A study investigating love life and cannabis has found that cannabis users report an improved love life, as well as increased libido, and sense of taste and touch.
The study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research recently asked 811 participants aged 18 to 85 years old a number of questions relating to their lovemaking lives and cannabis use.
Not noting much difference between the genders and age groups, over 70 percent of the participants reported increased desire and orgasm intensity while high.
Forty percent of the women, meanwhile, reported an “increased ability to have more than one orgasm per sexual encounter”, according to the authors.
Over half of the people surveyed said that they had used cannabis intentionally prior to the erotic union, suggesting they believe it to increase libido or pleasure. However, due to the nature of the study (a survey) the researchers were unable to delineate whether the increased pleasure was from the actual effects of the drug or a placebo.
Cannabis use before lovemaking “improves sexual function”
“Those who reported intentionally using cannabis before sex, had significantly higher scale scores than those who reported not intentionally using cannabis before sex,” the team wrote in their discussion.
“This can be interpreted as those who intentionally used cannabis before sex perceived a greater benefit to their sexual functioning and satisfaction compared to those who do not intentionally use cannabis before sex. These results may be because of the mental mindset that using cannabis will increase pleasure due to the aphrodisiac notions of cannabis rather than a true physiological effect.”
However, they also write that the relaxation effects of cannabis “may contribute to increased desire or reduced inhibitions that might contribute to increased sexual functioning and satisfaction”, citing similar studies that have found improvement in performance after cannabis use, as well as longer times spent on foreplay.
One seemingly-unrelated finding of the study is that cannabis users reported an increased sense of taste and touch. The team writes that the question was included due to the use of the senses during the deed.
“The enhancement of taste and touch could increase overall sexual functioning and satisfaction because these are two senses that are heavily used during sexual intercourse”, they write, adding that no increased sense of smell was reported.
Though the team note a number of limitations, including that doses were not recorded by participants and that it wasn’t compared with people who don’t use cannabis, the team believes the findings could be useful to explore, including possibly using cannabis to treat dysfunctions involving the coition.
Related: Germany to Legalize Cannabis for Recreational Use
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