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Can Marijuana Enhance Sex and Orgasms? Here’s What the Latest Science Shows

Lemetria Whitehurst

by Lemetria Whitehurst

April 10, 2023 08:00 am ET Estimated Read Time: 6 Minutes
Can Marijuana Enhance Sex and Orgasms? Here’s What the Latest Science Shows

The use of cannabis has long been associated with enhanced sexual pleasure, but the recent 2023 study in the Journal For Cannabis Research has provided further confirmation of the impact it can have on both physical and emotional pleasure during intimate activities.

Aside from improving physical sensations, enhancing libido, and decreasing pain, cannabis is a great way to upgrade any bedroom routine, bringing pleasure levels to unforeseen heights. Let’s take a closer look at the latest evidence-based findings to see why the science says cannabis might just be the ultimate tool for better sex.

Evidence Confirms Women Get Off Better With Cannabis

Since study leader Amanda Moser’s rise as a force in the field of sexology from her beginnings at East Carolina University, her research has done nothing but impress. Research led by her has resulted in groundbreaking discoveries in the world of sexual expression and satisfaction, none more exciting than this recent online survey of 811 adults which revealed that cannabis use before sex could enhance sexual pleasure. Over 70% of surveyed adults found increased desire when consuming cannabis before intercourse, and 62.5% reported strengthened orgasms from masturbation after use.

Additionally, the results of this study have significant implications for female pleasure, as cannabis for sex could be the answer to closing the “orgasm gap” between men and women. Studies have shown that men often experience higher levels of orgasms and satisfaction than their female partners, with the average man having an orgasm around 90% of the time versus 50% for women.

In any case, incorporating cannabis into sexual relationships could potentially provide a solution by providing an equitable experience for both partners. In particular, marijuana seems to make female orgasms easier to obtain, more intense, and longer lasting—offering the potential for a more pleasurable intimate experience for couples. 

Unique Study Methodology Yields Impressive Results

To comprehensively investigate the use of marijuana for sex, Moser and colleagues demonstrated an innovative approach to recruiting participants—they tapped into social media networks and strategic partnerships with organizations dedicated to medical marijuana and cannabis legalization. This clever recruitment strategy allowed them to specifically target respondents who had personal experience with cannabis use. To ensure results that reflected reality, the researchers did not include participants younger than 18 years old or those who had not used cannabis before.

A diverse collection of individuals participated in this survey, comprising 78.9% white respondents and a significant LGBTQIA+ population at 23.1%. Across ages ranging from 18 to 85, most were college-educated (80%) and monogamous couples (73%).

Another purpose of this study was to provide a fascinating look into how cannabis affects the sexual experience. So, not only did it measure physical reactions such as achieving an erection, but it dug deeper to explore satisfaction and enjoyment levels reported by marijuana users during intimate moments.

This information provided valuable knowledge about how the recreational use of cannabis can amplify experiences with a partner. With its comprehensive approach, this study touches on the more in-depth effects of smoking marijuana and sex, broadening our understanding and appreciation for the impact of marijuana on the mind and body in the bedroom.

Scientists also found that 70% of survey respondents cite that using marijuana enhanced their senses, particularly touch and taste—which are critical for making the most out of a sexual experience. 

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Men’s Results Were Also Interesting

The survey results show a distinct break from past studies on the effect of cannabis on men’s ability to maintain and achieve an erection. Contrary to earlier reports of cannabis use potentially hindering erectile power, the participants surveyed in Moser’s study did not experience this problem. Of course, individuals might not have been entirely candid due to social pressure or desirability bias—understandable when admitting to something as personal and intimate as erectile difficulty.

Nevertheless, it is still fascinating that these results showed marijuana had little to no negative effect on male arousal.

Marijuana and Sex: Why Does It Work?

According to a study published in 2019, increased marijuana laws correlate with more sex. Furthermore, research suggests that regular use of cannabis products may improve sexual experiences due to the cannabinoid receptors located in brain areas related to sexual pleasure and function. By affecting hormones and neurochemicals associated with sexual drive, these receptors appear to play an integral role in increasing libido and making sex even more pleasurable than before. 

Additionally, Moser notes potential applications for medical dysfunction issues affecting women, particularly pain. Researchers estimate that dyspareunia, the medical term for painful intercourse, affects 3 to 18% of the global population and can affect up to 28% over a lifetime.

Vaginismus, a condition characterized by involuntary pelvic floor muscle spasms, is just one type of dyspareunia often viewed as too taboo for mainstream discussion. However, studies suggest using marijuana before sex may help women suffering from vaginismus by allowing the connective tissue and muscles around the vulva to relax, reducing the associated pain and anxiety while increasing sexual functioning. 

Microdosing Marijuana Is Best For Sex

Although marijuana and sex have been linked positively in numerous studies and online surveys, a 2019 literature review indicates that marijuana’s effect on libido can differ according to the dosage, with smaller amounts of THC associated with higher levels of pleasure and satisfaction.

On top of that, the review showed that most studies indicate marijuana has a beneficial effect on female sexual functioning; however, high levels of THC may cause unwanted side effects and diminish its benefits. Therefore, for the most favorable outcome between the sheets, it’s best to microdose marijuana for sex to avoid the dreaded “green out” that will undoubtedly sour any intimate encounter. 

Key Takeaways

To conclude, the evidence is clear that marijuana can significantly enhance sex and orgasms for both men and women. Although there is still much to investigate to understand precisely why it works, it appears that women have more powerful and longer orgasms when using cannabis. Marijuana use in moderation may be the best way to maximize its benefits, as microdosing allows for optimal effects while minimizing any potential negative consequences of overconsumption.

Ultimately, thanks to this latest research in the science of marijuana-infused sex, we’re learning just how therapeutic cannabis can be to help individuals experience even greater pleasure during sexual relations. When you integrate cannabis into your bedroom, you might find yourself experiencing some of the best love-making of your life!

Note: The content on this page is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be professional medical advice. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe treatment based on the information provided. Always consult a physician before making any decision on the treatment of a medical condition.

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Ashlee says:

April 15, 2023 at 11:27 am

Is there scientific evidence of whether indicas or sativas are more suitable for enhancement or almost the THCV affect…of being euphoric?


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