Cannabis and Sex: Is marijuana an aphrodisiac?

Cannabis and Sex: Is marijuana an aphrodisiac?
March 13, 2018 Colleen C

There isn’t another drug quite like cannabis; not surprisingly this uniqueness carries over into the realm of sexuality.

The effect of cannabis on libido differs greatly between individual users. This varying impact is specific to marijuana, it’s notable that this level of discrepancy isn’t found in other recreational drugs. The effects of alcohol, cocaine, and other narcotics on sexuality are easily predicted while cannabis stands alone with its unpredictable nature.

History: A brief recap of weed and sex

Weed and sex have a long and colourful history together. Cannabis has shown up to tantric sex in India, been a guest at Eastern European wedding nights, and wooed love goddesses in Norse mythology. The plant has been used countless time as a bedroom aide and, as we all know, history doesn’t lie.

Anecdotal Evidence: The public has spoken

The evidence surrounding whether or not cannabis can be used as an aphrodisiac is largely anecdotal. Like most things marijuana, clinical studies are still lacking on the subject. There is ample anecdotal evidence to suggest, however, that over half the people who smoke cannabis find it to have aphrodisiac qualities.

The mechanics of sexuality go far deeper than simple biology. Enjoying sex is as much a mental activity as it is a physical one, and cannabis affects the mental state in a variety of ways. The mood you’re in when you smoke or what strain you’ve chosen all makes a difference.

For me, when I use cannabis as an aphrodisiac I’ll choose a sativa forward flower, ideally a strain lower in THC but with some body-buzzing capabilities. I tend to avoid indicas couch-locking qualities and find sativa to inspire enough creativity and focus to really be invested in the situation at hand. I use cannabis to lower inhibitions and get out of my own head. It works wonders.

Of course, using cannabis as a sexual aid works when you know which strains are going to do the best things for yourself. Strain experiments can be a fun way to get intimate with your partner (or yourself).

Scientific Evidence: Hard facts (pun intended)

A study on rats called Endocannabinoid system in sexual motivational processes: Is it a novel therapeutic horizon? had conclusive results that small amounts of cannabis have aphrodisiac qualities while larger amounts had anti-aphrodisiac qualities. The study further proves there’s no ‘one-size fits all’ theory when it comes to marijuana and sexual function. There is, however, speculation on how cannabis could help with sexual dysfunction.

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Graphical Abstract of Endocannabinoid system in sexual motivational processes: Is it a novel therapeutic horizon?

Social Impacts: Cannabis vs Viagra

This could be bad news for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. Although, the global erectile dysfunction industry is expected to reach USD 3.2 billion dollars by 2022. The results are inconclusive and there’s a strong argument for the opposite. Generally, the most popular opinion is that a dependency on or smoking too much cannabis will cause erectile dysfunction but a moderate amount can help with sexual dysfunction. Again, with cannabis, it’s all about finding a balance.

There’s no clear yes or no answer to the cannabis-aphrodisiac discussion. There is, however, ample anecdotal evidence on the subject. Enough so, that if you were looking to experiment with aphrodisiacs, it’s a worthy avenue to try.

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