Beyond the Haze: Can Getting Stoned Make Sex Better?

Cannabis, colloquially known as marijuana, has long been associated with pleasure and relaxation, so can it make sex better? The impact of cannabis on sexual experiences varies widely among individuals. While some report enhanced pleasure, relaxation, and heightened sensitivity to touch, others may find that it interferes with focus or induces sleepiness. Cannabis influence on sex may also depend on other factors, including dosage, and frequency of use. This blog post aims to understand the influence cannabis can have on sex by synthesizing insights from two studies on the subject—Wiebe and Just’s ‘How Cannabis Alters Sexual Experience: A Survey of Men and Women’ and the study ‘The influence of cannabis on sexual functioning and satisfaction’.

The study conducted by Ellen Wiebe and Alanna Just explores the complex relationship between cannabis use and sexual experience. Despite the common belief that cannabis enhances sexual function, previous research suggested a potential contradiction, as some indicators of sexual arousal were associated with decreased circulating endocannabinoid concentrations.

To address this paradox, the researchers conducted an online survey with 216 participants experienced in combining cannabis with sexual activity. The survey delved into various aspects of sexual experience and dysfunction, aiming to understand how cannabis influenced these factors. Surprisingly, among the respondents, 52.3% used cannabis to alter their sexual experiences, with 38.7% reporting that sex was better. The study revealed diverse responses, indicating that cannabis had both positive and negative effects on sexual experiences. For instance, 58.9% reported increased desire for sex, 73.8% experienced heightened sexual satisfaction, and 69.8% found they could relax more during sex. However, limitations, such as potential sample bias and a higher representation of daily cannabis users, underscore the need for cautious interpretation of the results. Despite variations in individual experiences, the study contributes valuable insights into understanding how cannabis can both enhance and detract from sexual experiences.

Some key points to note:

  1. Desire and Satisfaction: Among 202 participants, 58.9% reported increased desire for sex, while a substantial 73.8% experienced heightened sexual satisfaction. These findings indicate a positive correlation between cannabis use and overall sexual well-being.
  2. Touch and Sensitivity: Cannabis was associated with increased sensitivity to touch for 74.3% of participants, suggesting a potential enhancement of the physical aspects of sexual pleasure.
  3. Relaxation and Focus: Notably, 69.8% reported that cannabis helped them relax during sex, challenging assumptions. Additionally, 50.5% felt improved focus, countering the stereotype that cannabis induces distraction during intimate moments.
  4. Orgasmic Intensity: A significant finding was the reported increased intensity of orgasms by 65.7% of participants, showcasing cannabis’s potential to elevate the climax of sexual experiences.
  5. Navigating Complexity: For those experiencing difficulty reaching orgasm, the study provided nuanced insights. While 14 out of 28 participants found it easier to reach orgasm with cannabis, only 10 reported that sex was better, highlighting the intricate interplay between individual responses and cannabis’s effects.

The study conducted by Amanda Moser, Sharon M. Ballard, Jake Jensen, and Paige Averett aims to explore the perceived influence of cannabis on sexual functioning and satisfaction, addressing the gap in research on the sexual benefits of cannabis use. Employing Kaplan’s and Masters and Johnson’s sexual response cycle, the study examines desire, excitement, orgasm, plateau, resolution, and satisfaction. The research involved 811 participants aged 18 to 85, with a focus on a self-selected, convenience sample of adults who reported previous cannabis use.

Results indicated that both men and women perceived that cannabis use increased their sexual functioning and satisfaction, particularly in terms of increased desire and orgasm intensity. The study adds valuable insights into the diverse demographics of cannabis users, emphasizing the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ respondents. Cannabis users reported enhanced pleasure during masturbation, heightened senses of taste and touch, and increased desire and orgasm intensity. The study suggests potential medical implications, including the use of cannabis for treating sexual dysfunctions, especially in women.

The study provides a comprehensive background on sexual functioning, satisfaction, and the influence of cannabis on these aspects. It covers the sexual response cycle, the importance of sexual satisfaction, and the historical perspectives on cannabis as an aphrodisiac. The research also delves into the physiological and psychological effects of cannabis during various phases of the sexual response cycle, shedding light on its potential to enhance pleasure and satisfaction while addressing the existing gaps and contradictions in the literature.

Some key points to note:

  1. Sample Size: The study involved a total of 811 participants ranging in age from 18 to 85 years old, with an average age of 32.11.
  2. Demographics: The majority of participants identified as female (64.9%), White/Caucasian (78.9%), and college-educated (80.1%). Almost 25% identified as LGBTQIA+.
  3. Relationship Status: A significant portion of participants reported being in a monogamous sexual relationship (73.7%).
  4. Cannabis Use and Sexual Functioning: Over 70% of participants reported increased desire and orgasm intensity with cannabis use.
  5. Masturbation and Cannabis: Participants who reported masturbating indicated that cannabis enhanced their pleasure while masturbating (62.5%).
  6. Sensory Enhancement: Participants reported that cannabis enhanced their sense of taste (71.9%) and touch (71.0%).
  7. Potential Medical Implications: The study suggests potential medical implications, including the use of cannabis for treating sexual dysfunctions, particularly in women.

The studies collectively suggest that a significant number of participants reported positive effects of cannabis on sexual functioning and satisfaction. Key themes include increased desire, heightened orgasm intensity, enhanced pleasure during masturbation, and improved sensory experiences such as taste and touch.

However, it’s crucial to acknowledge variations in individual responses and potential gender-based differences. While some participants reported improved sexual experiences with cannabis, others noted potential drawbacks, such as feeling sleepy or less focused. Additionally, there were instances of contradictory findings, such as the impact of cannabis on male erectile function.

In terms of potential medical implications, both studies hint at the therapeutic use of cannabis for addressing sexual dysfunctions, particularly in women. The studies emphasize the need for further research in this evolving landscape, given the increasing prevalence of cannabis use, its changing legal status, and its potential impact on sexual health.

These optimistic findings encourage further exploration of the positive aspects of integrating cannabis into your sexual practices, fostering a more nuanced and affirmative understanding of its role in enhancing your overall sexual satisfaction.

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