Updated on August 16, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
There’s been little research on how marijuana affects sexual
function. But a new analysis of the studies that
do exist—some dating back to the 1970s—found marijuana has positive effects on
libido, orgasm, and sexual pleasure. The research was published in Sexual
Studies agree that marijuana boosts sexual pleasure and is associated with prolonged or more intense orgasms. One study found that frequent but not daily marijuana use was associated with increased sexual pleasure in 70% of users. Women who regularly used marijuana before sex were more than twice as likely to report satisfactory orgasms.
When it comes to libido, it may
depend on how much you smoke. One study found that a low dose of marijuana—about one joint—was sexually
stimulating, but higher doses were inhibiting.
Multiple neurotransmitters and
hormones play a role in sexual excitation and inhibition, though it’s unclear
how cannabinoids affect these systems. Additional research is needed to help
understand these mechanisms better and how marijuana can help restore sexual