(Natural News) Smoking marijuana not only leads to a mental high, but it also contributes to reaching the peak of sexual pleasure. A new study provided evidence that women who smoked marijuana before having sex were more than twice as likely to achieve a satisfying orgasm.
The research pored over self-analyzing reports from numerous women. Some of the participants used marijuana regularly, while others did not use the recreational herb. Furthermore, only some of the pot smokers tried using marijuana before having sex.
To this day, experts have not yet uncovered the reason why using marijuana made sex feel so much better. One theory suggests a connection to the recreational herb’s ability to reduce anxiety and stress. By helping the user relax and loosen up, marijuana made the sexual experience more enjoyable than usual.
“It may slow the temporal perception of time and prolong the feelings of pleasurable sensations,” added the Saint Louis University (SLU) researchers who conducted the study. “It may lower sexual inhibitions and increase confidence and a willingness to experiment.”
Earlier research showed that marijuana increased the sensations of people who used it. Smoking pot sharpened all five senses – hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. (Related: The many health benefits of hemp oil.)
Does smoking pot really make sex more enjoyable for women?
The SLU researchers held their experiment from March 2016 to February 2017. They focused their efforts on a single clinic that handled women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth, and related research.
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Their study’s cohort consisted of 373 women who went to that clinic. Each participant received a Sexual Health Survey questionnaire during her visit. She accomplished the survey anonymously before submitting it to the researchers.
The questionnaire covered a wide variety of topics. It evaluated the sex drive of the participant, lubrication, orgasm, any instance of pain during sex (dyspareunia), and the overall sexual experience. Furthermore, it analyzed the effect of marijuana use on sexual satisfaction.
Both pot smokers and non-smokers exhibited considerable bias toward marijuana use. The authors minimized this by placing the marijuana-related questions further into the survey to disarm the participants’ bias.
The survey data showed that 47 percent of the participants used recreational marijuana, and 34 percent of the pot smokers used it before sex.
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Most participants who used marijuana before sex reported that they experienced greater sexual arousal and more pleasurable orgasms. They also felt much less pain during sex. However, marijuana did not appear to increase their lubrication.
Women who used marijuana before having sex enjoyed 2.13 higher odds of a satisfactory orgasm than those who never used it.
Furthermore, participants who regularly smoked marijuana reported 2.1 better chances of enjoying their orgasm compared to women who used it less frequently. These odds applied whether or not they smoked pot before sex.
“Marijuana appears to improve satisfaction with orgasm,” the researchers noted. “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.”
The results matched those of earlier research on the effects of marijuana on sexual experience.
The SLU researchers noted the importance of smoking pot at the right time before sex to achieve the best results. Still, the general rule seems to be that women who used marijuana had more enjoyable sexual experiences than non-users.
They published their findings in the medical journal Sexual Medicine. Their study contributes to the rather small pool of scientific knowledge about the endocannabinoid system in women. It may also help create marijuana-based therapies for sexual dysfunctions in female patients.