Weed isn’t usually a plant associated to sex. On a superficial level it is more likely to conjure up thoughts of food, the couch and maybe some fits of giggling. But according to countless studies, the stereotypes need expanding. Over the thousands of years that humans have been consuming marijuana, its effect on the libido and sexuality in general has been noted by the keen observers; so much so that scientists from around the world have been working to uncover what it is in weed that enhances so many people’s sexual experiences. As it turns out, the answer is as complex and multilayered as human sexuality itself and there are a lot of factors that are at play in what contributes to good weed sex.
Factors That Influence the Quality of Weed Sex
Firstly, on a fundamental level, the human body has cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are intricately linked to our senses, memory, coordination, cognition and feelings of pleasure and euphoria. When we consume cannabis, the chemicals latch onto these receptors to influence these functions. So on a basic level, a human definitely has the potential to have an increased sense of pleasure as a reaction to consuming marijuana and having weed sex. But according to multiple studies there seem to be other factors at play. The strain of weed and its THC content is a definite point to analyze. THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot, effects every person differently. There is always the risk that a particular strain may be the wrong type for sexual enhancement. On that same level, dosage becomes important. According to Wayne Koff, who serves as CEO for the Human Vaccines Project, consuming more weed is actually detrimental to sexual conduct and pleasure. Once strain and dose have been evaluated and decided upon, a person’s general mood also becomes a factor in whether or not the weed sex will be successful.
Scientific Data Supporting Aphrodisiac Qualities
Although generally speaking, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Catania, Italy as well as Charles University and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, it works as an aphrodisiac for both men and women 50 percent of the time. The same data shows that it increases sensitivity and pleasure as well as the length and intensity of orgasm in approximately 70 percent of people. The researchers looked at several studies conducted in the ‘70s and ‘80s that were exploring the relationship of weed and sexuality. They found the conclusions to be consistent across all the data.
Frequency of Use
It was Erich Goode, an author and former professor of sociology at Stony Brook University, who researched the topic in 1970 and found that frequent but light use of marijuana is an aphrodisiac for about half of the number of users and increases pleasure in about 2/3 of people. A study conducted in 1983 and published in The Journal of Sex Research came to exactly the same results that Goode discovered. The researchers interviewed a large group of mostly heterosexual people and half reported increased desire while 2/3 expressed that they experienced increased pleasure. According to Goode’s research, consistent use of marijuana plays a part in its ability to heighten sexual experience. Those that smoked less frequently were less likely to experience the increased sexual desire and pleasure.
The Right Mood
On the other side of things, a study conducted by Cairo University of hundreds of men who had been imprisoned for using hashish showed some different results. Only 23.8 percent of the men used cannabis for increased sexual pleasure. This indicates that mood and circumstance play a large part in whether the effects of marijuana will ultimately increase sexual experience.
Body Highs Increase Sensitivity
With 15 percent of women stating that they experience difficulty orgasming and 10 percent of women stating that they don’t orgasm at all with their partners, there is a definite need for women to experience a little help in the bedroom. The problem for women comes down to being able to really relax as a prerequisite for experiencing orgasm. Many women feel pressure and anxiety in the bedroom, which leads to unfulfilled sexual enjoyment. Weed counteracts this anxiety while making the body even more sensitive to pleasure. In this way, women’s sexual blocks can be overcome and pleasure can be experienced. All studies found that men also experienced the heightened sensitivity from consuming marijuana, although care must be taken not to consume too much which negatively impacts the situation. In the case of weed sex, less is more.
Conflicting Results in Certain Studies
There are contradictory studies when it comes to male sexual performance after smoking weed. An Australian study conducted in 2009 indicated that women were left unsatisfied from their sexual relations with stoner partners. The men in the study were also unhappy with their own performance, sharing that they orgasm too quickly to please their partners. It’s possible the people questioned here were generally consuming too much, which research shows leads to bad sexual performance. On the other side of things, a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs in 1982, showed that 75 percent of men actually display better sexual longevity when they smoke pot right before having sex. Again, dosage may be at play here.
Potential Downsides of Marijuana Sex
On the downside of weed sex with women, the same factors that cause dry mouth may also cause vaginal dryness every now and then. Another factor here is marijuana’s effect on sperm count. It’s known to reduce sperm count and make it harder for an egg to fertilize the sperm. This could present itself as a fairly unpleasant problem for couples who are trying to conceive a baby. The effects are not strong enough to stand alone as birth control but its influence may make things harder.
At the end of the day, much more research is needed to truly get a full understanding of how marijuana effects human sexuality but we have enough of an understanding to get an idea. So many factors need to be properly explored. Ultimately humans aren’t robots and weed sex may only work to enhance sex when the basic factors of mood, environment, strain and dose are just right. Luckily experimenting to find the right balance is half the fun.