The Latest on the Sexual Effects of Marijuana

Most people say cannabis enhances lovemaking and the pleasure of orgasm.

As of 2020, the large majority of Americans live in states where marijuana—now increasingly called cannabis—can be used legally. It’s completely legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and legal for medical use in another 28. It remains totally illegal in only 11 states. It’s also quite popular, estimated to be one of the nation’s most valuable agricultural crops.

But few studies have investigated the widely used drug’s sexual impact. Two recent reports add to this small literature—and confirm most earlier work showing that around two-thirds of lovers say it enhances sex.

Study #1

University of British Columbia researchers surveyed 216 marijuana users recruited online who said they had used it during lovemaking.

74 percent said it increased their sensitivity to erotic touch.
74 percent said cannabis improved their sexual satisfaction.
70 percent said it helped them relax and feel more present during sex.
66 percent said marijuana boosted the pleasure of their orgasms.
59 percent said it increased their sexual desire.
Among those who admitted problems working up to orgasm, half said cannabis helped them climax.
41 percent said it had mixed impact, improving some aspects of sex but detracting from others.
39 percent called marijuana always sex enhancing.
Only 5 percent said it always spoiled sex.

By Michael Castleman M.A. – Psychology Today

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