When it comes to marijuana (cannabis) and sex, there are many conflicting views. Some say the substance enhances sexual experiences, while others say it does nothing for them or even makes sex worse.
To learn more, researchers surveyed 216 people between the ages of 17 and 75 who had been sexually active and had used marijuana. Just over half said they used the drug “to alter their sexual experience.”
Here are some key findings from the survey:
Almost 39% of the respondents thought marijuana improved sexual experiences.
Sixteen percent said some aspects of sex were better with marijuana, but some were worse.
About a quarter said cannabis made sex better “sometimes.”
About 5% said it made sex worse.
“The occasional night of stoned sex can be incredibly loving, intimate, and intense,” said one respondent. “[I am] more relaxed and engaged in the act,” added another.
Two people explained that marijuana influenced their focus during sex. “It helps the mind focus on the pleasure of touch,” one noted. Another said, “As a woman who has to focus to reach orgasm, doing so is more difficult.”
Others said marijuana made them feel “too distracted” or “too tired . . . to be in the mood.”
The amount of marijuana used seemed to play a role as well. “Too much makes it worse, but just a little bit makes it better,” said one respondent.
The study was published online in August 2019 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
Wiebe, Ellen, MD and Alanna Just, MPhil
“How Cannabis Alters Sexual Experience: A Survey of Men and Women”
(Full-text. Published online: August 22, 2019)