Weed Meets Webcam: How Is MJ Changing Porn?

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Sex and weed are two of mankind’s favorite pastimes, so it’s no surprise people like to mix them. Every few days there’s a recycled piece in the cannabis press about the benefits of bumping uglies while baked.

But that’s old hat. There’s a new outlet on the horizon for horny people who also want to get high: marijuana porn.

And no, we’re no talking about “weed porn,” the long-popular trend of photographing big, icy nugs and sending them across the web for potheads to drool at. We’re talking about the actual combination of pot and smut. As in, pot in smut.

This growing pornographic niche is great news for anyone who enjoys both indicas and orgasms. But how does it work on the other side of the equation? What do real porn performers say about combining sex and weed on camera?

Few would be shocked to learn a lot of adult actors smoke marijuana – a lot of marijuana. But the rules about toking and screwing are actually pretty stringent on-set, according to longtime porn performer and webcam model Ela Darling.

Cam sites prohibit ‘illegal activity’

Darling is one of the most popular forces on the forefront of virtual reality porn and the co-founder of VRTube.xxx. Like many adult stars, she also works in the webcam business, which can take a variety of forms. Some models work independently, while others contract with production companies that instruct them not to use while working, Darling said.

“Most cam sites either advise against or prohibit the use of ‘illegal activity,'” she told the cannabis review site Leafly. “They don’t allow it because even if it’s legal in the state, it’s still federally illegal. I’ll medicate if I have cramps or I’m anxious or any of the many things that cannabis can benefit. I’ve probably used cannabis maybe 10-20% of the time during shoots, always with enough buffer before I’m actually on camera so I can have time to get back to baseline.”

Adult webcam performer Talia Satania
Adult webcam performer Talia Satania

But take such statements with a grain of salt. Porn is famous for its performers’ lax lifestyles, with a reputation for excess on display in Hollywood movies such as Boogie Nights. Still, today’s stars insist it’s no longer anywhere near as bad as it was in the 1970s and ’80s – the “Golden Age of Porn.”

Some models are open about their on-camera toking. The vast majority of American porn is still made in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, which means the industry and its performers have ready access to legal medical marijuana. And an awful lot of them take advantage of that access. After all, porn stars suffer the same “bad backs” and “anxiety attacks” as other medical cannabis patients in the state.

Webcam model Talia Satania, for one, said she openly smokes while producing her own adult content.

“I prefer to smoke while I work, so it’s been a while since I’ve been sober while on cam,” Satania said. “I feel much more relaxed when I smoke while camming, and sometimes it keeps me from talking too much. My cam room regulars and those who know me enjoy and don’t mind me smoking while I work, but I do think it draws some new viewers away due to personal tastes. A lot of my fans smoke, so they will join in with me while I’m smoking, so it becomes a little internet smoke circle.”

What’s more, she explained, even at outfits that ban cannabis use, it’s a nearly impossible rule to enforce. There simply isn’t enough staff on the average set to stop performers from lighting up. To which porn and pot fans everywhere say: awesome.

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