Cannabis aficionados have long believed that a nice buzz can make things significantly more steamy in the bedroom. Now researchers are going beyond anecdotal evidence to determine if, how, and why this is happening. So far their results are encouraging.
A research study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, entitled the “Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study,” done by researchers at Stanford looked “to elucidate whether a relation between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists using a nationally representative sample of reproductive-age men and women.”
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The study found “Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” Daily users reported having 20 percent more sex than those who have never used cannabis.
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The study used survey responses submitted by 28,176 women and 22,943 men across the United States who were given questionnaires by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC’s survey is often used by researchers for more specific analysis.
Another study published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, entitled, “The Relationship Between Marijuana Use Prior to Sex and Sexual Function in Women,” and conducted at Saint Louis University, claims “The internet is rife with claims regarding the ability of marijuana to improve the sexual experience; however, scientific data is lacking.” The objective of this study was “to determine if marijuana use before sex affects the sexual experience, by how much, and which domains of sexual function are affected.”
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The study gave sexually-active adult women at one particular, academic ObGyn practice a lengthy questionnaire about their marijuana use and sex lives. The results of this survey were similarly encouraging, with women reporting increased erotic pleasure and enhanced sexual experience.
In response to the findings, Dr. Monica Grover of Asira Medical, who was unaffiliated with either study but is currently performing her own independent research on the topic, told Forbes: “Although some studies have shown results that are equivocal, anecdotally patients have reported positive feedback. Consumption of small quantities [of marijuana] prior to sex may increase libido in female patients, which in turn can release positive endorphins and increase vaginal lubrication.” She is currently performing research to explore why exactly this is.