STONED LOVE: Cannabis users have MORE sex, says study

Bryan Strickland
October 29, 2017

The study also suggests the effect is dose-dependent: more frequent use was associated with more frequent sex.

"Frequent marijuana use doesn't seem to impair sexual motivation or performance", said Eisenberg. The lead author is Andrew Sun, MD, a resident in urology.

For years, marijuana has been linked with lethargy and even impotence, with people claiming that regular marijuana users may have a more hard time having sex. But the results hint at it, he added.

The study is the first to examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse at the population level in the United States.

For the study, Eisenberg and Sun analysed data going back to 2002 from the annual US National Survey of Family Growth which contains information regarding family structures, sexual practices and childbearing from a sample created to represent the demographics of the American population.

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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. Originally conducted at regular intervals, the survey is now carried out on an annual basis.

The researchers found that the volunteers who had smoked marijuana were the ones who were more sexually active. The average age of the women studied was 29.9 years old, while the average man studied was 29.5. They assessed these individuals' self-reported patterns of marijuana use over the previous year and their self-reported frequency of heterosexual intercourse over the previous four weeks. Women who didn't smoke marijuana said they had sex six times on average whereas those who used marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times on average.

Crunching the figures, the authors found pot increased sexual activity by 20 percent. "However, the fact that the association persists for all the subgroups - age, marital status, education, religion, etc. - suggests that there may be some biological explanation".

Researchers analyzed data on study participants' frequency of marijuana use and the number of times they had sex per month, discovering that those who never use the drug also have about 20% less sex.

He does, however, warn that the study shouldn't be misinterpreted as having a causal link. He said this independence suggests the positive correlation can not be attributed to a general tendency of people with fewer inhibitions to indulge in both drugs and more sex than their peers.

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