Thousands of patients are already using cannabis to treat various conditions, such as chronic pain, cancer, depression, and sleep disorders. But the herb is now hitting a new sphere in the pharmaceutical industry: sexual dysfunction. According to Business Insider, scientists from Italy and the Czech Republic have recently started research on the aphrodisiac properties of cannabis. Although there is a long way to creating a new “magic pill,” the study seems to be quite promising.
Marijuana has been used as a sexual aid for hundreds of years. However, until now, there had been a lack of studies to prove its aphrodisiac abilities.
Scientists from Masaryk University and Charles University in the Czech Republic and the University of Catania in Italy have recently published a review of the pre-clinical and human data on cannabis and sexual dysfunction. Half of the study’s participants said that marijuana provided them with “aphrodisiac effects” when used before foreplay. Moreover, about 70% enjoyed the “enhancement in pleasure and satisfaction” during the big event. These statistics included some data from the study conducted by Erich Goode, a former professor at Stony Brook University. The Czech-Italian research later supported Goode’s discovery.
In 1983, a review showed that most of the participants reported an increased sexual desire as well as satisfaction and pleasure. People who took part in the study were mostly heterosexual college-aged students. These findings indicate that both sexes have an equal amount of success with cannabis, while pharmaceutical aphrodisiacs are more successful with males.
Another study from the 1980s found that THC causes a significant rise of testosterone, a hormone responsible for both male and female libido.
However, the aphrodisiac properties of cannabis appear only when it is used in moderate doses. High amounts of weed may often have an opposite effect. A 1974 study showed that a single joint is more sexually beneficial than larger doses.