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Can Cannabis Give You Multiple Orgasms?

May 7, 2016

Recently, Match.com published updates to its Singles in America survey, suggesting that of the 5,500 people surveyed, “single stoners are 109% more likely to have had multiple orgasms.” Does cannabis really help people have multiple orgasms? If so, how?

What, Exactly, is an Orgasm?

Sexuality resource site Scarleteen defines orgasm as “an event typically in response to physical or intellectual sexual stimulation, controlled by the involuntary nervous system. Orgasm often results in muscle contractions in and around the genitals, other muscular spasms throughout the body, and a feeling of sexual and/or tension release.”

So what’s the deal with multiple orgasms?

Is Cannabis a Friend to the Flaccid or the Enemy of Erections?

My colleague Dr. Nadine Thornhill explains, “Different people experience multiple orgasms in different ways. For some folks it’s a rapid series of climaxes, occurring within a few seconds of one another. For others, there may be an individual orgasm, followed by a brief pause, followed by another individual orgasm. For some, it can mean getting aroused, stimulation, followed orgasm, total resolution (that’s M&J [Masters and Johnson] speak for your body going back to its pre-aroused state), followed by renewed arousal, more stimulation, and another orgasm.”

Dr. Thornhill makes some important points. Orgasms feel and manifest differently for different people. Selma Blair’s character in the movie Cruel Intentions, for example, describes her first orgasm by saying, “Then I started getting really hot, and then I started shaking, then I don’t know, it was weird, it just felt like an EXPLOSION…but a good one.” Some folks experience that explosive release of tension. Others feel rapid contracting and release in their pelvic region. Some may experience ejaculation at the point of orgasm, but others may ejaculate before or after the orgasm, or independently of orgasm. Sometimes feelings of intense release can occur without any physical stimulation at all.

How to Create an Orgasm-Friendly Environment

If you want to help create an environment that is conducive to pleasure and orgasm, no matter how many times it manifests (if at all!), here are some suggestions:

Eliminate distractions. Set aside time where you can focus on all the things that make your body feel good. Turn your phone on silent, go somewhere you won’t be interrupted, and enjoy yourself.

Consider orgasm a bonus, not a focus. As I’ve mentioned, focusing too much on orgasm during sex actually makes it more difficult to have an orgasm at all, much less multiple orgasms. Instead, focus on what brings you the most pleasure at any given moment.

How Communication and CBD Can Help Alleviate Your Sexual Anxiety

Use (and don’t use) your muscles. You can activate your pelvic floor by clenching your core muscles along with the muscles in your butt, thighs, and calves. Many find that this tension makes it easier to orgasm, since an orgasm is simply an involuntary release of muscle tension. For instance, in order to have a stimulation-based orgasm, I need to be lying down with my legs straight out and clenched. I literally cannot get off if my legs are bent or not flexed. Conversely, some find the tension distracting or interfering with their pleasure due to muscle cramps or the position they need to be in to facilitate orgasm. Experiment with muscle use to find out what works best for you.

Breathe deeply. Seriously. You have to be able to breathe. Many find themselves holding their breath at various points during pleasurable sensation. Holding your breath or taking rapid, shallow breaths (just at the top of your chest) can actually induce a stress response, which is the antithesis of pleasure. Keep breathing down into your thoracic diaphragm. Pretend you’re sucking on a vape pen: inhale for four seconds, pause a second, and exhale for eight seconds. This will kick on your parasympathetic nervous system and get your body out of fight/flight/freeze mode.

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Does Cannabis Impact Your Orgasms?

The Match.com survey didn’t give any explanation beyond the statistic, so I’m speculating here, but I suspect cannabis is useful because it facilitates relaxation and mindfulness, two key components of pleasurable sensation. If you know that you’re prone to getting stuck in your head, try a high CBD strain for anxiety. For those who want to amplify sensation, try a strain that makes you extra sensitive to tactile stimuli like Key Lime Pie.

How has cannabis impacted your experience of multiple orgasms?

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  • possiblymeprobablyme

    I’m not fond of smoking so I stick to edibles and I can say that it has definitely led to more orgasms as I have them spontaneously once it kicks in. It’s very enjoyable and not overwhelming at all.

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  • *The day that started it all…
    The day I met “Her”… She was the first of several dozen relationships.

    It was raining, a friend and I were stopped at a red light. I noticed two girls and an infant waiting for the bus, in the rain. I rolled the window down and asked if they would like a ride and get the baby out of the rain, they accepted and got in. There is only one “first time experience” in anything.

    Carol, was her name and being around her was like being with a famous, beautiful movie star.
    I was totally smitten by this incredible girl. We decided to see each other the next day. She explained that the baby was hers and her African American boyfriend whom she lived with for the past 3 years. She didn’t want to be with him any longer so was living with a girlfriend when we met. We talked all day and that night, had sex.

    Sidebar: When a person acquires knowledge, wisdom or achievement, you call it a milestone in your journey of life. When this dynamic happens to a person that has absolutely no knowledge of how it happened or why, I call it a “Forest Gump moment”. Which happened all through my life.

    Our first time together was a “Forest Gump moment” for both of us.
    Carol just had 7 orgasms for the first time. As things were winding down, she opens her eyes, smiles and says; Mom always told me I would meet someone like you. I replied; No one, ever, told me I would meet someone like you! Then she said; One of the reasons I wanted to have sex with you was…
    Well, like you, I’m white. I’ve been with eleven guys in my life and was curious to know what sex would be like with a white guy. Then she said; now I’m even more curious… I want to see if the second time well be as good as the first, I’ve never had more than two before.
    She smiled… I was toast!

    For three years I was with more women and had more sex than a Rockstar on Viagra. Unlike Rockstar girls, my ladies were all longer term relationships. Casual sex was never my thing. In the beginning, I had apartment keys to 7 and 8 girls at all times while dating even more, yet I lived alone and no one knew where I lived or my phone number. It was normal for me to be with 3, 4 and sometimes 5 girls in one 24 hour period. I literally had no time to find a job or work. I lived on “unemployment beach”, Lake Calhoun, Minnesota in the summer’s of 68, 69 &70. Work all winter, live off unemployment and friends in the Summer. Fast forward to 1990.

    * In 1990 I began an affair. After the first year my girlfriend began getting over 100 orgasms every time we made love. This went on for almost 6 years, almost everyday. I was 43 when we met, she was 39. We both had been married three times, had three kids, and never had an orgasm through intercourse. She believed she couldn’t and that was that. However, I knew from past experiences from over 70 longer term relationships, I could change that if she would just listen to me. I told her, I had been with several women that couldn’t achieve orgasm through intercourse and then did, which can lead to multiple.

    She asked how I knew something no one else knew. I told her, I don’t know anything… you do! There’s a million reasons why orgasm doesn’t happen. None of which is physical. Then I asked her some questions that would open the door to her own sexuality for us both to see. First we both had to be willing to become vulnerable enough to see it. I had to be a participant in this shared honesty. Both knowing, up-front, that, without honesty, intimacy could never be established in any relationship.

    The dialog was based on the level of intimacy. I asked, have you ever thought at any time in your life… is this it? Is this all there is? Is this all there is sexually because I know there is a lot more inside that just won’t come forward. She said; yes, just like most females. Exactly! Stop thinking that and listen to me… there is more to life, this isn’t all there is and full sexual expression is on the horizon.

    A few months in to our relationship things began to change until one day “it” happened, we were both delighted. After 6 failed marriages between us, we were very intrigued as to how it happened and why now. We both experienced something new about sex that was unfamiliar to us. ( at this point, I was learning new things as well )We kept growing in this new dynamic, which allowed us to enter into a higher level of sexuality and a much deeper communication. We experienced this by using marijuana from the start of our relationship. She, used pot for the first time.

    All we did was change our belief system with new truths about love, sex, trust, intimacy, time together, male and female. Being high, some how, can make intimacy and closeness a whole new experience… at least for us. It never stops growing or reinventing itself. Our “relationship” kept being elevated to new levels. Sex kept being elevated also as a by-product of a great relationship which marijuana played a major roll.

    To me, marijuana is absolutely unique. It can cause a relationship to become extremely close, loving and intimate. At which point…great sex will find you. Any couple can use weed for great sex, I get that, but where does the relationship fit in? Some people don’t want a relationship, just good sex. I get that too. However, a “great relationship” will always take sex to it’s highest level. I’ve lived both lifestyles and I can tell you from personal experience… there is no comparison.

    A great relationship with one special person is what we all look for in life. A relationship that has love, trust and loyalty, now has the ability to dream bigger, with more confidence. You expect more out of life like, happiness, security, self esteem, joy, fun, and family… on and on. A great relationship makes everything better, richer and healthier in every way.

    Like I said, weed is absolutely unique. It can deliver what you seek. Be it physical, emotional, sexual, self revelations, pain relief, mood altering, artistic, focus, temperament enhancer, just having fun, a happier lifestyle, well being, brain storming new ideas with focus and passion. What can you do with all these features and benefit’s? I can live a longer, healthier life with fewer or no major organ or cancer issues.

    Why do I think this? Simple deduction. I have friends that have gone through cancer treatment and beat it! They starved the cancer and it left their body. One of the key counseling issues through out the entire treatment was absolutely no stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions… ever! Which is debatably the very thing that caused the cancer in the first place.

    Cancer feeds off all negative emotions that produce heavy stress loads on different organs of the body. We all know how heavy that weight can become after years of unresolved issues. In my opinion, pot is tailor made for cancer patients as well as a proactive, pre-cancer med for high stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions.

    I personally chose not to wait till I get a major organ breakdown or cancer to go on a pot regimen. Being proactive in the elimination of negative thoughts and lifestyle, make it possible to enjoy a healthier one. If you are older… positive, emotional, physical and recreational motivation is the key to enjoying a longer life! If you can’t enjoy your life, why prolong it? The right pot strain will get you off your butt and start enjoying life again. That’s especially true in the bedroom… or, kitchen floor, back yard, hot tub, car, carwash, etc…. What!

    Consider this: To all ages… you better be in shape with good cardio to go 100+ orgasms. It will get you in the best shape of your life!
    Even if you’re 70!

  • *The day that started it all…
    The day I met “Her”… She was the first of several dozen relationships.
    It was raining, a friend and I were stopped at a red light. I noticed two girls and an infant waiting for the bus, in the rain. I rolled the window down and asked if they would like a ride and get the baby out of the rain, they accepted and got in. There is only one “first time experience” in anything.
    Carol, was her name and being around her was like being with a famous, beautiful movie star.
    I was totally smitten by this incredible girl. We decided to see each other the next day. She explained that the baby was hers and her boyfriend whom she lived with for the past 3 years. She didn’t want to be with him any longer so was living with a girlfriend when we met. We talked all day and that night, had sex.

    Sidebar: When a person acquires knowledge, wisdom or achievement, you call it a milestone in your journey of life. When this dynamic happens to a person that has absolutely no knowledge of how it happened or why, I call it a “Forest Gump moment”. Which happened all through my life.
    Our first time together was a “Forest Gump moment” for both of us.

    Carol just had 7 orgasms for the first time. As things were winding down, she opens her eyes, smiles and says; Mom always told me I would meet someone like you. I replied; No one, ever, told me I would meet someone like you! Then she said; One of the reasons I wanted to have sex with you was…
    Well, I’ve been with eleven guys in my life and was curious to know what sex would be like with you. Then she said; now I’m even more curious… I want to see if the second time well be as good as the first, I’ve never had more than two before.
    She smiled… I was toast!

    For three years I was with more women and had more sex than a Rockstar on Viagra. Unlike Rockstar girls, my ladies were all longer term relationships. Casual sex was never my thing. In the beginning, I had apartment keys to 7 and 8 girls at all times while dating even more, yet I lived alone and no one knew where I lived or my phone number. It was normal for me to be with 3, 4 and sometimes 5 girls in one 24 hour period. I literally had no time to find a job or work. I lived on “unemployment beach”, Lake Calhoun, Minnesota in the summer’s of 68, 69 &70. Work all winter, live off unemployment and friends in the Summer. Fast forward to 1990.

    * In 1990 I began an affair. After the first year my girlfriend began getting over 100 orgasms every time we made love. This went on for almost 6 years, almost everyday. I was 43 when we met, she was 39. We both had been married three times, had three kids, and never had an orgasm through intercourse. She believed she couldn’t and that was that. However, I knew from past experiences from over 70 longer term relationships, I could change that if she would just listen to me. I told her, I had been with several women that couldn’t achieve orgasm through intercourse and then did, which can lead to multiple.

    She asked how I knew something no one else knew. I told her, I don’t know anything… you do! There’s a million reasons why orgasm doesn’t happen. None of which is physical. Then I asked her some questions that would open the door to her own sexuality for us both to see. First we both had to be willing to become vulnerable enough to see it. I had to be a participant in this shared honesty. Both knowing, up-front, that, without honesty, intimacy could never be established in any relationship.

    The dialog was based on the level of intimacy. I asked, have you ever thought at any time in your life… is this it? Is this all there is? Is this all there is sexually because I know there is a lot more inside that just won’t come forward. She said; yes, just like most females. Exactly! Stop thinking that and listen to me… there is more to life, this isn’t all there is and full sexual expression is on the horizon.

    A few months in to our relationship things began to change until one day “it” happened, we were both delighted. After 6 failed marriages between us, we were very intrigued as to how it happened and why now. We both experienced something new about sex that was unfamiliar to us. ( at this point, I was learning new things as well )We kept growing in this new dynamic, which allowed us to enter into a higher level of sexuality and a much deeper communication. We experienced this by using marijuana from the start of our relationship. She, used pot for the first time.

    All we did was change our belief system with new truths about love, sex, trust, intimacy, time together, male and female. Being high, some how, can make intimacy and closeness a whole new experience… at least for us. It never stops growing or reinventing itself. Our “relationship” kept being elevated to new levels. Sex kept being elevated also as a by-product of a great relationship which marijuana played a major roll.
    To me, marijuana is absolutely unique. It can cause a relationship to become extremely close, loving and intimate. At which point…great sex will find you. Any couple can use weed for great sex, I get that, but where does the relationship fit in? Some people don’t want a relationship, just good sex. I get that too. However, a “great relationship” will always take sex to it’s highest level. I’ve lived both lifestyles and I can tell you from personal experience… there is no comparison.

    A great relationship with one special person is what we all look for in life. A relationship that has love, trust and loyalty, now has the ability to dream bigger, with more confidence. You expect more out of life like, happiness, security, self esteem, joy, fun, and family… on and on. A great relationship makes everything better, richer and healthier in every way.

    Like I said, weed is absolutely unique. It can deliver what you seek. Be it physical, emotional, sexual, self revelations, pain relief, mood altering, artistic, focus, temperament enhancer, just having fun, a happier lifestyle, well being, brain storming new ideas with focus and passion. What can you do with all these features and benefit’s? I can live a longer, healthier life with fewer or no major organ or cancer issues.

    Why do I think this? Simple deduction. I have friends that have gone through cancer treatment and beat it! They starved the cancer and it left their body. One of the key counseling issues through out the entire treatment was absolutely no stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions… ever! Which is debatably the very thing that caused the cancer in the first place.

    Cancer feeds off all negative emotions that produce heavy stress loads on different organs of the body. We all know how heavy that weight can become after years of unresolved issues. In my opinion, pot is tailor made for cancer patients as well as a proactive, pre-cancer med for high stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions.

    I personally chose not to wait till I get a major organ breakdown or cancer to go on a pot regimen. Being proactive in the elimination of negative thoughts and lifestyle, make it possible to enjoy a healthier one. If you are older… positive, emotional, physical and recreational motivation is the key to enjoying a longer life! If you can’t enjoy your life, why prolong it? The right pot strain will get you off your butt and start enjoying life again. That’s especially true in the bedroom… or, kitchen floor, back yard, hot tub, car, carwash, while driving, etc…. What!

    Consider this: To all ages… There is a lot to consider as I remember. There’s a lot to know in a relationship. Trust, Love and intimacy are a basic prerequisite for the journey. Also, you need to be in shape with good cardio to go 100+ orgasms. It will get you in the best shape of your life!
    Even if you’re younger! The place it takes your relationship is… well, I can’t explain it, exactly… use your imagination, there are no words.
    However, I never would have written this if I didn’t know It could happen for any couple. All the articles on this website will set the stage for your adventure no matter what it is. Live…!

  • In 1990 I began an affair. After the first year my girlfriend began getting over 100 orgasms every time we made love. This went on for almost 6 years, almost everyday. I was 43 when we met, she was 39. We both had been married three times, had three kids, and never had an orgasm through intercourse. She believed she couldn’t and that was that. However, I knew from past experiences from over 70 longer term relationships, I could change that if she would just listen to me. I told her, I had been with several women that couldn’t achieve orgasm through intercourse and then did, which can lead to multiple.
    She asked how I knew something no one else knew. I told her, I don’t know anything… you do! There’s a million reasons why orgasm doesn’t happen. None of which is physical. Then I asked her some questions that would open the door to her own sexuality for us both to see. First we both had to be willing to become vulnerable enough to see it. I had to be a participant in this shared honesty. Both knowing, up-front, that, without honesty, intimacy could never be established in any relationship.
    The dialog was based on the level of intimacy. I asked, have you ever thought at any time in your life… is this it? Is this all there is? Is this all there is sexually because I know there is a lot more inside that just won’t come forward. She said; yes, just like most females. Exactly! Stop thinking that and listen to me… there is more to life, this isn’t all there is and full sexual expression is on the horizon.
    A few months in to our relationship things began to change until one day “it” happened, we were both delighted. After 6 failed marriages between us, we were very intrigued as to how it happened and why now. We both experienced something new about sex that was unfamiliar to us. ( at this point, I was learning new things as well )We kept growing in this new dynamic, which allowed us to enter into a higher level of sexuality and a much deeper communication. We experienced this by using marijuana from the start of our relationship. She, used pot for the first time.
    All we did was change our belief system with new truths about love, sex, trust, intimacy, time together, male and female. Being high, some how, can make intimacy and closeness a whole new experience… at least for us. It never stops growing or reinventing itself. Our “relationship” kept being elevated to new levels. Sex kept being elevated also as a by-product of a great relationship and communication which marijuana played a major roll with it’s clarity of focus.
    To me, marijuana is absolutely unique. It can cause a relationship to become extremely close, loving and intimate. At which point…great sex will find you. Any couple can use weed for great sex, I get that, but where does the relationship fit in? Some people don’t want a relationship, just good sex. I get that too. However, a “great relationship” will always take sex to it’s highest level. I’ve lived both lifestyles and I can tell you from personal experience… there is no comparison.
    A great relationship with one special person is what we all look for in life. A relationship that has love, trust and loyalty, now has the ability to dream bigger, with more confidence. You expect more out of life like, happiness, security, self esteem, joy, fun, and family… on and on. A great relationship makes everything better, richer and healthier in every way.
    Like I said, weed is absolutely unique. It can deliver what you seek. Be it physical, emotional, sexual, self revelations, pain relief, mood altering, artistic, focus, temperament enhancer, just having fun, a happier lifestyle, well being, brain storming new ideas with focus and passion. What can you do with all these features and benefit’s? I can live a longer, healthier life with fewer or no major organ or cancer issues.
    Why do I think this? Simple deduction. I have friends that have gone through cancer treatment and beat it! They starved the cancer and it left their body. One of the key counseling issues through out the entire treatment was absolutely no stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions… ever! Which is debatably the very thing that caused the cancer in the first place.
    Cancer feeds off all negative emotions that produce heavy stress loads on different organs of the body. We all know how heavy that weight can become after years of unresolved issues. In my opinion, pot is tailor made for cancer patients as well as a proactive, pre-cancer med for high stress, worry, anxiety, anger or thinking anything that would trigger any of these emotions.
    I personally chose not to wait till I get a major organ breakdown or cancer to go on a pot regimen. Being proactive in the elimination of negative thoughts and lifestyle, make it possible to enjoy a healthier one. If you are older… positive, emotional, physical and recreational motivation is the key to enjoying a longer life! If you can’t enjoy your life, why prolong it? The right pot strain will get you off your butt and start enjoying life again. That’s especially true in the bedroom… or, kitchen floor, back yard, hot tub, car, carwash, while driving, etc…. What!

    • Austin

      LOL “from over 70 longer term relationships”…. Real humble! I love how subtly you just snuck in that number.

      • Hi Austin, thanks for your post. Allow me to clarify… My post was about what I’ve done, not what I’m doing. I’m happy just to get to the top of the stairs to go to bed. You’re funny! I haven’t been with any other women than my wife for last 30 years. After 70+ relationships, I found what I was looking for or it could have been 170.
        Even though my wife is 65 and I’m 70 we still have a great relationship as long as we use pot. We both have arthritis so, being amorous is like climbing Mt. Everest while being out of shape. We can still get there sexually, yes, even multiple. The emotions, turn-on, heart pounding butterflys are still there. No different than 30 years ago because we always use pot… The difference now is… we had to scale down the frequency and duration to almost stopping because of recovery. It’s a cruel catch 22… The better the sex, the longer the recovery time. The next day, you can’t move your body. It takes over a week to physically recover. Pot gives us everything it did before… it just can’t give our physical youth back.

        • Austin

          Wow, well I’m sorry if I sounded rude then! Good for you!

    • Austin

      Creepy old perv, alert!!! LOL “over 70 longer term relationships” real subtle, bro.