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?

Typically I shy away from making strain-specific recommendations, since we know that strains can vary based on geographic location, grower, and phenotype. Additionally, I generally try to focus on pleasure rather than orgasm, since being orgasmically goal oriented can actually make orgasm more elusive. Those caveats aside, I was genuinely curious how each of these two strains would affect me, so I decided to do this experiment. For science.

I prepared my supplies: a pipe, a grinder for each strain, my favorite erotica pulled up on my phone, a bottle of Sliquid Sassy, a water-based lubricant, and my brand new toy, the Womanizer Plus Size. Despite the unfortunate name, this toy is pretty fantastic and quite innovative. I planned to do my experiment with two hours of rest in between so that each strain would have a chance to work without impacting the effects of the other. I decided to begin with Grape Ape.


Indicas for Orgasms

Grape Ape was a birthday present so I don’t have any information on the grower or testing data. What I can tell you is that I’ve never seen such purple buds or smelled a scent that was so clearly grape before trying this strain. When inhaled, the fruity flavor becomes slightly less pronounced, but it still leaves you feeling a bit like you just puffed on hickory smoked grape juice. The effects have a quick onset and the sensation reminds me of having a warm blanket wrapped around my whole body, relaxing it one muscle group at a time.

My perception was decidedly heightened and I ran my fingers gently over my arms and chest and noticed that it felt significantly better than it does normally. I didn’t feel sleepy or couch locked, which I appreciated, but I could definitely see this being a great strain for cuddling. I applied some lube, pulled out my toy, and I kid you not, had an orgasm within twenty seconds. I was shocked. I literally didn’t even have time to pick up my phone to read my erotica. It just … happened. “Perhaps it’s just the novelty of the new toy,” you might say. I thought of that, so I used the toy without cannabis the day before to establish a baseline. It didn’t have the same twenty second window of pleasure.


Sativas for Orgasms

I picked up a gram of Clementine at the Emerald Exchange in Malibu. This particular flower was grown by Verdant Valley and has a piney, citrus scent. Clementine is known to be happy, energetic, and uplifted and therefore great for stress. It can feel so awake and energized that it borders on anxiety, so watch out for that. I definitely felt less in my body and more in my head for this one, but I also felt more creative and cerebral, so this time I didn’t need the erotica because I was vividly imagining lived experiences in my mind. In this case, the orgasm happened after about a minute and fifteen seconds, so still a relatively quick onset but not nearly as fast as with Grape Ape. (I should point out that masturbation is not a time trial, you don’t get points for how fast you orgasm—but it is helpful to know what you’re likely to experience if you only have a small window of time.)


Which Is Better?

I noticed I had more mental chatter with the Clementine than I did with the Grape Ape. I wanted to do all the things at once, whereas with the indica I felt relaxed and willing to take my time—to really enrich the experience. I also went back for a second orgasm with the indica, whereas after the sativa-enhanced orgasm I felt more like I wanted to get up and have a snack or interact on social media. For me, Grape Ape was the clear winner.

Since I know that my experience is not universal, I decided to ask another cannabis aficionado for her perspective. After all, everybody (and every body) is different. Charlo Greene, cannabis activist and host of The Weed Show with Charlo Greene, had this insight:

“Sativa all the way for orgasms. When I climax, it literally takes all of the energy from every part of my body and focuses it on that one moment. A sativa helps to pick me up to keep me going where as an Indica would put me into a sex coma.”

Do you notice a difference in pleasure and orgasm with indica and sativa? Which do you prefer? Tell us about it!

This article was originally published on in May 2017. Read the original post here.

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    commented 2018-09-15 12:04:52 -0700

    I stumbled across your site and blog after watching High Indulgence on Playboy TV. It’s funny that you brought up Grape Ape because a couple nights ago my wife and I had one of the most amazing sexual experiences ever while elevated with Grape Ape vapor.

    Now granted she was loose and uninhibited because of three gin drinks at our local karaoke bar. I however had one solid hits of Grape Ape vapor and soon found a rather male sexual aggression that I’d only entertained in fantasy.

    I’m definitely not a timid person. Quite the extrovert really. A stand-up comic and writer who is constantly joking and wisecracking. However my wife makes the Lion’s Share of the money in this household and my job is to stay at home with the kids and maintain the household. Try as I may, I am sometimes saddled with the feeling of the house husband which can often contribute to my penchant towards submissiveness in the bedroom. A sore point for us. She’s not comfortable with the idea of slapping me or being rough with me or dominating me. Or making me deep throat a strap on. I am often taken with submissive fantasies.

    Grape Ape was not having any of that. We found ourselves in positions, and playful dirty banter while making out that was reminiscent of our early 20s but also had the solid fortitude of a decade-long relationship. We were soon engaged in some light rough play including face slapping and groping and Light choking. It was really like an adult film with no camera.

    I’m not going to give you every lurid detail but the orgasm on Grape Ape was nothing short of earth-shattering for me. My muscles locked in a very tight but comfortable flexing manner and the rush of physical euphoria was memorable.

    Since it was such an amazing strain for me I have now taken Grape Ape and placed it sort of on an altar like Raiders of the Lost Ark. I only want to bring it out for special occasions from now on.

    I just wanted to share something we had in common concerning the Grape Ape strain and to let you know I’m thoroughly enjoying your website and look forward to your further Explorations into the world of cannabis and carnality.

    Glendora, CA

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