Does being stoned improve your sex life?
Jessica Lindsay for metro.co.ukMonday 27 Nov 2017 10:02 am S (Credit: Getty Images)
Feelings we commonly associate with being stoned are giggliness and a sense of calm. And although it’s not often talked about, loads of people also report getting horny as hell after smoking weed. It’s a very welcome side effect for most, but there is some debate over whether it actually helps or hinders your sex life. After all, whether it’s drink, drugs, or even caffeine, everybody reacts differently to different substances. One study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that those who smoked marijuana reported having around 20% more sex than those who didn’t.
While those figures were part of a survey (meaning people might have not always given the most truthful answers), the researchers stated that it did go some way to proving that marijuana did not have any negative impact on sexual function. An amalgamation of previous research by universities in Italy and the Czech Republic has also found that roughly half the people who had been studied reported aphrodisiac effects after smoking, and about 70% experiencing increased sexual pleasure while high
However, many of those studies were completed in the 70s and 80s. More seasoned stoners will be used to the terms ‘sativa’ and ‘indica’. They’re different strains of weed, with sativa affecting the mind more, and indica producing more of a body high. It has been suggested that as pot gets stronger, and strains contain more THC (like an indica strain), it can negate those sexual feelings. Currently, there is little more than anecdotal evidence on either side, and until scientific studies focus on the issue, that’s all we have. However, with legalisation and decriminalisation in many parts of the US, marijuana farmers are starting to be able to test and hone their product to create a different result. Cannabis review site Leafly even has a list of specific types people can choose to get ready for Valentine’s day, and a low-THC strain called Sexxpot has been invented by growers to get people in the mood (and help women orgasm).
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The University of California found that when mice were given marijuana, they had increased production of the bonding hormone oxytocin (which is also released when we hug each other). They came to the conclusion that there’s a link between cannabis and the so-called love hormone, which may be ideal if you’re getting high with your partner. Many people find that their biggest barrier to orgasm is self-conscious thoughts or a kind of mental block that stops them being in the moment. That’s where weed comes in, and for people who become more chilled out when they’re high, they can forget their troubles and focus on the good stuff. Like with alcohol, it seems that the negative effects mostly come around when you go a bit too hard. There’s no use wasting the calming and arousing effects of smoking if you can’t actually do the deed afterwards.
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