by Riley Webster
Life’s too short to have bad sex. Luckily, it may only take a toke or two to improve life in the bedroom.
Studies show that stress is the biggest contributing factor to dissatisfying -- and even painful -- sex. With many people struggling to keep up with the demands of life, intimacy can often be last on the priority list.
Fortunately, cannabis is becoming a household staple that may not only help to reduce stress, but also increase libido, pleasure, and relaxation for your best sex yet. While this topic is still in its early stages of research, studies have found that the plant has a significant impact on contributing to a satisfying sex life. Here’s how:
Increases sex drive
Since stress and anxiety are a major factor for sexual dysfunction and low libido, cannabis can help to decrease stress and bring the body back into a balanced state. This occurs due to the way THC and CBD, the two compounds of cannabis, interacts with the endocannabinoid system to help bring the body back into homeostasis. In other words, cannabis may help to regulate physiological functions like sleep, mood, appetite, and even reproduction.
In a study conducted by Dr. Michael L. Eisenberg and Dr. Andrew J. Sun, it was found that people who consumed cannabis daily had 20% more sex than those who didn’t consume it at all. Another medical professional, Dr. Monica Grover of Asira Medical, said that mircro-dosing cannabis may heighten libido, release endorphins, and even increase vaginal lubrication. Further studies showed that cannabis may activate the part of the brain responsible for sexual arousal, which can help those who suffer from a low sex drive.
When you’re more relaxed and in-tune with yourself, you’re more available to feel pleasure. Gynecologist Becky Kaufman Lynn determined in a study of 300 women, two-thirds reported that cannabis consumed prior to sex made the experience more pleasurable. Lynn disclosed that there are several reasons why cannabis may make sex more pleasurable, such as the way it heightens senstitivity to touch, the way it makes it feel like time is slowing down, and the way it can help to reduce stress and anxiety, allowing the user to be more present in their body and with their partner. Another study by researchers Dr. Michael L. Eisenberg and Dr. Andrew J. Sun found that out of 38 women, 72% said cannabis heightened sexual pleasure and 62% said it helped improve their orgasms.
When you’re relaxed, you’re less likely to overthink things and worry about how you’re performing sexually. When cannabis interacts with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are located in the nervous system and even in some parts of the brain responsible for regulating sex hormones, the body can return to the parasympathetic state of the nervous system - where relaxation takes place. When your nervous system is relaxed, there is less room for negative thoughts concerning body image or anxiety about the overall intimate experience. Plus, since stress can cause men and women to have difficulty reaching orgasm, cannabis may help to increase feelings of wellbeing and connection between partners, allowing you to be more present. Pair this with the oxytocin and endorphins produced by the hypothalamus during physical touch, and you’re well on your way to a stress-free sexscapade.
Riley Webster is a writer, editor, yoga teacher, and host of the Ignite Your Light podcast. She is passionate about holistic wellness, and believes in the healing power of cannabis for mind-body health. When Riley isn’t working, you can find her practicing yoga, working on creative projects, or in nature.