Article by Kate Robertson, Growth Op
At 67 years old, Playboy magazine has had to evolve with the times. But one thing that has stayed consistent throughout the sex-positive publication’s storied history is its commitment to bringing cannabis consumption to light, particularly when it comes to its role in the lives of artists.
In 1960, Playboy interviewed jazz greats Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie, who talked about drugs and music. Later on in that decade, they published Pot: A Rational Approach, which challenged readers to think about how cannabis could even be helpful to people’s lives.
“Not only is marijuana comparatively harmless on the face of all the evidence,” wrote psychiatrist Dr. Joel Fort at the time, “but there are even reasons to believe it may be beneficial in some cases.”
Now, in the age of growing support for federal legalization in the U.S., the mag has carved out space for regular cannabis coverage. For three years, Ariela Kozin served as their features editor and frequently focused on topics related to weed.
A new piece, The Five-Step Guide to Cannabis for Sex, says cannabis can have such renewing effects on intimacy, it can be like “losing your virginity all over again” — and underlines some of the better research around cannabis and its potential to increase pleasure during sex — particularly for women.
“Most women who use cannabis before sex report increased drive, heightened orgasms and a decrease in pain,” she writes. Here are the highlights.