Can Cannabis Use Lead to A Better Sex Life?

written by Skye Sherman - Dec 2, 2019
medically reviewed by Dr. Tolulope Olabintan, MD - Nov 28, 2022

Can Cannabis Use Lead to A Better Sex Life

By now, the world is well aware that cannabis, even with its undeserved shadowy past, boasts a whole world of purported benefits. Cannabis use has the potential to result in a wide range of health benefits and unexpected life improvements.

It’s almost the year 2020, and society has made major leaps and bounds past the prohibition-style suspicion over cannabis that characterized much of the past several decades. Now, weed is legal in Canada, and many states in the United States have legalized medicinal or recreational use of cannabis. It’s a new era and more and more people are embracing this plant for the many potential benefits it has to offer.

However, one of its more controversial claims is that cannabis use may lead to a better sex life. Is this true? Certainly, cannabis users probably feel strongly one way or the other. But what does the scientific backing look like here? Is it possible that a better sex life may be one of the many supposed physical and physiological benefits of smoking weed?

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of cannabis and take a look at whether a more satisfied sex life may be among them. Keep reading to learn more — and determine whether cannabis use may be the key to unlock the sex life you’ve been hoping for.

Does smoking weed lead to a better sex life?

Does cannabis usage have the ability to improve experiences in the bedroom? It’s possible, but we don’t yet know for sure.

According to an article in The Star, “There are a ton of cannabis products that purport to improve women’s sex lives. There are cannabis lubes, cannabis tinctures, cannabis teas, cannabis chocolates and even cannabis suppositories, both vaginal and anal, along with strains containing various levels of THC and/or CBD. … There are very few studies on whether cannabis actually does anything to improve sex.”

That’s because, like many purported benefits of cannabis, the claims are still unsubstantiated by adequate scientific research. For example, there is no information available on the potential benefits of administering cannabis vaginally, nor we do know if this area of the body even has receptors for cannabis that could create any sort of effect at all. There is little if any medical knowledge available on the effects of cannabis on sexual functioning, nor do we know how cannabis might affect people sexually (or otherwise) over the long term.

So, while people may have stories or anecdotal evidence claiming that cannabis does indeed work wonders for one’s sex life, there’s not yet any cold, hard proof available to substantiate these claims.

It’s likely not especially unsafe to try it out for yourself if you live in a place where weed is recreationally legal — you and your partner could try smoking or consuming cannabis before hitting the sack — but overall, it seems you’d be part of the experiment rather than part of the evidence. Weed does come with some drawbacks, but there’s nothing to say that testing out its potential benefits in the bedroom is any different than testing it out to reduce insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, and other purposes that people typically turn to cannabis for.

The article points out another thing you should consider if you’re trying to use cannabis as a sexual cure-all, which can be similar to putting a band-aid over an issue that requires surgery. If there is a larger issue at hand in the bedroom, then you need to confront that and find a solution, even if it’s uncomfortable to talk about or deal with.

“If you experience anxiety or pain during sex or aren’t super into your partner’s moves, it can be tempting to take the edge off with a little 420,” says the article in The Star. “But getting high to chill your nerves in the bedroom doesn’t treat the root issue; it just allows you to block it out temporarily — and could eventually result in the feeling that you need weed to enjoy sex. It could also create issues between partners, if one person is getting high during sex all the time and the other person doesn’t want to partake or always have sex with a high person.”

In other words, while occasional use of weed may bring benefits in the bedroom, it’s important not to come to rely on cannabis use for satisfying sexual experiences. If there are other factors at play in causing difficulty sexually, it would be best to face those issues head-on and find and resolve the root issue rather than just treating its symptoms.

Is cannabis an aphrodisiac?

Many weed smokers claim that cannabis works as an aphrodisiac for them. Others are not so sure.

An article on Leafly posits the conundrum. “When it comes to cannabis and sex, scientific research seems to be at odds with anecdotal experience. An equal number of cannabis consumers argue that cannabis has a negative impact on their sexual experiences and decreases sex drive. So, what’s going on here? Is cannabis an aphrodisiac or a libido depressant?”

Yet other evidence suggests a strong tie between cannabis and a better sex life. A survey shared by Marijuana Moment reports, “Whether you’re partnered up or riding solo, marijuana can enhance the longevity, frequency and quality of sexual pleasure … a number of recent scientific studies have found consuming cannabis can improve bedroom activities for men and women.”

The survey results suggested that the ways cannabis makes sex better is by helping to provide longer sexual sessions, more orgasms, more satisfaction, and making it easier to reach orgasm. It seems that these benefits could dramatically improve one’s sex life, but they do not occur across the board for everyone with cannabis use.

Another article in Forbes, titled New Studies Show That Marijuana Enhances And Increases Sex, states, “The clinical implications of their study revealed that ‘Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.’ In fact, daily users across all demographic groups reported having 20% more sex than those who have never used cannabis.”

Still, scientific evidence has not yet concluded either way the true place of cannabis in the bedroom. It seems to depend on each user’s experience and does not yet have the scientific backing that many would like to see, one way or the other. Right now, it may be best for each person to decide for themselves whether smoking weed seems to improve or hamper their sexual performance and overall levels of satisfaction behind closed doors.

Anxiety may be the cause of poor sexual performance

One LA Weekly writer set out to examine the relationship between cannabis and sex, writing about how anxiety actually seemed to be the key element responsible for turning down the heat behind closed doors.

“Good ol’ anxiety is and has always been the biggest sexual buzz kill,” the article reads. “To confirm that, I asked 200 random men and women two questions: What feeling does anxiety cause, and does anxiety affect your sexuality and/or performance? Never has a ‘cause’ had more of an effect: All questioned had experienced some of these known symptoms: panic, decrease in libido, depression, headaches, upset stomach, irritability, nausea, loss of interest, insomnia, a sense of impending doom, headaches, social isolation, fatigue and muscle tension. The physical side effects of anxiety cause the body to go into a defensive mode, which not surprisingly, adversely affects blood flow. For men, this leads to erectile dysfunction and performance issues; for women, it can cause vaginal dryness.”

In other words, outside of diagnosed medical conditions like erectile dysfunction, anxiety is likely to be the key cause of any problems getting in the way of sexual satisfaction. And so some turn to cannabis for anxiety, while for others, cannabis can worsen their anxiety symptoms by contributing to a sense of paranoia or worry. (Though for erectile dysfunction, there are many effective erectile dysfunction drugs available, such as generic Cialis.)

The writer concludes the non-scientific study conducted by saying, “While the medical establishment jury is still out due to the dearth of clinical studies and data, the available anecdotal, empirical and evidentiary data are promising. However one deals with anxiety and other human conditions, cannabis has shown to have extraordinary positive physical and psychological effects.”

So, it seems that at this point, people may need to know themselves and take it on a case by case basis. If cannabis tends to improve their life and happiness in moderation, then maybe it can help in the bedroom, too, by helping them feel more carefree and chilled out. But if cannabis does not tend to help in intimate or delicate situations, then maybe it’s best to avoid.

The potential seems promising, but until we know more one way or the other, it’s impossible to say definitively whether cannabis could lead to a better sex life.

What about weed and mental illness?

What about weed’s potential effects on mental health? While many turn to weed as a way to ease their anxiety or depression, as cannabis use becomes more widespread, there are dramatic stories making the news about weed bringing about bouts of psychosis. And what about the stereotype of the lazy, not-so-smart pothead? Is there any truth to that stigma — could weed be dumbing us down or lowering our mental capacities?

While much of cannabis’s bad rap is likely overemphasized and exaggerated due to drug propaganda and the reefer madness wars of twentieth-century America, the short answer here is that it’s too soon to say.

An article in Mic states: “As cannabis use becomes more widely accepted, the wellness world has zoomed in on the potential healing properties of a class of compounds in the plant known as cannabinoids, including, most notably, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD in particular has been touted as a ‘calming’ compound with the potential to alleviate a host of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. But according to research published in The Lancet Psychiatry on October 28, we still don’t know enough about the function of cannabis to treat mental health conditions, which means the risks of doing so may outweigh the benefits.”

It’s impossible to say at this point in time whether cannabis use is all good or all bad when it comes to its effects on mental health. The truth is that it’s likely somewhere in the middle.

However, the article continues, “Ultimately, they concluded that there is ‘scarce evidence’ to suggest that cannabinoids improve the symptoms of the mental health conditions they examined. That doesn’t mean weed has zero benefits for mental health, as VICE notes, but rather, that at this point, we don’t know enough to say one way or the other. … So while the wellness industry may push cannabis products as mental health cure-alls, the reality is, until scientists conduct more appropriately-designed studies, we have no clue whether using them to treat mental health conditions will help — or do harm.”

Some anecdotal evidence suggests that weed use can positively impact people’s mental health, while some suggests that it can have a negative effect. Perhaps it varies from person to person, as substances can interact with different people in different ways.

Our conclusion: more scientific proof is needed

At the end of the day, a moderate stance would be to recognize that cannabis has not yet been studied as in depth as other drugs and substances, and therefore it does not have the scientific backing that many consumers would like to see. That’s not to say that we will not have this evidence one day — we just don’t have it available yet.

For today, cannabis users and curious bystanders should take a cautious and moderate approach to cannabis use for any purpose. It may be able to help with sexual satisfaction and other effects such as anxiety, depression, and the like, and some users do report that that is their experience with weed. But others do not experience the same benefits.

Until more studies are completed and scientific research is conducted, there’s no way to know for sure what cannabis can and cannot do. It seems to have many benefits but requires further proof before concrete claims can be established.



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