By LeeWEpstein

September 3, 2020


Cannabis use has increased over the past decade, and the impact of cannabis on female sexual function remains uncertain.

Studying the influence of cannabis on female sexual function 

This study aimed to evaluate the impact of cannabinoids use ( THC, CBD, or both). And consumption mode on female sexual function among cannabis users.

It took place in the Department of Urology at Stanford University, USA. It is available by clicking on this link.

Adults who visited cannabis clinic sites were invited to participate in an anonymous, unpaid online survey on October 20, 2019, and March 12, 2020.

The survey assessed basic demographics, health status, cannabis use patterns, and used the validated Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) to assess sexual function.

The main results of this study are the total FSFI score (sexual dysfunction threshold <26.55) and scores for subdomains, which include desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain.

Nearly 500 women participated

A total of 452 women responded, the majority of whom were between 30 and 49 years of age (54.7%) and in couples or married (81.6%).

Among them, 72.8% reported using cannabis more than 6 times a week, usually by smoking flowers (46.7%).

Women who reported higher cannabis use reported higher FSFI scores.

Also, an increase in the frequency of cannabis use by one additional use per week was associated with an increase in total FSFI, and subdomains including desire domain, arousal domain, orgasm domain, and satisfaction domain.

Less dysfunction as well

For each additional step in the intensity of cannabis use (i.e., times per week), the odds of reporting female sexual dysfunction decreased by 21%.

The method of cannabis and cannabinoid use did not consistently affect FSFI scores or the likelihood of sexual dysfunction.

Increased frequency of cannabis use was associated with improved sexual function in female users, and the type of cannabinoids (THC, CBD, or both), method of use, and reason for use had no impact on the results.

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