According to the experts at Women’s Health Magazine, the three main, seemingly simple things to ensure a long and healthy relationship are honesty, communication, and loyalty.
While all these things are decidedly crucial and provide a beautiful canvas to grow a healthy, robust relationship, there’s one thing that was left out of the equation that might be the crux in achieving these aforementioned standard qualities.
Is it passion? No. Is it equality? It helps, sure, but no. Is it love? Close, but still no.
It’s weed. Yes, you heard me right: the key ingredient behind healthy relationships is the good old ganja. This might seem like a pretty whacky thing to state. I mean, how could smoking marijuana make a relationship stronger?
Isn’t it just some silly, recreational thing teenagers do? Nope.
Weed actually has the power to bring you closer, make your sex life better, and make you more trusting of your partner and vice versa — and here’s how:
1. It makes couples fight less.
Smoking weed together is directly correlated to happier marriages. It’s true that couples who smoke together really do stay together.
According to The Washington Post, the University of Buffalo studied over 600 couples starting in the mid-’90s and found that couples who smoke more have less violent and healthier relationships.
The study found that couples who smoke together really are more likely to fight less. Everyone knows that fighting less means more time for growing together and allowing the spirit to enhance and expand.
2. It decreases instances of jealousy.
Why would you get green with jealousy when you can smoke the green? If you’re smoking together, you don’t need to let jealousy distract you.
Couples who smoke together are too chilled out to fight or have a lot of drama. They’re laid out on the couch spending time together and not throwing dishes at each other. If you both can get behind getting high, you’ll be better for it.
3. Your sex is hotter.
It’s scientifically proven that sex is better on weed. It can intensify orgasms, improve your sexual longevity, and even be an aphrodisiac.
As psychiatrist Dr. Lester Grinspoon told High Times that weed “greatly enhances the sexual experience for many people. There’s no doubt that when people are high, they’re more sensitive to their sexual feelings and urges.”
Weed is better than oysters when it comes to getting in the mood. Forget all the aromatherapy candles and bullsh*t lingerie, and fire up the old bong.
Pot has the magical power to relax you in ways that only Rx drugs really can. According to Medical Daily, marijuana is like a cup of chamomile tea for the soul: “It has a calming and relaxing effect that must be associated with decreased anxiety.”
4. It gives you the munchies and couples who eat together, stay together.
As we all know, smoking reefer leads to one very important, very lovely side effect: the munchies. And couples who eat together, stay together. Why does this happen? Well, there is actual science that explains it.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, “THC fits into receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, significantly increasing the animal’s ability to smell food, which leads them to eat more of it. A big part of the reason why you might eat more food after using marijuana is simply that you can smell and taste it more acutely.”
So, you want to eat everything you see because your senses are so damn enhanced. You’re just like the cookie monster, only way cooler.
Everyone knows that a couple who can agree on food can jive together in life. OK, maybe not everyone knows that, but I have a completely logical explanation for this as well.
Being able to eat with your significant other is a serious sign of comfort. You know you’re at peak levels of tranquility within your loving romance when you feel at ease stuffing your face together.
According to senior lifestyle editor, Ashley Fern, “Eating is the kind of experience that tells you a lot about people (aside from just their preference in food). Certain people can’t even bring themselves to eat in front of others, so even feeling comfortable enough to do so is a step in and of itself.”
When you’re chowing down with your boo after smoking, you know that sh*t is true love.
5. The best conversations happen when you’re high.
Your brain just gets into the details of things and expands into subjects that you’ve never really considered before. Sure, not all of it makes sense, but it can feel very profound.
Smoking with your girlfriend or boyfriend gives you a unique, unfiltered view of that person’s mind. Where all of the social pressures and anxieties of the world might have stopped you, you’re now uninhibited to discuss your most intimate thoughts and desires.
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All of the questions and curiosities you have about life are finally out on the forefront. You can never really know someone unless you’ve gotten high with them. So much about that person’s personality is revealed in such an interesting way.
6. If you can smoke together, you can trust each other.
Letting go of yourself is the ultimate act of trust. Weed can have all kinds of different and fascinating effects on the human brain, and letting someone experience those changes with you shows that you truly believe in their ability to handle you.
When you get stoned with your partner, you’re putting yourselves into each other’s hands and truly trusting that each of you will take care of one another. It’s a safe space.
The healthiest relationships are built from trust. And if you can’t smoke with someone, ask yourself this: can you really trust them?
I’m not about to give my heart to someone who can’t even handle smoking a joint with me. That just isn’t safe for either one of us.
Colorado “Pot-repreneur” Anthony Franciosi is the founder of The Honest Marijuana Company, which utilizes all-natural cultivation methods to produce only the finest organic and eco-conscious cannabis products. For more information, visit their website at www.honestmarijuana.com.