A Little Weed Before Sex Can Help Some Men Get in Touch With Themselves — and Their Partners

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NEWS A little weed before sex can help some men get in touch with themselves — and their partners Cannabis helps sexual minority men ditch the anxiety or shame, and up the intimacy By Angela Stelmakowich The benefits of cannabis use varied, but these included lasting longer, experiencing stronger orgasms, lowering inhibitions, feeling less shame, enjoying different sex acts and feeling greater intimacy with partners. / Photo: Denisfilm / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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.

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