Dear Nurse Susan,
I was in the dispensary last week and I saw some cannabis vaginal suppositories that claim to intensify your sexual sensations and experience. Seriously?
Yes, cannabis has had a reputation as an aphrodisiac in many cultures throughout history. In ancient India, for instance, tantric sex practitioners believed that the herb increased libido, produced longer-lasting erections, and delayed ejaculation.
Others claim that frequent use of cannabis has a negative effect on their libido. Testosterone is the hormone that stimulates the sex drive in both men and women, and there are conflicting studies that conclude that frequent use of cannabis can depress testosterone.
A recent large-scale study by Stanford University School of Medicine and reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine concludes thatmarijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function: http://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(17)31417-0/fulltext
Assistant professor of urology Michael Eisenberg, MD, was the senior author of the study of 50,000 Americans between the ages of 25-45. “What we found was, compared to never-users, those who reported daily use had about 20 percent more sex.” Here is a video about the study results:
In one 2016 study, approximately half of pot users reported feeling aphrodisiac effects after smoking pot, while 70% said they experienced “enhancement in pleasure and satisfaction.” Here is a link to that study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27884725
So, what do The Doctors say about cannabis and sexual health? Here is a link to an episode of this popular show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arpnYyqGFMI
Remember that everyone responds differently to cannabis, so it ultimately depends on you whether it enhances or suppresses your libido and sexual pleasure. Since there seems to be some degree of contradictory evidence here are a couple of more sources for additional perspectives.
Here are some strains, including sativa, indica and hybrid, that may help you get into the mood:
Sativa: Lime Haze, Drizella, Rene, Foria suppositories
Indica: Sugar Mama, Eran Almog, El Jefe, Foria Suppositories
Hybrid: Boysenberry, Swiss Bliss, Pink Mango, Foria Suppositories
Generally speaking, if you aren’t afraid of falling asleep, the Kushs are good for increasing sensitivity or an indica dominant hybrid.
So Aphrodisiac Skeptic, it seems like there are more saying “yes” than “no”, for both men and women regarding the positive impact of cannabis on sex. Given the variety of options from smoking to sprays to suppositories, experiment to see what works best for you.
Have some fun with this!
(Susan Marks RN, BSN, PHN writes for CityWatch and is a medical cannabis educator and consultant based in Los Angeles. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org)