The majority of weed consumers develop an increase in sexual pleasure
According to a study published last week in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, cannabis-influenced sex leads to an improved sexual experience, arousal of sexual desire, and even more enjoyable orgasms.
During the last 10 years, medical and recreational consumption and legalization continues to increase worldwide. The Internet is full of claims about the beneficial effects of hemp especially on many aspects of sexual function, such as libido, arousal and orgasm. Despite all this, our scientific research on the effects on sexual functioning is limited.
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In 2017, a survey evaluated the self-reported sexual effects of cannabis, ecstasy and alcohol in a small group of men and women from 18 to 25 years. They found that the majority of weed users reported an increase in sexual pleasure and intensity of orgasm, as well as an increase or no change in desire.
How does it work ?
Endocannabinoids, which are similar in structure to hemp, are known to help regulate sexual function. The cannabinoid receptor, discovered in the 1990 years, has been mapped in several areas of the brain that play a role in sexual function. Cannabinoids and endocannabinoids interact with hormones and neurotransmitters that affect sexual behavior. Although these interactions have not been clearly demonstrated, some studies in rodents have helped to clarify the relationship between cannabinoids and the hormones and neurotransmitters that affect sexual behavior. Although there is less data on human subjects, some studies have measured patients' perceptions of effects on sexual function. In 2012, researchers found a significant negative correlation between endocannabinoids and both physiological and subjective excitation in women. Further on in 2007, researchers have reported that drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy were more often used to improve the sexual experience than alcohol.
The main purpose of this study was to determine how women perceive the sexual experience, in particular overall sexual satisfaction, libido, orgasm, dyspareunia and lubrication, when they consume grass before sex. . The magnitude of the change was also evaluated. The secondary objective was to understand the effect of frequency of consumption, regardless of consumption before sexual intercourse.
Materials and methods
The women were recruited from a single university obstetrics and gynecology practice from March 2016 to February 2017, and their data were reviewed retrospectively. The protocol has been approved by the institution's review board. The eligibility criteria were to be a woman, ≥18, and to present for gynecological care for any reason. Each participant completed a confidential questionnaire, including demographic data without a unique identifier after their visit, which was placed in a sealed envelope and locked in a locked box at the clinic.
Female sexual function index
There are several validated tools for assessing sexual function. The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) evaluates several areas of sexual function, but it does not specifically address the use of cannabis or other substances.
"Sex" was not specifically defined in the questionnaire, so each respondent used their own definition of sex. The initial questions assessed their perception of their overall sexual health, including satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their current sex life, libido, orgasms, lubrication and dyspareunia. For example, the survey question was: »How satisfied are you with your ability to maintain lubrication during sexual activity or intercourse? Next are questions about consumption, frequency of use, and participants' perceptions of its positive or negative effects on the aforementioned sexual domains. They were asked, "How often did cannabis use before intercourse increase your libido?
In total, 373 patients responded to the sexual health survey during the study period. People who do not use marijuana make up 52,8% (n = 197) of the sample. On 176 users, 34,1% (n = 127) used it before sex and 13,1% (n = 49) did not use it. The average age of the groups was not significantly different. The majority of women were white and identified as heterosexual.
Of those who reported having used sex before, 68,5% (n = 87) reported that the overall sexual experience was more enjoyable, 60,6% (n = 77) reported an increase in sex drive and 52,8% (n = 67) an increase in satisfactory orgasms. The majority of them reported no change in lubrication. Participants reported their sexual experiences as "always at times" positive in all areas of sexual function, with the exception of lubrication (Figure 1). After adjusting for race, women who reported weed before sexual intercourse were 2,13 times more likely to report satisfying orgasms during sexual activity .
Other issues have led to further research including differences in the areas of sexual function between those who consume before sexual activity and those who do not, and general satisfaction with sexual health. according to the frequency of use.
This study enriches our knowledge and understanding of the effects of cannabis use on the sexual functioning of women. Whatever the use, the majority of women perceive an improvement in overall experience, libido, orgasm and pain.