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Cannabis and the sensory system

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the strongest active compounds in cannabis, interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain and causes your senses to become more heightened. By binding with areas in the brain like the olfactory bulb which controls your sense of smell, the THC in cannabis gives users a heightened sense of perception of their surroundings.

With this heightened sensory perception, colors seem brighter, tastes are richer, and sounds are louder. Your sense of touch is also affected, which is why you can “feel” your skin more when you’re high. Your sense of time and space is also greatly affected when smoking cannabis, thanks to how THC interacts with your internal, subjective sense of time.

Since time seems to move much more slowly when you’re high, an hour of intercourse can feel like a week-long tantric sex bender.

With your sensory system in overdrive, cannabis-fueled sex is already likely to be an incredibly satisfying experience for everyone involved – but there’s more. Smoking cannabis also gives you a greater sense of empathy, meaning that you can relate to your partner and their needs more than when you’re sober.

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