I don’t think the instructor even mentioned anal. As a result, I did not engage in these holy delights in the healthiest manner during my youth.

When I was a teenager, anal sex was typically reserved for vacant bedrooms at drunken house parties. And, no, we didn’t use lube. At this phase in my life, my approach to smoking weed was just as sophomoric. Save the few times someone gathered enough chutzpah to visit the local head shop, my cannabis intake was aided by carved-out soda bottles with aluminum foil bowls jerry rigged to them. It turns out this isn’t so great for you.

Thankfully, though, I stayed true to myself and now — as a grown woman — I can enjoy cannabis and anal sex simultaneously, and also write about it. My goal today is to guide others who are curious about synergizing butts and bud, as well as suggest best practices for how the two can enhance one another.

Today, there are a myriad of cannabis companies — such as Foria and Velvet Swing — that sell pot products specifically crafted to enhance sex. Foria, for example, even makes cannabis suppositories designed for anal sex called Foria Explore. Each suppository contains 30mg of THC and 20mg of CBD. Despite the exciting 30mg of THC, the suppositories don’t spark a psychoactive effect in consumers; they just make anal sex more pleasurable by providing localized pain relief and fighting inflammation.

“You shouldn’t get high from an anal suppository because what happens is it bypasses the liver,” explained Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, a naturopath and master herbalist who specializes in medical cannabis. “You’re not going to get that effect, which is one of the reasons why people like suppositories. You can use larger quantities of the cannabinoids without that psychoactivity. You can use a lot of THC.”

This is a win for some. The first time I tried Foria Explore, I was by myself. After proper anal sex prep, I enjoyed masturbating with an entire seven-inch dildo up my bum (the silicone First Mate, available at Babeland, in case you’re wondering). I had a male partner at the time, but for whatever reason he acted salty about trying cannabis anal suppositories with me. This was a sure sign that he was not my soulmate, which is why I now have a beautiful girlfriend who is totally down to insert cannabis and other fun things into my butt.

Above, an image of Foria Explore via Foria’s website

For those curious about anal sex prep, basically, the rectum, unlike the vagina, is not self-lubricating. It also doesn’t expand as easily when penetrated, so to ensure an enjoyable — rather than painful — experience, you need to use lots of lube. Silicone lubes are often lauded for anal sex, as they are goopy and last longer than water-based ones. So if you’re having butt sex with a bio penis, silicone on. However, silicone can degrade silicone, so if you’re using a silicone toy, such as a butt plug or dildo, you’ll want a water-based lubricant. There are also lubes made with oils such as coconut oil, but oil-based lubes aren’t compatible with latex. If you’re using condoms, avoid them.

Next step: Even when you use plenty of lube, consider inserting a cannabis suppository after. Remember, you’ve got to get your butthole nice and ready, so start with fingers or a suppository, and then try a smaller anal toy before moving up to a dildo or dick. Anal sex can hurt sometimes, but thankfully Captain Cannabis is here to save the day. Foria does offer a hemp-based suppository option for those in non-legal states, but if you want the best pain relief, Dr. Jenkins suggests that you use some THC.

“Now, if you want to talk about the heightened sensitivity that makes the experience a little bit more pleasurable, you can [have that from hemp CBD],” Dr. Jenkins noted. “Maybe if it’s giving you that calming effect. If you’re calm, the pain is going to be less because you’re not going to tense up.”

Let’s be real, though: Most of us want the THC. And some of us, despite our love for pain-free anal sex, want a psychoactive effect that suppositories cannot provide.

“I felt like I was just leaking once the suppository dissolved. That, as any bottom can tell you, is a gross feeling,” said Zachary Zane, a sex writer and cannabis enthusiast. “Nothing that makes me feel sexy. I’m not opposed to trying one again, but I think I need to have lower expectations. At the moment, I’d much rather smoke a bowl and fuck. If it ain’t broke, don’t fit it. Ya know?”

Thankfully, as it turns out, you can use cannabis oil to make anal sex easier, and get high with your preferred method of intake at the same time. Just make sure to communicate with your partner and keep your head in the game.

If you’re an anal aficionado, you may be wondering if pain relief is a good thing. Why wouldn’t it be? Well, we experience pain for a reason; it’s our bodies telling us that something is wrong. It’s also why sex educators are against people using numbing lubes during anal sex. I asked Dr. Jenkins how a product like Foria Explore differs from numbing lubes you can buy at the pharmacy. She told me that it affects the entire body, rather than just numbing your butt. As a result, the product provides a more comfortable experience without reducing any sensation (if anything, sensation is actually heightened). “Since you’re able to take it in rectally, it exerts systemic effects,” Dr. Jenkins said. “It goes through your entire system by entering the rectal mucosa. So we have over 300 receptor sites that make up the endogenous endocannabinoid system.” I’ll puff to that.

If you have the ingredients (coconut oil, cannabis, and a double boiler) or a Levo, which infuses oils for you, you can make cannabis lube at home. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one and created a giant batch of cannabis-infused coconut oil. Then, after some responsible anal sex prep, my hot girlfriend fucked me in the butt with a strap-on dildo. Unlike in high school, this experience was fun, sexy, and actually made me come. As such, I fully encourage others to explore new ways to enjoy the cannabis plant, such as putting some up your ass. It will make anal sex more pleasurable, and weed more interesting. What’s not to like about that?

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In our new column, writer Sophie Saint Thomas will be exploring the intersection of sex and sativas, intercourse and indicas. To start, how can you enhance anal sex with weed?