Cannabis and Sex
Posted by Glenn Beierle on 06/13/2018 in Medical Marijuana
Updated on June 15, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Cannabis and sex are often linked together. For centuries, marijuana has been used as an aphrodisiac in cultures around the globe. Many marijuana users, both those who use it medicinally and those who enjoy it recreationally, swear that cannabis dramatically enhances their sexual experience. However, there are many conflicting reports on the effects that weed has on sexual performance. If you and your partner are thinking about experimenting with cannabis and sex, there are some things you need to consider.
Cannabis and sex — do they mix? And more importantly, should they be mixed? Many reports state that using pot actually decreases sexual drive or the ability to perform, but that’s because marijuana has a lot of variables that users need to consider — such as individual biology, types of strains and how a person’s body reacts to the different chemical components within marijuana.
Like many aspects of marijuana use, there are pros and cons. Here we will discuss not only the benefits of using cannabis before having sex but also some of the potential negative aspects. As with anything, you should always have the full facts before engaging in a new activity. So, if you’re interested in using cannabis to enhance your love life, here are some considerations you’ll want to keep in mind.
Benefits of Using Cannabis Before Sex
Those who use cannabis to enhance their sexual experiences claim it is the best feeling in the world. Everything seems heightened, and their bodies feel alive throughout the entire encounter, but is that actually true?
Many reports, both scientific and personal, do back up their claims. Since it’s often better to start with the good news, here are some reasons why marijuana may actually benefit you and your partner while having sex:
1. Increased Libido
Libido, or the desire that drives us to a sexual encounter, is one of the most important factors before having sex. Both you and your partner need to be properly aroused before engaging. Although there is limited scientific data to back up the claim, there is evidence that CBD increases a person’s libido.
There are also many anecdotal accounts that say marijuana dramatically increases a person’s sex drive. So, before engaging in foreplay, many couples enjoy smoking or vaporizing cannabis together to get things going.
2. Enhanced Sexual Experience
One reason why so many people use marijuana, both recreationally and medically, is that it makes their bodies feel good. It can drive out pain and other adverse symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions, and sometimes, people enjoy the high certain strains of cannabis can provide.
The way cannabis interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system ensures its all-around effects impact every part of us. The enhanced stimulation and euphoria many users experience make them feel more sensual, which increases their sexual arousal. However, the main reason people seem to enjoy using cannabis during sex is that it intensifies their body’s sensitivity. In other words, they claim that sex feels better when they’re high.
3. Increased Emotional Bonding Between Partners
Another beneficial side effect that cannabis seems to create during sexual intercourse is a heightened emotional response. Many couples report feeling a greater bond with their partner. They feel closer to each other, and it facilitates a more open connection leading to intensified emotional bonding.
4. Helps Couples Relax
After a long, tense day, many couples would love to come home and enjoy a sexual encounter with each other. Unfortunately, the stress of the day often does little to add to a sensual ambiance.
Marijuana is known for its relaxing side effects. With less stress in the mix, both you and your partner may be able to fully enjoy your encounter and just engage without giving thought to the many stressors of your daily life.
5. CBD to Treat Erectile Dysfunction
We all know that the cannabinoid CBD has many medical applications, some of which we have yet to explore fully. One of these may be the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). There are many causes for ED, both physical and psychological. One possible physical cause is the chemical toxins present in our environment and even in the food we eat. When these toxins build up in our fat cells, they are known to create low sperm count and can lead to ED.
Research has shown that CBD oil can prevent accumulation and rid our body of these toxins, and it can also stimulate proper hormone production. Some online forums for men claim that it’s a “natural Viagra.” For those with other causes of sexual dysfunction, CBD has also shown the potential to ease:
- Performance anxiety
6. Slows Down Time
Some complain that their sexual encounters are too brief and don’t go on long enough. However, many marijuana users report that time seems to slow down after using cannabis. This means that even if a sexual encounter is short, it feels like it’s minutes, or even hours, longer. This stretched perception of time could increase the pleasure experienced by both sexual partners.
7. Prolonged Orgasms
One of the most amazing benefits that users report is that enjoying sex and cannabis together increases the length and intensity of their orgasm. It may be the combination of increased sensitivity and marijuana’s ability to stretch time, but prolonged orgasms seem to be a recurring benefit for many couples.
Cons to Combining Cannabis and Sex
Now for the bad news. As with anything that interacts with your body’s natural chemistry, some adverse reactions are bound to happen. Although marijuana is safe and won’t cause you or your partner harm if you infuse the herb into your sexual encounter, it may not give you both the desirable effects you were hoping for. Here are some of the downfalls you could experience if you decide to use marijuana before having sex:
1. Extreme Reactions
One of the disadvantages to engaging in sex while using cannabis is the potential for extreme reactions to the herb. Depending on which strain you choose, you could find that the side effects prevent you from engaging and enjoying the sexual experience fully. For example, strains that are indica dominant tend to put people to sleep or make them “couch locked.” Sativas, on the other hand, produce energy, but they also have the potential to keep you in a state of cerebral reverie, unable to stay in the moment.
For that reason, be sure to consider your strain selection and know how your body will react to it before having sex while using cannabis.
2. Decreased Sexual Performance
CBD and THC are very distinct in the side effects they can produce. Although they often work together to create a harmonious outcome in users, they have contradictory results on sexual performance. Whereas CBD can increase libido and even help with ED, THC has been shown to decrease sexual performance and, in some cases, cause erectile dysfunction.
Marijuana can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine produced by the body as well. This chemical often affects moods and feelings. Increased dopamine in the body can make it hard for men to obtain an erection as they may not feel sexually aroused. Also, smoking cannabis specifically can damage blood vessels resulting in poor blood supply to the penis.
3. Lower Sperm Count
If you are using birth control, then this con could just as easily be considered a pro. However, for couples trying to get pregnant now or in the future, it’s a serious consideration. Using cannabis lowers men’s sperm production, thus decreasing the chances of impregnating their partner. However, this doesn’t mean that men should use marijuana as their only form of birth control. Other types of protection should always be used.
4. Vaginal Dryness
This is not something that couples like to hear when they’re trying to get in the mood. Unfortunately, cannabis has been known to lead to vaginal dryness which can impact the pleasure experienced by both partners.
5. Increased High-Risk Behavior
Because the THC present in cannabis produces mind-altering effects, it can also lead to poor decision making. While high, users may choose to have a sexual encounter they could later regret. That’s why it’s best to use marijuana for sexual purposes within the confines of a committed relationship. That way, partners can decide ahead of time if they’d like to use cannabis to enhance their sexual experience.
Factors to Consider
If you’re planning to ingest cannabis before having sex, there are a few other factors you should keep in mind.
- Picking the Right Strain: As discussed in the cons section, different strains have different effects, and it’s important to know how a certain strain will interact with your own particular biology ahead of time. Some strains may turn you off or prevent you from focusing on the experience. Hybrids, especially those that lean more toward indica, tend to be more balanced. For that reason, this may be a good place to start when deciding which strain to use before having sex.
- Dosage Matters: As with picking the right strain, using the proper amount of cannabis is another consideration you should keep in mind. The more you use, the greater the effects of the marijuana. You may think that’s a good thing, but it’s not always when it comes to cannabis and sex. If you use too much, you may be too high to engage fully and unable to do much of anything. Unless you’re a veteran user, it’s important to understand ahead of time how much is too much so that you and your partner use the right amount. It’s best to start out slow.
- Males vs. Females: Evidence suggests that women process cannabis quicker and thus feel its effects stronger than men who ingest the same amount.
- Take Your Terpenes Into Account: One of the biggest considerations you should take into account is how a strain smells. Some are known for their skunky aroma which is not very conducive to a romantic atmosphere. Be sure to pick strains that are known for their pleasant-smelling terpenes. This includes ones with limonene, which creates a citrus aroma, or pinene, which resembles the smell of pine trees. You can also find strains with more fruity bouquets like those that contain myrcene, also found in mangos. Strains with these kinds of terpenes create an invigorating and stimulating atmosphere.
- Marijuana Users Have More Sex: The CDC conducted a survey on family growth in the U.S. in 2015. One of the questions on this survey asked participants how often they used marijuana and another asked how often they had sex. The responses indicated that both men and women who used cannabis regularly tended to have more frequent sexual encounters. This may be because in many cases, pot increases sexual motivation. However, it should be noted that using cannabis doesn’t automatically mean you will be having more sex. It just suggests that using marijuana may be a good way to get you in the mood.
Best Methods of Use
Whether you have a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana or you live in a state where its recreational use is legalized, many ingest cannabis before engaging in sex. One of the pros users find is that it enhances their experience. However, if you are planning to use marijuana before having sex, which is the best method of use? It definitely varies from person to person, so experimentation might be required to figure out what works best with your body’s chemistry.
In the meantime, here are common ingestion methods utilized by cannabis users before having sex:
- Smoking: Most cannabis users find that smoking before having sex is the easiest way to ingest the plant. The effects are both faster and more pronounced, and it also allows them to control their dosing.
- Vaporization: The benefits of vaporization are very similar to those experienced by smoking pot. However, those who vaporize report that they’re better able to enjoy the different terpenes present in the strain. If the strain has a pleasant smell, this may add to the sexual experience for both you and your partner.
- Edibles: Many couples report that edibles create the best body high, adding to the sensuality of enjoying cannabis and sex. It is slightly impractical because it takes about an hour for your body to digest the infused edible and for you and your partner to feel its effects. If you’re willing to be patient though, it may be worth trying.
- Tinctures: Tinctures produce a similar body high to that experienced by those who ingest edibles. However, instead of hours, its effects are often felt within minutes. Unfortunately, dosing can be tricky. A little goes a long way, so it’s important to experiment to ensure you get your desired results.
- Marijuana Lube: These topical products are making a splash in the cannabis industry. They do not cause the “high” sensation that smoking produces. However, some women and men use infused lubricants and oils to create a profound physical response. Some even claim that it causes a stronger orgasm.
It’s up to You
Although there are considerations on both side of the issue, both extreme positives and disconcerting negatives, at the end of the day, the decision is up to you and your partner. Adding cannabis to your sex life may not be for you, and that’s okay. Of course, if you both would like to try something to spice up the bedroom, this may be a fun and exhilarating experience you both enjoy immensely.
If you’re still not sure you want to mix cannabis and sex, then you may want to direct your questions to a medical professional. At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we make it our mission to connect people with qualified marijuana doctors in their state. Search to find a doctor near you.
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