The Low Down on Sex and Weed

We often chat about how cannabis can help you relax and unwind… but a fun, lesser-known fact - cannabis is actually amazing for sex. In the right dose and right setting, cannabis can make you horny, increase excitement, drive, and desire, give you more intense orgasms, and help you orgasm more easily. I mean, sounds like a no brainer… 

Dive into the details below and start your journey to better sex now.  

The Research 
As is often the case with cannabis, research is both scientific and anecdotal. There are actually few studies, relatively speaking, about the connection between cannabis use and women's sexual wellness (only 190 on PubMed published between 1970 and 2019 — there are nearly 9,000 about executive dysfunction).  However, in even these few, researchers have found enough good stuff to keep digging. For example, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shared that the majority of participants reported that cannabis helped them relax, heightened their sensitivity to touch, and increased intensity of feelings, enhancing their sexual experience. Similarly, a 2019 study pointed to cannabis improving female orgasms and another highlighted the positive association between cannabis use and sexual frequency (translation: weed made people want to get it on more often).

Anecdotally, the evidence is even clearer.  The coupling of personal stories with millennia of practices is finally bringing the weed-sex connection to light. We are witnessing first-hand a powerful movement where women are increasingly comfortable discussing their personal experiences with cannabis - helping to bring the sexual benefits out of the taboo shadows.   

The Science  

The science, while complicated, backs this all! Our bodies essentially have a system that takes cannabis compounds and uses them to make you horny… amongst many other things.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) enables cannabis to affect neurotransmitters and hormones, which both play a large role in sexual desire and response. Cannabinoid receptors (cells that can receive weed compounds like THC), are widespread in the female body and are found in concentration in the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, and vulva. In other words, your vagina is very much 'open to receiving' some cannabis. 

It's not just chemical, though. Just like female inner workings, cannabis is intricate, complex, and multilayered. This isn't like popping a pill (like, say, Viagra) that does one specific job and then gets metabolized out. "Female sexuality is complex and involves the interplay between hormones, neurotransmitters, psychological, social, and environmental factors," said Dr. Gersh in a great article we referenced to write this piece. Dr Gersh goes on to explain that "basically, a lot of things factor into libido, and cannabis can have varying impacts on the female body and any or all of these factors". So, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly where and how cannabis is working to rev your libido. Is it helping you chill out? Amping up a specific sex hormone? Reducing pain? Bottom line is - probably all of the above.  

Cannabis can alleviate anxiety and stress, which often has a detrimental impact on arousal and intimacy. And, cannabis helps you physically feel good — the body high is real and can lead to a heightened sense of touch. 

The Details 
It is important to note, however, that often the best reported results come from very small amounts of cannabis and from all different forms of cannabis. In the end, as with most things, we say - go with what you like. Whether you prefer a gummy, tincture, topical, or joint, high potency or low, through research and trail and error, cannabis can be actually be customized to each individual's needs - pretty amazing, especially considering we live in a world where women's health is often overlooked.

Cannabis provides an excellent 360 approach. While it is certainly not a magic bullet, it is a tool that works very well in a sexual wellness toolkit.

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