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Weed Porn: How Two Taboos Became Popular Bedfellows

As weed legalization sweeps across America, state election by state election, the popularity of cannabis products has kept pace. But while marijuana flower, tinctures, oils and more are all becoming commonplace, another, less talked-about product of the weed revolution is also blossoming: Weed porn.

Streaming porn aggregation sites like Pornhub, YouPorn, and others boast thousands of amateur and professional smutty videos starring marijuana use (for which searches skyrocket on 4/20, Pornhub revealed last year). At least one porn company creates exclusively pot-related content, while many others occasionally dabble in delivery-man plotlines with a whole new angle. And countless porn-star-produced clips, custom videos, and cam shows across the Internet showcase performers partaking in an ever-more-legal pastime.

As it turns out, the adult entertainment and cannabis industries pair well for a number of reasons. “I think porn and weed are sister industries,” says Kristel Penn, a spokesperson for Emerald Triangle Girls, the only porn company devoted entirely to 420-focused content. “Each carries its own stigma, misinformation from the outside, and taboo, although both are multi-billion-dollar industries.”

The generations-old stigma faced by both industries tends to attract a certain rebellious, embattled mindset, says veteran performer Richelle Ryan. “Even before marijuana became recreational, some people didn’t like people that smoke,” she says. But for some people, that never mattered. “[Like,] ‘We don’t care, we’re still gonna blaze up!’ And it’s the same with porn. We know we’re not supposed to be shooting in certain counties around Los Angeles. But porn’s like the wild, wild west. You’re not going stop us from shooting porn.”

And, at a more fundamental level, many believe that marijuana and sex are perfect pleasure-oriented bedfellows. Although the science is still out on whether cannabis is a true aphrodisiac, sex educator and cannabis coach Ashley Manta says it can help facilitate sex. “We know that THC is a vasodilator,” she says. “That’s going to increase blood flow to the area, which is going to increase engorgement with blood, which is one of the things that happens when your body physiologically responds to genital stimulation.”

And, according to Manta, marijuana can absolutely enhance sexual pleasure. “Cannabis is really about helping you eliminate the things that are getting in the way of getting turned on,” she says. “[Things like] stress, pain, anxiety, being stuck in your head, not feeling pleasurable sensations as readily in your body. And those cannabis can help with.”

For porn performers, whose jobs require them to be relaxed, present, and very much aware of their bodies, marijuana is almost a foregone conclusion. “Instead of being stressed out, dealing with crazy traffic, trying to get to set, with everything going on, it just kind of mellows me out,” says Ryan. And, she adds, “I’ve noticed that when I’m more relaxed, I have better orgasms.”

Porn stars’ preference for the sticky icky comes as no surprise to anyone with a passing familiarity with the industry. Performers’ stage names – like Jenna Sativa, Misty Stone, Allie Haze, and Karla Kush – can speak volumes about their smoking habits, as do their weed-infused social media presence.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Lynsey G. in Rolling Stone

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Published: April 27, 2018

Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News

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