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Marijuana may improve sex for women, study suggests

Lydia Smith April 12, 2019
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The small study suggests cannabis may improve desire in women (Pexels)

Using marijuana before sex may improve desire and orgasms for women, a small study has suggested.

Writing in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, a team of researchers led by Saint Louis University School of Medicine asked 373 women, 176 of whom were regular cannabis users, about their use of marijuana and sexual experiences.

The researchers asked the respondents about their relationship with marijuana, as well as many different “sexual domains”, including sexual drive, the intensity of orgasm, lubrication, pain during intercourse, and overall experience.

They then compared the experience of sex following marijuana use with sex not under the influence of the drug.

Women who used marijuana before sex were twice as likely as those who didn’t to say they had “satisfactory” orgasms, the survey found.

In addition, women who regularly used the drug were twice as likely as occasional users to have satisfying orgasms.

Women who regularly used the drug were twice as likely as occasional users to have satisfying orgasms (Pexels)

“Among those who reported using marijuana before sex, 68.5 percent stated that the overall sexual experience was more pleasurable, 60.6 percent noted an increase in sex drive, and 52.8 percent reported an increase in satisfying orgasms,” the study’s authors wrote.

“Although there is less data on human subjects, some studies have measured patients’ perceptions of the effects of marijuana on sexual function,” the researchers wrote.

The researchers conclude: “Marijuana appears to improve satisfaction with orgasm. A better understanding of the role of the endocannabinoid system in women is important, because there is a paucity of literature, and it could help lead to development of treatments for female sexual dysfunction.”

The study is unclear whether women smoked marijuana or used another form of the drug, or if this was the only substance women were using that might alter their sexual function.

Another limitation of the research is that it included mostly white women who were married or in relationships.

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