According to experts, marijuana can increase a person’s sex drive and arousal levels. Historical data shows that the drug has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries, and patient reports indicate that marijuana can even increase sexual pleasure.
Researchers believe that the association between marijuana and sex drive is likely due to the drug’s calming nature, which may ease performance anxiety. However, some individuals have the opposite reaction to marijuana and experience increased anxiety, which leads to a lower sex drive.
Marijuana is also used to help patients manage underlying issues like chronic pain and insomnia that can have a negative impact on sex drive.
A study in 2016 published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found a positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency in both men and women across all demographics. Another study from Stanford University in 2017 also found that marijuana users have more sex on average.
Further research suggests that small doses of marijuana can increase sexual arousal, while large doses can decrease arousal.
Certified sex therapist Amanda Pasciucco told Daily Mail Online: “Marijuana helps with relieving pressure, decreasing pain and bringing about a feeling of relaxation.”
The news outlet explained that the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis acts as a neurotransmitter which affects regions of the brain associated with pleasure, concentration, and sensory perception.
Various strains of marijuana produce different effects, and individual reactions to various types of cannabis differ as well. In 2014, a sexual lubricant was developed that contains marijuana extract called Foria, which was designed to help improve sexual satisfaction among women.
According to Pascuicco, this and other marijuana products may eventually be recommended to patients by sex therapists. She told the Daily Mail: “It’s not something that’s able to be prescribed now but it’s totally possible that it could be prescribed in the future for sex.”