Published: Fri, October 27, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Cannabis users have more sex, scientists find, and drug may increase arousal

Cannabis users have more sex, scientists find, and drug may increase arousal

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. With the legalization of marijuana on a march through the states, this study sheds some light on a drug that remains both stunningly popular (up to 33 million reportedly partake, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health) and yet hard to legally analyze in medical labs, researchers told Washington Post columnist Robert Gebelhoff. One 2010 study suggested that pot is related to a decreased sex drive .

Women who were daily pot users had sex an average of 7.1 times during the previous four weeks, compared with 6.0 times reported by those who denied using marijuana in the past year.

Dr Eisenberg said that the data required for this study was pulled from the annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey during various years between 2002 and 2015.

That seems to indicate that the association can't be explained away by saying that people with fewer inhibitions are likely to both smoke pot and engage frequently in sex, Eisenberg said. "If anything, it's associated with increased coital frequency", the study's senior author, Michael Eisenberg, M.D., assistant professor of urology, said in a news release.

That said, research shows that the average couple has sex roughly once a week. According to a new study from Stanford University, pot smokers have significantly more sex than non-smokers -and the conclusions are pretty definitive.

People who smoke marijuana might be having more sex than their peers who don't use it, a Friday study revealed. In other words, it seems that people who like to smoke weed may have other character traits that lead them to be lustier. The researchers noted in the report that the study isn't proof that marijuana use causes increased sexual activity; however, "the data imply that regular marijuana use will not impair sexual function or desire".

"Really, there isn't a lot of research out there, so it's hard to counsel them", Eisenberg said. In an odd Catch-22, Shamloul says that recent research suggests cannabis might actually make it harder for a man's penis to become erect, even if weed might turn people on. "There was basically a mixed result". A frequent side effect of marijuana is a dry mouth, and University at Albany's Earleywine points out that one's mouth might not be the only thing turning arid. "I know that some products have THC or cannabinoids in a lubricant, but I haven't seen any actual data on that", he says.

Nevertheless, Eisenberg cautioned, the study shouldn't be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.

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