Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives

28 October, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Garry Little
  • A participant smokes a marijuana joint during the Global Marijuana March 2017 in support of the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City. Reuters

While the study fell short of recommending marijuana use to kick up your sex life, it did find that sex rose steadily with increasing use.

At the very least, a study published Friday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that people who smoke more weed are having more sex than those who smoke less or abstain.

"One question my patients always have is about whether smoking marijuana frequently would negatively impact their sexual function". "We reported how often they smoke - monthly, weekly or daily - and how many times they've had sex in the last month", says Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist at Stanford University Medical Center and the senior author on the study. It found that women who smoked marijuana daily had sex with a male partner an average of 7.1 times per month, compared with 6 times per month for nonsmoking women.

People who didn't smoke weed at all had sex, on average, six times a month for women and 5.6 times a month for men. 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.

The findings contradict earlier assumptions by Eisenberg and others that pot use could be related to sexual problems. Because the surveys didn't ask participants when they were using marijuana, it's hard to directly relate use of the drug to sexual activity and function based on this study, Palamar said.

The study is the first to evaluate the relationship between cannabis use and frequency of sex at the national level in the United States.

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For years, marijuana has been linked with lethargy and even impotence, with people claiming that regular marijuana users may have a more hard time having sex.

Given that the average couple has sex about once a week, Eisenberg said, the bottom line for partaking in a bong or blunt could add up to 20 more instances of sexual intercourse each year.

Tobacco companies put a lot of effort into giving cigarettes sex appeal, but the more sensual smoke might actually belong to marijuana.

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.

That amounts to roughly 20 percent higher frequency of sexual intercourse for people who consume marijuana.

However, some studies have found the drug affects a man's sperm count and erectile function, while others have shown it activates sexual arousal in the brain. "It's possible it makes men or women more interested in sex", Eisenberg says.



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