Cannabis as an Aphrodisiac

Cannabis as an Aphrodisiac

The Western discovery of cannabis as an aphrodisiac Besides the overall effects of cannabis, that we discussed in the blog, ‘The Psychoactive Effects of Cannabis’, another of the pronounced effects of cannabis noticed by investigators is its aphrodisiac effect. This was observed in Bengal by the Irish doctor and pioneer cannabis researcher William O’Shaugnessy (1843:368), who reported that in many of the patients to whom he experimentally administered cannabis, for a variety of medical complaints, cannabis was “highly aphrodisiac.” Modern sociological and psychological studies, such as those by Tart (1971:141–151) and Earlywine (2002:111–112) confirm the pronounced aphrodisiac effects on most consumers, in terms of heightened arousal, sensation and orgasm. However, there are also reports of cannabis reducing sexual appetite (for example, de Ropp 1957:96). Interestingly, other early Western experimenters—such as the Americans John Bell (1857) and Fitz Hugh Ludlow (2015) [1857], and the Frenchmen Jacques-Joseph Moreau de Tours (1845), Théophile Gautier (1969) [1846] and Charles Baudelaire (1969) [1860]—who mainly report on the effects of high doses of cannabis on themselves rather than reporting on the observed effects on others, although providing very detailed accounts of their experiences, do not discuss its aphrodisiac effects, most probably on account of potential social embarrassment in the prevailing moral ethos of the times. Recreational cannabis use begins in the West Apart from relatively small-scale experiments with cannabis in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, recreational cannabis culture first emerged in the West in the southern states of the USA in the…

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