A couple of years back, a study was conducted in the United States by the National Survey of Family Growth that showed cannabis users have more sex than non cannabis users. Further research may be required to determine why this is the case, but there have been no shortage of claims made by cannabis users that not only report having more sex, but also better sex.
In today’s article, we will be exploring some of the potential benefits that marijuana use can have on your sex life.
Legalized marijuana is still a relatively new reality, but researchers have already begun to study the link between cannabis use and its impact on sexual desire and experience. While researchers may still be on the fence about their conclusions, many frequent cannabis users, including a number of our own customers, have attributed cannabis use to improved feelings of relaxation, sensuality and intimacy when having sex.
It is important to note that both timing and dosage play a significant role in the link between cannabis use and improved sexual experience. For more information on this, feel free to check one of our previous posts which covers things to consider before incorporating cannabis into your sex life.
One of the most common reasons given by recreational cannabis users for their usage is that it helps them to relax. In fact, a project undertaken by Yahoo News and The Marist Poll showed that 37 percent of marijuana users use it to relax.
Furthermore, cannabis is commonly prescribed to individuals for the purpose of reducing anxiety.
For those who experience sex-induced anxiety, cannabis products in the proper dosage can help relieve your anxiety, allowing you to focus on your partner and enjoying your intimate time together.
Ensuring you avoid high amounts of THC is critical however, as high amounts of THC can actually lead to heightened levels of anxiety. The appropriate amount may vary depending on the person’s size, tolerance and metabolism, so we advise getting familiar with how your body absorbs THC before experimenting with it in the bedroom.
Another option to consider for reduced anxiety is CBD products. Unlike cannabis products containing THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning you can experience the associated benefit of relaxation without the mind-altering effects felt from THC.
One point to mention about CBD products however is that when used alone, they only trigger one of the two cannabinoid receptors in the body. It is recommended that you use CBD products in conjunction with even a small amount of THC to experience optimal results.
Taken together, both products can lead to a more pleasurable sexual experience, free of stress and anxiety for all parties involved.
When taken in moderation, recent research suggests that cannabis use can also lead to greater feelings of intimacy between couples. A group of scientists based out of the University of Buffalo and the University of Houston recently conducted a study on over 180 heterosexual couples who were regular users of cannabis; that is, they used marijuana products two or more times per week.
Over a 30 day period, the couples were asked to keep track of every time they were intimate with their partner through a mobile app. The findings of the study ultimately suggested a strong positive relationship between marijuana use and reported feelings of intimacy for both men and women.
So what is it that causes this observed increase in intimacy?
Under the proper dosage, cannabis has been reported to lead to improved cognitive functioning, a lowering of inhibitions, as well as to trigger the release of endorphins, which are responsible for putting your body into a ‘feel-good’ state.
It is a known fact within the medical community that cannabis use leads to heightened sensory perception.
Cannabis products high in THC content interact with areas within your brain that are responsible for sensory perception, such as your olfactory bulb. These areas bind with what are called THC receptors which lead to a heightened awareness of your surroundings and increased sensory input overall.
Due to this, our sense of smell, taste, sight, sound, and touch are stimulated when under the influence of cannabis.
This can lead to an intensified sexual experience in which both you and your partner are more aware of each other and the moment.
Don’t forget that sex happens in your mind first, due to it being extremely mental and emotional. The rest is just physical. Take some time to prepare yourself for your sexual experience. Cannabis heightens the senses, so lighting up a candle, playing some music, and anything else that appeals to the senses can go a long way to get you and your partner in the mood.
In closing, one of the most important things to remember is that no one person is the same as the other when it comes to cannabis. Depending on your tolerance level, you may find you experience the effects of cannabis very differently than your partner.
The most sound advice we can give in consideration of this is to experiment through trial and error and find what works for you best. As a tip, you could look into micro-dosing with oils or edibles.
Taking care of the environment around you and openly communicating with your partner before and during sex are some of the best ways to ease in to the experience for those who are new to cannabis.