Cannabis for better sex? Here's what the science says.

Dr. Lynn, who also teaches at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the lead author of a study published in 2019 that interrogate...


Dr. Lynn, who also teaches at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the lead author of a study published in 2019 that interrogates 373 women about cannabis in a Missouri obstetrics and gynecology clinic. Of these, 34% said they had used marijuana before sexual activity and most of them said it resulted in increased libido, improved orgasm and decreased pain.

Studies have also found that some women use cannabis to help manage symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and vaginal changes, such as dryness, all of which can contribute to reduced libido when not not treated.

Additionally, a online survey of more than 200 women and men who use cannabis found that nearly 60% said cannabis increased their sexual desire; nearly 74% reported increased sexual satisfaction. But the study, which was conducted by researchers in Canada and published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, also said 16% said sex was better in some ways and worse in others, and a little less than 5% said it was worse.

Research on cannabis use and sexual function in men is also sparse and can be conflicting. According to International Society for Sexual Medicine, some men report that their sexual performance improves when they use marijuana, while others may experience problems such as decreased motivation for sex, erectile dysfunction, difficulty reaching orgasm or premature ejaculation. Cannabis use has also been associated with reduced sperm count, concentration, motility, and viability.

All drugs have potential risks and side effects, including cannabis.

If your doctor has cleared you to try cannabis in a state where it’s legal, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea HealthCare Center and medical cannabis consultant, advised taking a “tiny bit” in a tincture if you’re new to it – in some cases as little as 1 milligram of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in the herb – before slowly progressing.

“At low doses, cannabis helps the libido, but at high doses it’s often not as effective,” he said, adding that the wrong amount would lead some people to become paranoid and anxious. The drug could also inhibit orgasm, creating the opposite effect of what was intended.

Dr. Lynn agreed. “Start low and go slow,” she said.

How much is too much marijuana? This will vary from person to person.

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