‘Lost World’: 100 Hours Paddling Mexico’s Forgotten River

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You can cram a lot of adventure into very little time. Take, for example, this whirlwind trip to Chiapas, Mexico. We paddled La Venta, a world-class river in a world forgotten by time.

I spent the night on the floor of the Mexico City airport with a lightweight Space Cowboy bag and Speedvalve mattress—two of the best pieces of gear I own. They work just as well in the backcountry as they do catching a few hours of sleep in a bustling airport.

A missed connection, a date with TSA agents to discuss the purpose of water filters and collapsible paddles, and a glacially slow customs line couldn’t temper my excitement for the next four days.

Over the next 100 hours Wyatt, my longtime friend and paddling partner, and I would descend the La Venta River. Our route would start just below the Aguacero Waterfall and weave its way to Nezahaulcoyotl Lake, with more than 1,000 feet of drop over the 50-mile descent. This late in the season it is only navigable with packrafts.

I dreamed of paddling La Venta for months and felt lucky to have schedules, weather conditions, and sponsors align.

One Last Gear Check

It was mid-November, near the end of rainy season in Chiapas. Average temps range from the high 70s during the day to low 50s at night.

We packed light to keep us agile, knowing the river was riddled with technical whitewater and portages closer to rock climbing than on-trail hiking. For good measure, Wyatt threw in a couple extra six-packs to make sure we didn’t suffer the entire way.

With a very limited amount of time between touchdown and takeoff, we didn’t have the luxury of causal sightseeing. Wyatt directed the cab driver to the remote river and we ran through our gear list one last time.

I had my lucky blue Teva sandals, duct tape, and a few extra dry bags—what could go wrong?

Journey to the Sacred Canyon

Locals call it the Sacred Canyon. It’s a magical place, in part because it’s still hidden. And frankly, I feel somewhat conflicted writing this article.

Beyond rough numbers and a few pixelated images from Google Earth, there isn’t much information about the river on the internet.

Our best beta came from a guide who supplied us simple yet sufficient maps and a few hints about navigating the bigger rapids. We weren’t going in completely blind, but it felt like it. Walking into the unknown is increasingly rare these days and we welcomed it openly.

Arriving at the gated entrance to the waterfall we met a young ranger who informed us of recent landslides. An 8.2 magnitude earthquake in September caused notable wreckage across the area. She explained that the river hadn’t been paddled since the quake—and it could be completely changed and possibly dangerous.

We saw our first evidence of this as we hiked down to the water—the entire beach was covered in rocks and debris. Our maps were downgraded to loose guidelines. We had an adventure in front of us.

It was late afternoon by the time our gear was organized, food divided, and Alpacka Gnarwhals rigged. A few hours of paddling and a handful of rapids transported us into a lost world.

Surreal Beauty: Paddling La Venta

For the next three days we didn’t see or hear another soul. Arriving at a sandy beach near dusk, we assembled our Hyperlite tent with ease and threw together a quick dinner.

For all international trips, I bring a Dragonfly Stove, which I’ve owned for nearly a decade. It runs on any type of fuel you can find (in this case regular gasoline) and can and repair is relatively easily. We crashed soon after dinner, worn out from a long, unpredictable day.

Light rain woke us in the morning. We made coffee, shuffled some gear, and pointed our packrafts downstream. Wyatt and I have kayaked since we were kids—the act itself feels like an old, familiar friend. Paddling together filled the two of us with youthful energy.

The next couple days seemed to bend space and time. Every corner we rounded opened up a chorus of expletives from both of us. Words and photos don’t do this river justice.

La Venta is unrelenting with surreal beauty and visceral rawness. Massive white walls climb hundreds of feet above the river. Lush green canopies dangle vines down to the water. Rain and mist dance through the valley.

Whitewater sets string one after another, with hours of eddy hopping and wave surfing. Waterfalls seem to pour from the rock itself. Towering caves, clambering monkeys, birds of all colors and sizes—Avatar jokes finally make sense to me.

The crux of the river sits just past halfway—two heinous portages and a must-run class IV called Complicado that more than lives up to its name. Parties must navigate a fast-flowing boulder field laden with nasty holes and strainers. Steep cliff walls on both sides give no other options.

Once through, a narrow and placid stretch of water is a reward. The river grows in volume near the end, with big drops and powerful waves. Looking back there were probably over 100 unique rapids.

The Long Road Home

It would be easy to spend a week on the La Venta and still beg for more. Yet, as with most trips, we had flights to catch. On our fourth morning we found our way to the river delta and paddled our final 10 kilometers across the lake to a small, boat-access-only town.

A few hours drying out gear, ferry across the rest of the lake, taxi to the town center, bus back to Tuxtla, and taxi to the hotel consumed the rest of the day.

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We feasted on street tacos and found WiFi to let our friends and family know we were safe. At that point it didn’t seem real. It still doesn’t. We’re lucky to have found such a hidden gem.

My advice for all searching for solitude and comfortable paddling class III+ water: Go now, and paddle with care and respect.

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Your next flu shot may be replaced with this patch

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Researchers from Georgia Tech and Emory University has conducted phase I clinical trials to see whether microneedle patches are an effective tool to deliver the flu vaccine.

The patch could be a viable alternative to the current method, which some refuse to get due to fear of needles. Read more…

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MIT is redesigning power converters to make the grid more efficient

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Electrical efficiency affects a massive number of devices, from the relatively tiny phones in our pockets all the way up to electric cars and the power grids keeping our houses running. Power converters are a particularly important part of the equation, as they’re the devices that bring the high voltages coming through power lines down to more manageable levels for household outlets. MIT, along with semiconductor company IQE, Columbia University, IBM and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have announced some breakthroughs on making that part of the equation more efficient.

Specifically, the report outlines how power converters made of gallium nitride semiconductors are both more efficient and smaller — but thus far they’ve only been able handle power in the range of 600 volts. That’s enough for household products, but not for larger or more complex devices. But MIT’s research has led to a breakthrough in which gallium nitride converters have been able to handle twice the voltage — up to 1,200 volts. That’s enough to use in an electric car, but this is only a beginning point for the technology.

Ultimately, MIT and its partners believe that improvements will let these converters handle 3,300 and 5,000 volts, enough to build them into the power grid itself. The challenge has been building "vertical" converters out of gallium nitride, a design that’s more efficient than the "lateral" alternative, but also harder to produce. But a new design has helped make these voltage increases more plausible: "Instead of doing the complicated zigzag path for the current in conventional vertical transistors, let’s change the geometry of the transistor completely," said MIT professor Tomás Palacios. There’s no word on when these types of designs might make it into electric cars or power grids, but the potential of reducing energy waste makes this project one worth keeping an eye on.

Source: MIT

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Drug dealers are giving up on Bitcoin

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Fees and slow processing times clogging the market
Something you will be hearing more about in the weeks ahead is the ‘mempool’. Simply, it’s how many unconfirmed (unfinished) transactions are in the Bitcoin network.

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Oldest Supermassive Black Hole 800 Million Times Bigger Than The Sun Found But It Shouldn’t Exist

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Astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole that is 800 million times bigger than the sun. One itsy bitsy problem — it shouldn’t exist. Scientists were able to find an extremely distant quasar, which is a bright object that consists of a supermassive black hole surrounded by an orbiting accretion disk of gas. “Quasars are among the brightest and most distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the early universe,” said co-author Bram Venemans of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany. There are much bigger black holes out there in the universe, but this is the furthest one that scientists have been able to detect. Only one other quasar has ever been found at this mind-blowing of a distance, but the newest quasar beats the previous record-holder, known as J1342+0928, by approximately 60 million light years.

The newest quasar gives off so much light that scientists believe that it must be at least 800 million times the mass of our Sun. Scientists can calculate the mass of its black hole engine based on the brightness of the quasar. NASA explains how scientists measure the distance of quasars:

The quasar’s distance is determined by what’s called its redshift, a measurement of how much the wavelength of its light is stretched by the expansion of the universe before reaching Earth. The higher the redshift, the greater the distance, and the farther back astronomers are looking in time when they observe the object. This newly discovered quasar has a redshift of 7.54, based on the detection of ionized carbon emissions from the galaxy that hosts the massive black hole. That means it took more than 13 billion years for the light from the quasar to reach us.

The black hole is so wildly distant that we observe it from a time when the universe was only 690-million-years-old since being created by the Big Bang. Researchers estimate that the light from this distant quasar has been traveling towards us for more than 13 billion years. Here’s the crazy part that has baffled scientists. Astronomers believe the Big Bang or the beginning of time happened 13.8 billion years ago. So how did this matter-devouring supermassive black hole get so ginormous in such relatively little time since the beginning of time?

Forbes tries to answer how this black hole got so gargantuan in so little time:

It’s possible that it exists in a rather dense region of space. Having lots of matter around would make it easier to grow quickly. But that isn’t enough to solve the mystery, because the faster a black hole consumes matter, the more light the matter would emit, and that pressure of light and heat would tend to push matter away from the black hole. It’s known as the Eddington limit, and it puts an upper bound on how fast a black hole can grow. To reach 800 million solar masses in such a short time, the black hole would have to consume matter fairly close to this limit.

So this discovery is like seeing the dawn of creation about 13.8 billion years ago. This is so much to unpack on a Thursday night or any night for that matter. Eduardo Banados from the Carnegie Observatories equated seeing the quasar is like seeing a baby photo of the universe when it was just 5% of its current age. “It would be like seeing photos of a 50-year-old man when he was 2 1/2 years old,” according to Banados. “This discovery opens up an exciting new window to understand the early universe.”

“The new quasar is itself one of the first galaxies, and yet it already harbors a behemoth black hole as massive as others in the present-day universe,” said co-author Xiaohui Fan of the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory. This new quasar was born when the universe was emerging from a so-called Dark Ages when “stars and galaxies were first appearing and their radiation ionizing the surrounding hydrogen gas to illuminate the cosmos.”

“This particular quasar is so bright that it will become a gold mine for follow-up studies and will be a crucial laboratory to study the early universe,” Banados said. “We have already secured observations for this object with a number of the most powerful telescopes in the world. More surprises may arise.” Understanding quasars and black holes can help us decipher astrophysics as well as how the universe was formed.

The Carnegie’s Magellan telescopes in Chile, the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, and observatories in the French Alps all contributed to the study. The scientists posted their findings in the Dec. 7 issue of the journal Nature. Here is an artist’s rendering of what the massive black hole may look like. Are you feeling insignificant and small yet?

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De-Dollarization Continues: China, Iran To Eliminate Greenback From Bilateral Trade

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The more Washington lashes out in anger at those who will not bow to the unipolar world order, the more the rest of the world fights back. As the launch of its Yuan/Gold-settled oil futures looms, China is escalating its de-dollarization scheme further by seeking a bilateral rial-yuan agreement with Iran.

As a reminder, nothing lasts forever…

The World Bank’s former chief economist wants to replace the US dollar with a single global super-currency, saying it will create a more stable global financial system.

"The dominance of the greenback is the root cause of global financial and economic crises," Justin Yifu Lin told Bruegel, a Brussels-based policy-research think tank.

 

"The solution to this is to replace the national currency with a global currency."

The writing is on the wall for dollar hegemony. As Russian President Vladimir Putin said almost two months ago during the BRICs summit in Xiamen,

“Russia shares the BRICS countries’ concerns over the unfairness of the global financial and economic architecture, which does not give due regard to the growing weight of the emerging economies. We are ready to work together with our partners to promote international financial regulation reforms and to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies.”

As Pepe Escobar recently noted, ‘to overcome the excessive domination of the limited number of reserve currencies’ is the politest way of stating what the BRICS have been discussing for years now; how to bypass the US dollar, as well as the petrodollar.

Beijing is ready to step up the game. Soon China will launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan, and now, as RT reports, Tehran and Beijing are determined to find ways to avoid using the US dollar as a settlement currency in trade, according to a report by Iranian economic daily Financial Tribune.

The topic of de-dollarization was raised at a meeting between leading Chinese government political adviser Chen Yuan and Iranian central bank officials in Tehran.

“Rial-yuan’s bilateral monetary agreement can have a significant role in increasing the volume of trade between the two countries and in this regard, we have conducted a series of negotiations with the central bank of the Republic of China’s president,”  said the Central Bank of Iran’s Governor Valiollah Seif.

Tehran has been pursuing the goal of eliminating the dollar in its trade, and has been trying to sign currency swap agreements with a few target countries.

Chen said that Iran and China should develop their banking links and also underlined the unfairness of the existing financial system, dominated by a few developed countries. He added, other nations would do better if the unfair system is eliminated.

“We could use the experiences of European countries in establishing the euro as a common currency between many countries, which is not exclusively controlled by a single country. But until then, we need to utilize the maximum available capacities to expand our banking relations,” he was quoted as saying by the Iranian daily.

As Federico Pieraccini previously noted, until a few decades ago, any idea of straying away from the petrodollar was seen as a direct threat to American global hegemony, requiring of a military response. In 2017, given the decline in US credibility as a result of triggering wars against smaller countries (leaving aside countries like Russia, China, and Iran that have military capabilities the likes of which the US has not faced for more than seventy years), a general recession from the dollar-based system is taking place in many countries.

In recent years, it has become clear to many nations opposing Washington that the only way to adequately contain the fallout from the collapsing US empire is to progressively abandon the dollar. This serves to limit Washington’s capacity for military spending by creating the necessary alternative tools in the financial and economic realms that will eliminate Washington’s dominance. This is essential in the Russo-Sino-Iranian strategy to unite Eurasia and thereby render the US irrelevant.

De-dollarization for Beijing, Moscow and Tehran has become a strategic priority. Eliminating the unlimited spending capacity of the Fed and the American economy means limiting US imperialist expansion and diminishing global destabilization. Without the usual US military power to strengthen and impose the use of US dollars, China, Russia and Iran have paved the way for important shifts in the global order.

The US shot itself in the foot by accelerating this process through their removal of Iran from the SWIFT system (paving the way for the Chinese alternative, known as CIPS) and imposing sanctions on countries like Russia, Iran and Venezuela. This also accelerated China and Russia’s mining and acquisition of physical gold, which is in direct contrast to the situation in the US, with rumors of the FED no longer possessing any more gold. It is no secret that Beijing and Moscow are aiming for a gold-backed currency if and when the dollar should collapse. This has pushed unyielding countries to start operating in a non-dollar environment and through alternative financial systems.

For China, Iran and Russia, as well as other countries, de-dollarization has become a pressing issue.

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Why is bitcoin’s price so high?

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Bitcoin’s price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires. But is this a bubble? Are the gains real? And are the bitcoin whales in for a sad Christmas?

First we must understand what drives bitcoin price and, in particular, this boom. The common understanding for current growth leads us back to institutional investors preparing for the forthcoming BTC futures exchanges.

The primary theory about the astonishing rally being put forward by investors on social media is that bitcoin will soon benefit from big institutional money injections via the introduction of the first BTC futures products. CBOE Global Markets and CME Group are launching new futures contracts on December 10 and December 17, allowing investors to go long or short on bitcoin. This ability makes bitcoin far more palatable to big investors who are currently flooding the market to make profits if and when the bitcoin price falls.

This move also legitimizes bitcoin in Wall Street’s eyes, an important point considering cryptocurrencies are still suspect.

Further growth comes from the the “bitcoin as a store of value” crowd. This group of enthusiast bought and held bitcoin and will not sell it at any current price. More and more bitcoin fans are entering into this group and they are driving up demand increases. In a world where people expect bitcoin to be worth $1 million soon this sort of activity – whether rational or irrational – is quite popular.

We see a common thread between these points: hype and news. All cryptocurrency movements are based on domain specific media and conversations between traders. Bitcoin traders, it can be said, are now akin to the jolly colonists selling stocks under buttonwood tree. This small but influential market is prone to panics based on a single Tweet and users work together to a least bolster themselves with cries of “HODL!” The market is so nascent that there are no dark pools, no popular algorithmic trading systems, and no real way to automate your buying and selling activities (although, without futures, there was never a need to). That is all coming and at that point the market will harden itself against panics and booms. Until then we enjoy rises and dips and volatility that puts most bitcoin dilettantes off their lunch.

Ultimately new and old users are testing the limits of a system that, for a decade, has been untested. The futures market will be a big driver in growth and bust over the next few months as institutional investors begin using the currency. CoinDesk writer Omkar Godbole notes that the price should remain stable but a “a pullback to $11,000 cannot be ruled out, but dips below the upward sloping 10-day MA of $11,500 are likely to be short-lived.”

“As of now, a significant correction is unlikely and could be seen only on confirmation of a bearish price-RSI divergence and/or if RSI and stochastic move lower from the overbought territory,” he wrote.

Is this dangerous? Yes, to those who are betting big on BTC. Again, I cannot tell you whether to buy or sell but the common expectation is that bitcoin raises to a set point and then fluctuates between a high and a low until the next run up. Many expect foul play.

“The current price isn’t truly driven by demand. When CME Group went live with Bitcoin futures we saw a sharp increase in demand and an increased number of users in the network,” said Matthew Unger, CEO and Founder of iComplyICO. “Now, some institutional major players are flooding the network with new cash and creating what appears to be market manipulation. Now that Bitcoin futures are available it is easy to buy into futures market first and then create a massive number of buys or sells of Bitcoin to ensure the price swings in favour of your futures contract.”

“In many jurisdictions, Bitcoin has yet to become subject to regulations, leaving an investor with no recourse or protection from fraud or market manipulation,” said Unger.

Is this a bubble? Many are disappointed in the moves, believing the rise is happening because of market manipulation. But we must remember that the real value of a cryptocurrency is not driven by price but instead is driven by utility. While bitcoin may always be the proverbial hidden pot of gold for early buyers the future of all cryptocurrencies is still being written. Just as, in 1994, no one could have predicted the prevalence and value of open source projects like Linux and Apache, no one can currently predict what bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will do for us in the future. Until we know, it’s best to buckle up and and enjoy the ride.

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From Tulip Mania to Bitcoin Mania what history tells us about bubbles

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 By Daniel Shane  CNN Hong Kong   @CNNMoneyInvest

The digital currency’s massive surge this year — it’s up more than 1,400% — has all the hallmarks of a huge speculative bubble, according to people such as Warren Buffett.

And if it bursts, the results are likely to be spectacular.

“In terms of how it ends, bubble history suggests it will be with a bang, rather than a whimper,” said Sharon Zoller, an economist at ANZ. “I can’t think of any reason why this time would be different.”

To better understand what may lie ahead, here’s the lowdown on four famous financial bubbles in history:

Tulip mania

In the early 17th century, speculation helped drive the value of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands to previously unheard of prices. Newly imported from Turkey, tulips were a big novelty at the time.

Hard data from those days is scarce, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how much prices soared. But people were putting up their homes as collateral, according to the Rijksmuseum — the Museum of the Netherlands — in Amsterdam.

Like many bubbles, prices were driven by greed or the fear of missing out. Speculators were buying bulbs in the hope that they could sell them on at an even higher price. Again, it didn’t last. A flurry of sales caused a domino effect, and prices collapsed.

Stephen Innes, head of Asian trading at currency broker Oanda, believes bitcoin bubble could go the same way.

“Prices will become so out of reach of the common man that ultimately demand fades,” he said.

CNN Money

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9 things Trump did since becoming president that the internet went nuts for

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Since taking office nearly a year ago, President Donald Trump has attracted no shortage of attention for his social media activity, frequently combative stances against those who displease him, and unconventional approach to pushing policies he favors.

He’s also gifted the internet with a slew of gaffes, tweets, and interactions with foreign leaders to freak out about.

Here are the nine most memorable ones:

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1. Trump’s first time meeting Pope Francis in May

Trump’s meeting with the Pope was "stiff" from the start, according to pool reports. The two have frequently been at odds with one another over hot button issues like immigration and climate change, and the internet was quick to jump on the Pope’s interactions with Trump, comparing them to his meetings with other world leaders.

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How Weed Affects Your Sex Life

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With the recent legalization of weed in several states, and the creation of several sex-specific THC products like Foria personal lubricant, more people are becoming curious about the relationship between marijuana and sex. Here’s what we know so far about how weed can affect various aspects of your sex life.

Inhibitions

Many weed enthusiasts report that weed makes them more relaxed and lowers their anxiety and sexual inhibitions. They report being interested in trying particular activities that they might have been too shy to try sober. Anxiety’s ability to decimate every aspect of a person’s sex life should not be underestimated. A little anxiety relief may be just what you need to have a better sex life.

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But just like wine, too much weed can have the opposite effect. Paranoia— one of the most stereotypical reactions to weed—doesn’t exactly make sex very fun. And other people find that instead of making them feel relaxed and uninhibited, weed actually makes them feel anxious and stuck in their own thoughts

The effect that weed will have on your sexual inhibitions probably boil down to the effect that weed has on you in general. If you tend to be relaxed and happy on weed, you’ll probably be more open to sex while high. If weed makes you anxious and paranoid, it’s probably not a great idea to smoke for the explicit purposes of lowering your sexual inhibitions.

Safety

Weed’s ability to lower inhibitions can also lead to sexual safety issues. You might be more willing to engage in risky behaviors while high. You may also be forgetful about your usual safety practices, like wearing condoms. Consent can get fuzzy as well, if you’re not in your right mind to fully agree to something or ensure that your partner is also enthusiastically on board. If weed tends to send you into a different stratosphere, you may want to avoid having high sex unless you’re with a trusted partner.

Sex Drive

There hasn’t been much research specifically on the link between sex drive and marijuana. For many people, less anxiety and lower inhibitions make them much more interested in sex, so in that way, weed seems to anecdotally increase their sex drive. But too much weed can also impair your overall sex drive. It’s hard to get motivated for the physical exertion of sex if you’re experiencing weed-induced laziness.

Sexual Frequency

A recent study by the Stanford University School of Medicine found that marijuana usage was correlated with increased sexual frequency in both men and women. Researchers found a 20% increase in sexual activity in those who smoked weed versus those who didn’t. The increase was found across all demographics – age, race, socioeconomic status, education levels, and so on. Of course, that’s correlation, not causation.

Enjoyment and Orgasm

Many people anecdotally report that smoking weed during sex makes them feel more playful, open, and connected to their partners. Just as smoking weed with your buddies can be a bonding experience, so can smoking weed and having sex with your partner. Some people also feel that weed heightens their experience of sensation, making touches and caresses feel more pleasurable. Foria, one of the most well-known cannabis products, claims to help women reach orgasm more easily simply by using the THC-infused lubricant during intercourse.

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Unfortunately, the news isn’t as rosy for men. Multiple studies have linked daily marijuana usage with erectile problems and an inability to reach orgasm. It should be noted that the aforementioned Stanford University study, which is one of the most thorough studies to date, found that marijuana usage did not impair sexual functioning.

Fertility

Potentially bad news for pot users trying to get pregnant: in small studies, regular marijuana usage (more than once per week) has been found to decrease sperm counts by as much as 30%. Researchers suspected that the decrease was caused by the interaction of THC with the sperm. A separate study found that even if the woman is the one who has smoked, the THC in her system can affect any sperm that enters her reproductive system. Researchers have thus far hesitated to describe this as a clear causation, but unless you’re smoking weed for medical reasons, you may want to consider dialing back until you get pregnant. (Of course, women who are pregnant shouldn’t smoke.)

Relaxation and Sleep Quality

For most people, energy is the biggest barrier to sexual activity. If you’re exhausted, it’s extremely difficult to get into the mood. Weed can not only help you sleep better on an ongoing basis, but can also make you feel much more relaxed in the moment itself. For many people, that can be enough to jumpstart your sex life.

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