Yes sex. We’re going there. Because the conversational about the wellness benefits of cannabis cannot omit the fact that it has been used for centuries for libido-boosting properties. From the obvious effect of “gentlemen, start your engines” to help with more specific problems such as pain and inflammation, the healing herb has been used in traditional medicine since recorded history.
If you have not experienced any sexual disorders, such as (here we go), impotency, vaginal dryness, discomfort during intercourse, or lack of desire, cannabis might provide some solutions for you. But it depends on your chemistry, health conditions, and the strains that you choose.
Why Few Researchers Want to Study Sex and Cannabis
The widespread prohibition that surrounded the U.S. drug policy for the past decades has resulted in little research about marijuana and sex that people can refer to. Very little evidence-based research at all, because the federal government is remiss to provide research funds for illicit substances. Many people do not think that cannabis is a Schedule I drug. Or anything like other dangerous drugs in that category.
“A lot of the understanding that needs to go into a discussion around cannabis and sexuality has less to do with cannabis and more to do with sexuality,” says Jordan Tishler, M.D., medical cannabis expert at InhaleMD in Boston.
Naturally, your body makes its natural version of cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids. There are many receptors for the cannabinoid compounds in parts of the brain that deal with sexual function. Endocannabinoid is released in humans after orgasm, which suggests that these compounds could be involved. The endocannabinoid system is kind of like an ignition to a lot of wellness benefits.
According to Dr. Tishler, cannabis opens blood vessels and increases blood flow. It directly affects the cannabinoid receptors in the skin and nerve pathways that are usually involved in detecting pain or pleasure. It can amplify nerve sensitivity. And without being rude, that can be a very good thing.
What Limited Research on Cannabis and Sex Says
According to a study published in 1979 in the Journal Of Clinical Psychology, researchers asked a group of 84 grad students (78% male) what they thought cannabis and sex is like. Approximately 39% of these students had firsthand experience, and they agreed that marijuana increases overall sexual pleasure. Serious users also believed that marijuana increased the intensity of an orgasm. It could be considered an aphrodisiac.
Another study done back in 1984 and published in the Journal of Sex Research had college participants (62% male). Most participants in this study reported that cannabis enhanced some aspects of sex plus a few interesting details.
About 58% of the men and 32% of women in this study said that cannabis increased the quality and duration of orgasm. In the same survey, 70% of the men and 60% of the women reported an increased desire for a familiar partner after consuming cannabis.
Approximately 70% of the men and 76% of the women reported increased sexual pleasure and satisfaction. And for those that like to snuggle afterward, the news might not be so good. The study reported that 59% of men and 57% of women reported a heightened sensation of touching after cannabis intake.
The Most “Romantic” Strains of Medical Marijuana
When you visit your dispensary and explore different strains of medical cannabis for your health condition, it may not hurt to try one with a sensual side-effect also. Health problems can often impede libido, and it’s a nice ‘bonus’ if you choose the right strains.
Some of the most “romantic” strains of medical marijuana include:
Only 34% and 56% of women, however, said it increased the desire to snuggle. Is it possible they were on the way to the kitchen for a snack instead? Some of the best whole flower for “smoking” in the bedroom with your partner also happen to stimulate the appetite.