dr Lynn, who also teaches at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the lead author of a study published in 2019 that surveyed 373 women at a Missouri OB/GYN clinic about cannabis. Of those, 34 percent said they had used marijuana prior to sexual activity, and most of them said it resulted in increased sex drive, improved orgasm, and less pain.
Studies have also found that some women use cannabis to manage menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and vaginal changes like dryness, all of which can contribute to decreased libido if left untreated.
Additionally, an online survey of more than 200 women and men who use cannabis found that nearly 60 percent said cannabis increased their desire for sex; Almost 74 percent reported increased sexual satisfaction. But the study, conducted by researchers in Canada and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, also said that 16 percent reported that sex was better in some areas and worse in others, and just under 5 percent said it was was worse.
Research on cannabis use and sexual function in men is also sparse and can be conflicting. According to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, some men report that their sexual performance improves when they use marijuana, while others may experience problems such as reduced motivation for sex, erectile dysfunction, difficulty reaching orgasm, or premature ejaculation. Cannabis use has also been linked to a reduction in sperm count, concentration, motility and viability.
‘Start low and go slow’
All medications have risks and possible side effects, including cannabis.
If your doctor has given you permission to try cannabis in a state where it’s legal, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, general practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea HealthCare Center and medical cannabis consultant, puts a “weety bit” in a tincture if you’re new to it — in some cases as little as 1 milligram of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in weed — before digging into it work upstairs.
“In low doses, cannabis helps libido, but in high doses it’s often not as effective,” he said, adding that the wrong amount will lead to paranoia and anxiety in some people. The drug could also inhibit orgasm and produce the opposite effect of what was intended.
dr Lynn agreed. “Start low and go slow,” she said.
How much is too much marijuana? This will vary from person to person.