Reefer Madness propaganda suggested that just one toke of cannabis would turn you into a raging nymphomaniac. While this is not true, there may be some validity to cannabis’ ability to increase one’s libido. A study was recently published in the Pharmacological Research Journal that suggests cannabis could be a great aphrodisiac.
The Study Details
The study was by researchers from the Masaryk University and Charles University in the Czech Republic, as well as the University of Catania in Italy. The study consisted of researchers evaluating several different investigations that looked into what effects if any, that cannabis has on sexual intercourse. The studies that they reviewed included one from 1970 and one from 1983. Details of those studies are below.
- In 1970, a former professor at the Stony Brook University Erich Goode performed a study that suggested frequent moderate cannabis consumption produced aphrodisiac effects in nearly half of the user surveyed. In addition, 70% of subjects in this study also noted an increase in pleasure when consuming cannabis regularly.
- Thirteen years later, in 1983, a study was published in the Journal of Sex research. For this study, researchers interviewed heterosexual and sexually active individuals regarding the effects that cannabis use has on their sexual behaviour. Their findings were very similar to that of the study from 1970. Roughly 50% of the subjects reported having an increased desire for sex after consuming cannabis. Two-thirds of subjects in this study also reported experiencing increased pleasure during sex after consuming cannabis.
Significant Factors That Play a Vital Role
The recent study looked at these details more in-depth and concluded that the potency of cannabis, the amount consumed, and the frequency of consumption all played a significant role in cannabis’ effect on sexual desires. For example, they concluded that individuals who smoked roughly fifty joints in six months saw an increase in sexual pleasure. However, those who smoke less than one joint a week saw a dramatic decrease in libido rather than an increase.
Curious minds want to know… Does cannabis act as an aphrodisiac for you? What are your experiences with cannabis as a sexual enhancement substance?