Sex on weed can often be highly pleasurably, as cannabis is a natural aphrodisiac. It can help you relax, get out of your head, and more in touch with your body, allowing you to connect better with your partner. But the extent to which cannabis can spice up your sex life depends on the dose. If you consume too much, you may either get too anxious to calm down and enjoy the sex, or if you have male anatomy, it might difficult to get an erection.
One of the greatest challenges when it comes to using cannabis to enhance sex, hence is dosing. According to the American Academy of Neurology, the more weed you smoke, the more intense the high. Cannabis has a biphasic effect, meaning that lower doses could have the opposite effect as higher doses: Half a joint could get you feeling relaxed and horny, while the whole joint could get you restless and paranoid, or totally zonked out and tired. Neither of those alternatives is conducive to good sex, let alone any sex.
Just as for male-bodied individuals, getting an erection can be difficult if you smoke too much, for those with female anatomy, smoking weed in some cases can lead to vaginal dryness (akin to cotton mouth, but in this case, “cotton vagina“). While this effect varies from person to person and from strain to strain (with a potentially greater likelihood with higher THC strains than CBD), cannabis-induced vaginal dryness is “exactly like dry mouth,” Dr. Julie Holland told Vice. “If you have a strain that is giving you dry mouth, it will also make you more dry [down there.” But one thing to remember is that the pill could also make women dry: “When you’re fertile, you’re wet,” she says, but the pill gets in the way of that by blocking ovulation.
However, if you’re not on the pill and actually trying to get pregnant, cannabis could also affect your partner’s sperm count. According to a study from Denmark, habitual cannabis use was associated with a 29 percent reduction in sperm count for men between 18 and 28. For men who used cannabis and other recreational drugs, their sperm count dropped by 55 percent.
Overall, while these are all things to consider before getting high and getting it on in bed, many couples report positive results from using cannabis as an aphrodisiac. For that reason a number of strains and products are specifically targeted for consumers who will be using cannabis as an aid in the bedroom.