Women who smoke cannabis before sex have better orgasms , according to a new study.
Researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine found that smoking the drug can lead to orgasms that are twice as strong as usual.
In the study, the team surveyed 373 participants about their sex lives, including their sex drive, lubrication and orgasms.
Participants were also asked about whether or not they were cannabis-smokers, and whether they used the drug before sex.
The results revealed that 34% of participants smoked cannabis before sex.
Of the female participants who said they did, most also reported increases in sex drive, improvements in orgasm, decreases in sex pain, but no change in lubrication.
While the reason for these effects remain unclear, the researchers put forward a range of theories.
In their study, published in Sexual Medicine , the researchers, led by Dr Becky Lynn, wrote: “The question of how marijuana leads to these positive changes in sexual function is unknown.
“It has been postulated that it leads to improvement in sexual function simply by lowering stress and anxiety.
“It may slow the temporal perception of time and prolong the feelings of pleasurable sensations.
“It may lower sexual inhibitions and increase confidence and a willingness to experiment.
“Marijuana is also known to heighten sensations such as touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing.”
Either way, the researchers hope their findings could help to develop treatments for female sexual dysfunction.