dr. Lynn, who also teaches at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the lead author of a 2019 study that surveyed 373 women about cannabis at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Missouri. Of those, 34 percent reported using marijuana before sexual activity, and most said it resulted in increased sex drive, improved orgasm and decreased pain.
Studies have also shown that some women use cannabis to control menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and vaginal changes such as dryness, all of which can contribute to lower libido if left untreated.
In addition, an online survey of more than 200 women and men who use cannabis found that nearly 60 percent said cannabis increased their sex drive; nearly 74 percent reported increased sexual satisfaction. But the study, conducted by researchers in Canada and published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, also said 16 percent reported sex was better in some ways and worse in others, and just under 5 percent said it was worse.
Research on cannabis use and sexual function in men is also scarce and can be contradictory. 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 associated with reductions in sperm count, concentration, motility and viability.
‘Start low and go slow’
All drugs have risks and potential side effects, including cannabis.
If your doctor has given you permission to try cannabis in a state where it is legal, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a family physician at Massachusetts General Hospital Chelsea HealthCare Center and medical cannabis consultant, to add a “little bit” into a tincture if you’re new to it — in some cases, just 1 milligram of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in weed – before working your way up slowly.
“At low doses, cannabis helps libido, but at high doses it’s often not as effective,” he said, adding that the wrong amount will make some people paranoid and anxious. The drug may also inhibit orgasm, causing the opposite effect of what was intended.
dr. Lynn agreed. “Start low and go slow,” she said.
How Much Is Too Much Marijuana? That will vary from person to person.