Cannabis and Sexual Health
In previous articles we’ve covered the endocannabinoid system. It is a part of the central and peripheral nervous system and it uses CB1 and CB2 receptors to use cannabinoids! There are many ways that cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system, you can read about them here. In this article we’re going to take a look at cannabis and sexual health for males, females and everyone in between.
Sexual frequency and sexual pleasure:
Forbes reports on a recent study on frequency of sexual relations in the USA:
According to a research study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (JSM), entitled the Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study, the goal of the study was, “To elucidate whether a relation between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists using a nationally representative sample of reproductive-age men and women.”
The study found that:
“Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” In fact, daily users across all demographic groups reported having 20% more sex than those who have never used cannabis.
In a study of women “The Relationship Between Marijuana Use Prior to Sex and Sexual Function in Women,” while the sample size was small, the self-reported results were very interesting:
- 68% of those who used cannabis before sex reported more pleasurable sex
- 62% reported that it enhanced the quality of their orgasms
- and most interesting: 16% specifically consume cannabis to reduce potential pain during the act
Cannabis for Painful Sex:
One of the most interesting new products on the market are sexual lubricants and suppositories. Foria (carried by Spectrum Cannabis in Canada – read their reviews here) and Hydropothecary both carry products meant to be used vaginally. For women who suffer from endometriosis, topical cannabis sprays and suppositories can be extremely useful in managing pain.
Vaginal penetration can be painful for a variety of reasons: miscarriage, menopause, post-childbirth, and even chronic pain during sexual penetration called dyspareunia. On top of these physical causes, women can also feel pain and anxiety during sex due to past sexual assault and other traumas.
As we’ve discussed in our past article on delivery methods, suppositories (technically topicals) can be a great way to medicate without the feeling of being “high” which can often exacerbate feelings of anxiety and paranoia – and still provide the pain relief and relaxation in a localized area.
These findings can be applied to those who enjoy anal sex as well, with suppositories being an ideal way of topically medicating a specific area.
Just remember when combining topical cannabis and sexual activity to make sure that your condoms and toys are compatible with the carrier oil your cannabis comes in! Hydropothecary notes that their spray is not compatible with latex or latex products.
Stay tuned for the rest of Cannabis Supply Co.’s educational series on all things cannabis!
More Educational Posts:
- The Endocannabinoid System: What is it?
- Cannabinoids: THC, CBD and more!
- Cannabis Species: Medical & recreational cannabis species
- Cannabis Species: the four species of cannabis
- Dosing Methods #1: Smoking & Vaporizing
- Dosing Methods #2: Edibles & Oils
- Dosing Methods #3: Topicals & More
- Make cannabis oil with your vape!
- What are cannabinoids?