Cannabis could provide welcome relief for non-straight identifying men who experience anxiety and shame during sex.
Involving 41 young sexual minority men (non-heterosexual, transgender, non-binary or intersex individuals) between the ages of 15 and 30 in Vancouver, the small Canadian study found that most participants reported using cannabis before sex to help improve their overall experiences.
Two main themes emerged among respondents, notes the abstract of the study published last month in Culture, Health & Sexuality. Based on interviews with the men about their experiences, first, they reported consuming cannabis to increase sexual pleasure and lower inhibitions. And, second, they used weed to reduce feelings of anxiety and shame, as well as foster intimacy and connection with sexual partners.