An Intro to Women’s Sexual Health and Cannabis

women's sexual health and cannabis

As cannabis consumption increases throughout our market, more consumers are reporting the association between cannabis use and sexual frequency.   Particularly with women, who are not only having more sex, but its better sex. A recent scientific study claims that women’s sexual health and cannabis are highly linked – women who smoke before sex have better, more satisfying experiences.

Does Weed Boost Female Arousal?

Yes and no. The previously mentioned study concludes that marijuana improves the satisfaction of orgasms in women. That could be due to the role the endocannabinoid system plays in women’s arousal. Another study, run by Kasman et al., reported that cannabis use is associated with an increased satisfaction, orgasm and overall sexual desire.

“For each additional step of cannabis use intensity (ie, times per week),” the report says, “the odds of reporting female sexual dysfunction declined by 21%.”

Does Weed Boost Male Arousal?

Interestingly, contrary to women, men who used cannabis were more likely to report impaired sexual function.  Though this isn’t always true for men.  With the accurate dosage, it can enhance the experience for men as well.

How Does Cannabis Affect Arousal?

The use of cannabis before sex increases cannabinoids, promoting relaxation and the release of hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin.  When cannabis is consumed before sex it can help slow down brain waves, enhance motor senses, and makes the sex organs engorge more easily.

The positive effect of cannabis on anxiety can reflect on one’s sexual life too, as well as potentially increase physical sensitivity. User reports are largely positive for this aphrodisiac effect and when it comes to enhancing mood and reducing pain during or after sex.

What are some potential benefits? 

  • A decrease in anxiety
  • Increase in physical sensitivity
  • Lubrication
  • Increased Intensity of Orgasm

 Strains that are considered to have aphrodisiac properties:

  • Mimosa
  • Bubblegum
  • Sour Diesel

It is important to differentiate whether you want to use cannabis to enhance your sex life or help manage a diagnosable sexual dysfunction. If you are experiencing a diagnosable sexual dysfunction, make sure to talk to your doctor or sex therapist first before using cannabis in your treatment plan.  

Example medical conditions surrounding women’s sexual health where cannabis can provide relief include:

  •  Endometriosis

o   A recent online survey found that Australian women with endometriosis who used cannabis flowers or extracts, CBD oil, heat, and dietary changes were the most successful in terms of pain reduction.

  • Menopause

o   A growing body of clinical and anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis, and particularly CBD, has the potential to alleviate some symptoms of menopause. Research has shown the endocannabinoid system to regulate mood, sleep, pain perception, and more.

Since cannabis is still federally illegal, there is a limited amount of research on this topic. However, as marijuana use becomes less regulated, more data will be gathered from independent and government funded research centers.

There may not be full scientific proof of the connection between cannabis and women’s sexual health yet, but the qualitative testimonies of women speak for themselves.

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