Recent research substantiates what many have believed to be true – that medical marijuana enhances sexual function. Based on its properties, it makes perfect sense it would positively impact sex. Your body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a key role in regulating relaxation, pleasure, pain, and homeostasis, is activated by cannabinoids, which are critical in enhancing sexual function.
Current data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that about 55 million adults in America use marijuana, and the numbers will continue increasing as more states legalize the drug for both medical and recreational use.
Due to its 85% cannabinoid content with the most heavily researched being Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), medical marijuana greatly affects both function and perception. Your body naturally produces cannabinoids called endogenous cannabinoids. These endocannabinoids interact with receptors called Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2).
When you use cannabis, it begins to stimulate your CB1 and CB2 receptors, which amplifies how these receptors function. If you inhale cannabis, this process begins almost immediately. When you ingest cannabis products, you will begin to feel the effects hours later.
These receptors normally regulate functions such as stress regulation, pain perception, muscle tone, and mood. Cannabis promotes physical relaxation, reduces pain and anxiety, and improves your mood, allowing both men and women to enjoy more fulfilling sex.
Some of The Benefits Reported By Cannabis Users Include
- Enhances your ease of achieving orgasms either as a man or woman and more so for those who have problems reaching orgasm.
- Increases your sensitivity, which creates more intense physical sensations.
- Increases your ability to focus on the sexual experience without distractions.
- Offers you emotional satisfaction, well-being, and a sense of euphoria.
- Increases your ability to relax and connect with your partner.
- Increases libido and sexual desire in both men and women.
- Offers more frequent and intense orgasms in both men and women.
According to research, medical marijuana produces feelings of pleasure, relaxation, and decreased pain. Cannabis is widely known for its anxiety-reducing effects reducing feelings of pressure and lowering inhibitions when it comes to sexual activity. It is also a vasodilator that increases blood flow, opens capillaries, and enhances sensitivity leading to better sex and orgasms.
However, it’s important to note that cannabis is a biphasic compound. This means that high doses can result in opposing effects. High doses of cannabis can counter its aphrodisiac qualities.
Research also indicates that the effect of cannabis on men and women is different. Sex therapist Lawrence Siegel observes that THC targets the section of the brain associated with sexual arousal and libido in women. CBD on the other hand is associated with decreased pain and relaxation, which is helpful if you have endometriosis or experience pain during sex.
Cannabis use in men has long been associated with lower sperm count, erectile dysfunction, trouble orgasming, or orgasming prematurely. But in contrast, another study has found that moderate use of cannabis can contribute to a higher sperm count, indicating that only high doses of cannabis cause negative effects.
This 2017 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine also documents a correlation between cannabis use and sexual frequency. Daily users across demographics report having had 20% more sex than those who didn’t use cannabis. The study also concludes that weed doesn’t seem to negatively impact sexual function.
Unlike other supplements that are subject to minimal controls, cannabis is heavily regulated and subject to extensive ongoing research. While researchers are still learning about the properties of cannabis, loads of research has been conducted, resulting in detailed reports on its effect on the human mind and body making sex more pleasurable for both men and women.