Using Marijuana Regularly Could Mean More Frequent Sex, Study Suggests

Francis Osborne
October 29, 2017

Study finds frequent marijuana use doesn't impair sexual motivation or performance but rather increases coital frequency.

Instead, Eisenberg found that marijuana users are having about 20 percent more sex than people who abstain from the drug.

Eisenberg told CNN that if a patient asks whether frequent marijuana use is getting in the way of his or her sex life, he will tell them that "it may not be the culprit".

Eisenberg says this suggests the connection goes beyond less inhibited personalities being both more sexually active and more likely to use marijuana.

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. Male pot users reported an average 6.9 sexual encounters with women per month, compared to 5.6 times per month for men who don't smoke pot.

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For pot in particular we're just now starting to understand some of the potential benefits of the drug, including euphoria and relaxation, pain relief, lower rates of opiate dependence and domestic violence, decreased use of more harmful drugs, and, apparently, better sexual health. "So over the course of a year, they're having sex maybe 20 more times". "I had assumed there would be no relationship, or even a negative one, similar to that seen for smoking tobacco", said urologist Michael Eisenberg, the study's senior author.

The study focused on heterosexual sex and did not explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana, CNN reported.

The results show a dose-dependent relationship: The frequency of intercourse rose with increasing marijuana use. Studies in the past have shown that weed use can lead to erectile dysfunction and lower sperm counts in men.

Researchers used data for adults between 25 and 45 years of age, collected from the year 2002 till present, as part of the now-annual self-reported survey, which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey, which provides data pertaining to family structures, sexual practices and childbearing, reflects the overall demographic features of the US population. "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". "It doesn't say if you smoke more marijuana, you'll have more sex", he said.

However, Eisenberg cautioned that the study should not be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.

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