28 October, 2017
People who say they smoke weed every day also say they have more sex, according to a new study from Stanford University. The study, which analyzes data from 50,000 reproductive-aged Americans, is the first in the United States to examine the relationship between sex and marijuana use at population scale.
To examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual activity, the researchers looked at survey results from about 50,000 people in the USA who took the National Survey of Family Growth, a federal survey that collects information on family relationships, reproductive health and drug use. Women who didn't smoke pot in the past year had sex, on average, six times during the previous four weeks, whereas women who smoked pot daily had sex 7.1 times in four weeks. This is the first study to look at the relationship between marijuana and sex frequency in the United States, but it's about time, considering an estimated almost 25 million American adults use it, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The drug is legal for medical or recreational use across 29 states.
"It was pretty much every group we studied, this pattern persisted", Eisenberg told NPR.
After excluding respondents who didn't answer one or more of the relevant questions, the researcher was left with data for 28,176 women, averaging 29.9 years of age, and 22,943 men, averaging 29.5 years of age.
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.More news: Barack and Michelle Obama Select Artists to Paint Their Official Portrait
There are reports of erectile dysfunction in men who regularly use cannabis, and previous studies have found reduced sperm counts in pot smokers.
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"The personality type issue is certainly possible", Eisenberg said.
Interestingly, the frequency of sexual intercourse rose steadily with increasing marijuana use, which hints at a potentially active role for marijuana in fostering sexual activity. "There is some data in humans and rodents that show marijuana can affect arousal pathways". "I just think it's reassuring that more marijuana use doesn't necessarily inhibit sexual function".
The findings of the study were published by Journal of Sexual Medicine this week.
A key closing distinction: The study does not establish a causal connection between cannabis use and sexual activity-there's no evidence cannabis users are getting high and getting busy in one fell swoop.