Regular Marijuana Users Have More Sex

A participant smokes a marijuana joint during the Global Marijuana March 2017 in support of the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City. Reuters

New U.S. research has found that those who use marijuana regularly also seem to be having more sex.

"Compared to men and women who never used marijuana, women and men who reported daily use had sex about 20 percent more often", said senior author Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery with the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

For years, scientists have generally found in studies that marijuana use lead to sexual problems. Women who did report using marijuana in the past year reported that they'd had sex more frequently, an average of seven times in the previous month.

He looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth, which asked about 28,000 people who identify as women and almost 23,000 people who identify as men about their drug use and sexual habits.

Women who consumed marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times a month, on average; for men, it was 6.9 times.

The results held across the board, at all age levels and regardless of other factors such as marital status and education, Eisenberg said.

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.

"Really, across the board in every group we evaluated, we saw the same association", Eisenberg said, although the study did not prove that pot use caused increased sexual activity.

That said, research shows that the average couple has sex roughly once a week.

Marijuana may also have increased some people's sensitivity during the act itself, although some reported getting so "lost in their own heads", they weren't paying as much attention to their partners, and they did not enjoy sex as much.

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.

It's an issue because more and more people report using marijuana as states legalize it.

New studies are constantly done on the effects that weed has on your body, but for now, a low sex drive isn't one you need to get paranoid about.

However, others have also found in both animals and humans that the drug can stimulate activity in brain regions involved in sexual arousal and activity.

A key distinction: The study does not establish a causal connection between cannabis use and sexual activity. "It's possible it makes men or women more interested in sex", Eisenberg says.

The findings can be found published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Palamar authored a small study comparing the sexual experience of people who are under the influence of alcohol versus marijuana. "I just think it's reassuring that more marijuana use doesn't necessarily inhibit sexual function".

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