Human sexuality is highly entangled in various aspects of both psychology and physiology. Anecdotally, marijuana acts as the perfect ‘lubricant’ for boosting social confidence, enhancing libido, and reaching an orgasm. A number of surveys report that cannabis users not only are more likely to engage in intercourse more frequently than non-users but also claim that it enhances their overall sexual relations. The psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, is likely responsible for this effect, as it is capable of calming the mind, stimulating the senses, and elevating the reward pathways.
Needless to say, the dose does matter, and moderation is key. An excessive high will not elevate your sexual experience, but on the contrary may sedate you; driving the euphoric thoughts into paranoia, and altering the focus away from your partner and into an inward spiral of self-consciousness and doubt.
Can Biology Trump Behaviour?
Prior to jumping on the bandwagon to improve your sex life with cannabis, you might want to take in some more information on the topic. The research in this field is poor, and no concrete evidence is available on the sex hormones involved in the process. Just because cannabis can help you get out of your head for a couple of hours, doesn’t mean it will have a positive effect on what’s between your legs.
Marijuana can have an inhibiting effect on sex hormones, specifically testosterone.
Medical literature does suggest that marijuana can have an inhibiting effect on sex hormones, specifically testosterone. Chronic male users may be at higher risk of developing decreased libido over time, erectile dysfunction, and may risk losing the quality and quantity of their swimmers; while women may develop irregular menstrual cycles and anovulation. Even though the current evidence is based only on animal studies, any couple trying to conceive may want to put out the flame until more information on this topic becomes available.
For the rest of us who nevertheless choose to toke, supplementing foods high in antioxidants and minerals can help prevent any damage on our respective nether regions. Vitamins such as L-carnitine, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E and Folic Acid have been known to improve sperm count and motility. B vitamins, Choline, N-acetyl Cysteine and Magnesium help regulate menstrual cycles, support ovulation, and decrease menstrual pains. While herbs such as Panax Ginseng and Ashwagandha act as testosterone boosters, combating the long term effect of marijuana on declining levels of testosterone.
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