Heavy cannabis users have more sex

Kristen Gonzales
Октября 29, 2017

A study conducted by a Stanford professor reveals that people who smoke marijuana tend to have more sex than those who abstain, CNN reported.

"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 told CNN. When the majority of Americans have said they've smoked marijuana at least once, the more they can know about all aspects of how the drug affects their bodies, the better. The more cannabis they smoked, the more they had sex.

People who took cannabis daily had sex 7.1 times monthly, on average for women, and 6.9 times for men.

For men, daily users reported 6.9 times, compared with 5.6 for non-users. "I had assumed there would be no relationship, or even a negative one, similar to that seen for smoking tobacco", said urologist Michael Eisenberg, the study's senior author.

"There are arousal pathways that are stimulated by marijuana that could explain the results", he said, "but for this study, it's important to know that correlation does not mean causation".

To arrive at an accurate determination of marijuana's effect on intercourse frequency, [researchers] turned to the National Survey of Family Growth, sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As such, a fair amount of other research has found a link between the frequency of sex and overall physical and mental health.

The drug has been legalized for medical or recreational use in 29 states, and 64 percent of respondents to Gallup's latest poll support cannabis legalization - the largest share of the population in the polling service's almost 50 years of work on the question. It explicitly queries respondents on how many times they've had intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past four weeks, and how frequently they've smoked marijuana over the past 12 months.

"Frequent marijuana use doesn't seem to impair sexual motivation or performance", said Eisenberg.

Around 25.5% of men and 14.5% of women in the analysis reported having used marijuana, and in addition, the researchers found a positive association between frequency of marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse. "This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered". In addition, coital frequency rose steadily with increasing marijuana use, a dose-dependent relationship supporting a possible active role for marijuana in fostering sexual activity.

A 2003 study also found that over half of marijuana users said the drug was a libido-booster, compared to 26 percent who said it inhibited their sex drive.

But at the end of it, Eisenberg still cautioned that the study was not proof of their being a causal link, strong as the hints maybe.

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