Juliana Converse is a writer, educator, "good witch,". She loves using her extensive cannabis knowledge and teaching background to contribute to a healthier, happier Maryland. Her preferred medication method is vaping flower. You can find her any day of the week drinking mead and hanging out with her partner and cats in Reservoir Hill.
Review of OH, THC-infused intimacy oil from Curio Wellness
OH advertises itself as playing a role in closing the pleasure gap, that is, the phenomenon that women statistically report achieving orgasm less frequently than their male partners. Since I am among the lucky percentage of women who don’t generally have trouble reaching orgasm, either alone or with my partner, I’ve wondered if a THC- infused lube wouldn’t be gilding the lily. And as a poor, working artist with the ability to come regularly, a $70 price tag for one product doesn’t feel practical. (Since we all know stoner artists are nothing if not practical.)
A huge pro about this oil is that its ingredients are all-natural and not tested on animals. Furthermore, 100% of the THC content is sourced from Curio’s own Golden Strawberry strain, known to be an aphrodisiac. I’ve described the effects of this strain as feeling like your blood is rising to the surface of your skin, making you much more sensitive to the lightest of touches.
The dominant terpene in this blend is limonene, which a quick look-up on Leafly will tell you is responsible for the citrusy aroma in certain strains. Among this terpene’s effects are elevated mood, antifungal and antibacterial properties, and “improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract.” So not only is it a guard-dog against the worst threats to vaginal health, but it may, along with the MCT oil, actually help this sensitive mucous membrane absorb the THC more efficiently.
First thing to note is the color: it comes out amber, not clear, so I immediately put a towel under myself. The second is the scent, of oranges and vanilla, though not overpowering like cleaning agents or artificial flavors. The ingredients list orange essence, but some of this sweet citrus is probably from the limonene. The aroma is pleasant, and evokes memories of melting creamsicles on a warm summer night. I used about 4-5 squirts and spread it in and around my labia. I barely had to do anything before I felt quite “thirsty.” The sensation is like gentle icy-hot, and I experienced an increased sensitivity to the lightest of touches.
In conclusion, I can say with confidence that this lube is safe and highly effective, even if it had less heavy-lifting to do on me. The effort required to reach orgasm was considerably minimal, and the orgasm itself was one of the best I’ve had on my own in some time.
I do wish it worked with silicone toys, as I imagine those who struggle would appreciate being able to double-up on methods. And you can’t use it with condoms. But as for the price, I’d say if you are among the many women with difficulty achieving orgasm, consider making room for this product in your budget. Because you deserve to feel this
Women have unmet needs in the bedroom and aren’t crossing the finish line nearly as often as their male co-captains.
We think that’s super lame, so we created our THC-infused intimacy oil to close the pleasure gap.
If you had told me six months ago I’d be a registered medical cannabis patient working at a dispensary in Maryland, I wouldn’t have believed it.
And yet in the last month, I’ve been turning a lifelong curiosity into an open career path. By visiting dispensaries and reaching out to accounts I admired on Instagram, I developed a network and knowledge base that eventually helped me find a job at GreenLabs, a new dispensary in Fell’s Point.
Before I even used it, I was fascinated with the beauty of the flower and its mystical and healing properties. I’ve always loved aspects of 420 culture, especially stoner comedies about women (see: Smiley Face, 2007, Saving Grace, 2000, and the show Broad City). One of my favorite aspects of cannabis is that it promotes laughter and playfulness. Ask anyone: my favorite thing to do is medicate and watch episodes of King of the Hill.
I also spent a lot of time (I should have been doing my Geometry homework) reading works by Abbie Hoffman, Hunter Thompson, and Joan Didion. These texts, along with my research on the War on Drugs and the dark side of Sixties counterculture, were sobering tales of the social repercussions of drug culture. I read deeply and thoroughly to combat my own over-exuberance. I’d read Slouching Towards Bethlehem, then dance to the Grateful Dead (Dick’s Picks) in my bedroom and think about what it must feel like to be “stoned.”
As an adult patient, I’ve kept up my nerdy curiosity, looking up and trying different strains to match different needs and symptoms. Sometimes it feels like cannabis has never let me down: I’m what you’d call a functional stoner. When you feel that entourage effect, when it feels like this substance improves absolutely everything, it’s easy to think of it as a “cure-all.” But cannabis is not a cure-all, nor is everything all hunky-dory once it’s medically legal.
With every day since I started a 420 Instagram account, I’ve wondered, “Should I really be doing this? Should I be putting this out there?” I am a passionate person, so I tend to express myself passionately, and sometimes this worries people who want the best for me. When I reveal passionate parts of myself in my writing, I often feel like I’m betraying or hurting someone. But it has felt increasingly important that I turn my passion for cannabis into an intellectual pursuit, wherein I could have a direct impact on improving people’s lives in my home state.
I acknowledge that just because cannabis works for me, doesn’t mean it works for everyone. Legalization can help people decide what is a dosage issue and what is a substance issue: is it that you’re taking too much, or that you’re taking it at all? Not everyone has a positive context for cannabis use. Individuals are looking to me to guide them towards the best way to improve their quality of life with these products. I’d like to help recreate the context around cannabis, so that we can at least discuss it and the industry honestly.
The culture around pot has not always been positive or inclusive, from the high rate of prosecution for people of color, to the normalized objectification of women in media. I became interested in the industry for the same reason I’ve always been a fiction writer: I see a place where I can contribute my talents to the shaping of a more positive, thoughtful, and inclusive society.
The reality is that money and power shapes industry, so naturally some people have only dollar signs in their eyes, where there should be fan leaves. More people are using cannabis to treat their symptoms, and more of the country is embracing its recreational usage. Demand is skyrocketing. We’ll soon stop wondering what the Walmart of weed will be. (Weedmart).
But that doesn’t mean it’s all sunny days ahead for Maryland’s cannabis industry. There will be those who cut corners, who deliberately impede progress, and those who advocate based on outdated or anecdotal claims. It’s too easy under the influence of personal and professional euphoria to lose track of ourselves. It is much harder to take responsibility for helping the culture around cannabis become more inclusive and geared towards the individuals who seek our guidance. My goal as a writer and member of the industry is to help shape Maryland’s cannabis community by staying alert, critical, and compassionate as we enter this paradigm shift.