Regular cannabis users have more sex, according to a new scientific study. Scientists think the herb may help stimulate sexual arousal.
The new study, by investigators at Stanford University School of Medicine, shows that frequent marijuana use may increase sexual desire. The findings fly in the face of prohibitionist claims that cannabis can impair desire and/or performance. Many cannabis users, on the other hand, have maintained for years that weed is an aphrodisiac.
Around 51,000 Americans between 25 and 45 years of age were questioned for the research. Subjects were asked about their sex lives and cannabis use. The study looked at data from the federal government’s annual CDC survey, the National Survey of Family Growth, reports NPR.
Women who regularly use cannabis had sex an average of 7.1 times per month, compared with non-tokers who had intercourse only six times in 30 days. Male marijuana users had sex an average of 6.9 times a month, compared to 5.6 times for non-users.
Cannabis smokers are having about 20 percent more sex than non-tokers.
The study is the first solid hint that there could be a causal link, i.e., one could be resulting in the other.
“Marijuana use is very common, but its large-scale use and association with sexual frequency hasn’t been studied much in a scientific way,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of Urology, who is senior author of the study. “Usually, people assume the more frequently you smoke, the worse it could be when it came to sex, but in fact, we learned the opposite was true.”
“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency.
“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’re married or single and whether or not they had kids.” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg.
Published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, this is the first to examine the relationship between cannabis use and frequency of sexual intercourse.
Some researchers in the past had tried to draw a link between heavy cannabis use and erectile dysfunction. Also, some studies have found reduced sperm counts in men who smoke weed.
But experiments using both animals and humans have suggested that cannabis stimulates activity in brain regions involved in sexual arousal and activity, reports The Telegraph.
The positive association between cannabis use and sexual frequency was independent of demographic, health, marital, or parental status, according to the researchers. The trend remained even after accounting for subjects’ use of other substances, such as cocaine and alcohol.
More Weed = More Sex?
The results suggest that the positive correlation between cannabis and sexual activity doesn’t just reflect the tendency for less inhibited people to smoke pot, according to Dr. Eisenberg.
The researchers found that the amount of sex rose steadily with increasing cannabis use. This dose-dependent relationship supports a possible active role for marijuana in fostering sexual activity.
Given that the average couple has sex about once a week, Dr. Eisenberg said the bottom line is that cannabis smokers, on average, have sexual intercourse 20 more times per year than non-smokers, reports AAP News.
“I think if you asked a man or a woman, 20 more times to have sex over a year, that would seem like a lot. We don’t want people to smoke to improve sexual function, but it probably doesn’t hurt things.” said Dr. Eisenberg.