Dr. Lynn and Dr. Madeo join Joseph Friedman, RPh., on the CRX Podcast.
What is the range of sexual problems or sexual health conditions for which cannabis may be helpful (or harmful)? Some examples may include:
- Sexual Assault
- Transgender and LGBTQ sex barriers
The internet is rife with anecdotal reports that cannabis use improves sexual experience. According to users, it can boost libido, arousal, and orgasm, among other benefits. But how much data are there to support these benefits?
Unfortunately, research on how cannabis affects sexual function is limited, and the studies that exist are generally poor quality. “A lot of them are observational. There haven’t been large prospective studies looking at the effects of cannabis or THC on sexual function or dysfunction,” says Saneal Rajanahally, MD, a private practice urologist in Atlanta who specializes in men’s health, male reproductive medicine, and surgery.
Still, the existing research gives reason to believe cannabis does in fact influence sexual function—both positively and negatively. Survey data consistently suggest that using cannabis has a beneficial impact on libido, sexual pleasure, and orgasm in both sexes. On the negative side, it’s also been linked with increased erectile dysfunction in men. Here, CRx Podcast breaks down the existing research and identifies the questions that remain to be answered.