420 sex: does marijuana lower your libido and reduce sexual pleasure?

among the nearly 100 interviewed marijuana users regarding the drug's impact on their libidos:


"over two-thirds reported increased sexual pleasure and satisfaction with marijuana use. About half of both sexes also reported increased sexual desire while using marijuana. Emotional closeness and physical enjoyment of snuggling were also enhanced."


A Canadian study published in Addiction Research and Theory in 2003 found that of the 104 adult users interviewed, the group was evenly divided on whether the drug enhanced sexual pleasure or not. 25% said marijuana "often" or "always" enhanced their libido, 40% said "sometimes," and 33% said it "seldom" or "never" did.


A 2008 study of 41 adults matched these findings. Half claimed marijuana increased their libidos, boosted touch sensitivity, and enhanced erotic pleasure. The detractors said the drug made them so introspective that it disconnected them from their partner.


The conclusion: These preliminary finds suggest that marijuana offers a different experience for everyone. THC is unique among drugs as it has consistently antithetical effects on different users' sex lives. Just like certain fetishes, some find marijuana enhances sex while others say the opposite. What do you think?


Read more at psychologytoday.com


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In the same way that many drug education programs try to dissuade teens from using tobacco by telling them that cigarettes can lead to impotence, educators often claim that smoking marijuana reduces your sex drive. I'll admit that this claim has played a tiny role in my decision to abstain from pot, but much less so than the man-tits a few of my guy friends developed after sitting on the couch for days eating hot pockets and discussing the universal principles inherent in Adult Swim.

Michael Castleman of Psychology Today recently explored the research around the claim that marijuana impacts users' sex lives. He discovered only one 40-year-old report that claims marijuana reduces testosterone levels by 50%. This chemical change was assumed to impact users' libidos as this hormone is essential in triggering sexual arousal for men and women.

Another study published in the Journal of Sex Research found a split decision

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