A study published last month in the journal Sexual Medicine suggests that women who use cannabis on a regular basis have better orgasms, higher arousal, and more sexual satisfaction overall. The study is the first-of-its-kind to use a validated questionnaire to assess the association between female sexual function and aspects of cannabis use.
The study included 452 women aged 30 to 49, of which 72.8 percent used cannabis more than six times per week. Most of the women (81.6 percent) were in a relationship and 46.7 percent of the participants usually consumed cannabis by smoking flower.
The researchers used the validated Female Sexual Function Index and women who reported more cannabis use reported higher FSFI scores. Moreover, women who increased their use by just one use per week reported an increase in total FSFI, including in the desire, arousal, orgasm, and satisfaction domains.
For each additional increase of use per week, the odds of reporting female sexual dysfunction declined by 21 percent, the researchers found. The study found neither the consumption method nor the cannabis type consumed impacted sexual function.
The authors note that “the exact mechanisms by which cannabis may increase sexual function in women is unknown” but “the endocannabinoid system has been postulated to be involved in female sexual function.” They point out that previous studies “have demonstrated that increased amounts of endogenous cannabinoids … are associated with increased sexual arousal.”
“As many patients use cannabis to reduce anxiety, it is possible that a reduction in anxiety associated with a sexual encounter could improve experiences and lead to improved satisfaction, orgasm, and desire. Similarly, THC can alter the perception of time which may prolong the feelings of sexual pleasure.” – Assessment of the Association of Cannabis on Female Sexual Function With the Female Sexual Function Index
Note: We interviewed Dr. Genester Wilson-King, one of the study’s authors, earlier this year. Check it out to learn more about the study, the relationship between cannabis and sexual health, and more!
Last year, cannabis company Eaze partnered with vibrator manufacturer Lioness on a report that suggested cannabis makes sex lives better. The study found that 85 percent of respondents were more satisfied with their orgasms during solo sessions and 79 percent during partner sessions. Additionally, 84 percent reported that cannabis improved their experience with sex toys during solo sessions, while 79 percent agreed, but for partner sessions.
Eaze and Lioness also found cannabis to have a resounding effect on the length of sexual activity during both solo (64 percent) and partner (73 percent) sessions.
A 2017 study purported that cannabis consumers have, on average, about 20 percent more heterosexual sex than non-consumers. That study found that women who consumed cannabis daily had sex an average of 7.1 times during the previous four-week period, compared to six times for women that had not consumed cannabis in the past year.