Regular cannabis users have more sex, a new study has shown. Scientists think the drug may be stimulating sexual arousal.
New Study Debunks Myths
A study by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that despite concerns that frequent cannabis use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite is actually more likely
Dr Michael Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology who began the study says,
“Usually, people assume the more frequently you smoke, the worse it could be when it came to sex, but in fact, we learned the opposite was true,” Eisenberg said. His study was published in this week’s Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The study looked at data from the US government’s National Survey of Family Growth. It asked more than 28,000 women and nearly 23,000 men how often they had sex in the four weeks prior to the survey and how frequently they used marijuana in the past year.
Women who didn’t use cannabis reported having sex six times on average during the past four weeks. Women who used marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times on average.
The trend was similar for men. Men who abstained from cannabis said they had sex an average of 5.6 times in the four weeks before the survey, compared with the daily cannabis users who reported having sex 6.9 times, on average.
Surprising Results for both Sexes
“We were surprised to see the positive association between users,” Eisenberg said. “This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered.” The study focused on heterosexual sex, and it didn’t explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana.
In summary, cannabis users are having about 20 percent more sex than abstainers, and scientists say the study is the first hint that the effect may be causal.
“Marijuana use is very common, but its large-scale use and association with sexual frequency hasn’t been studied much in a scientific way,” said the study’s senior author, Dr Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology.
“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency.
“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.”
Dr Eisenberg said the results suggest that marijuana’s positive correlation with sexual activity does not just reflect the tendency for less inhibited people to use the drug.
The team found that the amount of sex rose steadily with increasing marijuana use, a dose-dependent relationship supporting a possible active role for marijuana in fostering sexual activity.
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