Marijuana, Sex by Way of Science
Medical researchers found frequent Marijuana users have about 20% more sex than those who abstain.
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers unveiled the link between Marijuana and the frequency of sexual intercourse in a study published last Friday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Researchers in California reached their conclusions after a retrospective analysis of data on 50,000 Americans ages 25 to 45, compiled from Y’s 2002 to 2015 by the National Survey of Family Growth. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsors the survey.
Respondents were asked how many times they have had heterosexual intercourse in the past 4 weeks and how frequently they have smoked Marijuana over the past 12 months, Stanford researchers said.
Women who were daily Marijuana users had sex an average of 7.1X during the previous 4 weeks, compared with 6.0X reported by those who denied using Marijuana in the past year. For men, daily users reported 6.9X compared with 5.6X for non-users.
Given that the average couple has sex about once a week, the professor said, the bottom line for partaking in a bong or blunt could add up to 20 more instances of sexual intercourse each year.
“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,” he said.
It used to be thought that couples mostly smoked after sex, but the professor 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.”
Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational adult use in 29 states and the District of Columbia, said a spokesman of the Marijuana Policy Project.
A record percentage of Americans, 64% now believe adult use of the drug should be legal, according to a Gallup poll published last week.
The professor cautioned the study should not be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.
“It does not say if you smoke more Marijuana, you will have more sex,” he said.
Still, for many, research in the name of science may never be so much fun.