Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Stanford Study Confirms Cannabis Users Have More Sex

Stanford Study Confirms Cannabis Users Have More Sex

Study finds frequent marijuana use doesn't impair sexual motivation or performance but rather increases coital frequency.

If research is to be believed, people who smoke weed every day are having around 20% more sex than people who smoke occasionally or don't smoke at all. In one study, researchers found they were able to induce sexual behavior by injecting a cannabinoid, the class of psychoactive compounds in marijuana, into rats. The study focused on heterosexual sex, and it didn't explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana.

The dataset was used by the researchers because it contains information about how many times participants had had sex in the previous four weeks, and also how frequently they had smoked marijuana over the past 12 months.

To examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual activity, the researchers looked at survey results from about 50,000 people in the US who took the National Survey of Family Growth, a federal survey that collects information on family relationships, reproductive health and drug use. Men who abstained from marijuana said they had sex an average of 5.6 times in the four weeks before the survey, compared with the daily marijuana users who reported having sex 6.9 times, on average.

"The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races, ages, education levels, income groups and religions, every health status, whether they were married or single and whether or not they had kids", said Eisenberg.

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The study, published October 27 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, comes at a time when more than 20 million adult Americans consume marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Pot is legal for medical or recreational use in 29 states. It's likely the drug plays an active role in fostering sexual activity, a link that has been found in previous studies, Eisenberg said. The only firm conclusion was that, for whatever reason, smoking daily led to an increase in sexual activity. Even so, pot smokers appear to be having more sex than their straighter-edged pals, the researchers wrote in a statement.

Some 24.5 percent of men and 14.5 percent of women in the analysis reported having used marijuana, and there was a positive association between the frequency of marijuana use and the frequency of sexual intercourse.

The question has gained importance as more states have moved to legalize marijuana. "There is some data in humans and rodents that show marijuana can affect arousal pathways". "It's possible it makes men or women more interested in sex", Eisenberg says. Answers from around 28,000 women and 23,000 men were considered for their study, which was published online today in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Regular marijuana use can have other impacts on your health.

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