Studies on marijuana use and sexual function are in conflict. Some indicate that it enhances sexuality, and others indicate that it’s a hindrance. In particular: “Weed has been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED) because it restricts blood flow to veins and arteries. Marijuana also affects the circulatory system, blood pressure and heart rate, all of which can increase chances of ED,” says Antonia Hall, MA., a psychologist, relationship expert and sexpert and the award-winning author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life. “Weed causes the body to produce dopamine, so frequent users may find that their body restricts its own dopamine functioning, making it more difficult to get an erection. But other studies say it can help ED and premature ejaculation,” says Hall.
Part of these conflicts may stem from the vast number of types of marijuana in existence today, and the varying levels of THC in them. “An indica is more likely to make the user sleepy, whereas sativa can be uplifting,” says Hall.
Then there are all kinds of hybrids in between. There are many ways to administer doses (smoking, eating, drinking, sublingual) and people’s reactions to weed vary dramatically. So of course, study results will conflict. “I’m not surprised that a study would find a correlation between marijuana use and increased sexual frequency,” says Hall. “Weed makes the user feel relaxed, euphoric and more in touch with their senses, which can all lead to arousal,” Hall says.
Weed also lowers inhibitions, much like alcohol. “Studies have found that marijuana can definitely be an aphrodisiac, as well as heightening the user’s pleasure. The cannabis industry is tapping into this market by making lubricants with THC, as well as tinctures to stimulate arousal,” says Hall.
Learning to relax and be in the moment can be a big part of sexual pleasure. “While overall we don’t have a lot of patients looking for cannabis specifically for sex, a lot of our patients come looking for a solution to anxiety and to help them relax, cannabis also heightens the senses, all positive experiences for the bedroom,” says Dr. Vanessa Niles M.D., one of the doctors on Heally’s platform a cannabis telehealth platform. “Women use cannabis for menstrual cramps and mood enhancers – both sexes use cannabis for relieving stress so we are guessing the benefits to a good sex life are inherent,” says Dr. Niles.
As with any drug, moderation is key. A small amount of weed may be just the thing to get sweethearts relaxed, in the mood and increasing their happy times together.