Play Party Testimonial: In The House of the Shining Hearts

Note from Ashley: This post was written by one of the attendees of my Embodied Joy Play Party on 9/30/17. I was so touched and honored by her words that I asked permission to publish it directly on my blog and she graciously consented. Thank you so much to this incredible human and to everyone who comes out to my events. This is why I do this. 

 

"I wasn’t certain what to expect when I pulled up and parked my dusty Subaru on that tranquil street. Dusk had just begun to gentle the strong Southern California sun. Immediately upon exiting my vehicle I was greeted by the bodacious and busty embrace of Miss Ashley Manta of CannaSexual. She had been waiting for me. Everyone had. Not only because, once everybody was accounted for the doors had to be locked for privacy, but also because that’s just who Ashley is. She is uniquely adapted to the career she has chosen, with her adorable smile, bright, engaging eyes and just overall loving demeanor. And it is just like her to come out and personally welcome each guest. 

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CannaSexual Afternoon Delight with B: Meta-analysis (Video)

I know it's been awhile since I've posted a blog. To be honest, I haven't felt very inspired to write. But then I remembered--I love the camera! So, I recorded a FB live video about the spectacular afternoon sex date that I had with B today. Contains discussions of: cannabis, energetic sex, Tantra, sensuality, relationships, sex toys and supplies, safer sex.

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Indica vs. Sativa for Orgasm

Grape Ape, an indica strain. Clementine, a sativa strain. One reputed to be heavy, relaxing, and body sensitizing, the other rumored to be creative, buzzy, and heady. The question: how do they impact orgasm, positively or negatively, and are there differences between the two?

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Best 420 Dating and Friend Finder Apps

Cannabis focused dating is very in right now. There are 21 million Google hits for “cannabis and dating,” cannabis-friendly dating services are offered by coaches like Molly Peckler, and if you’re technologically inclined — there’s an app for that. Several, in fact.

In the age of cell phones, it makes sense that singles would want a streamlined way to find prospective partners with similar interests. If you’re a cannabis consumer and you’ve ever dated someone who wasn’t, you’re familiar with the occasional frustration of navigating that interaction. It makes sense that one might want to find a partner with whom they can share their herbal indulgences.

To see whether they live up to the hype, I tried out three cannabis dating apps: High There420 Singles, and 420 Friends. I’ve been sporadically on Tinder for a couple years now, so that was my main basis for comparison.

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CannaSexual Product Reviews

Did you know that I do product reviews? I love reviewing cannabis flower strains, topicals, edibles, tinctures, concentrates, vaporizers, glassware, and other supplies! Sometimes I even do sex toy reviews (but typically with regard to how they worked with a cannabis product I'm using). If you're interested in having me review your product, email Ashley@AshleyManta.com with subject line "Product for Review." 

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DIY Cannabis Lube

Putting weed oil on your bits is a hot topic in the growing cannabis market. Companies like Whoopie & Maya and Foria are providing cutting edge products in states like California and Colorado. But what about those that have the urge to give it a whirl but don’t have access to a dispensary? DIY!

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Healing and Empowerment with Sex and Cannabis - Interview with Charlo Greene

CW: Discussion of sexual violence, trauma, PTSD, and anxiety.

I was thrilled to be a guest on The Weed Show with Charlo Greene on January 11th. Here's the interview (queued up). Hope you like it! Let me know what you think either by leaving a comment below or on the YouTube video!

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Rewriting My Trauma Narrative Around Cannabis

Trigger warning: Discussions of sexual violence and trauma. Practice self care.

 

I have to tell you all something. It something that I haven't talked about publicly. But I think it's something relevant, and I'm only now really starting to see it in its totality. I need you all to understand why me talking about sex and cannabis is kind of a huge deal for me.

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Weed Tampons

We need to talk about this “weed tampon” thing. I’ve been watching for months, since Foria Relief launched in February 2016, as news outlets and media sites have gone from excellent coverage like HelloMD modeled, to this abomination of a video from Aura Publishing that makes me want to light the Internet on fire. I’m pretty sure I channeled Anger from Inside Out when I saw this video. It has 12 million views and they’re disseminating blatantly false information: the epitome of lazy, sensationalist journalism.

Please allow me to correct the misinformation:

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What Happens When You're Afraid to Take Up Space?

This post is adapted from a filtered Facebook post I made a few days ago. So many people responded that they'd felt the exact same way at various points in their lives (or at this very moment!) that I realized it should probably go public on the blog. 

This article by Jess Zimmerman hit me right in the fucking feels. I have anxiety around having needs in a relationship (romantic or otherwise), because needs make me needy, and needy people don't stay in other people's lives for very long. If I want to talk to you and you're busy? I feel like I'm bothering you. If I want to hang out and you don't/can't? I'm being annoying. If I'm having big feelings (positive or negative)? I'm a burden.

CW in the article for heteronormativity, but this does track with experiences I've had in cis guy/girl pairings. I'd argue that it also applies to friendships/human relationships in general. 

"The attention whore is every low-maintenance woman’s dark mirror: the void of hunger we fear is hiding beneath our calculated restraint. It doesn’t take much to be considered an attention whore; any manifestation of that deeply natural need to be noticed and attended to is enough. You don’t have to be secretly needy to worry. You just have to be secretly human.

As a child, on an endless restrictive regimen that started when I was four, I was told “if you get used to eating less, you’ll stop being so hungry.” The secret to satiation, to satisfaction, was not to meet or even acknowledge your needs, but to curtail them. We learn the same lesson about our emotional hunger: Want less, and you will always have enough." - Jess Zimmerman

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