Cannabis, Sex and Coronavirus: The Numbers that Tell a Different Story

6th October 2020

While there is evidence that CBD and cannabis can help some people to deal with pain and enjoy sexual activities, the up-and-coming ‘Cannasexuals’ claim that cannabis can also be effective after the fun is over. During sexual health awareness month in September, a national survey regarding cannabis use in the bedroom both before and during the Coronavirus pandemic was commissioned.

Well-known sexual-oriented media empire Playboy partnered up with Eaze, which is said to be California’s largest legal cannabis marketplace, to grasp sexually active cannabis users’ habits. This collaboration saw more than 800 people share their experience with cannabis and sex pre- and during the Covid-19 crisis.

The survey, which was conducted between 13th and 27th July, found that over two-thirds of respondents reported consuming cannabis in the bedroom during the strictest lockdown restrictions. In addition, one in three revealed that they used the drug “very often” and 29 percent “sometimes” before sex.

Reportedly, more said that cannabis use assisted in stronger sexual satisfaction during the quarantine period.

According to the survey, 22% said they were “extremely satisfied” with solo sessions – up from 18.7% pre-COVID – and 35% were “extremely satisfied” with partnered sex, up from 33.2% pre-COVID.

On the other hand, while you might assume otherwise, numbers show drinking went down by 16 percent with once-a-week drinking increased significantly, by 24%. At the same time, almost one in ten people claimed they stopped drinking completely.

As to cannabis use, it would appear that there was a mild surge during lockdown. Compared to pre-COVID, daily use increased by 3.2%.

The survey argued that a possible reason for the increase was the rapid growth in the popularity of edibles – the figures displayed a significant 28% increase in the use of cannabis edibles before sex.

However, the bad news was that quarantine meant less sex. Perhaps not urprisingly, the survey found that people who reported having no sex in a typical month increased by 110%. It is fair to assume that this is down to individuals being unable to mix with others outside of their household.

Furthermore, there was a 21 percent decrease in the number of people having sex five or six times a month, and a 27 percent decrease in sex seven or eight times a month.

This data offers an interesting insight, building on our knowledge on the use of cannabis in the aid of sexual pleasure.

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