Sex & drugs: doing it on substances
It’s a known fact that substances enhance sensations — and not just when it comes to sex. So naturally, a lot of people use them accordingly. However, the main risk of sex under the influence is a delayed effect on our libido, the reproductive system, and our body in general. And no physician can tell you what the consequences might be. Occasional use can surely increase the attraction and make your orgasm unforgettable, but what happens later? Is sex better on drugs? Not that we can tell you much about the background of the saying “sex & drugs & rock & roll”, but we can tell you what happens when people take drugs before sex.
Pure explores if the high is worth the potential risks - especially if you’re young, healthy, and physically active.
The most common drugs people take before sex
Party animal: Ecstasy
Ecstasy, in general, makes you sensitive rather than turned on. Under its influence, you can probably fall in love. No wonder Baz Luhrmann in Romeo and Juliet uses this plot to explain the fatal attraction of teenagers (Romeo, played by DiCaprio, falls in love with Juliet under the influence of a magic pill). Indeed, ecstasy increases tactility and emotional sensations, stimulating intimacy cravings. More likely than not, however, you won’t be getting to the finish line. Actually, you might not even be able to begin! It’s been proven that ecstasy significantly reduces potency. Party and play, huh?
Not a drug: Marijuana
It’s often believed that cannabis is a “light” drug that isn’t addictive. But that just isn’t true: marijuana smoke contains over 400 chemicals, 60 of which are carcinogenic, and some — neurotoxic. In its defense, it’s true that fewer deaths have been registered from cannabis than pretty much any other drug, so we understand why it’s considered “on the safe side”. Smoking weed in small doses before sex can stimulate libido, increase pleasure, make orgasm more vivid, and even make you last longer. Since the main effect of marijuana is anxiety relief, it’s no surprise sex gets better after you’ve had a joint. Not a drug in sight, just people living in the moment.
Cold Shower: Amphetamine
Most likely, the main outcome here will be your inability to finish. On the other hand, you can keep having sex for hours. Amphetamine is a strong stimulant that comes in many shapes and forms, the main effect of all being euphoria leading you to extreme actions. The feeling of infinite energy can cause rapid exhaustion of the body, dehydration, and even loss of consciousness. Also, side effects include insomnia, tremors, and panic. So, the increased sexual activity and long-lasting sex bonus is starting to look quite doubtful.
It’s a pass: Psilocybin
Magic mushrooms are not the best companion for sex — much like any other hallucinogen. Imagine this: you’re getting it on and your partner suddenly begins to shapeshift into an animal or a mystic creature. Or you’re starting to feel as if your body is made of sand. The mind games your brain plays on you under the influence of psilocybin are unpredictable: the visuals vary from pink fairy forest to some of the worst horror movie characters. In addition, due to its strong effect on our psyche, arousal is suppressed, and our perception of reality is minimized. So, why would you?
Party King: Cocaine
The absolute champion of sudden death. British Research Foundation of cardiovascular diseases has proven that just a single dose of cocaine can lead to severe arrhythmia, stroke, heart attack, and even cardiac arrest. However, its status of the ultimate "party drug" persists. Indeed, sex on cocaine can be very pleasant — no arguing here. The drug provokes excessive testosterone production, increases desire, senses become more vibrant, and your sensitivity increases. The truth is cocaine causes impulsive behavior, including risky sex. The danger is that your body no longer feels fatigued — this is the secret behind sudden heart attacks in elderly millionaires whose lives come to an end during a sex binge with supermodels.
Some more facts:
- The Lancet magazine named alcohol the most harmful drug. According to the criteria of harm on the body, alcohol is second to heroin, crack, and amphetamine.
- Despite the legalization of marijuana in the Netherlands, the level of consumption is the lowest in Europe.
- At the end of the 19th century, cocaine would be prescribed for almost every disease. Pharmacies would not just sell cocaine ampoules, but also cocaine-laced cigars and cigarettes.
- Caffine is also a drug. Two cups of coffee will wake you up, ten will make you feel sick, and a hundred might kill you.
- If you’re a poppy seed pastry enthusiast, beware: consuming them can make your drug test show up positive. The more you know.
- Heroin used to be sold in pharmacies. More specifically — it was introduced on the market in 1898 by Bayer AG as a cough medicine.