Can Smoking Weed Actually Turn You Gay?
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At the beginning of the year, Dr. Wesley Muhammad of the Nation of Islam (a doctor of Islamic Studies, by the way, not medicine) presented his conspiracy theory that the U.S. government introduced chemically-treated, “weaponized” marijuana into black communities as a way of “feminizing” its men.
According to Muhammad, the secret manhood-destroying properties of this gay-inducing marijuana partially diverts or blocks masculinization of the nervous system through use of an anti-androgen that bonds to “melanated (black) tissue,” releasing poisons into black bodies for life.
That all sounds super sciencey, but drugs don’t work that way, and the only proof Muhammad offered was him repeatedly saying “we have documented,” which is kind of like Trump repeatedly saying “lots of people say” when trying to support his worldview. Despite Dr. Muhammad’s pseudo-science though, could he have a point?
To figure it out, drug writer JS Rafaeli asked Jason Tantra, the man behind Tantra 4 Gay Men, a group that uses spiritual and sexual exploration as a sacred act to elevate gay and bi men to a higher spiritual plane.
Rafaeli told Tantra that some male web user have reported feeling more open to sex with men when stoned. Tantra replied that marijuana can dull inhibitions and remove the filters and protections that people use to conform to everyday life.
“A straight person is not going to become gay – but if there are some latent feelings towards either sex, their repression may be lifted to act on that truth in themselves.”
Rafaeli also spoke with gay drug users who say that weed allowed them to feel more of a bodily high, feeling more present in their lovemaking and even achieving multiple orgasms.
He concludes that because cannabis heightens one’s sensitivity to touch, taste and sound, it can definitely make one feel more openly sexual, but that one should approach its “powerful and enriching” effects cautiously and consciously.
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