Can Marijuana Enhance Your Sex Life?
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and more states with legal Cannabis than ever before, many are wondering if this wonder drug can spice up their plans for the most romantic night of the year. But can consuming marijuana actually enhance the quality of your sex life?
Ask anyone from the Cannabis industry and the answer will be a resounding, ‘YES’. Thanks to the popularity of marijuana a number of companies have introduced strains and edibles to enhance sex. The most common sex products to emerge with legalization are Cannabis infused lubricants typically made from Cannabis infused coconut oils that claim to enhance sensation and arousal in women. But do these products work? Let’s examine the connection between Sex and Marijuana.
Examining the relationship between Marijuana and Sex.
Thanks to Marijuana being a Schedule 1 substance in the US, almost all research on the effects of the plant is prohibited. However with legalization of the herb in 31 states and the district of Columbia, researchers have finally been able to study the effects of marijuana particularly how it relates to Sexual arousal.
According to a research study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (JSM), entitled the Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study, whose goal was to , “To elucidate whether a relation between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists using a nationally representative sample of reproductive-age men and women.” With a sample size of 28176 women and 22943 men who were surveyed by the CDC via a questionnaire, they concluded that, “Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” In fact, daily users across all demographic groups reported having 20% more sex than those who have never used cannabis.
An additional study published by the JSM to determine if marijuana use before sex affects the sexual experience, by how much, and which domains of sexual function are affected found that consumption of small quantities of marijuana before sex may increase libido in female patients. Doctors believe this may be due to the short term anxiety reducing effects of Cannabis. Poor libido is directly linked to stress and anxiety and Cannabis can help keep you calm thus enhancing sexual function.
But while the research indicates that small amounts of Cannabis can increase sexual arousal does this mean that Cannabis enhances sex?
Marijuana and Erectile Dysfunction .
Although no conclusive evidence exists to suggest that marijuana can cause erectile dysfunction a few studies have shown a correlation between the two. A review published in the Journal of Sexual medicine found that regular consumption of marijuana may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction. The study was conducted on animals to determine how marijuana impacts sexual health. The study found that Cannabis has an inhibitory effect on certain receptors inside the erectile tissue of the penis. Due to ethical and legal reasons however such a study has never been actually conducted on humans so its difficult to presume if the findings of this study hold ground or not.
Precautions to take when using marijuana as a sex aid
It’s important to remember that not everyone experiences Cannabis in the same way, so precautions should be taken when intending to use this drug for this purpose.
Marijuana in small quantities causes increased sensations of pleasure but since everyone’s tolerance is different stick to smoking just enough till you feel a slight buzz.
Don’t be too adventurous the night when you and your partner get high. Stick to the regular routine. It’s important to get acquainted to the high before you go experimenting with different scenarios.
Be cautious of edibles
Smoking a spliff works best as the high from smoking is near instantaneous. Whereas with edibles you don’t know how potent they could be and they could hit you when it’s least expected.
Use lots of lube
Marijuana is infamous for ‘Cotton Mouth’ but it is also known to dry up other parts of your body. Cotton Vagina is a thing and while its nothing a good glass or two of water can’t fix but it’s always handy to have some lube around to get the job done twice as quick.
Top Aphrodisiac Marijuana Strains
Now while smoking marijuana in small quantities may indeed increase sexual pleasure, there are certain strains that are better than others for exclusively this purpose. Here are the top Bed Happy Strains on the market.
Feeling nervous as the date comes to a close? Smoke a spliff of this and you’ll instantly feel more relaxed and laid back. This giggle inducing strain is a descendant of the famous Sour Diesel and Hawaiian strains and is a top pick if you’re looking to end the night on a high, quite literally.
Green Love Potion
With a name like that, is there any doubt? This Indica, dominant strain with give you a relaxing body high enabling you to enhance a lovely feeling of intimacy.
Key Lime Pie
This hybrid strain makes you sensitive to touch. So sensations will be all the more pleasurable opening up your nerve centers. But be warmed Key Lime Pie can be overwhelming for some users.
A brilliant sativa strain when you want to feel refreshed and stimulated. Smoke some of this as a perfect way to bring back the intimacy between you and your partner.
It combines muscle relaxation with mental arousal making this strain a perfect aphrodisiac. This Indica strain is popular because of its abilities to treat depression, pain and some mental disorders.
CBD vs THC for sex, what’s the difference?
While THC the active cannabinoid in marijuana is associated with psychotropic effects, CBD another cannabinoid found in marijuana is associated with the anti anxiety and anti inflammatory effects. Because CBD is so good at treating conditions like depression, anxiety and insomnia a number of companies have also found a way to market it as an aphrodisiac. One can find a number of lotions and lubes marketed with CBD as the central ingredient. CBDs anti inflammatory properties make it an excellent emollient for women who experience a lot of pain during sex. CBD also helps people who suffer from performance anxiety as it helps keep you calm and composed. THC on the other hand can help add to the euphoria associated with sexual imtrrcourse and take it to new dimensions. A number of strains, tinctures like Love Potion and edibles containing THC are available in differing potencies. Just remember to not go overboard in order to avoid a panic attack.
The State of Research
Marijuana and sex certainly make strange Bedfellows. While some studies have shown that consumption of small quantities of marijuana may enhance the sexual experience and increase libido, particularly in female patients, contradictory studies have shown that marijuana may contribute to erectile dysfunction in men. Clearly more in depth research is needed to understand the exact correlation between the two, especially since marijuana is set to become all the more popular in the coming years.