This question is based on a false premise, and a particularly nasty false premise that keeps tons of gym goers from making good progress: that you somehow need to be in optimal condition to lift weights. Unless there is something that keeps you from executing lifts correctly sharp pains, upset stomach that keeps you from bracing your core properly, etc you can lift weights.
So… There would not appear to be any physiological reason not to. It depends on the sex, if it's really good sex I have jelly legs and I'm doing nothing for a while. Give me an hour and a shower though, and I'm good to go. Am I a bit more tired than if I hadn't done some vigorous cardio an hour before, yes. Does this mean that I can't lift, no. Does this mean that I'm not hitting PBs, probably. In terms of training effect it's still possible to train and stimulate muscles, and generate hypertrophy, if you are pre-fatigued.
You just need to pay a little more attention to rest and recovery. Sex, or any cardi Sex, or any cardio, half an hour or an hour before lifing is likely to have minimal effect on weight training. Glycogen levels may not have completely recovered, but that can probably be addressed with a preworkout shake or banana.
Cortizol levels should have returned to normal. Perceved effort may be a little higher, but nothing truley detrimental. Life is about balance.
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