LSD can enhance sex in the following ways:
- LSD may cause heightened awareness resulting in greater sensitivity and a more intense experience.
- LSD may cause a sense of dissolution of boundaries between individuals. This can make the experience more intimate, emotional and profound.
- Since LSD may result in the dissolution of the ego or the “false-self” it can make individuals more selfless lovers.
- LSD brings a spiritual dimension to sex, it can cause profound experiences of union and oneness.
- LSD causes heightened empathy, making sex more intimate and psychologically healthy. It is a known ‘love-drug’ and can thus work as an aphrodisiac.
- LSD can distort one’s perception of time. Experiencing an eternity of love-making with your partner is possible.
In ‘The Politics of Ecstasy‘ Timothy Leary wrote:
“An enormous amount of energy from every fiber of your body is released under LSD, most especially including sexual energy. There is no question that LSD is the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered by man. Sex under LSD becomes miraculously enhanced and intensified. I don’t mean that it simply generates genital energy. It doesn’t automatically produce a longer erection. Rather, it increases your sensitivity a thousand percent. Let me put it this way: Compared with sex under LSD, the way you’ve been making love, no matter how ecstatic the pleasure you think you get from it, is like making love to a department-store-dummy.
In sensory and cellular communion with LSD, you may spend a half hour making love with eyeballs, another half hour making love with breath. As you spin through a thousand sensory and cellular organic changes, she does too. Ordinarily, sexual communications involves one’s own chemicals, pressure and interactions of a very localized nature, in what psychologists call the erogenous zones. A vulgar, dirty concept, I think. When you’re making love under LSD, it’s as though every cell in your body is making love with every cell in her body. Your hand doesn’t caress her skin but sinks down into and merges with ancient dynamos of ecstasy within her.”
Timothy Leary has more to say about it in his book, High Priest. This is from page 153:
“We were dealing with a powerful aphrodisiac, probably the most powerful sexual releaser known to man. The effect was sensory-contact was intensified thousand-fold but also deeper. The union was not just your body and her body but all of your racial and evolutionary entities with all of hers. It was mythic mating. Neurological union. Cellular sex. Archetypes merging. It was the direct reliving of thousands of matings.” The LSD experience is sensuous, the ultimate in sensuousness. It is also erotic, exotic, timeless and eternal so that all of the good feeling will seem to never end. It is a religious experience of remembering one’s full identity and it’s all heaven and paradise. When a man and a woman are tripping together, it’s a God and a Goddess having ultimate, spiritual sex on a cosmic level. The union is deeper and richer because both people are ultimately and infinitely far beyond the ego games. The two bodies can be so merged that each person doesn’t know where their body ends and the other begins. It is as if there is just one body. Sex under LSD is the ultimate merging of the bodies combined with the ultimate merging of the minds. Typical sexual relationships, including almost all marriages, are based on the ego, meaning that they are just a tiny fraction of one percent of what sex, relationships and sexual relationships can be.”
In contrast with Leary’s enthusiasm, comes a word of caution from Albert Hoffman, the genius scientist who discovered LSD, who in his book ‘LSD: My Problem Child’ writes:
“Reports about the modification of sexual experience under the influence of LSD are also contradictory. Since stimulation of all sensory perception is an essential feature of LSD effects, the sensual orgy of sexual intercourse can undergo unimaginable enhancements. Cases have also been described, however, in which LSD led not to the anticipated erotic paradise, but rather to a purgatory or even to the hell of frightful extinction of every perception and to a lifeless vacuum.
Such a variety and contradiction of reactions to a drug is found only in LSD and the related hallucinogens. The explanation for this lies in the complexity and variability of the conscious and subconscious minds of people, which LSD is able to penetrate and to bring to life as experienced reality.”
Tips & Advice About LSD-Sex
1. Couples wishing to explore LSD-sex should start with small doses. At very high doses, sex on LSD can become quite difficult. LSD can lead to a kind of dissociation from the body which temporarily may make sex seem unappealing and bodily urges towards sex seem distant: it can push awareness towards transcendence in which case “worldly” experiences become less interesting.
2. As with any psychedelic trip, the setting (whether physical or psychological) must be suitable.
3. Since LSD can work as an aphrodisiac, be careful who you use it with. It’s ability to cause or enhance feelings of love mean that it may be wise to use it with an existing partner, rather than with a stranger you meet at the pub! In terms of getting the most out of the experience, using LSD with a partner with whom you are already in a loving and trusting relationship is advised.
4. Approach the trip with no expectations, if your partner is not in the mood for sex, don’t read into it or make a big deal out of it. LSD is an aphrodisiac to some people some of the time, to others it may make them temporarily uninterested in sex.
5. LSD can be used to enhance tantric or meditative approaches to sex. Try exploring these routes before/alongside using LSD.
6. There are no easy guidelines about whether to have sex on acid together or whether just one person should be on it. Some have suggested that if both people have sex on very high doses of LSD it can be ‘a bit much’, and that it is a good idea for one person to do a smaller dose, or do none at all.
7. Since in many people sex is often associated with complex emotional and psychological dynamics, be mindful, loving and caring of how your feeling and acting. LSD puts people in a very sensitive, perhaps even vulnerable, position: if some one is on LSD with you then they have put a lot of trust in you, don’t abuse it. At all times strive towards emotionally mature and harmonious resolution of any problems that arise.
8. Moderation. Be responsible. Use your common sense. Mixing LSD with alcohol or other drugs is unpredictable and can be dangerous.
9. Don’t let LSD cloud your judgements about safe-sex practices.
Please leave any further advice, or any thoughts you have on the issue below.
For further reading we reccomend the MAPS Bulletin, Spring 2002 (Sex and Psychedelics)