October 15, 2021
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The Psychedelic Solution to Sexual Liberation
The modern discourse on sexuality is essentially a revolution for sexual liberation, built upon the connection between psychedelics and sexuality. MDMA’s desire enhancing properties counter female sexual dysfunctions by facilitating sexual healing, enhancing feelings of intimacy, and heightening pleasure.
Mankind’s fascination with finding the perfect aphrodisiac is a tale as old as time. Once considered love tonics, psychedelics have historically played an important role in enhancing desire, pleasure, performance, and satisfaction. For example, Ancient Egyptian texts mention using blue lotus flower extract for increasing and improving sexual desire. Although the constructs of sex and human sexuality have evolved over the years, the connection between psychedelics and sexuality remains unwavering.
Can MDMA Improve Decreased Sexual Desire in Women?
The modern discourse on sexuality is essentially a revolution for sexual liberation. Yet, almost 43% of women express some level of sexual dysfunction that adversely impacts mental health. Anecdotal evidence suggests that psychedelics such as MDMA can significantly enhance sexual intimacy, thus, leading to a transcendental experience.
However, the connection between psychedelics and sexuality remains an under-researched concept despite the long-standing relationship dating back to ancient times, for instance, the yoga practice of tantra. As we investigate the therapeutic potential of psychedelics based on traditional practices, it’s only fair that it be broadened to include an understanding of issues surrounding sexual intimacy as well.
Low Libido & Decreased Desire
While good sex is often compared to attaining paradise, mind-shattering sex is a whole new dimension on its own! However, achieving this elevated state can be challenging for many women. As two of the top sexual problems, women most commonly report low sexual desire and inability to achieve orgasm. For instance, a community-based study on Australian women found over 69% experience low desire.
Sexual problems can be a long-term condition or may develop later in life after having a previously satisfying sex life. However, a satisfying sexual experience is subjective and may not be an adequate measure on its own to diagnose sexual disabilities. Nonetheless, sexual challenges like female hypoactive sexual desire disorder (fHSDD), which involves an decrease in sexual desire, can cause significant distress, impact relationships, and impair functionality.
Other types of sexual dysfunctions may include arousal challenges and resolution issues. Women particularly are inhibited by societal structures, criticisms, and stigmas to achieve a full sexual response. From the tingling in your toes to the ecstatic feeling in physical touch, emotional intimacy can go a long way in determining the course of a sexual encounter. Yet many of us belonging to the fair sex struggle with body image, performance issues which are often deemed “overthinking much?”.
Euphoric Sex & Prolonged Orgasmic States? Oolala!
Let's be real for a minute: high or drunk sex has a reputation of being out of this world. However, while sex, spirituality, and psychedelics predate societal boundaries, certain combinations in the modern era are still highly taboo.
The legalization or decriminalization of psychedelics in certain places is creating a paradigm shift. Drugs like MDMA are being studied for their effects on sexuality, due largely in part to anecdotal sexual experiences while on the drug. The clinical use of psychedelics is moving beyond the scope of general well-being and into the uncharted territories of sexual dysfunctions like fHSDD.
And with good reason too, because other than anecdotal evidence, there is barely any research investigating the effects of psychedelics on sex and sexuality. Are psychedelics the solution for sexual liberation? Perhaps not entirely. But they may make an excellent partner to psychotherapists.
MDMA AKA the Love Drug
When Alexander Shulgin first discovered MDMA in the 1970s as a powerful tool capable of producing strong feelings of love, compassion, and empathy, little did he know the decades of evidence it would accumulate. The hallucinogen’s therapeutic potential was first tested in the field when therapists started using it for couples counseling. Although MDMA was soon after banned in the USA, the drug continued being used recreationally, even if illegally. Until recently, a study from the Global Drug Survey in 2019 found that MDMA was one of the three most prominent drugs used with sex.
Also known as molly or ecstasy, the drug’s pharmacological properties speak for themselves. By increasing the production and release of oxytocin, the love hormone, MDMA specifically targets the amygdala’s fear-based response. It also impacts several neurotransmitters known for their mood-enhancing features, such as serotonin and dopamine.
Combined, these components produce a prolonged orgasmic or euphoric state, thereby allowing the brain to solidify existing emotional connections and a strong desire for intimacy.
The Desire Project: MDMA’s Shining Glory
If MDMA can help couples communicate with each other better, then there’s ample reason to believe it could be capable of facilitating sexual healing, enhancing feelings of intimacy, desire, and heightening pleasure in women.
MINDCURE’s brainchild and revolutionary research in The Desire Project focuses on rekindling passion, sexual exploration, and deep emotional connections within a therapeutic setting using MDMA. With the right guide and set and setting, this sex life-saving drug can easily become the next big thing in female sexual liberation.