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Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

A Study Has Found That Frequent Cannabis Consumers Have More Sex

A Study Has Found That Frequent Cannabis Consumers Have More Sex

Dr. Manish Vira, vice chair for urologic research with the Arthur Smith Institute for Urology in NY, agreed that the study "provides compelling evidence that at the very least, regular marijuana use is not associated with decreased sexual desire or performance".

This means, according to the study's senior author Michael Eisenberg, MD, that marijuana users are having about 20 percent more sex than abstainers.

Marijuana may make some people feel more mellow, but it doesn't seem to put out the fire of sexual passion, researchers reported Friday. It explicitly queries respondents on how many times they've had intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past four weeks, and how frequently they've smoked marijuana over the past 12 months. Men who abstained from marijuana said they had sex an average of 5.6 times in the four weeks before the survey, compared with the daily marijuana users who reported having sex 6.9 times, on average.

It used to be thought that couples mostly smoked after sex, but Eisenberg said his findings show the opposite is true for "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". 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.

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. 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.

On the other hand, experiments on both animals and humans have shown that the drug also stimulates activity in the parts of the brain involved in sex and sexual arousal.

A key distinction: The study does not establish a causal connection between cannabis use and sexual activity.

Those who reported having recently used cannabis also remembered having sex more often.

And at least one report showed men who smoked marijuana a couple of times a week had significantly lower sperm counts than non-users did. But thanks to the Stanford University School of Medicine, we now have substantive proof: Cannabis users have more sex.

"The personality type issue is certainly possible", Eisenberg said. His study was published in this week's Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Palamar authored a small study comparing the sexual experience of people who are under the influence of alcohol versus marijuana.

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