Ashley Manta likes to talk about sex—a lot. It’s not taboo for her. You know what’s else isn’t taboo for her? Cannabis. In fact, Ashley has created the perfect blend of sex and cannabis by forging her CannaSexual brand. As a professional sex educator, writer, coach, and facilitator, Ashley helps the canna-curious navigate these topics to make sure they’re interacting, loving, and feeling their best in and out of the bedroom. By creating a safe space for people to feel and be heard, Ashley works on softening the restrictive boundaries that hold them back from being their best self—and doing so in a way that makes participants incredibly comfortable.
Ashley hosts events, provides personal or group coaching, conducts sex positive workshops, and is often booked for speaking engagements. In addition to writing a weekly educational column on sex and cannabis for online cannabis resource, Leafly.com, she also writes a weekly blog for Dope Magazine's Hump Day High. Her mission is to help people have joyful, empowered sex lives while obtaining a better understanding of the world’s most talked about miracle plant.
MAGNETIC caught up with the CannaSexual to learn more about the grooves she chooses when blazing up. Enjoy Ashley’s sexy selections!
"Electric Love" by BØRNS
I started exploring energetic sex, in earnest, after meeting my lover B. Up to that point, in Tantra, it’s said that kundalini exists at the base of the spine and that when the energy moves, it feels like an electric current traveling up the spine. I find myself much more attuned to energy when I’ve smoked or vaped, which also puts me in the mood for sex. So, this song feels especially relevant to my experiences with B. “I feel your energy rushing through me/ Baby you're like lightning in a bottle/ I can't let you go now that I got it/ All I need is to be struck/ By your electric love.” Sex with him is unlike any sex I’ve had previously, and I suspect that is due, largely in part, to our ability to perceive the ebbs and flows of energy between us when we connect.
“Tear You Apart” by She Wants Revenge
This song, I am not joking, makes me orgasm every time I hear it. I created a conditioned response by smoking Blue Dream, listening to this song, and either having sex or masturbating. Now, I get the orgasmic response without any physical stimuli. It’s awesome! I had the opportunity to share this with Adam Bravin (of She Wants Revenge) at Cloak and Dagger, a members-only Hollywood club that he co-created with music producer Michael Patterson. Adam grinned when I told him.
“Behind the Wheel” by Depeche Mode
Did they mean for this to be a song about pegging? Maybe not, but that’s certainly what I hear when I listen to it. My lover B sent me this song right after we decided to put more time and attention into his receiving anal play more regularly, and it’s been an utter joy to go to these places with him. It’s fun to be the one behind the wheel, and our exploits together are exactly what I think of when I hear this song. It could also be about consensually surrendering control, which is super hot. For pegging, I love Foria Explore, a THC and CBD infused suppository that reduces discomfort and enhances pleasure without numbing.
“River” by Bishop Briggs
I saw Bishop Briggs perform at SXSW this year and it was magical. This was my favorite song of hers, another introduced to me by my lover B, and it makes me think of all of the fun times we experiment with sexual power exchange. “Shut your mouth and run me like a river” reminds me of the powerful currents that sweep through my sexual interactions and the way cannabis helps me joyfully navigate them. We recently got to try out some new strains that I got from the Emerald Exchange in Malibu. One of them was XJ-13 from Humboldt Brothers. It’s buzzy and energetic and makes every touch feel electrified. When this song came on, our bodies were writhing in time to the music and it was so freaking hot.
“Powerful” by Major Lazer (feat. Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley)
My favorite memory of this song is that it came on when I was having a threesome with my lover B and our friend Carter. It was my last ditch effort to enjoy receiving anal stimulation and I put myself (literally) in Carter’s capable hands. With a THC and CBD infused suppository for assistance, I relaxed and breathed while Carter explored. My orgasm was swift and powerful, and this song came on right in the middle of it.