Women’s orgasms might improve with marijuana use, a recent Sexual Medicine paper suggests.
Some marijuana users claim that the drug boosts their sexual function and pleasure. But little scientific research had been conducted to support these claims.
The current study examined women’s perceptions on how marijuana use – in general and specifically before sex – affected their sexual performance and experience, particularly in regard to sex drive, orgasm, lubrication, sexual pain, and overall experience.
The researchers surveyed 373 women who were patients at a single obstetrics and gynecology practice. Each woman completed a survey designed specifically for the study, answering questions about their sexual health and marijuana use. The definition of “sex” was left open and did not necessarily mean vaginal intercourse.
The women’s average age was about 36 years old. The majority were white and heterosexual.
Overall, 176 women reported using marijuana, and most of them smoked it. Of these, 127 women used the drug specifically before sex, and 49 women did not. Eighty-four women considered themselves frequent marijuana users (once a week to several times a day), and 86 said they were infrequent users (several times a year to less than once a year).
Most users indicated perceived improvements in their overall sexual experiences, sex drive, orgasm, and pain. However, changes in lubrication were not common.
Almost 69% of the women who used marijuana before sex said that their overall sexual experience was “more pleasurable.” About 61% reported a higher sex drive, and 53% said they had more satisfying orgasms.
After adjusting for race, women who used marijuana before sex were more than twice as likely to report satisfying orgasms compared to those who didn’t use. Similar results were seen for frequent users compared to infrequent users, after adjusting for race and age.
The reasons behind the positive changes were unclear, but several theories were proposed. For example, marijuana might have decreased stress, anxiety, and inhibitions. It may have improved confidence, and added to sensations of touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing. It may have slowed down the women’s perception of time, making those sensations last longer, from their perspective.
It’s also possible that marijuana may work on parts of the brain involved with the production of sex hormones, oxytocin (the “love hormone”), and the neurotransmitter dopamine.
The authors noted that the survey did not address the women’s relationships, whether they used other drugs in addition to marijuana, and how much marijuana they used. These factors might have influenced the results.
Lynn, Becky K., MD, et al.
“The Relationship between Marijuana Use Prior to Sex and Sexual Function in Women”
(Full-text. Published online: March 1, 2019)
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