If you are woman who smokes marijuana, you may want to know all of the facts. While it used to be known as the recreational drug with very few side effects other than the munchies, “pot” is now causing some concern among scientists who are learning that it can cause vaginal dryness.
The link between marijuana use and the uncomfortable condition of vaginal dryness was first noticed in 2009 after an Australian survey of over 8,000 people. While there have been very few official studies done on the issue, this has been a rather highly-talked about side effect online.
And now scientists are showing that it’s not just an urban legend.
Marijuana’s effect on sexual health has been studied extensively by Dr. Julie Holland. She authored the book “Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, The Sleep You’re Missing, The Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy.” In addition to many other side effects of drugs that impact the sex life, this book discusses the issue of what is sometimes referred to as “cotton vagina” and how it can be avoided.
Dr. Holland suggests that strains of the drug with more THC, rather than those with CBD, are more likely to dry the mucus membranes and cause discomfort. Some strains of weed have been known to dry out the mouth, and this isn’t just because of the smoke inhalation. Of course, each person may experience side effects differently, and various strains of the drug will also elicit different responses.
Obviously, this is all a very personal matter.