OK, just to irritate Shemp, and possible Vaj, Bhariru, Unc and who
knows who else (hey a 4-shot is pretty good) here is another article.

Warning!!! Warning!!!! 
The above was intented humor and does NOT endorse irritating people.
Warning!!! Warning!!!!

On Sexual Tantra and Pot. Now we just need the rock'n'roll. (As Jimi
was rumored to have said, "NOW THATS'S WHOLENESS"

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Marijuana Reform

Marijuana and Sex: A Classic Combination

by Terry Necco (01 Sept, 1998)

Ancient tantrists and modern researchers agree: pot and sex are two
great things that go together.

Marijuana and sex are gifts of nature. We enjoy them because biology
and evolution have equipped us to do so. Just as our bodies contain
pleasure systems which reward us for sex; our brains contain
neurocellular circuitry which can only be activated by substances with
THC's molecular structure. This makes the marijuana high a unique
constellation of feelings, and there are only two sources for the
substances which activate THC's very own neuroreceptor. Our brain is
one source: it generates a neurochemical very similar to THC, called
anandamide.

Translated, the word means bliss. The only other source for this
bliss-producing substance is the cannabis plant.

Being stoned or sexually aroused both produce similar physiological
responses, such as increased heart rate, heightened sensitivity,
changes in blood flow and respiration, relaxation an acutely altered
state of consciousness. Neurochemistry, hormonal systems, and brain
regions such as the temporal lobe are affected by both marijuana and
sexual arousal.

Sex and pot provide us with euphoric peak experiences, unity of body
and mind, a healing escape from routine existence. If other people are
involved with us in sexual activity or marijuana use, such experiences
can be especially intimate and revelatory, facilitating trusting,
loving relationships.

Pot the aphrodesiac

Marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years, yet
ironically it has also been used to decrease sexual desire. Ancient
sacred texts reveal how to use marijuana to increase sexual pleasure,
but modern research teaches an equally important lesson: marijuana's
effects are determined by the personality, physiology, intention,
environment, and culture of the user.

Ancient India

The culture of ancient India is closely associated with sexual
marijuana use. Cannabis has been used in India for at least 3,000
years, probably much longer. The Indian Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbi
medicine systems used cannabis to increase libido, conquer impotence,
and cure various diseases. These systems also utilized opium,
sometimes in combination with cannabis.

Dozens of formulations containing cannabis were prescribed as
aphrodisiacs. Their names are delicious: shrimadananda modaka, uttama
vajikarana, majun falaskari, roghan bhang, among others. These
formulations were reputed to produce long-lasting erections, delay
ejaculation, facilitate lubrication and loosen inhibitions.

Tantra

Sexual cannabis use which transcended hedonism and medicine rose up in
an esoteric Hindu-Buddhist tradition known as Tantra, a mystical
religion which prescribes physical and mental exercises like
meditation and yoga. These practices are intended to help the
practicioner escape suffering and achieve enlightenment and
perfection, known as Nirvana.

Advanced Tantra marijuana rituals were intense, complex and difficult.
Researchers have uncovered sacred texts describing cannabis rituals,
but doubt that modern Tantra practitioners still engage in such
activities.

Modern Tantra has, like many other indigenous spiritual practices,
been co-opted by people with little connection to the cultures,
communities and environments from which the religions arose. Modern
Tantra, though an important source of sexual and spiritual
enlightenment, scarcely resembles the hard-core Tantra described in
sacred writings like the Mahanirvana Tantra, which was composed in the
11th century AD.

Tantra practitioners believe that human bodies contain energy systems
consisting of nerves, heart and spiritual elements that are linked to
cosmic and nature-based energies. Males and females have differing
degrees and types of energy; and yogic sexual practices unite these
energies, creating "circuits" which allow participants to find new
heights of intimacy and to transcend egocentric consciousness, helping
them realize their timeless place in the universe. Tantric union of
male and female energies is thought to facilitate universal balance
and to atone for human sins against nature and the cosmos.

Tantra cannabis rituals date back at least to 700 AD, and involved
groups of "purified" male and female worshippers who engaged in
fasting, chanting, prayer, ceremonial purifications, Kundalini yoga,
and sexual union, subjecting body and spirit to excruciating and
ecstatic ordeals. Concentration, consecration and transformation were
the goals of such rituals, which were conducted in temples festooned
with thousands of flowers, clouds of incense smoke, and flickering
temple lamps.

Bhang

Tantra practitioners didn't smoke pot they made an orally ingested
cannabis preparation called bhang. Sometimes the bhang was nothing
more than a green ball of cannabis mixed with milk, but it could also
be a delicious marijuana milkshake made from prime resin-laden
cannabis flowers and leaves, mixed with milk, sugar, pepper, almonds,
cardamom, poppy seeds, ginger and other herbs. These preparations were
heated before serving to allow fat-soluble THC the opportunity to
catalyze into a pyschoactive form effective on humans.

Bhang made from such recipes is similar to chai, but sweeter and
thicker, seasoned by the unmistakable taste of cannabis. Even in
modern India, bhang is considered a sacred medicinal drink which cures
illness, brings good luck, wards off evil spirits and cleanses people
of sins.

After fasting and purging for at least 24 hours, Tantric celebrants
ingested bhang, accompanied by deep abdominal breathing and visual
imaging exercises. These exercises free blocked energy, tonify muscles
and blood flow, and facilitate the power and onset of cannabis
intoxication, which usually occurs within an hour of swallowing the
spicy, potent libation.
Practitioners often experienced initial queasiness from the bhang,
which is medicinally active as a digestive tract purgative. As the
brew's psychoactive effects become pronounced, practitioners enter a
meditative state in which they reaffirm earlier vows which sanctify
and praise Kali, the Tantric-Hindu goddess embodying feminine creative
forces.

Ritual worship of beauty

Enshrinement of feminine beauty and energy continues: males ritually
bathe and sanctify their female partners, washing them with holy
water, scenting and combing their hair, perfuming them, and arranging
them on a silken bed. Males then perform a programmed ritual in which
they touch the woman's forehead, eyes, nostrils, mouth, arms and
thighs, finally touching the vagina itself.

The two overtly sexual acts which take place during cannabis rituals
are intercourse and the performance of oral sex on the female by the
male. During sex, the partners focus on religious symbolism, the
mingling of energies and the liberating nature of sexuality.

Tantric ritual seeks to prolong sexual union as long as possible.
Males and females use yogic breathing, meditation and neuromuscular
control to achieve "endless orgasms" without ejaculation or other
tiring release. Sacred texts describe cannabis-assisted intercourse
lasting for seven or eight hours, until a glow of fire envelops the
lovers in total-body orgasms, which result in erasure of mental
ideations and ego the timeless freedom from self which equals Nirvana.

Other cultures' pot-sex

The Indian uses of Tantra and marijuana are probably the most
beautiful and moving interactions between sexuality and cannabis, but
other cultures also have sexual cannabis lore.

Folk medicines in 19th century Serbia relied on cannabis preparations,
which they called nasha. Female virgins were given mixtures of lamb's
fat and cannabis on their wedding nights, to decrease the pain of
their first intercourse. Such use echoes modern practices in India,
where newlyweds drink bhang beverages and eat bhang candy. Indian
prostitutes are reported to eat lots of bhang sherbet, which helps
them feel sexually aroused even when their customers are fat, ugly and
stupid.

Serbian women mixed cannabis with egg whites, saffron and sugar to
make guc-kand, a tonic which created a sexy mood or (ironically) was
given to young boys to lessen the pain of circumcision! Cannabis
tonics were also given to crying and pouty children, and it was
reported to perk them right up into the smile zone.

Serbian men valued a mixture made from potent hashish, almond butter,
dried rose leaves, carnation petals, crocus, muscut nut, cardamom,
honey, sugar, and Anacylius pyrethrum root. They considered this
"happy porridge" a super aphrodisiac.

Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern and Northern African
cultures utilized cannabis for sexual purposes as recently as the
early 20th century. There, cannabis was usually encountered in a
particularly potent form called kif. Wives and concubinese procured
kif from servants and used it when men were not around, often engaging
in erotic fantasies and play. Cannabis had the reputation of allowing
women to become sexually uninhibited, which was an especially
important benefit in cultures where they were routinely oppressed.

Contemporary Cannabis Sexuality

In countries such as Canada and the United States, interactions
between cannabis and sexuality is complicated by gender politics,
Puritanism, laws and the stresses of industrial living.

A few research articles and books provide useful information about
cannabis and sex. These researchers concluded that people who enjoy
marijuana tend to enjoy sex, and (surprise!) that marijuana and sex
can be a powerful combination.

A majority of users reported that they got hornier when they were
stoned, but explained that increased lust occurred in situations where
a person would normally have felt sexy. Users said that not only was
desire increased, their ability to appreciate sexual pleasure was
enhanced when they were high.

Less is more

Intoxication levels influence marijuana's effects on sex. At low to
moderate levels of intoxication, users reported heightened ability to
communicate sexually with their partners, and increased body
awareness. Some users reported that being "very stoned" tended to make
them introspective and withdrawn; the marijuana high overwhelmed the
user and displaced sexual activity. Others said that when they were
extremely high they lost kinesthetic connection with their bodies and
were unable to perform sexually because their consciousness was high
above the physical realm.

When marijuana dosage was appropriate, however, users reported that it
increased sexual stamina and skill, tactile sensation, length and
power of orgasms, and emotional bonding between partners. People felt
they became more loving, more willing to pay attention to the
technical aspects of lovemaking and foreplay which women complain is
often missing from male sexual repertoire.

Many men reported that their erections were bigger and harder when
they were high; women felt that they became wetter, and more able and
willing to contract vaginal muscles to maximize sensation for the
male. Stoners of both sexes said that being high sometimes allowed
them to acknowledge erotic feelings for people whom they had formerly
considered as "just friends."

Some women said that they were sexually blocked when unstoned but
easily became sexually aroused while high. Some women reported that
only when high were they able to achieve orgasm, other women said
being stoned helped them achieve multiple orgasms. For both sexes,
orgasms were likely to be felt in the entire body, rather than
confined to the genital area. Stoned sexers became more aware of cues
leading to orgasm and felt freer to engage in body movements which
increased pleasure.

Modern users reported spiritual, emotional and psychological effects
that mirrored ancient Tantric effects. While high, they felt that
intercourse was an exchange of energies which united their bodies in a
cosmic circuit. They felt that this exchange was replenishing and
balancing, and that orgasm was an energizing climax to sex, instead of
a draining finale.

Some respondents said that sex while high lifted them past ego into
spiritual realms, where the sex act took on symbolic and universal
importance. Many also noted that marijuana seemed to help them feel
more love for their partners, and more gratitude for sexual function
as a means of communicating "far more powerful than words or other
actions could ever be."
Marijuana users experienced in yoga and meditation felt that marijuana
increased their awareness of inner organs and subtle internal processes.

Love Mechanisms

Although nobody has identified the mechanisms which account for
marijuana's apparent usefulness as an aphrodisiac, the drug's
reputation as a sensory enhancer and emotional revealer probably
account for much of the effect. Marijuana users report that being high
usually increases temperature perception, taste, touch, visual
stimulation, body awareness, musical-auditory enjoyment, fantasy
production, and mood. Other common effects include changes in time
perception which often lead to a feeling that time has slowed down so
more information is being processed and felt.

Ironically, these same effects have been cited by people who feel that
marijuana interferes with enjoyment of sex. Indeed, ascetics, monks
and others have used marijuana to free themselves of sexual desire.
For them, the drug produces introspection and detachment. Instead of
connecting them to their bodies, sexual desires, or other people, it
helps them dwell meditatively on abstract mental concepts, on
religious goals, or even on nothing at all.

Some couples reported that being high made them more aware of flaws in
their relationships, which did little to put them in the mood for
lovemaking! Others said being stoned increased non-sexual ideas which
distracted them from their bodies and their partners, and made sex
more difficult. One couple said that while making love stoned their
minds wandered they found it more interesting to discuss the meaning
of life than to continue lovemaking.

Solo & Homo

You've probably noticed that the marijuana-sex research reported here
focusses on heterosexuality and fails to mention masturbation or
homosexuality. Specific research into cannabis and homosexual sex is
virtually non-existent. The few studies that mention marijuana and
masturbation indicate that being high tends to increase masturbatory
pleasure because it enhances tactile inputs and fantasy creation.
People who like to use cannabis alone also tend to like to have sex
alone, with themselves!

Some studies reveal stereotypical gender differences: women tend to be
more conservative than men in their use of marijuana to enhance sexual
pleasure and in ability to give up control and enjoy a drug-induced
state of intensely heightened sexual arousal. One woman complained to
researchers that being high had caused her to "have sex with a man I
didn't love." Another said she was afraid of cannabis because it made
her "have sex just for the sake of the pleasure instead of in a
monogamous relationship."

The "typical" male attitude toward sex can be seen in the statements
from a man who said "There's that joke about women needing a reason to
have sex but men just need an opportunity. I have sex because I love
the sensation, I love the woman's body, I love to see her orgasm.

It's the same reason I get high I'm a hungry hedonist. But I think
women have sex for a whole bunch of other reasons. It's very hard for
them to have sex just because it feels good, and I think that being
high can upset them because they get looser than they want to be. They
realize that a skilled lover, even somebody they've just met, can get
them off if they let themselves be open to it. They've been told that
they have to be in love in a committed relationship for sex to be
honorable and great, but cannabis turns them on to the fact that no
they don't, they just have to be open to good feelings."

Contrary to the reefer madness myth that marijuana automatically
causes uncontrollable sexual desire, we see that although cannabis and
sexuality have been closely related for thousands of years, each of us
has a unique set of psychosexual parameters which determine whether
marijuana will magnify or decrease sexual desire and enjoyment.

A smoking relationship

An anthropologist notes that cannabis religions recognize the
metaphysical potential of the female cannabis plant.

"Cultures with sacred cannabis use tend to be cultures which recognize
the 'goddess'. That could mean mother earth, yin, or female beauty and
virtues. People who bring marijuana inside themselves are engaging in
a type of sexual union with the plant. It is a very sexual act to have
a molecule of THC implant itself into your brain.

"Since cannabis is associated with female dieties like Kali, we could
say that when you use marijuana sexually, you are bringing a very
special 'woman' into your bed. Make sure you're ready for that
relationship."











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