Studies show that consuming cannabis helps your sex life, irrespective of gender or age.
Given the current ‘gender pleasure gap’ that we have in the world, could cannabis therefore help to decrease gender disparities in sexual pleasure? Read on ladies…and guys!
The effects of cannabis on sexual experience has been researched quite a lot over recent years. Anecdotal evidence from many experienced cannabis users is that it can help stimulate an appetite for sex. They also report that feelings and pleasure is more intense.
Earlier studies from the twentieth century have indicated that cannabis could however impact the ability of men to get an erection.
But we are seeing more research that is probably asking more questions about the whole interplay between cannabis and sex.
So what’s going on with cannabis and sex? Does cannabis help your sex life?
There appears to be a bunch of evidence that says you could experience a better sex life with cannabis. One study in 2019 found that “most women reported increases in sex drive, improvement in orgasm” when they used cannabis before sex.
A recent study in January 2023 stated that over 70% of participants reported increased desire for sex and orgasm intensity. This supports the anecdotal evidence that sensations are increased when using cannabis, and the herb can intensify physical pleasure.
People in this study also said that masturbating on cannabis was better. Good news for you guys that can’t get a date.
Even more interesting, was that participants said that their sense of taste (bad case of the munchies anyone?) was increased when using cannabis.
Perhaps delay tucking into the fried chicken though until after you’ve finished the sex…..or masturbation even.
How does cannabis make sex better?
Cannabis stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, which is responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward. Another study in 2012 found that the endocannabinoid system has a part to play in female arousal, and so there is a complex physical picture at play.
It may also be down to cannabis helping with anxiety, or generally just making us calmer. The removal of stress therefore lets us relax and enjoy the sex in the moment.
Indeed Stephen Gray, in his book ‘Cannabis and Spirituality’ refers to the power of cannabis in making us see what’s important. Many of us know that cannabis also helps to slow down time. Perhaps this combination means that we are more in tune with the other person, and therefore spend more time on our sexual partner’s pleasure.
More foreplay anyone?
Does cannabis make you sexy?
So if cannabis helps your sex life -then what else can it do?
Another study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine stated that frequent cannabis use is associated with a higher numbers of sexual partners for both men and women. Indeed research from 2017 also concluded that cannabis users had sex more often than those who didnt use it.
What a time to be alive.
In general, cannabis helps your sex life, is thought to enhance pleasure for some of us,. Effects will vary depending on a range of factors such as the strain of weed, the dosage, your tolerance, and current state of mind.
It’s important to remember however that not everyone will experience the same effects. The herb could lead to a decrease in sexual enjoyment or even sexual dysfunction, particularly if you have too much, or you find that weed makes you anxious.
Unfortunately, the picture is also quite confusing, as there has been a lot of conflicting studies with different conclusions.
There is also some evidence to suggest that the type of cannabis used can play a role in the effects that it has on sexual function. For example, strains of cannabis that are higher in THC tend to be more likely to lead to orgasm.
Strains of cannabis that are higher in CBD, another component of the plant, may have a calming effect but may not necessarily enhance sexual pleasure directly.
So, what are you waiting for? Light up and get ready for a night of passion like no other!
As always, make sure you’re being responsible. Obviously if you’re considering having a baby with your partner, talk with your doctor about the risks of using cannabis or CBD products.