Couples worried about decreasing sexual drive in their 50s might find comfort in the discovery that cannabis can help make the intimate act more enjoyable once again.

In a study published in the Journal of Substance Use, scientists found that smoking weed shortly prior to intercourse enhanced sexual desire, satisfaction during intercourse and overall satisfaction well after.

The researchers found that while cannabis “lifts” people to another state of consciousness, it can also improve sexual functions in mature men with sexual dysfunctions and post-menopausal women. The changes are rooted on the endocannabinoid system, which interacts with the cannabinoids from marijuana to produce psychoactive effects. This same body system plays a significant role in boosting tactile sensations and slowing down one’s concept of time. 

In another study published in Science Medicine, researchers observed that women who smoked weed prior to intercourse had more enhanced sex drives, satisfying orgasms and less pain during the act itself. The same was also seen in females who used weed frequently at any time, compared to those who rarely used it. The researchers said this effect is a result of THC binding to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, which increases the amount of dopamine (the pleasure hormone).

The key to enjoying sex from the use of marijuana is to consume the latter in low doses. According to the researchers from the first cited study, such sexy effects appear to be dependent on how much weed was consumed. Those who took it at low doses were the ones who ended up enjoying intercourse even more, while those who consumed it in higher doses moved closed to conking out. Marijuana is a sedative and when it taken in high amounts will put you to sleep, no doubt, and not make you more sexually interested (or interesting).

Weed Intimacy Couples worried about decreasing sexual drive in their 50s might find comfort in the discovery that cannabis can help make the intimate act more enjoyable once again. Pictured: A woman smokes marijuana during a demonstration in front of the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City Photo: Getty Images/Pedro Pardo