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Cannabis Facts: Why Does Weed Make You Horny?

male and female couple with joint wondering why does weed make you horny in bedroom

What about the green plant actually gets you hot and bothered when you get lit?

We all know about the munchies and the calm that comes with weed use. Memes, stories, Reddit posts; we’ve read them, we’ve lived them. But the sexual side is talked about less frequently. It has been proven, tried and true, that smoking weed can make you horny. No harm in it!

Though, why does weed make you horny in the first place? It’s science! Now, after several studies, we have an idea of the whys, hows, and additional deets regarding cannabis-related hookups. Think of it as an anatomy and physiology subcourse, but sexier.

The Science Behind Weed and Horniness

Everybody’s body’s different, but most people can experience increased sexual function and pleasure with weed use.

Still, how does smoking weed make you horny? Well, depending on how the body reacts, you can get hot from the several effects of the chemicals in the plant. Some potentially arousing effects include:

  •       Vasodilation
  •       Pain relief
  •       Hormone release
  •       Mental soothing

Some or all of these chemically-induced changes act on a person and produce different results. It just so happens one of the results includes perhaps being more okay with the horizontal tango than you already were. Heavy emphasis on the “already were” part.

You’re not likely to magically agree to aggressive cuddling if you aren’t already interested, and consent is both sexy and ethical.

Vasodilation

man and woman smoking weed together in romantic setting

Vasodilation is a body function where the veins and arteries in the body dilate or open wider. This allows for increased blood flow all over the body. So, considering how our sex organs tend to work, increased blood flow usually includes increased sensation and enhanced arousal.

Basically, those tingly parts get to be more tingly, and having your or someone else’s hands on them makes them happy. And it’s a good tingle!

Pain Relief

Unless it’s the fun and kinky kind, pain generally tends to be a huge damper on your arousal. It’s a quality-of-life killer, especially when coupled with chronic physical conditions. Thankfully, studies show that cannabis can be an effective pain combattant for some people.

From headaches to back pain, migraines to seizures, cannabis exploration has delved into new pain-relieving heights. Even now, regulated medical marijuana strains have seen increasing demands due to how well they help some people with their pain and medical conditions. Though, outside of the medical sphere, more people have come to their own reasons for embracing their personal stoner lifestyle.

It’s a no-brainer: the less you’re hurting, the more you’re more likely to be horny!

Hormone Release

All of this, including vasodilation and pain relief, happens from hormone and chemical interactions. Whether using sativa or indica cannabis, both assist with the brain’s release of oxytocin, one of your most potent happy chemicals. Oxytocin can boost your sense of fulfillment and enjoyment, hence why so many people chill out when they smoke weed.

Of course, it always depends on the person’s body, so keep in check with yourself! One size definitely doesn’t fit all in this case. Generally, the hormone release improves the sexual experience and eases the mind, but take it slow and try it with a partner you trust.

Mental Soothing

The pain mentioned before didn’t include mental pain, but hey, weed can actually help with that, too!

In the same way that many cannabis comrades use weed for self-care, you may have sex or masturbate to relieve stress. Both at the same time? Completely possible.

Anyway, even without the horizontal refreshment, cannabis can help and has been used to assist with several mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

It can be really hard to enjoy sex when you’re caught up with life’s stressors. So, in a state of cannabis-induced calm, it can be a lot easier to experience sexual pleasure!

Does Cannabis Make Men or Women Hornier?

young caucasian couple smoking marijuana together in a modern kitchen about to kiss with smoke coming out of mouth

No need to battle between the sexes, but hey, it’s a good question!

Cannabis has been proven to improve female orgasm in a medical study by Dr. Becky K. Lynn, et al. The study also indicates that more long-term use of cannabis improves sexual function and arousal overall. Additionally, anecdotes have been more sexually positive coming from women.

That isn’t to say men can’t have their fun while stoned! Men have also reported heightened arousal and increased pleasure. It’s just we have more numerical and tested data regarding ladies getting their rocks off.

See? Sexy, sexy science.

Interestingly, data from older studies and anecdotes from all genders have correlated negatively with arousal. Though, the most recent literature indicates that your puff of indica will light up your life in more ways than one. That’s not to say one study is right and another is wrong.

Does weed make you horny? Everybody’s body’s different, so it’s a matter of what fits you the best! Just know that, if you have a vagina, you’ll probably feel the horny effects more than your other stoner bros and besties.

Can Smoking Before Sex Increase Your Pleasure?

interracial older couple smoking weed together to increase pleasure before sex

Sure it can! Different African tribes figured it out by experimenting with their native cannabis plants. These groups became the original stoners for various reasons, including for sex and aphrodisiacal uses.

Today, from both word-of-mouth and survey data, smoking a joint before sex has been connected to:

  •       Increased stamina
  •       Increased sexual gratification
  •       Heightened sensitivity
  •       Increased overall libido
  •       Decreased inhibitions

Turns out, you can catch more than one kind of munchie from a good blunt if you’re in the mood for it.

But, which kind of weed is best for you? When it comes to the kind of weed, you may ask, “does sativa or indica make you hornier?”

It turns out that the best strain for sex is the best strain for your general preferences, Medical News Today reports. Because no current correlation exists between one strain of weed and a fulfilling sexual experience, it’s all up to you!

It depends on what kind of high, and what kind of sex, you’re looking for. If you’re looking for the same sort of creative and stimulative experience in sex as you’d like in your high life, sativa’s your go-to. You already smoke it for your inspiration boosts, so it could increase your general stimulation during sex!

If you’re looking for casual, maybe even sleepy sex, indica’s very likely better. Well known for its calming and relaxing effects, indica would more likely provide a soothing mental state for an equally chilled-out jam sesh. And by jam sesh, yes, that’s sex.

The same goes for masturbation. For something more colorful, you should try sativa, while something more calming would likely be best with indica.

In The End, Cannabis Can Improve Your Sexual Experience

So, does weed make you horny? The short answer is that it depends on the person.

If you want to give it a try, check out if THC or CBD is legal in your area and enjoy your high. For a spicy night of passion, explore 420-friendly hotels and book a night to see how weed can elevate your sex life.

Of course, your body is special and works differently than other people’s, so always keep in touch with what your body’s telling you. Your personal health comes first!

Visiting the Washington DC area? Check out our online catalog of the best cannabis products available for DC weed delivery!

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