Cannabis and sex drive - natures own aphrodisiac
When people are asked their opinion we find that a big chunk, two thirds, of people feel that cannabis helps with their sex drive, helping even with impotence. Cannabis was part of the ancient tantric practice; it helped users to access higher consciousness and enlightenment during the sexual union. Cannabis wasn’t used as smoke; it was consumed as a medicinal milky chai tea-like drink called Bhang. Bhang is used as a cleansing and healing drink also today. Cannabis as an aphrodisiac in the old days was also used in China, Africa and in Germanic tribes.
Cannabis was also used by Buddhist monks, who used the plant to decrease their libido, showing that cannabis can offer both sides of sexuality depending on the plant variety, dosage, and the way it’s used. Buddhist monks used cannabis to achieve the state of oneness. The THC helps with the dopamine production plus it helps to stimulate a molecule called anandamide. Anandamide is our inner antidepressant. It helps to regulate the way we feel and our stress levels. Low levels of anandamide are connected to people with depression. Scientists believe that there is a strong link between human happiness and the level of anandamide in the body.
Depending on dosage cannabis can lengthen the feeling of sexual desire or stop it. With higher dosage the testosterone level drops straight down, causing loss of erection and sexual desire. With smaller amounts the effect can be opposite, the length of sexual desire is increased, bringing stamina and better bonding with the partner and even better orgasms.
As our natural endocannabinoid system is responsible for our homeostasis state, where the body feels in balance, cannabis can help to increase the overall state of relaxation and pleasure. This can bring more satisfaction and better arousal, assisting people with impotence or low libido. People do react to cannabis differently, so using it is a very personal process, and therefore you should take it easy and test different options before going entirely in. Start with small doses and try different brands and strains to see what works best. You do not want to overdo it and have a negative experience, take your time.
Another cannabinoid called CBD is used to make creams and ointments, that can be used to improve sex life. CBD is nonpsychoactive, and hemp-derived CBD products are also beneficial. CBD based products can help with pain and inflammation making sex more enjoyable for people who usually struggle with sexual intercourse because of pain or vaginal dryness.
There are talks around fertility issues, some proposing that cannabis can affect the fertility, but there is no substantial evidence to support that claim as there has been no significant effect on sperm count and fertility in groups that use cannabis daily.
Also, as recreational cannabis is illegal in Australia, you will be waiting a few more years until you can use it legally.