- Marijuana could potentially make sex more satisfying for women, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
- Researchers surveyed 373 women about whether they used marijuana before sex.
- Of the 127 women who said yes, 87 reported that sex was more pleasurable than sex without marijuana use beforehand and 67 said they had more satisfying orgasms.
When you’re dealing with stress, anxiety, or racing thoughts, sex can be hard to prioritise. Adding unexpected elements in the bedroom could make the experience worth looking forward to. A new study even suggests marijuana could help women have better sex and more satisfying orgasms.
Researchers surveyed 373 women of varying races, sexual orientations, and marital statuses, asking them whether they used marijuana before sex, how frequently they used it, and how they ingested the substance, among other questions.
Of all the women surveyed, 127 reported using marijuana before sex. The majority smoked the substance.
Most of the women who said they used marijuana before sex also said that it enhanced the experience. Some 87 of those who used marijuana before sex said the experience was more pleasurable than without marijuana, and 77 said they noticed an increase in their sex drive.
The researchers also found that women who used marijuana before sex were about two times more likely to have satisfying orgasms than women who did not use it before sex.
Although the researchers weren’t able to pinpoint why marijuana had this reported effect on the study participants, they wrote that it could potentially be due to the substance’s ability to reduce stress and anxiety.
“It is recognised that marijuana and the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, which controls the sex hormones, interact with each other,” the study’s authors wrote. Marijuana use has also been linked to higher dopamine levels, which can affect sexual function and mood.
There are some caveats to the study. It was based on surveys that required the women to recall past experiences with sex and marijuana, which could lead to incorrect reports. The researchers also didn’t ask the women about other types of drug use or the timing or amount of marijuana used before sex, which could all affect sexual experiences.
Even so, the study’s findings offer some hope for women trying to make their sex lives more fulfilling, and it could pave the way for more research on marijuana’s role in the bedroom
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