Sex & Cannabis: A Nationwide Study on Aphrodisiac Qualities of Cannabis
Smoking cannabis to enhance your sex life is not just an anecdotal observation. The widespread legalization of medical cannabis and the increasing acceptance of recreational consumption have contributed to the relaxation of US laws that previously prohibited research into the substance. This is welcome news for those who wish to learn more about its effects.
The door is now open, and researchers are forging paths to new insights about cannabis and its relationship to our sex lives.
Cannabis seems to affect sex in more ways than one. First, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine titled ‘Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States’ analyzed the results of several National Survey for Family Growth survey cycles, consisting of 28,176 women and 22,943 men, to determine whether cannabis could be linked to the frequency of sex.
Large surveys of this kind are often used to substantiate research as they represent a statistically diverse subset of the nation. Across all demographics, weekly users reported having 22-34% more sex than non-users, with the percentage increasing with more frequent use. Next, researchers at St. Louis University in Missouri conducted two separate studies on women attending their annual women’s wellness exams at a particular ObGyn clinic. The first study found that 29% of the women surveyed used marijuana prior to sex, and of that group, 68% reported more pleasurable sex. The second study reflected the first, utilizing a larger group of women. In this group, 33% consumed cannabis prior to having sex, with 65% of that group reporting increased sexual pleasure as a result.
Surveys are also being conducted outside the university setting. Ian Kermer, a licensed couples therapist and contributor to CNN, conducted his own informal survey on the question amongst his colleagues and found that in many cases, cannabis affects libido in a positive way. Sex therapist Amanda Pasciucco suggests that "people who use marijuana may have more sex because they put less pressure on themselves when they are high, so they don't have the same performance anxiety as those who are sober."
Sex therapist Lawrence Siegel contends that THC appears to target a part of the female brain associated with sexual arousal.
More research is required to ultimately determine the relationship between sex and cannabis, but as you may have already suspected, cannabis and sex is a pleasurable experience more often than not. While cannabis is certainly not a cure-all and cannot fix the root of sexual dysfunction or relationship issues, it may be a great tool for enhancing libido and giving your sex life a boost.
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