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As the discussion about psychedelics and their potential benefits to mental health increases, more people are also raising the idea of sex on psychedelics.

Limited research exists on the potential sexual health benefits of psychedelics. Yet some studies suggest sex on psychedelics might be effective in couples therapy, by increasing feelings of intimacy and connection between partners. Additionally, some research has explored the use of psychedelics in treating sexual trauma or related psychological disorders.

Remember, the use of psychedelics for sexual enhancement or therapy should only be undertaken under the guidance of a trained healthcare professional. This article is for educational purposes only. Psychedelics can have serious physical and psychological side effects. They can also be particularly dangerous for individuals with certain pre-existing medical conditions or mental health disorders.

What are psychedelics and are they safe?

Psychedelics, also known as hallucinogens, are a class of psychoactive drugs that alter perception, cognition, and mood. They can induce profound changes in thought processes and sensory experiences, including visual and auditory hallucinations, altered states of consciousness, and shifts in the perception of time and space.

Psychedelics include substances such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), psilocybin (found in certain mushrooms), DMT (dimethyltryptamine), mescaline (found in peyote cactus), and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy). These substances have been used for thousands of years in various cultural and spiritual contexts, and are also commonly used for recreational purposes.

Research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics has been growing in recent years, with some studies suggesting they may be effective in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. However, these substances can also negatively affect mental health, particularly those with a history of psychotic disorders or other mental health conditions.

Studies on sex and psychedelics

Book cover for the Dr. Julie Holland book "Moody Bitches," which includes a chapter on sex on psychedelics.
Book cover for the Dr. Julie Holland book “Moody Bitches,” which includes a chapter on sex on psychedelics.

The scientific community has also increased its study of sex on psychedelics in the last five years.

The following are some of the more notable researchers, studies, and books that have explored the intersection of sex and psychedelics.

  • In a 2018 study, Alicia Danforth and Charles Grob explored the impact of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy on couples’ relationships and sexual satisfaction. They found that the treatment was associated with improved communication, emotional openness, and sexual intimacy.
  • Dr. Julie Holland is a psychiatrist who has written and spoken extensively about the use of psychedelic drugs, including their potential impact on sexual experience. Her book “Moody Bitches” includes a chapter on psychedelics and sexuality.
  • Dr. JamesFadiman is a psychologist who has studied the effects of microdosing LSD and other psychedelics. He has written about anecdotal reports of enhanced sexual experience among microdosing participants.
  • In a 2017 study, Sophia Korb and Adam Halberstadt explored the impact of psilocybin (the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms”) on sexual behavior in male rats. They found that low doses of psilocybin increased sexual motivation and performance, while higher doses had the opposite effect.

Psychedelics and the sexual experience

The effects of psychedelic drugs on the sexual experience and sexual health are complex and varied. They can differ depending on the specific substance, dosage, and individual factors.

Anecdotally, some individuals report that psychedelics enhance their sexual experiences, by increasing sensations and feelings of intimacy, or by reducing inhibitions and increasing openness to sexual exploration. However, others may experience negative effects on sexual function or libido, such as decreased sexual desire or difficulty achieving orgasm.

Related Read: Sex on Magic Mushrooms

Can you have safe sex on psychedelics?

Some considerate sellers of psilocybin are educating customers on having safe sex on magic mushrooms, in particular.

However, having sex while under the influence of psychedelics can be risky. Psychedelics can impair judgment, affect coordination, and alter perceptions of reality, all of which can lead to a higher risk of injury or unintended consequences during sexual activity.

Using psychedelics, such as MDMA or “ecstasy,” may increase feelings of trust and intimacy between partners, which could lead to engaging in riskier sexual behaviors or unprotected sex.

For these reasons, always prioritize safety and take precautions to reduce the risk of harm during sexual activity while under the influence of psychedelics. This may include using contraception, communicating clearly with your partner about boundaries and desires, and ensuring that both partners are comfortable and consenting to the sexual activity.

It is also important to note that the use of psychedelics can have potentially negative effects on mental health, particularly in those with a history of mental health conditions or trauma. It is therefore recommended that individuals who choose to use psychedelics do so in a safe and responsible manner, and with the guidance of a healthcare professional if possible.

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