The Best Cannabis Podcasts to Get High To

Podcasts have gained popularity in recent times, and they offer a fresh way to get your daily fix of cannabis-related content. Whether on your daily commute, working in the garden, out for a run, or simply smoking a bowl, a good podcast can be a great companion.

As long-format content is concerned, podcasts offer a level of versatility that video and print cannot. This gives podcasts a leg up for potentially tedious and time-consuming hands-on activities–especially trimming your cannabis harvest or pruning the plants.

Even better, podcasts have become a safe space for people wishing to share news and information, or to discuss topics pertaining to all things cannabis. There are so many wonderful creatives in the cannabis space who take advantage of this medium to deliver exciting content.

Below are a few cannabis podcasts worth listening to.

Be sure to also check out Leafly’s podcasts:

  • What Are You Smoking, where Leafly’s cannabis experts interview folks from all corners of the cannabis industry, every Wednesday
  • Every Friday, The Roll-Up will keep you up-to-date on the week’s top cannabis news
  • The Hash, top-shelf journalism that tracks cannabis’ cross into the mainstream, every Tuesday
  • For our Canadian listeners, The High Life discusses the legal rollout in the country and the challenges it faces

‘Great Moments in Weed History w/ Abdullah Saeed and David Bienenstock’

For the perfect blend of education and entertainment, look no further than Great Moments in Weed History w/ Abdullah and Bean. You may be familiar with Abdullah Saeed from his extensive media career as a cannabis producer, writer, actor, and host for such works as Bong Appetit and HBO’s High Maintenance.

David Bienenstock authored How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High, and has an extensive career in cannabis journalism as the former head of content for High Times, a former host and producer for VICE media, and as a regular contributor here at Leafly.

Together, Abdullah and David tell stories of the history and important figures of cannabis. If you want to hear a fun introduction to the Dutch cannabis boom or how Willie Nelson became an industry icon, Abdulluh and David are here to tell the story.

In particular, episode 7 features a history lesson on the origin of 4/20 and how a simple treasure map led to an unofficial international cannabis holiday.

“Great Moments in Weed History” wrapped up season 1 in 2018, but you can still find all 12 episodes on Soundcloud, iTunes, Android, Spotify, and Facebook.

‘The Grow Show With Kyle Kushman’

Cannabis cultivators will love this podcast hosted by the esteemed Kyle Kushman. You may know him from his work creating some famous strains on the market today (like strawberry cough), but Kushman has a long track record of other cannabis-related accolades.

The Grow Show podcast delivers a range of information pertaining to cannabis cultivation, legislation, industry news, and more. With Kushman’s extensive knowledge and connections, his show is filled with guests like Danny Danko (editor at High Times), Scott Reach (of Rare Dankness), and more.

One of the podcast’s most notable episodes has guest AC Braddock from Eden Labs. Her extensive industry resume includes co-founding Women of Weed, and serving on the boards for the National Cannabis Industry Association and The Council of Responsible Cannabis Regulation. In this episode, Kushman and Braddock dive into the world of cannabis extraction technology and the state of cannabis concentrates in the industry.

Although this show was indefinitely discontinued at the end of 2016, you can still find all 51 episodes on iTunes, Android, and the web.

‘Maria + Jane: Women in Cannabis Business With Jac Carly’

Jacquiline Carly, founder of Maria + Jane and GetPlanty, hosts Maria + Jane, Women in Cannabis Business, a professionally driven podcast dedicated to empowering and showcasing women in the cannabis business space.

Jac is a writer, entrepreneur, athlete, and health advocate with an extensive resume in sports medicine and fitness, who has crossed over to the cannabis world to empower and educate those looking to stake their claim in the new, booming industry.

For professionals looking for a industry-oriented and information-driven listening experience, the Maria + Jane podcast is the perfect option. Weekly episodes are packed with an array of industry figures, including Jennifer Skog (founder of MJ Lifestyle), Denise Biderman (founder of Mary’s List), Adelia Carrillo (founder of Direct Cannabis Network), and many more.

Episode 16, featuring Dusti Arab (Brand Strategist and CEO for the Cannabis Bakeshop, and Director of Operations at Oov Magazine), is a great introduction to branding strategy and all of the perils of marketing in the new digital space.

You can find all 39 episodes of Maria + Jane on their website, iTunes, Android, and Spotify.

‘Cannabis Cultivation and Science With Tad Hussey’

If you’re looking for an active podcast dedicated to uncovering the science behind organic cannabis cultivation, the Cannabis Cultivation and Science podcast hosted by Tad Hussey is just for you. Tad runs the online operations for his family business, KIS (Keep it Simple) Organics, a small farm, nursery, and education center based in Redmond, Washington.

Each week, Tad bring experts from all over the cannabis industry to discuss a wide array of topics, including genetic testing, plant probiotics, and everything in between.

One of the most exciting guests to come onto Hussey’s podcast was Jeff Lowenfels in episode 2, author of the Teaming with Microbes book series. Lowenfel’s extensive work in soil science makes him a key player in organic cannabis cultivation. His wealth of knowledge and ability to break down complicated biological mechanisms into easy-to-understand dialogue make learning about the soil food web a fun adventure.

Tad hosts his podcast on a weekly basis and you can find it on Google, iTunes, Android, and Spotify, as well as the KIS Organics website.

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Is Legal Hemp About to Ruin America’s Outdoor Cannabis Crops?

Concern that pollen from industrial hemp farms could end up ruining nearby cannabis crops is hardly new. In a 2003 paper titled “A Preliminary Study of Pollen Dispersal in Cannabis Sativa,” researchers with Agri-Food in Canada (where commercial hemp farming has been federally licensed since 1998) examined the risk. Published in the Journal of Industrial Hemp, their investigation began with the earliest known identification of the problem, dating back more than 300 years.

“In 1694 Rudolf Jacob Camerer wrote a scientific letter concerning the first experimental evidence of sex in plants. Camerer noted that careful removal of male plants from a field of dioecious hemp did not completely deter production of fertile seed, and he commented that he was “quite upset” at the observation, obviously caused by hemp pollen from distant sources. In modern times, long-distance pollination is of great concern because of the possibility of genetic contamination.”

The paper also noted that in nature, hemp is almost exclusively wind-pollinated. Since it gets little to no help in this regard from bees–which love to collect the plant’s pollen, but are not attracted to its female flowers–cannabis has evolved a strategy of releasing large clouds of pollen that are capable of traveling great distances.

Hemp pollen can spread out for up to 30 miles on a steady breeze, putting any female cannabis plant within that radius at risk.

A single hemp flower can generate about 350,000 individual pollen grains, with a large hemp plant producing hundreds of such flowers. All of this pollen can spread out for up to 30 miles on a steady breeze, putting any female cannabis plant within that radius at risk.

In 2000, when hemp cultivation remained prohibited throughout the United States, a study tested the air in the Midwest (where hundreds of millions of feral “ditch weed” hemp plants grow) and found that in mid-August hemp pollen represented up to 36% of the total airborne pollen count.

If you happen to grow cannabis in its psychoactive form, that’s an alarming statistic.

“It’s Rope, Not Dope!”

Weed and hemp are really the same plant–scientifically known as Cannabis sativa–but represent two distinctly different genetic lineages of that species, selectively bred over thousands of years for very different traits. Which explains why so much of the hemp movement’s support has traditionally come from the cannabis community.

Though back in the day, not everybody returned the favor. In fact, some activists touted hemp’s lack of a high as a major selling point. “It’s rope, not dope!” was a common refrain among this crowd.

The irony being that in many US states, legal weed growers actually got a big head start on hemp farmers. California became the first state to approve the cultivation of medicinal cannabis in 1996. Colorado and Washington were the first states to approve “recreational” cannabis in 2012.

Meanwhile, the federal ban on hemp cultivation remained firmly in place until the 2014 Farm Bill passed, and that only allowed limited crops in a small number of states for research purposes. In 2018, just 77,000 acres were planted nationwide. But that number will likely skyrocket this year after the most recent Farm Bill removed basically all remaining federal impediments, leaving regulation of the once banned agricultural commodity up to individual states.

In Oregon, this has already led to a turf war.

The Crux of the Problem

The crux of the problem is that once a female cannabis plant is pollinated, it begins producing seeds instead of producing more psychoactive resin, resulting in a harvest of low-potency seed-laden buds that nobody this side of 1976 will want to buy. This is why high-THC cannabis cultivators either start with “cuttings,” to ensure an all female crop, or grow from seed, but then carefully cull out all of the male plants as soon as they show their sex.

Hemp grown for CBD is also ideally an all-female sinsemilla (Spanish for “without seeds”) crop, making it equally susceptible to pollen drift.

Oregon CBD, based in Corvallis, spent years identifying and breeding hemp strains for the highest CBD production possible while remaining safely below the legal limit of 0.3% THC. In 2016, the company grew out 30,000 individual plants, spread over five locations. The largest of these fields, devoted to research and development, apparently got hit with wind-blown pollen from a neighboring farm, causing what they estimate as $2.5 million dollars in damage. A nearby breeding greenhouse was also contaminated, which meant 15 million seeds needed to be destroyed.

The company responded with a call to ban outdoor cultivation of male hemp plants:

“We have fought in the OR state legislature since 2014 to ban male plants from hemp cultivation in Oregon, knowing full well the ecological destruction that would eventually despoil our home and one of the world’s most incredible cannabis production environments if action was not taken. Year after year now, farmers have been gravely affected by bad actors making poor farming choices and using males outside.”

Alarmed by the state’s first influx of hemp farms, the Oregon Sungrown Growers’ Guild joined them in lobbying for a bill that would have put a statewide moratorium on hemp growing, at least until the situation could get sorted out.

To their credit, they did not use the slogan, “Dope, not rope!”

The Grass Looks Greener

You may have heard that Oregon has a pretty considerable abundance of cannabis at the present moment. The state is currently producing twice as much cannabis as it consumes, and this overproduction has been going on for so long that there’s now a six-year supply of legal cannabis available in the state–a glut that’s driving down prices (now $5 per gram retail), and profits. It’s also making many erstwhile cannabis farmers look at the emerging hemp industry and think that the grass does indeed look greener on the other side.

Since 2015, according to The Oregonian, the state’s number of licensed hemp growers has jumped from 13 to 584, with total acreage devoted to hemp going from nil to 11,000 acres. And Oregon officials expect a large spike in hemp production this season, now that crop insurance and other protections for growers are federally available for the first time.

“A legal battle over pollen drift would be very hard to win.”

Anndrea Hermann, Director of Inside Sales at Hemp Production Services

Leaving lawmakers and growers to cross their fingers and hope that efforts to deter hemp pollen drift put into place a few years ago will prove adequate. Passed in 2016, Oregon House Bill 4060 for the first time permitted hemp growers to start from clones (which can be all female) rather than from seed (which produces 50% male plants), but the Oregon Department of Agriculture still does not specifically address cross-pollination.

“It’s going to be very hard to regulate any kind of buffer zone to protect cannabis growers, especially in places where people have a right to grow personal amounts,” Anndrea Hermann, a longtime hemp activist and industry expert tells Leafly. “And I think a legal battle over pollen drift would be very hard to win. So while I’m one of the biggest hemp proponents around and have been for a long time, if I was a marijuana grower or a CBD grower I would definitely not want male hemp plants to come within any kind of close proximity.”

Hermann currently works as Director of Inside Sales for Hemp Production Services, one of the largest Canadian bulk hemp wholesalers and exporters. She says regulators should consider everything from maintaining large buffer areas between fields, to designating specific zones where male plants are permitted, to limiting mature hemp crops to specific times of year, but even then, much remains to be seen about how effective such measures would be.

In the meantime, Oregon’s history has served as an early warning sign for potential trouble in other states.

Tony Linegar, Agricultural Commissioner of Sonoma County, California tells Leafly that while researching the subject, he contacted officials at the Oregon Department of Agriculture for advice.

“They acknowledged it’s a problem, and that cannabis growers are starting to see seed in their flower,” he said. “But while there’s been some efforts to try to deal with the problem, nothing has been made official. The end result of that could be driving cannabis cultivation indoors.”

“A Viable Crop”

So far, more than a dozen counties in California have enacted temporary moratoriums on hemp cultivation, and at a meeting on April 2, Linegar convinced Sonoma County to join that list. He was motivated by three factors: the State of California’s regulations for hemp farming are not yet finalized, the current rules include a broad exemption for “research” that could be exploited by bad actors, and the coming state regulations will not specifically address the issue of hemp pollen at all.

“Sonoma County is one of just a handful of places in California that allow outdoor cannabis growing, and those growers have expressed a lot of concern, because there are some applications of growing hemp that require male plants,” Linegar says. “Primarily that would be when you’re growing hemp for seed (whether that seed is to be used for planting or for consumption), and when you’re growing hemp for fiber.”

Linegar says he’s also heard from displaced weed growers, who can’t afford to go through California’s expensive and burdensome outdoor cultivation permitting process, and therefore opposed the moratorium because they’d like to pivot to hemp right away. He says he honestly doesn’t know what’s going to happen, in Sonoma County or anywhere else, but will make one prediction.

“If properly regulated, hemp is a viable crop that’s really going to change the conversation around cannabis.”

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The FDA Is About to Deal With CBD–and Wants to Hear From You

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become wildly popular in recent years–and widely available, both online and in stores across the country. But despite the belief by some that the 2018 farm bill broadly legalized the cannabinoid, the truth is that federal agencies are still scrambling to determine their next steps.

Want a say in the process? Now’s your chance.

The US Food and Drug Administration oversees the nation’s food, pharmaceutical drugs, and cosmetics–three categories of products that have recently been overwhelmed by CBD and various claims about its benefits. As the FDA begins to craft regulations around CBD and infused products, the agency is asking for public comment on how to proceed.

“While the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products, including hemp and hemp-derived products, has increased dramatically in recent years, questions remain regarding the safety considerations raised by the widespread use of these products,” wrote Lowell Schiller, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for policy, in a Federal Register filing published Tuesday. “These questions could impact the approaches we consider taking in regulating the development and marketing of products.”

Ahead of a public hearing on CBD scheduled for May 31 near Washington, DC, the agency is asking for public comment on three specific aspects of CBD and infused products: health and safety risks; manufacturing and product quality; and marketing, labeling, and sales.

Thoughts on CBD Regulation? File a Comment With the FDA

More information is available on the federal government’s website (click here to go directly to the comment form). Written comments can be sent to:

Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

Requests to speak or make a presentation at the May 31 hearing must be received by May 10, while written or electronically filed comments can be filed until much later: July 2.

It’s hard to gauge how the FDA might proceed with regulating CBD. On one hand, the agency has been far more responsive to scientific evidence around cannabinoids than the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Late last year, FDA officials wrote to their counterparts at the DEA explaining that “CBD and its salts … do not have a significant potential for abuse and could be removed from the [Controlled Substances Act].” Meanwhile, the DEA has repeatedly insisted that any CBD product other than the pharmaceutical drug Epidiolex remains a Schedule I controlled substance.

But while the FDA seems more sympathetic to CBD, the agency is also trying to rein in an industry that has exploded in recent years. Hundreds of startups have exploited the legal uncertainty around CBD by insisting that cannabidiol products are already “legal in all 50 states” and promising relief for all types of ailments, whether backed by evidence or not.

“There’s too much money to be made for problems not to come up.”

Justin Polkis, Virginia Commonwealth University

That does not sit well with FDA officials. Earlier this week they took action, sending warning letters to three CBD companies–Nutra Pure, PotNetwork Holdings, and Advanced Spine and Pain–that agency officials say were making false claims about the use of CBD to treat diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

“According to their advertisements, the products can effectively treat diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, and ‘neuropsychiatric disorders,'” the FDA and FTC said in a joint statement.

“We’ve seen, or heard of interest in, products containing cannabis or cannabis derivatives that are marketed as human drugs, dietary supplements, conventional foods, animal foods and drugs, and cosmetics, among other things,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in the statement. (Gottlieb, who has pressed his agency to take action on CBD, is scheduled to step down from his post later this month.)

After last year’s passage of the farm bill, the FDA issued a statement saying that CBD in food products is prohibited under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. As a result, national drug store chains such as CVS have begun to carry CBD products, but only in non-edible form.

In the Federal Register post about the upcoming hearing, the FDA also raised concerns about the possibility of liver damage as the result of taking high doses of CBD (20 millilgrams of CBD per kilogram of body weight per day, or about 1,360 mg for a 150-lb. person). It says the risk was determined as part of the FDA approval process for Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD approved last year to treat certain forms of epilepsy.

“This is a potentially serious risk that can be managed when the product is taken under medical supervision in accordance with the FDA approved labeling for the product, but it is less clear how this risk might be managed if this substance is used far more widely, without medical supervision, and not in accordance with FDA-approved labeling,” the Federal Register filing says.

For reference, acetaminophen–a popular pain reliever and fever reducer found in over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol and Nyquil–is a leading cause of acute liver failure across much of the globe. “Harmless at low doses, acetaminophen has direct hepatotoxic potential when taken as an overdose and can cause acute liver injury and death from acute liver failure,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

The current unregulated nature of CBD has also raised concerns among consumers and outside observers for other reasons. Among them, a study last year by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) found unlabeled contaminants in a number of products sold by Diamond CBD, a retailer owned by PotNetwork Holdings. The unexpected chemicals included dextromethorphan (DXM)–a well-known cough medicine with a history of recreational abuse and health dangers–and 5F-ADB, one of a growing group of synthetic cannabinoids often known as K2 or Spice.

“Somebody needs to step in and regulate this stuff,” Justin Polkis, the lead author of the VCU study told Leafly last year. “There’s too much money to be made for problems not to come up.”

Diamond CEO Kevin Hagen told Leafly at the time that he welcomed regulation.

“All companies make big claims about their products,” Hagen said. “It’s the FDA’s job to ask for [better] labeling.”

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This One Chart Captures California’s Cannabis Supply Crunch

It doesn’t matter if you’re a pessimist or an optimist–April has turned into one nail-biter of a month for California’s legal cannabis industry.

Facing a crash in the supply of legal cannabis, then the collapse of the nascent industry, state regulators last week reported a 100-fold increase in the monthly rate of cannabis farm licensing.

The question now is, will the new pace be enough?

No one can say, but the facts aren’t pretty.

A Great Licensing Extinction

April marks a steep decline in the amount of legal cannabis farming acreage in California. (Courtesy K Street Consulting)
April marks a steep decline in the amount of legal cannabis farming acreage in California. (Courtesy K Street Consulting)

As Leafly reported Feb. 25, the state’s 6,924 temporary pot farm licenses are expiring at a rate much faster than regulators have approved either permanent farm licenses–called “annuals”–or a stopgap “provisional” license type.

As of April 1, the California Department of Food and Agriculture had approved about 500 annual or provisional cannabis farm licenses. You need one of those two license types to keep farming and selling into the state’s legal system of distributors and stores.

At this pace, California might have just 1,000 to 1,500 legal farms by the end of April, when the vast bulk of temporary licenses will have expired.

“This is a crisis.”

Jackie McGowan, licensing expert, K Street Consulting

Now, 1,000 is better than none, but it’s much less than the 6,924 farm licenses California started out with at the beginning of the year. It’s a massive culling.

“This is a crisis,” said licensing expert Jackie McGowan, at K Street Consulting.

“If something doesn’t happen, it seems our supply is essentially going to go away,” said Cody Bass, a longtime dispensary operator in South Lake Tahoe, CA, where he is also a city council member.

The Case for Optimism

A state official who spoke to Leafly on background said regulators announced “a meaningful change” on Friday that buys farm regulators enough time to fully license farms.

Basically, every farmer with a temporary license should be able to get a provisional one, so long as their annual application is completed correctly, the state official said. The policy change means the CDFA should be kicking out more provisional licenses faster.

The official said the CDFA is back-logged with about 3,300 annual applications to review, but the agency wants the industry to succeed.

The official said they expect the CDFA to be doing some “pretty amazing work on numbers” this April.

California regulators are speeding up the pace of farm licensing, but most legal farmers will still have to stop growing in prime planting season. (Leafly)
California regulators are speeding up the pace of farm licensing, but most legal farmers will still have to stop growing in prime planting season. (Leafly)

Someone’s lit a fire under the CDFA, it seems. The total number of annuals and provisionals issued climbed sharply in March — from 5 at the beginning of March to almost 500 by month’s end.

The best-case scenario is still a significant contraction in farm license numbers and diversity. Of the more than 6,924 temp farm licensees, about half might be left by May 1. Those farms might be able to grow enough cannabis to serve the state’s relatively small legal market this summer. But many experts aren’t as optimistic.

The Worst-Case Scenario

In the worst-case scenario, the CDFA licenses fewer than 1,500 farms in April, supplies drop to critical levels, prices skyrocket, and the estimated 20 percent of consumers in the legal market return to the illicit one. Voter-enacted Proposition 64 becomes a government-run failure, having regulated itself to death.

Bass and others have begun calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to make an emergency declaration extending temporary and expired farm licenses until the CDFA digs itself out of its application review hole.

Bass said the licensing delays are costing people their businesses, their properties, their health, and fueling an illicit market that hurts public safety and the environment.

“In my mind, it’s an emergency,” Bass said.

McGowan said the industry’s best and brightest are caught up in similar licensing snafus as Bass. She also supports an executive order, saying the CDFA has proven it can’t right the ship in time.

The state official who spoke to Leafly on background said that neither an emergency declaration from the administration, nor the urgency bill–Senate Bill 67–should be needed for regulators to dig themselves out. The CDFA has the power to rapidly issue enough provisional licenses to delay judgement day, potentially forever.

McGowan disagreed: “There’s no way for the CDFA to dig themselves out of this hole in time,”

About 1,743 temp licenses have already expired this year, McGowan said, removing potentially 428 acres of pot from the supply chain. Roughly 4,000 more temp licenses expire this April.

The Next Four Weeks Are Critical

Every week, the CDFA publicly reports the number of farm licenses it has issued. If each week in April does not show several hundred or more new licensees, there could be major disruptions to the supply chain by summer.

Many legal growers will be faced with either going broke waiting for a license, or planting illegally and risking a police raid as well as loss of licensure forever. The annual outdoor cannabis season begins mid-March, and runs through October, meaning some farmers have already begun missing their spring planting window while waiting for a license.

Regardless of the future, a radical culling has already begun.

Cody Bass’ dispensary in South Lake Tahoe–Tahoe Wellness Cooperative–has been growing cannabis legally for 14 years, first under medical laws. For the first time, the grow room lights are off, as Bass awaits his indoor farm license from the CDFA.

Due to a local issue, Bass sits at the back of the line at the CDFA, behind thousands of annual license applicants. He does not expect to be growing legally for a while.

“I’m told I’m just completely fucked,” he said.

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Using Marijuana With Your Partner Increases The Likelihood Of Intimacy, Study Finds

Researchers have linked heavy alcohol use with higher rates of domestic violence and divorce. But what do we know about marijuana use in relationships? Until recently, not that much.

As legalization–and thus, normalization–makes its way across the U.S., social scientists have begun digging a little deeper into the immediate effects of personal cannabis use. According to a new study published in the journal Cannabis, in certain circumstances marijuana use can lead to positive experiences for couples.

To better understand whether marijuana–either used with a partner or independently–leads to increased intimacy in the short term, the study’s authors asked 183 married or cohabiting couples who consumed regularly to track their use for 30 days. Participants filed a report via their smartphones every time they started using cannabis and again when they finished.

“Simultaneous marijuana use (male and female partners reported use at the same hour) increased the likelihood of an intimate experience for both men and women.”

Additionally, participants also filed a report each morning indicating whether they had “an interaction or meaningful conversation with [their] partner that involved intimacy, love, caring, or support” the day before, and if so, the time. This allowed researchers to determine if there was a correlation between when participants used marijuana and when they experienced intimacy. (To be clear, although the term “intimacy” is often equated with sex, the study’s authors did not specifically define it as such.)

In their analysis, the study’s authors determined that shared cannabis experiences increased the likelihood of intimacy within two hours of use. Additionally, they found that these positive experiences were also more likely to occur if only one person toked up as compared to neither partner reporting use.

To get a better understanding of the difference between the impact of simultaneous use and independent use, the researchers conducted a second analysis using data on whether or not a partner was present at the time a person used marijuana.

“Results of this analysis…show positive Actor and Partner effects associated with using marijuana in the presence of the partner for both men and women,” they wrote. “For example, Laura is more likely to report an intimacy event within 2 hours of using marijuana in Mike’s presence (an Actor effect) than when she doesn’t use marijuana. Laura is also more likely to report an intimacy event within 2 hours of Mike reporting marijuana use in Laura’s presence (a Partner effect).”

“However, marijuana use when the partner was not present neither increased nor decreased the likelihood of experiencing intimacy relative to no marijuana use,” the study found.

Past research has suggested drug use may be a significant source of stress for a couple, especially if only one person consumes. The current study, however, found no such evidence–though the authors admit that the couples in their study may not be bothered by their partner’s solo marijuana use because of how regularly they themselves consume.

It’s possible, of course, that people in relationships with problematic users may not experience these same positive effects. As the study’s authors point out, their research using daily reporting sheds some light on the short-term effects of marijuana use, but more studies are needed.

For now, what we do know is that marijuana use appears to improve sex–at least for women. A separate recent study found that cannabis positively affects women’s sexual experiences in a number of ways, including an increase in satisfying orgasms.

Marijuana Use Before Sex Leads To More Satisfying Orgasms, Study Finds

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