Male ejaculation (also known as cum, jizzing or shooting your load) is a natural part of a healthy sexual life. It releases the hormones dopamine and oxytocin, which make you feel happy and increase intimacy while decreasing cortisol, which is the body’s main stress hormone.
Many people find that masturbating on weed makes their orgasms more intense and satisfying. This is likely because weed interacts with the same neurotransmitters and hormones that are involved in orgasm.
1. Increased Dopamine
A number of factors can affect libido and orgasm. One is dopamine, a neurotransmitter that can be elevated with certain medications, including antidepressants. It is also important to have adequate levels of several vitamins to make dopamine, such as iron, vitamin B6, and niacin. Talk with your Baptist Health physician about blood work to see if you need to take supplements to boost dopamine.
Marijuana, which is an example of a perception-altering drug, can increase dopamine in the brain. This, in turn, can enhance sexual experience. However, there is an important caveat: if you use marijuana too often, it may actually decrease libido and orgasm. A study published this month in Science Medicine found that women who used weed regularly experienced less satisfying orgasms and were more likely to have premature ejaculation than those who didn’t use weed.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is when you start to ejaculate before you or your partner have reached sexual climax. The cause of PE isn’t fully understood, but it can be caused by a variety of psychological and physical issues. For example, it can be caused by anxiety about sexual performance, conditioning, relationship problems, and underlying medical issues such as thyroid disorders or penile sensitivity. Psychotherapy and behavioral approaches for managing PE include training a man to recognize the signs of upcoming climax so he can take steps to delay or stop ejaculation.
2. Increased Oxytocin
Oxytocin is a hormone and neuropeptide that gets released in physical touch, particularly during cuddling. It also stimulates uterine contractions, facilitates breastfeeding, and causes that well-known bond between a mother and her baby. It is nicknamed the “cuddle hormone” and is a key factor in that famous afterglow you feel when snuggling with your loved one. It is one of the reasons people in love feel so much chemistry during the first six heady months of a relationship, and is a main driver of sexual arousal and orgasms.
Interestingly, silencing oxytocin receptor interneurons in the brain reduced sexual arousal and inhibited ejaculation in mice (103). In humans, oxytocin levels rise during sex and peak at orgasm. Studies published in the journal Gynecological and Obstetric Investigation found that women have higher oxytocin serum levels within less than a minute of orgasm. In men, it can increase sperm motility and ejaculation.
Unfortunately, oxytocin production is inhibited by unmanaged stress. It is also lowered by the use of drugs like cocaine and amphetamines. The good news is that there are many ways to naturally boost oxytocin, including non-sexual touch like holding hands and hugging. Even eye contact and a quick shoulder rub can get the hormone flowing. Moreover, the more intimate the interaction is, the more oxytocin is released. A 2008 study in the journal Sexual Medicine also showed that supplemental oxytocin administered as a nasal spray increased orgasm in anorgasmic males.
3. Increased Serotonin
As you get sexually aroused, your body produces serotonin. This neurotransmitter helps to trigger the initial phase of orgasm, which is ejaculation. It also causes your muscles to relax so that you can’t hold in your semen as long, which makes ejaculation feel more intense and satisfying. Serotonin can be increased by a variety of things, including exercise, sex and certain medications. One of the most common ways to increase serotonin is by taking an SSRI antidepressant. SSRIs work by preventing cells from reabsorbing this neurotransmitter, which extends the signals it creates.
In addition to causing your body to produce more serotonin, sex can also stimulate the production of the endocannabinoids 2-AG and CB1. These compounds are made in your brain and have receptors throughout your body. One study showed that orgasm caused a significant increase in these levels, suggesting that they are important for the experience of pleasure during sex.
Research shows that people who drink alcohol and use marijuana have a harder time reaching orgasm than those who don’t. This may be because these drugs change how the brain perceives sensations, and especially sexual sensations. Researchers think that this is largely due to the fact that alcohol and marijuana decrease the activity of neurons in the part of the brain that controls sexual arousal. In addition, research suggests that PE is associated with reduced levels of serotonin in this area of the brain.
4. Increased Endorphins
As you continue to stimulate yourself and your partner, the pain-blocking hormones in your body—called endorphins—increase. This is a big reason why orgasms feel so good—they’re actually a sort of natural pain relief.
Studies have shown that the euphoric feeling associated with sexual activity can lead to a heightened sense of pleasure and an increased desire for further intimacy and sex. This is also due to the release of other hormones during sex, including oxytocin (the “love hormone”), dopamine, vasopressin, and testosterone.
Many men are hesitant to try ejaculation because they’re worried about “premature ejaculation” (PE). PE occurs when a man begins to eject semen before reaching orgasm, causing him and his partner to lose interest in the sexual experience. However, this is not a concern with marijuana use, as it has been linked to a quicker time to orgasm and a more intense experience overall.
In fact, a survey of over 1,000 men found that those who regularly used cannabis reported being able to reach orgasm faster and more often than those who never used marijuana. Additionally, these same men reported that sex was more exciting and that they were more likely to try new things in the bedroom than those who did not use cannabis.
In addition to THC, exercising and other forms of relaxation can also help increase orgasms, as can practicing slow, deep breathing. During orgasms, your breathing tends to stop as you get aroused, but working on your breath can help keep you in the arousal zone longer for more powerful orgasms.