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Sacred Sexuality and the Psychedelic Experience
    #1500120 - 04/28/03 07:55 AM (20 years, 7 months ago)


Sacred Sexuality and the Psychedelic Experience
by David Jay Brown

In a 1966 Playboy interview, Timothy Leary said that LSD was the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered, and that---under the proper conditions---women could literally have thousands of orgasms in a single evening while on it. Tim later admitted that he was exaggerating a bit, but anyone who has ever had sex on acid knows that he wasn't really exaggerating all that much. Wide-eyed trippers rave about timeless sessions of exquisitely heightened sex. Making love under the influence of a psychedelic may be one of the most extraordinary experiences that human beings are capable of.

Psychedelic drugs and plants can dramatically amplify physical sensations and greatly dilate our sense of time. Because they increase our sensitivity to sensory stimuli, and elastically stretch each moment, these mind-expanding substances can heighten sexual sensations enormously.

Psychedelics can also amplify emotional connections, dissolve personal boundaries, and deepen interpersonal bonds, making sex a much more meaningful and multi-dimensional experience. In the proper environment, psychedelic lovers can be transported to heavenly realms beyond description. In the best of situations, this can actually become a truly sacred event, a genuine mystical or religious experience.

Why is Marijuana so Popular?

Many people say that they smoke marijuana before sex because it enhances their erotic experience, and this aspect of the controversial plant's use may play a significant role in its popularity. I've certainly found this to be the case. Having sex when I'm high is much more pleasurable than when I'm not. For me, marijuana acts as a mild psychedelic. It enhances my senses, heightens my imagination, and during its initial phase it often makes me horny.

Although my orgasms on marijuana are considerably more intense, the actual desire to orgasm is substantially decreased. I have much greater sensitivity when I'm high, and the feelings are significantly elongated, so I enjoy each moment of the experience more. There is no desire to rush into orgasm and end the rapture. When I close my eyes during cannabis-heightened love-making, my interior world is filled with brightly-lit visions. There is also a sacred aspect to these shamanic unions. I feel great feelings of reverence during my marijuana highs, and this tends to make my sexual experience much more holy.

What Does It Feel Like To Have Sex on LSD?

The sexual encounters that I've had on LSD have been among the most incredible experiences of my life. I've had ecstatic experiences with my lovers on acid, where our bodies completely melted, our minds totally merged, and our orgasms continued for (what seemed like) hours on end. LSD tends to make me extremely horny, and I will generally have between ten and fourteen orgasms on trips where my sexual desire is given free reign.

A common experience that I have had while making love under the influence of LSD is that my partners lose their individuality. I no longer feel as though I'm making love to a single woman, but, rather, to all women. Looking into my lover's face while I'm tripping I see a stream of archetypal faces, a morphing cascade of women of all ages, races and cultures. Her face shifts with each heartbeat, from African princess to Babylonian whore to cackling old woman. Then she's a wild teenage girl, my mother, or a stream of haggardly witches and beautiful goddesses.

Sometimes it seems as though I am ALL MEN making love to ALL WOMEN. On higher doses I feel as though I'm making love to the entire web of life, to the whole universe, or to God. Boundaries completely blur, and eventually dissolve entirely. One simply becomes (as a girlfriend once put it) "DNA with eyes". This genetically-centered awareness allows lovers to transcend their individual identities and merge with the larger life process.

Apparently this is a rather common experience, as I've spoken with many other people who have had similar identity dissolutions on LSD or psilocybin mushrooms with their lovers. (Mushrooms never made me feel particularly horny, and they make it difficult for me to orgasm, so my sexual experiences with them have been limited.)

The Post-Orgasm Bliss of MDMA

I've spent whole evenings cuddling with my previous girlfriend on MDMA, looking into her eyes and stroking her face in the candlelight. However, I've never actually felt like having sex while I'm peaking on MDMA, and the few times that I actually did try, I found it difficult to achieve an erection and nearly impossible to orgasm.

But, for me, the MDMA experience itself feels very similar to the way that I normally feel for those few precious moments of pure contentment right after the peak of an orgasm---only it lasts for hours. Pure bliss and pure love. No desire in the world, except to continue to savor the sensory fullness of each euphorically exquisite moment. The enhanced communication, increased empathy, and strong feelings of love that MDMA fosters can add incredible depth to the love-making that often comes at the end of an MDMA trip.

Ketamine and Alien Sex

I never really got very horny, or much spiritual enhancement from ketamine, although I have heard that other people have had those types of experiences with it. However, the times that I had sex on low doses of ketamine were often quite amazing because of their extraordinary strangeness, as well as the perceived telepathy that my lover and I experienced. Although the anesthetic properties of this unusual hallucinogen significantly reduced my sensitivity to physical sensations, I enjoyed these experiences immensely, and a number of them were fictionalized in my science fiction novels.

Once, when I was tripping on a fairly high dose of ketamine (90 mg) with a girlfriend, I found myself in an X-rated science fiction movie. I was making love to a creature that had thousands of tentacles and many bizarre alien appendages. We were underwater in a small arena, and I was also such a creature myself. After making love as this alien creature for what seemed a good while, I suddenly snapped back into my human form, and found myself in the process of making love to my girlfriend. I was completely shocked; I had totally forgotten that I was a human being.

Psychedelics and Masturbation

I've also found that marijuana and LSD can add new dimensions to the process of masturbation. Besides heightening physical sensations, psychedelics amplify the imagination to an uncanny degree. Because of this, these substances allow solitary sexual satisfaction to reach new heights of pleasure. I have experienced some amazing states of ecstasy all by myself, tripping on visions of making love to angels and porn stars, that all but turned to flesh before my eyes, they seemed so real.

One woman even told me that she actually preferred masturbation to sex when she was tripping. "I had many consecutive orgasms on LSD, but its more challenging. I find it easier to masturbate on LSD than to have sex with another person, because there are so many things to be distracted by," she said.

Making Love to God

Perhaps most significantly, I've had sexual experiences on psychedelics that have been profoundly meaningful, deeply spiritual, and suffused with feelings of divine love. There are extremely deep, multilayered levels of soul-to-soul connection that two people can experience while on psychedelics that seem to go beyond the boundaries of our current lifetimes. It has appeared as though I have known my lover over many lifetimes, or forever.

There have also been times where I truly could not distinguish where my body ended and my lover's body began. Other times it seemed as though my partner and I became a single being, and our erotic exchange became simply an elaborate form of masturbation. It was as though we were God making love to herself, and all of the cosmos was in a state of sexual ecstasy.

Many times on LSD I've seen a reflection of (what appears to be) the deepest aspect of myself in my partner's eyes, a smiling recognition of our mutual divinity. When we share these types of experiences with our lovers they become deeply imprinted onto our nervous systems, and usually create extremely strong and lasting bonds.

Forbidden Knowledge and Ancient Secrets

Naturally, my experiences with sex and psychedelics got me interested in Tantra, the ancient Indian system of sexual yoga. Over the years, I have become fairly well-acquainted with basic Tantric practices, and have gotten to know a number of people in the Tantric community. This sensual and spiritual community incorporates consciousness-raising sexuality into their daily religious practice. From spending time with these people I learned that it is not uncommon for practitioners of Tantra to incorporate psychedelic plants, such as cannabis or magic mushrooms, into their sacred rituals.

Although the ritualistic mixing of sex and psychedelics is ancient---and openly discussed in the writings of iconoclastic philosophers like Aleister Crowley and Robert Anton Wilson---the psychopharmacological techniques for activating higher states of sexual consciousness remain unknown by most people, and they are often kept secret from early initiates of Tantra. Techniques for enhancing sexual rituals with sacred plants are rarely mentioned in popular books on Tantra or in Tantra workshops.

This important omission is deliberate. It's due to the fact that it requires a good bit of training to handle the enormous amount of energy that a Tantric-psychedelic session can generate. Tantric sex can be quite intense on its own, and that may be more than enough for most people who are interested in exploring Tantra. Not everyone can handle shivering in ecstasy for hours while their partner's face is melting.

The omission of psychedelics is also largely due to the fact that most people in the Tantric community are aware that the idea of a sexually-based spirituality is controversial enough for most people. Mixing sex and religion elicits strong taboos in many people. Making it widely known that, many of those same people who are mixing sex and religion, are also using "Schedule 1 drugs", may not be the wisest way to gain societal acceptance during a time in history when sacred plants are regarded as forbidden fruit by the Puritanical overlords of society. So their secrecy is understandable.

However, since it can be quite emotionally risky to mix sex and psychedelics if one isn't properly prepared, perhaps a more open discussion of these experiences would be beneficial. Since nothing is going to stop people from mixing sex with just about every substance imaginable, and since the emotional consequences of these experiences can be so extreme, openly sharing our experiences with one another is probably a good idea.

This is one of the reasons that Annie Sprinkle and I are currently working on a book about sex and drugs, with an emphasis on psychedelics. We are collecting anecdotes for the book, and are eager to receive submissions. Please send us any interesting experiences that you have had combining sex with a psychoactive drug, regardless of whether it was positive or negative. Be sure to include written permission to quote from your experience in our book, and let us know if you wish to remain anonymous or not.


Lest one think from reading this article that powerful psychedelics are necessary for sacred sexual ecstasy, let me assure you that this is not the case. I have---unquestionably---had the most ecstatic sacred sex of my life with my present partner, and the only psychoactive substances that we have ingested together are one another's bodily fluids.


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Re: Sacred Sexuality and the Psychedelic Experience [Re: motaman]
    #1505051 - 04/29/03 03:51 PM (20 years, 7 months ago)

Interesting article... I have heard of sexual bliss while on drugs but the experience is very rare for me. The most interesting factor is the use of LSD for that purpose. Usually when I take LSD there is no desire for sex Though pot used to make me horny, it has lost that effect. I would like to heard further into the topic so if anyone knows a rally good book or website, please post it here. It is quite an interesting topic...Thanks

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer, the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear, permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path."

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Re: Sacred Sexuality and the Psychedelic Experience [Re: motaman]
    #9841969 - 02/21/09 11:07 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Well, that link is dead now, but that was a fucking awesome article. Bravo.

I wish that site was up, this makes me want to read more of this guy's stuff.


Please delete this post. I apologize for resurrecting it, I didn't realize how old it was when I found it with the search.

β€œIt is true that my discovery of LSD was a chance discovery, but it was the outcome of planned experiments and these experiments took place in the framework of systematic pharmaceutical, chemical research. It could better be described as serendipity.”
-Albert Hofmann

Edited by FloydRose (02/21/09 11:10 PM)

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Re: Sacred Sexuality and the Psychedelic Experience [Re: FloydRose]
    #9842135 - 02/22/09 12:02 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

You are right on both counts. It's an awesome article and it is old.

I'm locking this thread, but before I do here are some links that may also be of interest to you:

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