As published by CNN.com : California began selling recreational marijuana Monday in what’s seen as a milestone in the mainstreaming of the weed, and hundreds lined up to buy it. Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours, and store owners said they had stocked up in expectation of huge demand.

“It is probably our busiest day in our seven-year history,” said Matt Lucero, the owner of Buddy’s, a dispenser of medical-use marijuana in San Jose that holds the first license issued by California to also sell recreational marijuana. “We have folks outside; every chair in the building is filled right now.”

Can Marijuana Help Romantic Relationships?

Marijuana has long been acknowledged for its ability to ease pain and promote creativity and self-awareness, but did you know that it could actually help build strong, successful relationships, as well? Thanks to its ability to calm the mind and move the soul, marijuana may be another therapeutic ingredient you can use to foster a healthy relationship with your partner, and here’s why:

Couples can bond over their cannabis hobby

Couples who report high levels of marital satisfaction share a common trend: they make “couple time” a priority. Whether they use their time to exercise, play games or work on a project together, couples who share hobbies also truly enjoy sharing their lives with their partners.

If both people in a relationship enjoy marijuana, then it, too, can become a hobby with which to bond. Couples can learn about cultivation, share research and insights, and stock-up on their collection of paraphernalia all while contributing to their own personal “love bank” (which, by the way, offers awesome pay-outs if you can keep it full). For those extra-special occasions, couples can even book all-inclusive cannabis tours to help stoke the flame of love.

Marijuana and sexual pleasure

There is a lot of debate about whether or not cannabis can help or hinder a sexual experience. For about one-third of the population, getting high before sex is an uncomfortable experience caused by an overly-active internal monologue.

The majority of people, however, report heightened sexual pleasure because of the way cannabis heightens the sense of touch. It can also serve as a catalyst for intimacy, allowing users to connect more closely with their partner both during and after intercourse.

The success of a sexual encounter after cannabis consumption, however, seems to be dose-dependent. According to Dr. Shelley Narula of SteadyHealth.com, testosterone levels in mice rise drastically after consuming cannabis, but then drop below normal after about 20 minutes in mice that received large doses of THC. Mice that received minimal doses of THC, however, maintained an increased testosterone level for more than an hour suggesting that light to moderate cannabis use in men may improve sexual desire and intimacy while high doses may have the opposite effect.

Cannabis helps bust the blues

Depression is a disease that plagues the whole family. If one or both partners are depressed, their risk for divorce is nine times greater than the average couple. But cases of mild to moderate depression, especially depression that is caused by high levels of stress, can be effectively treated with cannabis.

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, those who experience chronic stress have reduced endocannabinoid production (a naturally-occurring chemical in the brain that affects cognition, behavior and emotion) which could contribute to their depressive symptoms. This also explains how cannabis combats depression; by supplementing the brain with plant-based cannabinoids like THC and CBD.

How marijuana can affect communication patterns

Positive communication is of the utmost importance in a successful relationship.

The funny thing is, marijuana is known to cause temporary lapses in memory,  which may be beneficial when couples are arguing – instead of addressing the issue directly at that moment. So let’s just say, that marijuana has the possibility to aid in choosing your battle’s wisely and talking to your mate at a later time when you both are calm and open to conversation. The bottom line is,  if marijuana is to remain a positive influence on your relationship, it must never take precedence over good communication.

There are many therapeutic benefits to cannabis well beyond easing pain and lifting nausea. Though research is limited, preliminary studies suggest that couples who use cannabis together may be in a better place within their relationships. They may experience higher levels of marital satisfaction, a more intimate connection with their partner and a more fulfilling sex life. As long as communication patterns remain constructive, cannabis can be a welcome guest in a successful, long-term relationship.

No matter, what your individual perference may be.

Whether, you choose to engage in lighting up and smoking with your partner. Continue to make responsible decisions and most of all relax and enjoy the journey!

California Marijuana Now Legal For Recreational Use! Can Marijuana Help Romantic Relationships?

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