Can Cannabis help my sex life?

Cannabis and Sex

Cannabis and sexual performance

Can Cannabis products actually help to improve my sex life?

There haven’t been enough formal studies to indicate that cannabis will improve your sex life.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that it can do the following: 

  • Cannabis can heighten your senses
  • Cannabis can lower your inhibitions
  • Being high can stimulate your creativity
  • CBD and cannabis can relieve pain
  • Cannabis can heighten sensitivity
  • Cannabis can affect your endorphins and make you feel great
  • Cannabis is said to improve orgasms

However, cannabis affects men and women differently. Additionally, various strains and methods of consumption will produce very different outcomes. Read on to find out more.

How Does Cannabis work in the body?

The human body has two endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2.  CB1 receptors are located in the brain and are responsible for mood, memory, and coordination. Cb2 receptors are attached to the body’s immune system and are thus responsible for pain and inflammation responses.

THC is psychoactive, meaning it gets you high. It binds to CB1 receptors in the body.  CBD can help pain and inflammation. CBD can be full spectrum, meaning that an oil or product contains all the cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant in nature. Or it can be an isolate. Both bind to CB2 receptors in the body. 

Various products will have different applications.

How can Cannabis help male sexual performance?

Unfortunately, most of the studies conducted to date have produced contradictory results. Some studies show that marijuana enhances libido while others indicate it lowers sperm production and contributes to erectile dysfunction.

Others claim that it increases sexual stamina and delays ejaculation.  However, anecdotal reports seem to indicate that low dosage increases performance while regular, heavy use decreases potency. 

It may be wise to remember that different strains of pot have different functions. Indica is a relaxant, while Sativa is a stimulant. Regardless, every human body is different and while one person may experience ecstasy, another may become paranoid or fall asleep. 

In any case, most studies to date  have relied on self reported evidence since there is no way of accurately measuring what is really going on in terms of perceived sexual pleasure. 

Male sexual performance and cannabis



How does cannabis affect female sexual arousal?

Studies seem to indicate that cannabis has a beneficial effect on female arousal and the quality and intensity of orgasm.

Two reasons may be contributing to those outcomes:

  • Pot helps women get outside of their heads. Women have been so inundated by advertising that centers around digitally enhanced images of tall, thin or surgically enhanced bodies. Women, particularly younger women, can often feel that they are not thin or attractive enough to their partners. Pot can lower those inhibitions and make women more receptive to pleasure. 
  • CBD products and cannabis stimulate blood flow to the genital area, which increases sensation and improves lubrication.  

Does Cannabis help seniors with their sex life?

Seniors, if you missed Woodstock, you now have a chance to make up for it legally. Here’s the good news:

  • The possibility exists that improved blood flow to the penis will improve your erection.
  • For women cannabis may improve the symptoms of menopause.

From Leefly:

‘Research also shows that women’s bodies have an unusually high concentration of cannabinoid receptors in the uterus and reproductive center. Cannabinoids such as CBD can help to increase the number of CB1 receptors and anandamide*, thus spurring interest in the medical community to investigate its potential as a therapeutic modality.’

*Anandamide (N-arachidonylethanolamine) is a brain lipid that binds to cannabinoid receptors with high affinity and mimics the psychoactive effects of  cannabis. It is sometimes called the ‘Bliss Molecule‘.

The important thing to remember is that cannabis can have a negative interaction with some prescription drugs, so please check before you imbibe. 

Sex and cannabis after 50


How can CBD and Cannabis products help my sex life?

  • They can relax you / relax muscles
  • Improve blood flow to reproductive organs
  • Ease stress and anxiety, particularly performance anxiety
  • Reduce pain during intercourse
  • Delay ejaculation, making male performance last longer
  • Lower inhibition
  • Increase desire and set the mood
  • Improve natural lubrication
  • Increase sensitivity and sensation

Which brands are safe?

You will definitely want to do some research beforehand. You should also be mindful of possible allergic reactions, particularly if you suffer from hay fever.


Where should I start?

Unless you are an experienced user, you should probably practice alone and see how various products affect you. Keep a notebook and see how each acts on your body. 

  • Edibles – you will have to sample beforehand to gain some knowledge about dosage and how it affects your body. It can take some time to take hold. 
  • Vapes – you can control the dose with vaping pens.
  • CBD oils – used in massages and foreplay, oils can relax the muscles and diminish pain. 
  • Joints – they come pre-rolled, so thatyou don’t haveto do it yourself.
  • Lubricants – used topically they can help blood flow to the genitals, and decrease pain and dryness. They are said to improve sensation and intensify orgasm. However, they are not always compatible with latex condoms.
  • Suppositories, anal and vaginal – they are said to be a safer way to relax those areas than chemical suppositories. Men and women can use them to treat hemorrhoids, anal fissures, post-operative pain, symptoms of Crohn’s Disease among other applications. Vaginal suppositories have been used to ease menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, endometriosis, pelvic discomfort, post-coital pain or inflammation, vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse
  • Sprays – administered sublingually, they bypass the odors associated with smoking. 

Read more about vaporizers vs joints:

Vaping vs Smoking


Listen as a cannabis sex educator speaks to the subject of improving your sex life with cannabis (warning: body parts are named in the vernacular)


Cannabis products may improve your sex life by making you more relaxed, easing pain, stimulating desire and increasing sensation and lubrication. If you are a newbie, try various products on your own to see how you will react to them.  Most of all, be careful, particularly if you have allergies to ragweed, chamomile, stevia, and echinacea. Cannabis is in the same family and you may have a negative reaction, rather than an enhanced sexual experience. 


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