Sex drive (lower libido) naturally varies between individuals. Having a low sex drive is not necessarily a problem, but if a person wishes to boost their libido, they can try a range of natural methods.
If you’re treating problems with your low libido by consuming marijuana, you may want to take it slow. Studies show that lower doses may do a better job for your sex drive compared to higher doses.
Similar to other types of medication, the effectiveness of medical marijuana depends greatly on the dosage you take. Curiously, it’s not the case that taking larger doses offers better results. When it comes to using marijuana to treat sexual problems such as low sexual desire, it may be more effective to use lower doses instead. This was disclosed in the findings of a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine – Sexual Medicine Reviews in October 2019.
This particular review looked over 8 animal studies and 12 human studies that came out in the period from 1970 to 2019. The low number of these studies, given that for most of these years most states regarded marijuana as a banned substance. In fact, it remains illegal under federal law.
Most studies have indicated that marijuana offers benefits in boosting sexual arousal, with little side effects. It can heighten sexual desire and improve the quality of orgasms. Curiously, a general trend was noticed – low doses may increase sex drive but with higher doses, your sex life may actually become worse.
These were the preclinical lab studies involving rodents such as lab rats, mice, and hamsters. Here are some of the findings:
- THC is the cannabinoid (the chemical compound in cannabis) that causes the “high” sensation. It was found that if THC is given to female hamsters with optimal levels of estrogen, they were more like to engage in mating. These female hamsters that were given THC were more likely to initiate mating with a male hamster, compared to the female hamsters which didn’t get THC.
- THC seems to enhance “lordosis” when scientists detected progesterone or estrogen in female rats. Lordosis is a position in which the female rat has a back-arching downward, and this is measured to assess the rat’s receptivity to mating. In the studies where the female rats were given high doses of THC, they were not as inclined to engage in sex.
- The human body produces cannabinoids of its own, and the cannabinoid in marijuana tends to mimic or enhance its effects. Some of these cannabinoids can affect sexual arousal, and this has been shown in animal studies. One study gave the anandamide cannabinoid to female rats, and they visited the male rats more frequently. This means the female rats were more sexually inclined.
- Another study involved giving the SR141716 cannabinoid to rats, and this time they were less sexually inclined.
Clinical Studies (Involving Humans)
Tests that involve actual humans are generally more active, though they are very rarely done (especially during the 20th century) due to the ban on marijuana. Still, these studies have led to the following findings:
- One study found that female sex drive was more likely to report heightened sexual desire after using marijuana, compared to men. This was revealed in a 1974 study, in which almost 58% of female college students admitted to boosting their female libido after taking marijuana. In contrast, only a little over 39% of the men reported the same effect on their libido.
- A study conducted in Nepal and India also showed similar results in demonstrating how different doses can lead to different sexual responses. The study showed that higher doses of marijuana led to reduced sexual desire. The authors of the study believed that this is due to how higher doses of marijuana increased the sedative effects of the drug.
- Your sexual health may also be affected by how often you take marijuana. A recent 2019 study noticed this effect, at least with women. They found that women were more likely to report a higher quality of orgasm (better sex) when they took marijuana before engaging in sexual activity.
- Another study indicated that in some cases marijuana use can reduce the quality of your orgasm. However, the researchers in the study were concentrating on medical conditions of sexual dysfunction (female sexual dysfunction and erectile dysfunction) and not on overall sexual function.
The researchers who conducted this general review on how marijuana affects sexual function formed several opinions regarding the overall findings. The most important of their opinions was that not enough data has yet been gathered to offer any definitive conclusions.
So far, none of the human studies indicated any concrete measures regarding proper dosage and frequency of marijuana use to affect sexual function. The limited studies offer some indications, but more studies are required to firm up the data and to offer clearer objective measures.
The researchers stressed the importance of the missing information. More and better research can result in improved therapeutic options for women with sexual issues. In fact, the information that may be uncovered additional research can lead to a clearer understanding of sexual function in both men and women.
Low libido is a complex issue, with a relationship issue, psychological, and physical components. Knowing the cause can help you find the best treatment.
Because low libido, or a sudden shift in libido, can be a sign of health issues, it is you consult a doctor (sex therapist, gynecologist) before trying any libido boosters to boost your sex drive.
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