To understand the alleged power of cannabis as an aphrodisiac and sexual performance enhancer, it is first necessary to understand where sexual desire comes from and how it is processed in our bodies.
Forget penises and vaginas for a moment and just think of chemicals because this is all we are (60 chemical elements to be exact). Every moment of every day (even in our sleep), these chemicals are acting and reacting to physical, emotional and mental stimuli.
Sex drive or libido as it is scientifically known begins in the brain. At the moment when we like what we see or sense that we might like what we are about to see, a gland in our brain called the anterior pituitary gland produces hormones which charge through the meso-limbic pathway or ‘reward pathway’ of our brain and from there go into our bloodstream towards our reproductive system. Though testosterone exists in both men and women, it is the prevalence of this hormone that causes men to experience an erection. In women, sexual stimulation is caused by the production of estrogen. But these are not the only hormones produced. We still need the right amount of serotonin, adrenalin and dopamine to really get us in the mood and to keep us going towards climax.
In this hormonal process there is plenty of margin for error. In the case of erectile dysfunction, we the brain might not be producing enough testosterone, dopamine, serotonin or all of the above. Likewise, problems with the cardiovascular system may restrict the blood flow and transportation of the necessary hormones to where they need to go. In the case of premature ejaculation, the rush of hormones into the blood flow moves too quickly. Add to that any number of external factors such as fatigue, over consumption of tobacco, alcohol or depression and the libido can suffer in both men and women.
This is where tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can prove to have a positive impact. Studies show that this principal psycho-active ingredient in cannabis can stimulate the CB1 receptors of our endo cannabinoid system into producing higher levels of serotonin, testosterone, estrogen (in women) and dopamine. Depending on the THC content of a given medical cannabis strain, cardiovascular performance can increase and anxiety levels can decrease thereby creating favourable conditions for enhanced sexual performance.
It is very important when considering cannabis for aphrodisiacal or sexual enhancement purposes to understand THC levels. This is why all participants in The Sex & Cannabis Study are guaranteed free and thorough cannabis education based on individual health needs and sexual performance goals.
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