Since the beginning of time mankind has sought ways of enhancing their sex lives.
From applying lotus blossom tinctures and ingesting soups made out of bird nests in Asia to eating piranhas in Ancient Amazonia and charred newts in medieval Europe, our desire to increase desire has led us to try a wide range of potions, lotions, pills and powders in the quest for super potency, stamina and sexual satisfaction.
Though cannabis for medical purposes was first used in ancient China over five thousand years ago, written record of its aphrodisiacal powers date back far more recently. In the early 7th century, Ayurvedic texts surfaced in India suggesting that cannabis should be used to delay ejaculation, overcome erectile dysfunction and dispel inhibitions. Texts suggest that during this time period, cannabis was not smoked, but rather drunk in beverage form as bhang, a dairy based liquid flavoured with sugar and spices. Various forms of this recipe spread through Middle Eastern and African cultures also in a beverage form, known throughout these cultures as Kif.
Over the centuries Kif or Kief came to mean ‘finely sifted cannabis’ which has proven to contain higher concentrations of the principal psycho-active ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Throughout the world, Kif has continued to be used for sexual enhancement purposes as well as to increase fertility. A few examples of cannabis usage in various cultures include being mixed into herbal remedies as a cure for impotence in central and Sub-Saharan Africa, the smoking of cannabis and liquid ingestion in Central America to increase sexual desire and fertility, mixing of cannabis and lamb fat as a traditional wedding dish designed to increase virgin brides’ sexual pleasure in Russia (until the rise of Stalinism) as well as repeated First Nations accounts of cannabis as the cure for erectile dysfunction, fertility and sexual enhancement.
For more information on the history of cannabis as an aphrodisiac, pick up Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology by Ethan Russo or Shiva’s Broken Dream. Cannabis: The Tale of a Sacred Plant by Mel Thomas.
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