According to a recent study published in the Sexual Medicine health journal, cannabis usage ahead of sex can help women experience better orgasms.
Noting that “scientific research on the effects of marijuana on sexual functioning in women, including libido, arousal, orgasm, and satisfaction” was limited, the aim of this study was “to evaluate women’s perceptions of the effect of marijuana use before sexual activity.”
Conducted at an OB/GYN clinic from March 2016 to February 2017, the study featured 373 anonymous participants, 176 of which confirmed that they use cannabis.
After adjusting for race and age, it was discovered that women who frequently use cannabis (whether it’s right before sex or not), had 2.10 times higher odds of experiencing “satisfactory orgasms than those with infrequent marijuana use.”
“This study adds to our knowledge and understanding of the effect of marijuana use on female sexual functioning,” explained the study’s authors. “Timing appears to be important with those who use before sex reporting a positive effect on orgasm. However, with any use, the majority of women perceived improvement in in overall experience, sex drive, orgasm and pain.”
More specifically, the study showed that 68.5% of those who have cannabis before sex noted the experience “was more pleasurable.” Meanwhile, 60.6% realized an increased sex drive, while 52.8% said they had “an increase in satisfying orgasms.”
“The question of how marijuana leads to these positive changes in sexual function is unknown. It has been postulated that it leads to improvement in sexual function simply by lowering stress and anxiety,” read an excerpt from the study. “It may slow the temporal perception of time and prolong the feelings of pleasurable sensations. It may lower sexual inhibitions and increase confidence and a willingness to experiment. Marijuana is also known to heighten sensations such as touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing.”