Marijuana Users Have More Sex, Study Finds

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If outcome of a new study are anything to go by, then frequent marijuana smokers have more sex. Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have for the first time demonstrated the link between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse.

As opposed to the previous belief that regular pot use may impair sexual desire or performance, the current study indicates that people who smoke marijuana have sex about 20 percent more often than those who abstain from the drug.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” said the study’s senior author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology.

Eisenberg and the lead author is Andrew Sun, MD, a resident in urology reached their findings after assessing the effect of the drug on sexual activity in more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45.

“Marijuana use is very common, but its large-scale use and association with sexual frequency hasn’t been studied much in a scientific way,” Eisenberg added.

In the survey, participants were asked how many times they have had sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past four weeks and how much pot they smoked over the past 12 months. Some 24.5 percent of men and 14.5 percent of women respondents reported having smoked marijuana. When the researchers compared pot smokers to abstainers, they found a positive association between the frequency of marijuana use and the frequency of sexual intercourse.

The team uncovered that women who smoked marijuana daily had sex an average of 7.1 times during the past four weeks, compared with 6.0 times reported by women denying marijuana use in the past year. For men, the corresponding figure was 6.9 for daily marijuana smokers and 5.6 for non-users.

“In other words, pot users are having about 20 percent more sex than pot abstainers,” said Eisenberg.

“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,” added Eisenberg.

The authors, however, cautioned their study outcome should not be misinterpreted as having proven marijuana’s causal relationship with sexual activity. “It doesn’t say if you smoke more marijuana, you’ll have more sex,” Eisenberg said.

The findings were published online Oct. 27 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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