For as long as marijuana has been used recreationally, there have been anecdotal reports among the women who enjoy cannabis that it spices things up in the bedroom. Heck, there are even THC infused lubricants on the market that promise increased arousal and better orgasms, but do they really work? Or is it a placebo effect, where it seems to work because you want it to work, or is there any truth behind these claims?
A growing body of research indicates that there is indeed a correlation between cannabis and sex, even though the science behind it is still a little fuzzy. A recent study that was published last week in the Journal Science Medicine asked women who used cannabis about their sexual experiences, and the researchers found that more frequent cannabis use was associated with heightened arousal, stronger orgasms, and greater sexual satisfaction in general.
“Our results demonstrate that increasing frequency of cannabis use is associated with improved sexual function and is associated with increased satisfaction, orgasm and sexual desire,” says the study authors. The team of researchers asked 452 women about their cannabis use and asked them to fill out a Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), which is a questionnaire designed to assess sexual function over the past four weeks. The questionnaire scored desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain.
“To our knowledge, this study is the first to use a validated questionnaire to assess the association between female sexual function and aspects of cannabis use including frequency, chemovar and indication.” A higher FSFI score usually denotes better sexual function while a lower score indicates sexual dysfunction and as the researchers analyzed the survey results, they determined that more frequent cannabis consumption was associated with lower rates of sexual dysfunction.
Respondents who had higher FSFI scores used cannabis more frequently, and they also had a higher specific FSFI subdomain score, indicating greater arousal and better orgasms. The study also found that frequent cannabis consumption led to low levels of sex-related pain. However, the researchers couldn’t determine which marijuana products worked best for sexual stimulation.
“Our study did not find an association between cannabis chemovar, (for example THC vs. CBD, reason for cannabis use) and female sexual function. Neither the method of consumption nor the type of cannabis consumed seemed to impact sexual function.
Analysts think that the results of this study may not have come as a surprise to companies like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) who have always believed that scientists still have a long way to go before the full benefits of cannabis are documented.
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