- Some studies suggest that marijuana may contribute to ED.
- Daily marijuana use might lead to trouble achieving orgasm in some men.
Marijuana is often associated with side effects that may affect sexual health, including erectile dysfunction (ED).
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It’s sometimes referred to as impotence, although this term is now used less often.
Studies show that when THC reaches the brain, it gives users the feeling of being “high.” This interferes with your body’s normal functions. It may also impact the normal function of the penis’s smooth muscle, resulting in ED.
What research tells us about cannabis and sex.
Most of what we know about cannabis and sex comes from self-reported surveys. Knowing that cannabis is purported to help with anxiety and pain, it makes sense that the plant may also enhance sex indirectly for some by affecting those other issues.
Researchers have often used self-reported surveys—in which participants are asked about their drug use and their sexual experiences—to get an idea of what’s going on.
Many of these studies have historically focused mostly or entirely on the experience of men. For instance, in a study published in 1979 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, researchers asked a group of 84 grad students (78 percent of whom were male) what they thought the relationship between cannabis and sex would be. Those who had firsthand experience with the topic (39 percent) were asked to answer from that perspective. Although the groups agreed that cannabis increases overall sexual pleasure, only those who were “experienced smokers” also strongly believed that it increased the intensity of an orgasm and that it should be considered an aphrodisiac.
A 2009 study found a correlation between men who frequently using cannabis and orgasming too quickly. They found that men who used marijuana regularly were more likely to be dissatisfied with the length of their sexual performance. Although the study’s authors noted that cannabis use can affect a person’s concept of time, so maybe they were actually lasting longer than they thought!
A study from last year found that people who use marijuana were more likely to have more sexual encounters and partners than people who do not use cannabis. On average, marijuana users had about 20 percent more sex than non-users. Again, this isn’t a study about the scientific effects of marijuana and how it affects the brain, but it does show that if you use marijuana, you’re probably getting lucky a little more than people who do not.
For one thing, researchers have long argued that dosage is a very important consideration when looking at the effects of this drug, just like it is with alcohol. If you consume marijuana or alcohol in small quantities, the inhibitory effects on sexual performance tend to be pretty minimal. In fact, you may actually experience an overall performance boost with low doses due to these drugs lowering inhibitions and stimulating desire.
Why do I like sex when I smoke weed?
Weed cannot enhance your sexual habits, however, it does release pheromones (a positive chemical released into your brain) making everything seem like a good idea and making you happier.
If your happy being sexual then your brain associates anything positive, which happens to be your sexual pleasures and you begin to crave more positive endorphins (your brain wants more positive chemicals) and you may become hypersexual trying to fulfill your brain's craving for pheromones.
What is it like to have sex while on marijuana?