Best Terpenes for Sex

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Every intimate encounter is unique, and not getting to know our partners can lead to less enjoyable moments of intimacy. That’s why its important to explore each other's interests and try new things to keep the flame burning.

If there’s one spice that can amp up your sex game, it’s cannabis. Especially when it comes to terpenes—the tiny molecules that exist on the surface of your favorite bud—that can greatly influence each strain's effects. Read on to learn about the best terpenes for sex.

Key Takeaways

  • Different terpenes found in cannabis can have varying effects on sexual experiences.
  • The major terpenes for sexual enhancement are linalool, limonene, and caryophyllene.
  • While the typical classification of cannabis strains into Sativa or Indica is prevalent, focus is increasingly shifting to terpenes and their concentrations.
  • Terpenes, along with cannabinoids like CBD and THC, can significantly influence the effects of a strain.

​Best Terpenes for Sex

It's true; cannabis and sex have a very positive relationship. But does cannabis enhance sex? Answering this question without delving into the influence of each of the natural compounds in cannabis would be a huge mistake. There is much more to the typical Sativa or Indica classification for cannabis strains.

In fact, this classification is becoming obsolete as it doesn‘t describe the nature of a strain's effects very well. Many cannabis connoisseurs are beginning to use the classification “chemovar” instead.

This is because, besides being Indica or Sativa, cannabis strains contain other natural compounds such as CBD or THC, cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis and can cause the effects of a cultivar to vary significantly.

In addition to cannabinoids, we have terpenes, which are natural aromatic compounds that occur in all plants. In addition to their aromas, terpenes can provide different nuances to the effects of each strain depending on their concentrations. Added to this, each person and each metabolism reacts to substances differently. This 2018 study analyzed the cannabinoids and terpene levels of different strains.

Thus, what works perfectly for one person may not be the best choice for another. For example, the effects of smoking weed and edibles for sex aren’t the same, even with the same strain. There are also some edibles and strains that are best for male arousal and some other strains and edibles that work best for female arousal.

All of these factors can make the relationship between sex and cannabis feel like a complex mathematical equation that is difficult to solve. The solution to this equation would be to explore different strains, different terpene profiles, and consumption methods to test which works best for you and your partner.

There is a long list of different terpenes and effects derived from them, so it would be difficult to classify a single strain or terpene as "the best for sex." Nonetheless, we can point out the sexual benefits of some of these natural aromatic compounds. Some of the best terpenes to enhance sex are:

Terpene Effects on Sexuality Aroma/Flavor
Linalool Reduces stress and symptoms of depression, promoting relaxation and connection between partners Floral
Limonene May increase libido, especially in women, and induce mental euphoria and full-body warmth Citrus
Caryophyllene Soothes bodily pains and discomfort, activates CB2 receptors, exhibits anti-inflammatory properties Spicy, musky, hoppy
Humulene Reduces inflammation and pain, providing comfort during intimate moments Woody, earthy
Terpinolene Relieves migraines, reduces anxiety and tension, enhances sexual desire by increasing energy and focus Complex, often piney or floral

1. Linalool

Science has found evidence demonstrating the potential stress-relieving qualities of some natural compounds in cannabis, including cannabinoids and some terpenes. If you wonder what these findings have to do with sex, then the answer is much more logical and straightforward than we might initially believe.

When we constantly go through high stress situations, our cortisol levels rise, muscles become tense, and heart rate rises. This can make enjoying intimacy a real challenge. Therefore, receiving a little help from natural compounds that relieve stress without causing drowsiness can go a long way.

This is where linalool works its magic. Evidence and user reports suggest that linalool and cannabis strains high in this terpene may be effective in reducing stress and relieving symptoms of depression. The effects generated by linalool could sweep away turbulent thoughts and induce relaxation, which could promote a greater connection between partners and promote more pleasurable sexual encounters.

2. Limonene

Limonene is the terpene responsible for the bright citrus flavor of some cannabis strains. Sometimes the tiredness and stress of everyday life can affect our sex drive, but there is evidence to show that some cannabis varieties high in limonene may have a sex drive-boosting effect.

A 2017 study showed evidence suggesting that high-limonene cannabis could increase libido in women. We still need more research to corroborate these conclusions, but the results seem promising. Some strains high in limonene content can generate a slight mental euphoria and a warm full-body feeling that can make some people more open to affection, love, and intimacy.

3. Caryophyllene

Some terpenes have the ability to generate calming body effects that soothe the joints and can make sexual encounters more pleasurable, especially in people with chronic color conditions or physical discomfort.

Generally, indica-dominant strains high in caryophyllene and humulene may help soothe some types of bodily pains. Caryophyllene is responsible for the spicy, musky, and hoppy aromas present in some strains of cannabis. This terpene can activate CB2 receptors and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties.

Caryophyllene can be present in hybrid Sativa and Indica-dominant strains and in some extracts, such as our Delta-8 live resin tincture made from a small batch of Sour Space Candy. But, for intimacy, balanced hybrid strains with high caryophyllene content are the most recommended, as they can leave you feeling warm and comforting without leaving you to sleep or couch-locked.

4. Humulene

Humulene is the terpene responsible for generating some strains' woody, earthy smell. As with caryophyllene, humulene can reduce inflammation and pain. The topical and systemic anti-inflammatory properties it exerts can calm any discomfort that arises and put you at ease.

​Best Terpenes for Sex Drive

Although terpenes may have several things in common, each terpene is unique and generally carries a load of effects that differentiate them from the others.

Some terpenes are perfect for treating certain interrupting pains or discomforts, but some terpenes exert effects that are perfect for increasing sex drive. In particular, one of these terpenes stands out above the rest: terpinolene.

Terpinolene is more common than initially thought. It exists in many different strains but almost always occurs in small quantities. However, its effects, benefits, and contribution to the final experience of each cultivar are undeniable.

In addition to the soothing benefits that most terpenes bring, terpinolene could improve the sexual lives of some users. Sometimes a headache or any other type of discomfort can truncate intimacy as a couple.

Terpinolene is especially helpful in relieving migraines, and its incidence in nervous relaxation could be especially effective in reducing anxiety or unnecessary tension. These effects enhance sexual desire since, by removing anxiety, we get more comfortable, at ease, and desire to get intimate with our partner.

Terpinolene only occurs in low amounts in some strains. One of the advantages of terpinolene is that it can reduce anxiety while increasing energy levels. Some Sativa-dominant strains with high terpinolene content can invigorate the mind and body and sharpen focus.

​Terpenes to Avoid for Intimacy

Although terpenes usually have some effects in common, some terpenes can generate tremendously different effects than others. This is why, just as some terpenes can be excellent for enhancing our sexual life, other terpenes can have a completely opposite effect. In order not to truncate our lives and sexual potency, it is better to avoid terpenes such as:


Myrcene is excellently effective at calming pain and inflammation, but too much of this terpene can have tremendous sedative effects, both physically and mentally. High concentrations of myrcene come with deep relaxation and euphoria that quickly turn into drowsiness and a feeling of couch lock, which slows down movement.

Myrcene is prevalent in many cannabis strains, like our Delta-8 Sour Elektra or our Delta-8 Sour Hawaiian Haze. In fact, you can find this terpene in around 40% of the cannabis strains available on the market. Therefore, it can be a bit difficult to avoid this terpene altogether. Nevertheless, when it comes to intimacy, it's ideal to avoid strains where myrcene is the primary terpene.

Final Thoughts

And so the mysteries of nature continue to unravel before our very eyes. That plants compounds called terpenes might actually play critical roles in improving our sexual lives. The wonders of nature!

So, why not? Go ahead and try Botany Farms terpene-rich strains. This could the simplest and most natural way to unleash the dragon within you. It certainly doesn't get better than this!

Don't just dream of a more fulfilling connection; experience it. Visit Botany Farms today and transform your intimate experiences into unforgettable memories. Explore our collection now!

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