A new study found that marijuana use prior to sex improves the overall experience and women who smoked reported increased sex drive and more orgasm satisfaction.
The new study analyzed reports from hundreds of women, both pot smokers and non-smokers and found that marijuana use prior to sex doubles the chances of having a more satisfying orgasm.
‘It has been postulated that it leads to improvement in sexual function simply by lowering stress and anxiety,’ researchers explain in the new paper, published to the journal Sexual Medicine.
‘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.’
The study led by a team at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine reviewed self-reported survey responses from 373 women. About 47 percent of the participants indicated that they were marijuana smokers, and of this group, 34 percent noted that they used it before sex.
To find out how pot use factors into sexual satisfaction, the researchers developed a Sexual Health Survey addressing a broad variety of topics, including sex drive, lubrication, and the presence of sex-related pain.
‘Most women reported increases in sex drive, improvement in orgasm, decrease in pain, but no change in lubrication,’ the researchers wrote. These differences translate to 2.13 higher odds of reporting ‘satisfactory orgasms’ for women who smoke pot.
‘Marijuana appears to improve satisfaction with orgasm. Women who used marijuana before sex and those who used more frequently were more than twice as likely to report satisfactory orgasms as those who did not use marijuana before sex or used infrequently.
Our study is consistent with past studies of the effects of marijuana on sexual behaviour in women’ the team concluded.