We all know that stoned sex takes bedroom activities to a different level, and doctors are finally recognizing the benefits too, prescribing cannabis for everything from erectile dysfunction to difficulty reaching orgasm, to help pep up your sex life.

When a man loves a woman

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Harvard-trained physician turned cannabis doctor, Jordan Tishler, has recently noticed an interesting side effect amongst his patients, stating that both men and woman had experienced a boost in their sex life.

Whilst it has been studied and reported that cannabis can lead to an increased or, at least, maintained libido in women, it was typically found to have the opposite effect in men. In fact, literature put out in the 80’s and 90’s attests that cannabis use could reduce testosterone levels, negatively affect erectile dysfunction, and lead to an overall drop in desire to be sexually active.

As with many cannabis studies, however, it has been said that the research is outdated, and with federal research restrictions still in place it could be years before new studies are completed.

Take it easy, dude

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Perry Solomon, the chief medical officer at HelloMD, has made two points clear when considering cannabis as a treatment in the bedroom:

1. Dose matters

To be effective, you should be aiming to get a slight buzz, not so high that the only thing you can think about is the bag of Dorito’s currently sitting out of your reach. In fact Solomon says you should be aiming for a cannabis product with no more than 14% THC, and that a single toke of a joint/vape pen should be all you need to get going. Women on the other hand have been shown to enjoy sex regardless of dosage, so for the ladies out there- toke away!

2. Timing is key

Thankfully with the development of the industry comes a whole host of ways to get high, however if using in the bedroom being able to smoke or vape would be the better options. This is because you can accurately predict how long it is going to be until you’re feeling the effects. Edibles on the other hand would be a bad idea, as they can take up to two hours to kick in, and you and your partner could be high at different times.

How does it help your sex life?

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Doctors who typically prescribe cannabis for anxiety and pain management have adopted a ‘why not?’ attitude on the back of recent survey results, prescribing cannabis for sexual issues as well. Whilst the mechanics of why it’s working is still unclear, Tishler says

Maybe it’s just making them feel better and relaxed, and that’s making it easier for them to enjoy sex, but it’s still working.

He goes on to say that ‘we don’t yet know what THC is doing at a neuron or receptor level’ but it could be as simple as cannabinoids increasing blood-flow throughout the body. Regardless, Tishler believes that the ‘how’ it works isn’t really important, as long as the patient believes that it does.

In doing so, patients are able to relax, which in the case of erectile dysfunction can reduce overall stress, as well as providing the only real treatment for other sexual issues, such as premature ejaculation or trouble reaching orgasm. It can also lead to an increased release of oxytocin or the ‘bonding hormone,’ helping partners feel closer to each other, which in turn has its own positive flow on effect.