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Study: Cannabis Smokers Have More Sex

By David Jenison on November 2, 2017

People who smoke cannabis have more sex, and it does not impair their performance, so says a professor and researcher at the Stanford University Medical Center. The findings applied to both men and women. 

"Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States," published in the November 2017 Journal of Sexual Medicine, utilized data from the National Survey of Family Growth and looked at sexual activity in the four weeks prior to the survey and cannabis use in the past year. The study analyzed the answers of 28,176 women and 22,943 men with an average age of just under 30. 

The findings? 

"An overall trend for men and women was identified showing that higher marijuana use was associated with increased coital frequency," the study found. "And [it] does not appear to impair sexual function."

Dudes that never light up had sex 5.6 times on average in the previous four weeks compared to 6.9 times for men who smoked every day. For women who consumed cannabis every day, that figure jumped to 7.1 times on average compared to six times for those who abstained. This works out to roughly 18 percent more sex for women and 23 percent more sex for men. 

"We were surprised to see the positive association between users," the researcher told CNN. "This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered." 

The cannabis-sex trend remained even when compared to alcohol, cocaine and other drugs, which suggests the findings were not merely tied to substances that lower inhibitions. However, the frequency of sex steadily increased in connection with the frequency of cannabis use. Still, the researcher warned that it's a casual relationship, meaning that smoking more cannabis does not necessarily mean you'll have more sex. 

The professor concluded that more research is needed, which could include a study on how many researchers, scientists and lab assistants started lighting up after reading this study. 

Photo credit: Unsplash/Michael Prewett

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