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The topic of marijuana and sex goes back to the reefer madness days of the 1930s — it was common knowledge that smoking marijuana would turn you into some sort of sex-crazed fiend and that’s why you should avoid it. Of course, we’ve come a long way since those uninformed days, and marijuana has finally been recognized for its varied medical benefits for patients with everything from cancer to HIV/AIDS.
The jury is still out on whether or not marijuana actually holds any benefits for your sex life, but new studies are emerging that suggests that one specific strain of cannabis might be just the thing you need if your sex life needs some help.
On The Study of Sex
Let’s be frank here — science has no idea how the female orgasm actually works. There have been barely any studies done to establish a baseline that allows them to help when something isn’t working the way it should be. There are precedents and treatment options and medications galore for male sexual dysfunction, but hardly any research to help women who might be experiencing the same.
New studies have begun to target the difference between self-lubrication and visual interest, citing the fact that human females may have evolved to self-lubricate instinctually in response to the potential for sexual violence. Visual interest, on the other hand, is a more accurate indicator of sexual arousal.
Until 10 years ago, less than 30% of sexual dysfunction studies focused on women. While that trend is changing, there is still much that remains to be discovered about human female sexuality.
Reefer Madness or Sexual Liberation?
Was the reefer madness generation right? Does marijuana turn you into a crazy sex fiend?
First, it’s important to note that just like any other medication — natural or manmade— it affects everyone differently. While it has been common knowledge for years that weed can contribute to feelings of sexual euphoria, not everyone reports the same effects. The key, it seems, is in the THC concentration in the strain.
Most cannabis strains have a THC concentration of 18-20%. A new strain, bred specifically to help improve the sex lives of women and unironically dubbed ‘Sexxpot’ has a lower concentration of THC, falling around 14%. The lower levels of THC are designed to help you get in a sensual mood without dampening your sex drive.
It works, in part, because it’s not focusing on the genitals as the source of orgasm or arousal. Sure, all that nerve stimulation is nice but the majority of our arousal is in our brains — and it’s our brains that prevent us from being able to truly enjoy a sexual experience.
Smoking a joint before you head to the bedroom can help to put those anxieties to rest and let you just enjoy the moment.
Some women have reported that enjoying weed before they get intimate with their partner results in more powerful orgasms and an overall higher enjoyment of sex.
Marijuana vs. Alcohol
Alcohol is still most people’s drug of choice when it comes to lowering your inhibitions and letting loose in the bedroom, even though it’s just about the worst thing you could be imbibing if you want to spice up your sex life. Even if we disregard the problems of consent and sexual assaults that happen while one or both parties are drunk, alcohol is a depressant by nature. This means that it slows down your nervous system. It’s great if you want to feel relaxed, but it can have a host of negative effects on your sex life.
For men, too much alcohol tends to lead to fewer erections. For women, it can lead to vaginal dryness (ironic for a chemical that’s commonly considered a social lubricant) and the depressant effects on your nervous system can make it difficult or even impossible for you to orgasm.
For people who relax while using marijuana, smoking a joint can have many of the same effects as a couple of alcoholic drinks — your inhibitions are lowered, you feel more sensual and you don’t worry about the ‘performance anxiety’ that can make sexual encounters awkward or unpleasant.
It is important to note that this solution isn’t for everyone. People who experience paranoia while smoking marijuana, for example, will likely experience a heightened state of fear and anxiety if they try to engage in sexual activities while high.
It’s fantastic that researchers are finally starting to study female sexuality in a way that could finally benefit women who are silently suffering from sexual dysfunction. Whether marijuana ends up being the best solution for sexual problems remains to be seen, but in states where marijuana is legal for either medical or recreational use, it is a viable option for anyone, male or female, who might be having trouble with their sex lives.
We’ll probably have to wait until marijuana is legalized on a federal level before it becomes a recognized treatment option for sexual dysfunctions, but with more and more states legalizing this natural remedy every year, it probably won’t be long before we see this potential treatment become commonplace.