Risky Business: Combining Sex and Drugs
We know the recreational use of drugs always comes with risks attached, but using illicit substances during sex comes with its own unique strains on a person’s body and lifestyle.
Sex, drugs and partying are almost integrally associated with one another. Of course, some favored drugs have been given niche status for their claims of being best for enhancing the pleasure of sex. Some people believe these drugs make an already enjoyable experience even better. But that could be the drugs talking…
Countering those experiences are countless examples of substance abuse that provide cautionary tales regarding the combination of drugs and sex.
Overdose and other major health risks are all very real concerns when it comes to using illegal drugs. Combined with potential exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the risks grow exponentially.
And just to dwell on the word “illegal” for a moment, simply being in possession of these drugs can land you before a judge facing incarceration or, at the very least, mark your record with an offense that may never be expunged.
Always be aware of the short- and long-term side effects of drug use if you’re going to mix your party with your play.
If it wasn’t obvious by now, the smart move is to just say no. But to get you to that conclusion, here are some reasons why you should just say no.
Also known as ecstasy, XTC, molly.
A drug used recreationally with no proven medical application, MDMA is popular in sexual scenarios because of the way it is perceived to variably alter or heighten physical sensations and provide a pleasing psychoactive effect.
Using MDMA during a hookup can be intense, with users describing an enhanced focus on partners and magnified sexual pleasure. The effects last about three to eight hours, and doses vary in strength and usually come in the form of a small pill. The time frame and transportability of the drug may contribute to its popularity in raves, dance clubs and music scenes.
Side effects of using MDMA include bl urred vision, nausea, muscle cramping, chills and sweating. Longer-term effects involve liver damage, and studies are loo b king into its role in destroying brain serotonin neurons that control memory and cognition.
Also known as Tina, crystal, glass ice.
Crystal methamphetamine stimulates the central nervous system and provides a euphoric sensation to the user shortly after consumption. It generally comes in crystallized shards that vary in color from blue to white and is most often smoked in a glass pipe. The drug induces a flood of dopamine, thereby stimulating the parts of the brain designed to regulate pleasure. Users also experience higher energy levels and increased confidence.
All of these factors create a perfect storm for the overuse of the drug during sex.
Crystal meth has various applications, medically and otherwise, including use in the military and with attention-deficit patients. However, the drug can be highly addictive for users and, when abused, can cause widespread damage to the body, including deterioration of mental and physical health.
Also known as liquid gold, buzz.
Poppers are the colloquial name given to a range of substances that fall into a chemical class known as alkyl nitrites. Users inhale the vapors from a contained liquid for an immediate and short-lived rush, or high, of dizziness and seductively comforting feelings.
These substances are vasodilators, meaning they dilate blood vessels, which creates a rapid drop in blood pressure and subsequent loss of or fade in consciousness. The user becomes lightheaded while the heart speeds up, and a simultaneous and synchronous sensation of excitement and relaxation washes over the user after inhaling.
Poppers are commonly associated with sex because they are frequently marketed and sold in sex stores and adult video arcades. They are more commonly used in the gay community, possibly due to the unique side effect of relaxing the anal sphincter after use, but this doesn’t exclude them from use by other groups. Some users may even take poppers solo as a way to enhance masturbation.
Poppers often are often used in conjunction with psychoactive party drugs such as LSD, cocaine or mushrooms.
Like any other illicit substance, poppers come with risks. Harmful side effects include headaches, lesions on the skin, ocular issues and respiratory problems. Additionally, products sold as poppers may be made from alternative substances outside the class of alkyl nitrites. These cheaper-to-produce options can come with more severe health risks.
Poppers should never be used with erectile dysfunction (ED) medications or to treat perceived heart problems.
Party & play: postscript
Combining drugs and sex can seem like a fun and sexy way to enhance your experience in the bedroom, and there may be some serious peer pressure to join in. But the fact remains that all of the drugs mentioned here, and many others that aren’t, carry serious and almost unavoidable risk.
Addiction can be an issue for many people, and if you feel you may have a problem, you can reach out to support organizations. Using illegal drugs also has the obvious risk of arrest if you’re caught using or holding.
Regardless of your level of experience with any recreational or medical substance, always approach their use from the perspective of being as conscientious and informed as possible.
Giddy Notice: The use of “party drugs” for recreational purposes is illegal in the United States as described in the Controlled Substances Act, as enforced by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Our medical experts tell us that the recreational use of these drugs is not only illegal but also extremely detrimental to your mind and body. Giddy in no way promotes or endorses the use of drugs (party drugs, illegal and/or legal drugs) for any illegal or illicit purposes.