To choose the best cannabis strains for love and sex, it's important to understand terpenes. Terpenes are the chemical compounds that give plants their smell and flavor, and they are also responsible for many therapeutic effects of herbs. When it comes to cannabis, terpenes influence the type of effects you'll experience — whether that's energized and euphoric or relaxed and calm.
In addition to providing euphoric and relaxing effects that contribute to the cozy and happy mood often associated with cannabis, studies have suggested that beta-caryophyllene may enhance women's libido by increasing levels of testosterone but not estrogen. It's also good for relaxing muscles, reducing anxiety, and elevating mood. That's a triple win!
Limonene is another great terpene for getting in the mood. An uplifting and focusing terpene with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties, it's perfect for relieving stress and helping you relax into the moment.
Linalool is perfect to pair with limonene. Linalool also has relaxing and stress-relieving properties, but it can have sedating effects — so be careful not to overdo it. Pairing linalool with limonene can help reduce your chances of nodding off before the romance begins.
Myrcene! While a little myrcene can be helpful for relaxing and relieving pain to enhance intimacy, it is known to have sedating or "couch-lock" effects in high concentrations.