Practically every couple you ask will have a different response to the question “what’s the secret to a long and happy relationship” – but now it seems there’s a scientific answer, cannabis .
According to new figures from CBD suppliers American Marijuana , couples not only have better sex if they both smoke cannabis, they argue less too.
Importantly, though, the drug’s positive effects are best seen in couples where both partners are smoking. For example, when both partners use marijuana, they experienced increased intimacy, having sex an average of 9.7 times per month.
When only one partner smokes cannabis, that number goes down to 7.9 times a month.
Twosomes that toke together are less likely to get into disagreements; 36.2% of couples bicker when only one partner gets high. When both partners smoke, that number drops to 9.6%
The American Marijuana research, which is based on the responses of 1,000 people in a relationship where at least one is a marijuana user, also revealed some interesting details about differences between the sexes when it comes to marijuana use.
Across the board, men tended to have more experience with cannabis. Men are nearly 18% more likely than women to have used marijuana before hooking up with their partner.
By contrast, many women are introduced to marijuana by their partners: 15% of women started using cannabis because the man in their life did.
However, according to the study, women and men appeared to smoke roughly the same amount, smoking between 3.6 and 3.8 days a week on average.
Roughly two thirds of respondents said they smoke the same amount as their partner. But that doesn’t mean they get equally high: women appear to be more receptive to the active chemicals in cannabis because they have more oestrogen in their bodies.
Research suggests that they are also more likely to develop a dependency on the drug.
“Females seem to be more vulnerable, at a neurochemical level, in developing an addiction to cannabis,” said Liana Fattore, a Senior Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy and President of the Mediterranean Society of Neuroscience, who co-authored a 2018 paper entitled Sex, drugs and estradiol: Why cannabis affects women differently.
She continued: “Interactions between the endocannabinoid system and the brain level of dopamine—the neurotransmitter of “pleasure” and “reward”—are sex-dependent.”
NHS research suggests that cannabis is a relatively low-risk drug with only around 10% of its users developing an addiction.
CBD is cannabis without THC, the chemical component that causes users to experience a high. It’s the only form of cannabis that can be legally bought over the counter in the UK as current legislation stands.
Over a quarter of couples said they used CBD products to enhance sex, while nearly half of people who responded to the survey said they used marijuana before getting down to it.
In couples that used marijuana as part of their regular sexual experience, 23 minutes seems to be the average time between consuming the drug and beginning intercourse.
Not only can this allow for ample foreplay, but it also allows cannabis to work its magic.
Depending on the consumption method (e.g., smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures), effects from cannabis can be felt within a few minutes to upward of an hour after ingestion and may last for three to four hours according to body chemistry and other external factors.
Cannabis use also seemed to promote better and more regular sex among couples: 44% of women and 56% of men believe that sex is better when under the influence.
All that is not to say that cannabis is a relationship-fixing wonder drug.
Some respondents to the survey also said that weed can be a source of disagreements.
If one person in the relationship used marijuana much more than the other, and especially if they spent too much on it, disagreements could occur.
Nearly 21% of women and 15% of men had argued with their partner because their partner was high.
Additionally, nearly 4% of women and over 5% of men said they had rowed with their partner because they were both high.
The couples that used cannabis together, whether by smoking or by consuming edibles, seemed to gain the most positive effect.