Marijuana, weed, pot, wacky tobacky, herb, dope, hemp, bud, tree, fire, grass, ganja, Mary Jane, reefer, cannabis, or even the Devil’s Lettuce, we all have a well-loved name for the sticky green plant that induces zen and copious amounts of snacking. Whether you use it or don’t, you may still know of the seductive effects it can have on a person; studies have shown that smoking cannabis can increase libido among both sexes and can increase pleasure in the bedroom, leading to heightened euphoria and “improved” orgasms. However, it has also been found that it closes the orgasm gap, as women are more likely to orgasm during intercourse if they have smoked before the sexual encounter.
“What’s the orgasm gap?” you may ask; well my friend, the orgasm gap, also known as the pleasure gap is a phenomenon referring to the disparity between heterosexual partner’s satisfaction. As I discussed in November of 2020, only 20-30% of women are able to achieve orgasm from penetrative sex alone, and this is believed to be due to extensive clitoral tissue that extends far enough into the vaginal anatomy that it is stimulated via penetration of the vaginal canal (likely also disproving the existence of the G-spot). Because of this, the majority of women are only able to orgasm from external clitoral tissue stimulation; the problem is this needs to happen, and although the clit is right there, it’s become a bit of a joke that people of the male variety have better luck at finding the Fountain of Youth or the Holy Grail. Not only this, but women need to be aroused beforepenetration, and extensive foreplay in heterosexual relationships is statistically rare. Without arousal, the clitoris stays flaccid (just like a penis), the vaginal canal does not lubricate itself and relax, and the cervix doesn’t pull back in order to accommodate penetration, making sex incredibly painful. Would you be able to cum if you were in pain (masochists aside)?
The orgasm gap doesn’t extend to other pairings; it was found that in heterosexuals, men achieve an orgasm 95% of the time compared to a mere 65% of women (an optimistic number). Still, this disparity closed as women had other women as partners, with bisexual women moving up 1% at 66% and lesbians achieving orgasm at the highest of 86% of the time. Bisexual and gay men reported lower averages, at 88% and 89%, respectively. When cannabis is involved, however, 70% of people have enhanced orgasms and increased desire, and female participants reported they were better able to have multiple orgasms. The results of the study aligned with the hypothesis that cannabis usage led people to be more relaxed mentally and physically, which can lead to increased pleasure among any demographic. More than 70% of participants also reported enhanced senses like touch, taste, and smell, all of which are used heavily during intercourse.
The answer to bedroom inequality might lie in multiple types of flowers and what you do with them. I, being a woman of science myself, encourage anyone to venture out into the world in search of what works for them, but keep in mind that these methods aren’t campus friendly. Summer break is coming up, and the summer months are the best time to take a hike and breathe in the fresh air with the person you love. — Haley Berger
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Hobbies: I love to garden during summer but once the weather turns you’ll find me inside with my cat, crocheting or rewatching my favorite comfort movies; Pride and Prejudice and Twilight
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