Marijuana and sex! These two great things definitely go great together.
While marijuana was not the sole cause of the upheavals and changes in social mores during the turbulent 1960s, cannabis was an important part of the anti-war movement.
This was frequently annunciated in the movement’s defining slogan of “Make Love, Not War.”
That’s marijuana! Enhancing lovemaking and decreasing any desire to go out and kill people.
Marijuana and Sex: A Complicated History
Sex and sexuality in modern-day humans has been complicated by thousands of years of human culture, religion and practices.
Using marijuana for sexual enhancement, like the use of cannabis for alleviating pain or insomnia, is nothing new.
Three-thousand-year-old writings from India touted marijuana use for long-lasting erections, delayed ejaculations, facilitating lubrication and loosening inhibitions.
Rituals utilizing cannabis dating back to 700 AD can be found in the Hindu-Buddhist tradition known as Tantra, where groups of worshippers engaged in fasting, chanting, prayer, ceremonial purifications, yoga and sexual union.
Cannabis is Not Actually an Aphrodisiac
Marijuana is not truly an aphrodisiac in the technical sense of the word. This is because it does not consistently produce a sexually arousing effect.
However, it can increase libido and desire, resulting in increased sexual pleasure and reduced inhibitions.
The exact mechanism by which marijuana is able to do this is not fully understood, but cannabinoids such as THC have a profound effect on sexual arousal as they interact directly with our body’s neurochemistry and hormonal systems.
As with almost all areas of cannabis, there is a paucity of scientific research concerning marijuana and sex. Especially its effects on sexual stimulation.
Most evidence is anecdotal, with reports of increased sexual stimulation and activity, while others report an inability to maintain erections and concentration.
A multitude of factors enter into marijuana’s effects on sexual performance. These can all be influenced by a person’s disposition, physiology, environment, culture and the reason for cannabis use.
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Cannabis and Sex: Dosage Matters!
Not surprisingly, dosage levels play a significant factor in marijuana’s effect on sexual performance.
At low to moderate doses, cannabis is known to increase sensuality, sustain erections, stimulate intimacy, and heighten and prolong sexual climax.
Many women have stated that using cannabis helps lubrication and control of vaginal muscles, thereby increasing satisfaction for both themselves and their partners.
In addition, many women report that their partners are more tender, loving and willing to engage in longer and more skilled foreplay, the absence of which being a major complaint woman have consistently leveled against male lovemaking.
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As for the actual orgasm, marijuana use may have more pronounced effects on women than men.
Some women claim that the only way they can achieve orgasm is when they are high, with a significant number of women stating that using marijuana helps them achieve multiple orgasms.
Both men and women report that when using cannabis, they find the sensation of the approaching orgasm more pronounced and that their orgasm is experienced throughout their entire body and not just the genital areas.
At higher doses, however, many users find it is difficult to concentrate and their minds wander away from the sexual experience, making it difficult to perform.
Studies, mainly in rats, showed that low doses of marijuana raised the levels of testosterone and other sex hormones, but high levels resulted in a significant reduction.
One study has shown that high-dose, chronic use can lead to a reduction in sperm count, although when cannabis use was stopped, sperm counts rapidly returned to normal levels.
In any case, using high doses of marijuana as a means of lowering the likelihood of impregnation is not considered an effective method of birth control.
It's important to note that dosage level is a very individual matter and one person’s low dose is another person’s out-of-the-ballpark dose.
It should not be difficult to determine when the amount of cannabis consumed produces the desired sexual arousal and when it makes achieving orgasm more laborious than it is worth.
For what it’s worth, a 2009 Australian study concluded that men who used marijuana had more sexual partners than those who did not use marijuana. I don’t know if that means men who smoke marijuana are having so much fun that they want to have sex more often or that smoking marijuana causes men to become more promiscuous. However, the study was criticized for not establishing a cause-effect relationship between cannabis and sexual performance.