28 Oct 2017

Heavy cannabis users have more sex - study

12:51 pm on 28 October 2017

Medical researchers in the US have found frequent marijuana users have about 20 percent more sex than those who abstain.

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Researchers have downplayed any causal link, but marijuana users do have more sex, the study has found. Photo: 123rf.com

The study is from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

Researchers reached their conclusions after a retrospective analysis of data on 50,000 Americans ages 25 to 45, compiled from 2002 to 2015 by the National Survey of Family Growth.

Respondents were asked how many times they have had heterosexual intercourse in the past four weeks and how frequently they have smoked marijuana over the past 12 months, the researchers said.

Women who were daily marijuana users had sex an average of 7.1 times a month, compared with 6 times by those who denied using it.

For men, daily users reported 6.9 times, compared with 5.6 for non-users.

"In other words, pot users are having about 20 percent more sex than pot abstainers," said the study's senior author, Dr Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology at Stanford.

Given that the average couple has sex about once a week, Dr Eisenberg 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," Dr Eisenberg said.

It used to be thought that couples mostly smoked after sex, but Eisenberg said his findings showed 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 in the US.

A record percentage of Americans - 64 percent - now believe adult use of the drug should be legal, according to a Gallup poll published this week.

Dr Eisenberg cautioned the study should not be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.

"It doesn't say if you smoke more marijuana, you'll have more sex," he said.

- Reuters

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