Sex, Aphrodisiacs and Substance Abuse

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Depending on the person sex can be recreational, casual or something done when two people are in love. Each are fine as long as there is protection involved. When drugs are added to the mix things could either get complicated or interesting. And when drugs become habitual when having sex it becomes a problem of substance abuse, not to mention the chance of date rape and possibilities of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

Some people use drugs as a sexual stimulant to intensify sensitivity, enhance intensity of orgasms, and increase sexual desires. In these cases the drugs are used as aphrodisiacs. An aphrodisiac can be a scent, food, pharmaceuticals, ointment, the most common of aphrodisiacs are foods and drugs. The word aphrodisiac comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite who was the goddess of love and beauty. Aphrodisiacs can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome with the use of substances such as satyrion and cantharides.

Satyrion is said to be a plant with reddish leaves and a double root that is no longer found today and cantharid is what is known as spanish fly. Aphrodisiacs also vary from person to person not everyone will have the same experience with them.

There is nothing wrong with aphrodisiacs; the problem lies with people that use them habitually to enhance sexual pleasure, if used in such a way it is considered substance abuse. Many drugs that are used to enhance pleasure and are abused include alcohol, amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, psychedelics, ecstasy and marijuana.

Although alcohol is a depressant, if enough is consumed it serves as a numbing agent. Alcohol has been known to be “the social lubricant of the masses” people lose control of motor skills as well as lose inhibitions. If taken in small doses it can be considered an aphrodisiac, although...