The worldwide health market was reportedly worth $3.7 trillion in 2016, with further growth of 17 percent expected over the next five years. Industry analysts have identified this as a growing sector for cannabis-based products.

You get more nekkid ladies with cannabis. Photo: aka Matt Webb

You get more nekkid ladies with cannabis. Photo: aka Matt Webb

New users of cannabis will be women

Health products are more likely to attract consumers who aren’t your typical dope smoker. BDS Analytics devotes its attention to the cannabis market. It found that newcomers to cannabis tend to be women between the ages of 25 and 44, of whom half wish to “explore medical applications.” Kristian Astre, editor of the magazine Cannabis Now, made an interesting revelation. He remarked that women are responsible for something from 70 to 80 percent of consumer spending in the United States. BDS Analytics discovered that 37 percent of women feel that cannabis gives them control over their health. That includes sexual health.

The good cannabis does for women’s sexual health

We’ve already had weed lube and cannabis-infused vaginal suppositories that relieve pain. Jessica Assaf, the so-called Cannabis Feminist, declared that, thanks to the vaginal suppositories, “Your period can actually be enjoyable.” A strain of cannabis named Sexxpot is explicitly intended to make orgasming easier. There are also bath salts, massage oils and sprays.

Sex is a gift from nature, and so is cannabis. Depression, which affects twice as many women as men, can cause sexual dysfunction, and cannabis relieves it. Catamenial is epilepsy that worsens during menstruation, and cannabis deals with that, too. Cannabis reduces such symptoms of menopause as lower bone density, hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings and weight gain. Cannabis increases sensitivity and promotes relaxation.

Exactly how cannabis improves sex

BDS Analytics told us that 27 percent of women employ cannabis to improve their sex lives. Mothers whose children live at home are the leading demographic. There’s no end of studies showing that improving one’s sex life relieves stress; boosts mood, the immune system and brain function; betters sleep and heart health; and strengthens relationships. And we already knew that cannabis makes for better sex. Per the 2017 study Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, it also leads to 20 percent more sex. At least one study, this one conducted in Strilya in 2009, found that cannabis users have more sexual partners.

The benefits of cannabis to women’s sexual health are millennia old. The Ebers Papyrus concerned medicine in ancient Egypt and suggested that cannabis inserted to the vadge “cool[ed] the uterus and eliminate[d] its heat.” Experts believe the women of this time and place inserted cannabis to their vaginas to reduce the pain of childbirth. At the beginning of the 18th century, a German doctor noted that Indonesia saw use of cannabis roots to cure gonorrhrea. There’s even more in ancient Chinese writings and African cultures.

If women wish to improve their sexual health with cannabis, it’s possible to overdo it. If you end up unable to enjoy sex without cannabis, you aren’t getting rid of underlying anxiety. You’d be better off also seeing a psychotherapist.

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