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You’ve heard of oysters being aphrodisiacs, but can weed arouse your sexual excitement, too?! Although its science is limited, many people have experienced a positive change in the bedroom after toking up. 

Does Weed Make You Hornier?

Many people search online for “does smoking weed make you horny?” and “how does weed make you horny?” While many cannabis users may say yes based on personal experience, the jury’s still out. Unfortunately, no solid scientific evidence shows a strong link between cannabis and sexual arousal in both women and men.

However, cannabis has been used for thousands of years to enhance sex. There must be some truth in this. In some ancient ceremonial rituals, people would use different herbs and drugs and end their practice with sex.

Today, many smoke weed to stimulate arousal, relieve anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, and treat other conditions that may hinder a person’s libido. You can now find cannabis products designed for use in the bedroom.

Why Does Weed Make You Horny?

Scientific research into libido and cannabis is limited, and most data comes from questionnaires of cannabis users, not a representative sample of the general population. These surveys do not provide guidance on dosage or delivery methods.

  • June 2019 survey found that 34% of women (373 participants) reported using cannabis before sexual activity, and most say it increased their sex drive and orgasm while decreasing pain.
  • September 2020 study found that 27% of women (232 participants) used cannabis to manage menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and night sweats.
  • November 2019 online survey of over 200 men and women found that almost 60% said cannabis increased their sex drive, and 74% said that weed increased sexual satisfaction. However, 16% reported that sex was worse in certain aspects, and 5% said sex on weed made it worse.

Based on anecdotal evidence, cannabis use clearly has a positive effect on a person’s sexual desire. So, why does weed make you hornier?

Cannabis has several health benefits, including relief for pain, insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, night sweats, hot flashes, and much more. Cannabis may cause less pain during sex, lower your inhibitions, enhance arousal, and improve emotional intimacy.

Anxiety Relief

Cannabis has helped many find relief for stress and anxiety. Anxiety can prevent people from getting aroused. Many people have experienced euphoria and relaxation with cannabis, which can temporarily relieve anxious feelings and get you in the zone.

Cannabis may potentially treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, including PTSD from sexual assault. A once terrifying experience may be able to be turned into a positive one with cannabis.

In addition to minimizing anxiety, it can maximize your good feelings, increasing your intensity and even frequency of orgasm. However, in high doses, THC can cause various mild but uncomfortable side effects, including increasing anxious and paranoid feelings.

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Vasodilation

Cannabis has been shown to be a vasodilator, meaning it can relax and widen blood vessel walls, increasing blood flow down under. Vasodilation can open up the blood flow to all body organs, making you feel more aroused.

Sensory Enhancement

Cannabis use can enhance your senses, making colors brighter, tastes more flavorful, and aromas more irresistible. In a safe and calm environment, weed can relax your body and mind and give you a boost in naturally blissful feelings. Music can sound better, and touch can be more electrifying, creating a more exciting sexual experience. 

Pain Relief

Nearly 3 out of 4 women experience pain during sex, which can be caused by gynecological problems or trouble becoming sexually stimulated. Vaginal and rectal suppositories or lubricants can provide pain relief from vaginal dryness and reproductive issues and increase sexual pleasure.

Does Weed Make You Less Horny?

Weed can be a double-edged sword. In some cases, it may be able to enhance your sexual function and experience. In other cases, it can reduce your libido and hinder your sexual experience.

Overconsuming cannabis can cause paranoia, anxiety, dizziness, confusion, nausea, and other mild side effects, which can be a major turn-off. Starting with a small dose and gradually building up to your desired effects is the best way to avoid a bad experience.

How to Use Weed During Sex

What's the best way to use cannabis for sex? There are many ways you can achieve a better sexual experience. Smoking a bowl or joint is a classic way to consume weed. Edibles provide a longer-lasting high but take an hour or an hour and a half to kick in and can be easier to over-consume. We recommend starting with 2.5 or 5 milligrams of THC or CBD.

Smoking and vaping provide quick-acting effects within minutes if you're looking for some spontaneous fun. A few puffs will do it. If you don't want to experience any intoxicating effects, you can use topicals designed for intimacy. These include lubricants and suppositories generally designed for vaginal or rectal application.

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Best Cannabis Strains for Sex

Using cannabis to improve your libido isn’t an exact science. There are many variables to consider, including strain, dosage, timing, delivery method, tolerance, and more. In general, these cannabis plant strains may be just what you need to feel more in the zone:

  • Wedding Cake
  • Green Crack
  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Do-Si-Dos
  • Sour Diesel
  • Amnesia Haze
  • Bubblegum Kush
  • Jillybean
  • Brooklyn Mango
  • LA Kush Cake
  • Hulkamania
  • Maui Pineapple Chunk
  • Pele’s Fire OG

Find out more about these strains in our blog posts: What Are the Best Marijuana Strains for Sex? and the 10 Best Cannabis Strains for Male Arousal

Final Thought on Does Weed Make You Horny?

Cannabis has helped many people improve their sexual experience, overcome sexual difficulties, and enhance their sex life. Unfortunately, the science hasn’t caught up with how or if it works, but cannabis use may be a good alternative for other aphrodisiacs and treatments to help you feel horny.

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