For nearly a century, cannabis's illegality made it all but impossible for researchers to study the effects of marijuana consumption on everything from reaction times to fetal development to sex drives. Anti-drug advocates often referred to marijuana as "the gateway drug," even absent scientific evidence to support the theory that marijuana use leads to experimentation with harmful drugs.
But today, marijuana is legal in some form in more than half of all U.S. states, and researchers have capitalized on this newfound opportunity to study its effects in a variety of fashions. One of the most interesting (and positive) developments of this research has been the firm conclusion that marijuana increases users' sex drives and enhances sexual experiences.
Read on to learn more about the biology behind cannabis use and sexuality, as well as a few tips and tricks you can use to spice up your sex life using cannabis.
Cannabis’s Effect on the Sex Drive
The Journal of Sexual Medicine (JSM) recently published a study called the “Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States,” which surveyed more than 50,000 adults in an effort to determine marijuana’s impact on the sex drive. This survey—conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—revealed that marijuana use is “associated with increased sexual frequency,” with users reporting that they have about 20 percent more sex, on average than those who have never used marijuana.
Another recent study focused exclusively on the female sex drive. JSM published “The Relationship Between Marijuana Use Prior to Sex and Sexual Function in Women,” which found that of the 30 percent of women who had consumed cannabis before intercourse, nearly 70 percent reported that they had more pleasurable sex, with 62 percent stating that it improved the quality of their orgasms.
Researchers concluded that by consuming a small amount of marijuana just prior to sex, women could increase their libidos, release more endorphins, and increase lubrication.
And unlike alcohol, which can have harmful interactions with performance-enhancement drugs like Cialis and Viagra, the use of marijuana is not contraindicated for any of these drugs. This means that many who rely on performance-enhancing drugs can combine these drugs with cannabis—whether in flower, oil, or edible form—to further improve their sexual experience.
Five Ways to Incorporate Cannabis into Your Sex Life
Whether you are a marijuana aficionado or are new to the world of cannabis and CBD oil, there are a number of creative ways in which you can use marijuana to enhance and improve your sex life. These methods can be tried alone or with a partner, and with the romance of Valentine’s Day still in the air, there’s never been a better time to experiment.
THC & CBD Lubricants
The use of cannabis or CBD-based lubricants has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. This topical application appeals to those who might otherwise have been reluctant to consume cannabis or CBD. By applying cannabis directly to the sensitive tissues that are stimulated by its chemical compounds, users can experience a nearly instantaneous increase in sensation.
However, if you are planning to use CBD or THC-based lubrication during your next sexual encounter, be aware that many of the most popular lubes on the market today are oil-based. Because oil can break down the molecular bonds of polymers like latex, using these oils with condoms can render the condoms far less effective at preventing STDs or pregnancy. You may want to either seek out a water-based lubricant or find a backup method of protection before trying out cannabis-based lubrication for the first time.
Cannabis infused Massage Oil
Cannabis-based massage oil has skyrocketed in popularity for many of the same reasons as cannabis-based lubricants: it is fast-acting, it is topical and can be washed off quickly if any adverse reactions occur, and it’s a great way for novices and experienced users alike to enjoy a new means of cannabis consumption. This massage oil can be used on everything from sore muscles to more sensitive regions to increase blood flow and enhance sensation.
Mix Different Cannabis Strains
For those who are already partial to certain strains or forms of cannabis, mixing two different strains can spur a pleasant and often unexpected reaction. For instance, a combination of one strain that’s known to induce a “body high” with another that promotes relaxation can significantly enhance the physical sensations one feels during sex. Break out of your comfort zone and experiment with some of the flowers or edibles available at Farmhouse Artisan Market to add a new dimension to your current sex life.
Some may be concerned that using cannabis during sex can cloud their judgment, leading them to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Others worry that the sensation of being under the influence during sex may actually make it less pleasurable. If this is the case, delving into the world of microdosing may provide a satisfactory solution.
Microdosing CBD-rich cannabis can generate a subtle sense of relaxation while heightening the senses—all without the feeling of being “high.” Because you are mentally on top of things during the entire process, there is no need to worry about having a bad experience. Many who aren’t regular cannabis users can still enjoy an occasional microdose-fueled sexual encounter.
Use Cannabis Edibles
Edibles are another great way for lovers to fully enjoy the effects of cannabis on one’s sex life. Consuming cannabis in edible form (whether through romantic chocolates, fun gummies, or delicious baked goods) can provide a full-body high, perfect for those who are in an amorous mood. You and your lover may opt to share a romantic CBD-laced dessert or snack on edibles during a Netflix marathon.
It is important for both novices and experienced users to remember that dosing can be tricky when it comes to edibles. Because it takes a while for edibles to take effect (as compared to other cannabis consumption methods) due to the unique way in which they are metabolized, you’ll want to start off slow to ensure you don’t inadvertently take too much.
However you choose to consume cannabis during this season of romance, you will want to browse the broad selection of artisan offerings at Farmhouse Artisan Market. We offer everything from cannabis chocolates and gummies to oils, tinctures, and high-quality flowers, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Visit our website to browse our selection and learn more about what we stand for.