You can now improve your sex life in a matter of days without popping pills or following some obscure and shady advice you find online (this one not included) that makes you eat or drink disgusting or potentially dangerous things. All you need to do is to consume cannabis or, more precisely, cannabinoids.
Now, this might come as a surprise to you, but scientific research shows that cannabis and cannabis-related products can actually help you in the bedroom.
A brief history of cannabis and sex
You might be surprised to find out that people are using cannabis to improve their sex lives. Well, despite the modern taboo surrounding marijuana, the plant has been used for sexual purposes for millennia.
One of the first mentions of cannabis use as medicine can be found in the world’s oldest pharmacopeia (an official publication listing medicinal drugs and their effects).
The pen-ts’ao ching — an ancient Chinese pharmacopeia — was compiled in the first century of our era, but it is based on oral traditions that have been passed down since 2,700 B.C. According to this source, the Chinese used cannabis to treat rheumatic pain, constipation, malaria, disorders of the female reproductive system and other conditions.
But even though the Chinese used cannabis as medicine for millennia, it was the Indians who first used it as an aphrodisiac.
Indians used cannabis both as a medicine and a recreational drug since around 1,000 years B.C. The Atharva Veda — a collection of sacred texts — mentions cannabis as one of the five sacred plants, and refers to it as a source of ‘happiness, donator of joy and bringer of freedom‘.
In Western Europe, cannabis got a lot of attention at the beginning of the 20th century. Among other things, the Sajous’s Analytic Cyclopedia of Practical Medicine (1924) recommends the use of cannabis to improve appetite and digestion as well as to combat pronounced anorexia, gastric neuroses, diabetes mellitus, cardiac palpitation, sexual atony in females and impotence in males.
Cannabis and sex in modern times
The recent wave of legalisation brought cannabis back in the spotlight, and thanks to the advancements in modern science, researchers can now study both the cannabis plant as a whole and the effects of each individual cannabinoid.
And their results prove what people have been saying for millennia.
Cannabis can improve your sex life.
Research into cannabis as a sex aid
1. Cannabis and sexual frequency
A study that was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2017 revealed that both male and female marijuana consumers reported an increased sexual frequency. The study also showed that higher marijuana use was associated with increased sexual frequency. According to the study, marijuana users are having about 20 percent more sex than those who don’t use cannabis.
However, this is a singular study at the moment. This means that you should take its findings with a pinch of salt, or a whole bucketful. The researchers asked the participants to tell them how many times they’ve had intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past month and how frequently they smoked marijuana in the past year. As Doctor House, the esteemed fictional physician loved to say — Everybody lies.
True, the study suggests a correlation between the use of marijuana and the frequency of sexual intercourse, but it doesn’t prove that you’ll have more sex if you smoke marijuana. Even the researchers end their study by recommending further research into the matter.
Luckily, other studies are more conclusive.
2. Marijuana and its aphrodisiac effects
Another study, this one published in the Journal of psychoactive drugs back in 1982, showed that marijuana affects the sexual experience in a positive way. The scientists discovered that, while most users agreed that marijuana is a sexual stimulant, frequent users often use it specifically for its aphrodisiac properties.
About 75 percent of the study participants reported that marijuana increased their sexual pleasure and satisfaction. And what’s more, 71 percent of the female participants reported an increase in sexual desire after smoking marijuana, and 68 percent of the male subjects reported that marijuana use prolonged the duration of their sexual intercourse.
The scientists concluded that marijuana may alter the user’s perception in a way that improves his or her sexual experience.
3. Cannabis and its effects on sex for women
Another interesting study was published in March 2019. This study focused on the effects of marijuana use prior to sex in women. The participants of this study had to anonymously complete a questionnaire after visiting an academic gynaecology practice.
Most women who consumed marijuana before sex reported an increased sex drive, a decrease in pain, improved orgasms and no change in lubrication. After adjusting the results for age and ethnicity, the scientists found that the women who used marijuana frequently had 2.10 times higher odds of having satisfying sexual intercourse than those who used it sparingly.
The researchers concluded that marijuana seems to improve the quality of orgasms in women and recommended further research into the role of the endocannabinoid system in women.
Research on THC for sex
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the most popular of the over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. THC is the compound that gives you the ‘high’ that is associated with marijuana consumption. Nowadays, you can consume THC by smoking weed, eating edibles, drinking syrup and more.
So, can the chemical component responsible for getting you stoned improve your sex life as well? At the moment, science says ‘not necessarily’.
There are not a lot of studies that focused on the aphrodisiac proprieties of THC at the moment. And those that exist present contradictory results. One study shows that THC lowers the testosterone levels in men, which makes them less likely to be sexually receptive.
Other studies show that THC can bring on a mental shift that could help you unwind before and during a sexual encounter, which could improve your sexual experience. THC might help you feel more confident and adventurous, so it could spice up your sex life.
However, most sources agree that only small doses of THC could help improve your sex life. If you take too much THC, its knockout power will render you useless in the bedroom, hurting your experience.
Research on CBD and sex
CBD or cannabidiol is another cannabinoid that’s been getting a lot of attention these days. CBD has a lot of effects on the human body. The cannabinoid has been linked to multiple health benefits, including anxiety relief, pain relief, better sleep and more.
But can CBD help improve your sex life? Well, it might.
CBD can effectively counteract the effects of THC. So, if you’re feeling too euphoric from taking too much THC, CBD can bring you back to your senses and help you perform in the bedroom.
This cannabinoid is also renowned for its relaxing effects. Most consumers report that it relaxes them as much as smoking marijuana does, even without producing a psychoactive high. If you feel a little anxious before a potential sexual encounter, CBD might just be what you need to take the extra step.
Additionally, certain medical conditions can make sex a painful experience. CBD can reduce pain and inflammation, so it can be of help. Nowadays, you can even buy CBD lubricant, so the active substance will go right where you need it most.
Using cannabis to improve your sex life
You might be wondering why more people are not using cannabis as an aphrodisiac if the plant is so effective at improving your sex life. Well, that might be because every person has a subjective experience regarding it.
The endocannabinoid system of men and women seems to react differently to the same amounts of THC, CBD and cannabis in general, so the same dose will produce different results in different people.
So, if you want to use cannabis to improve your sex life, you should experiment with different doses until you find the perfect one for you and your partner.