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If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that if a prohibitionist politician won’t smoke a joint, then they just needed to get laid and chill out, you were probably right. It turns out that some of that hatred aimed at cannabis users likely stems from deep-seated and unacknowledged jealousy borne of sexual frustration. After all, it’s long been a claim of the prohibitionist movement that cannabis and fornication go hand-in-hand. Now, scientists are starting to actually explore this correlation.
The first study of its kind has established that cannabis users actually do have sex more frequently. The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, looked at information from more than 28,000 women and almost 23,000 men. They found that people who smoked cannabis every day were having 20% more sex than the people who never use cannabis.
Of course, more sex doesn’t necessarily mean better sex. However, in the case of cannabis users, it typically does. In two separate studies looking at the sexual experience of women, researchers have found that roughly 2/3s (or more) of women who use cannabis before sex reporting enjoying the act more as a result.
Women report increased libido, better orgasms, and decreased pain (if they experienced pain as a result of sex). Decreased stress levels and increased ability to remain in the moment with a partner, instead of focusing on other concerns or worries about their appearance may play into the way that cannabis affects the sexual experience.
A small portion of women reported that cannabis derailed or negatively impacted their sexual experiences, which must be acknowledged. It’s hard to know if they used too much, experienced negative side effects (like paranoia), or felt pressured by their partners into smoking or sex. However, as in all other areas of medicine, while cannabis seems to offer benefits for the human sexual experience, it certainly is not a panacea.
It’s also worth noting that cannabis doesn’t impact male sexual performance in the same, often negative way that alcohol does. That means couples can enjoy a shared smoking (or vaping) session before hitting the sheets without worry that it will leave them unable to finish what they start. Cannabis also doesn’t lead to such debilitating intoxication that it could reasonably be used to facilitate a sexual assault.
Prohibitionists may unknowingly be locking themselves into a more miserable, less sexually satisfied experience. They don’t get the endorphins and bonding hormones from sex that can help them mellow out, so they just continue to double down on their ridiculous political stance against cannabis legalization. That, in turn, reduced the overall potential frequency that they have sex, as well as their own enjoyment (or the enjoyment of their partners).
More studies will inevitably follow, exploring the many nuances of human sexuality after consuming cannabis. For now, initial research supports what most of us already knew: cannabis users often make better lovers.
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