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People Who Smoke Pot Have More Sex, Study Says

People Who Smoke Pot Have More Sex, Study Says
From TIME - October 27, 2017

When Dr. Michael Eisenberg talks to his patients about sex, they sometimes ask him whether marijuana might affect their libido or their performance. Use of the drug is increasing as it becomes legal in more states, and some menas well as some doctorsworry that it could cause erectile dysfunction other sexual problems, he says.

So Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine, and his colleagues conducted a study to see if there really was a connection. They found reassuring news for those patients: Overall, regular marijuana use does not seem to impair sexual desire or performance. In fact, people who smoke marijuana tend to have more sex than those who dont.

The new study, published today in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, is based on surveys of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25 to 45, collected between 2002 and 2015. As part of a larger health questionnaire, people reported how often theyd smoked marijuana during the past 12 months and how often theyd had intercourse with someone of the opposite sex during the past four weeks.

Eisenberg and his colleagues crunched the numbers, and found that the more frequently people smoked marijuana, the more sex they had. For both men and women, those who used marijuana on a daily basis had about 20% more sex than those who said they never used the drug.

Women who abstained had sex an average of 6 times over the past four weeks, compared to 7.1 times for daily users. For men, abstainers averaged 5.6 times and daily users averaged 6.9.

The authors point out that the study was not able to find a cause-and-effect relationship between pot and sex. We dont want people to start smoking marijuana because they think theyre going to have more sex, says Eisenberg. Its certainly possible that people who use marijuana happen to have similar traits, like lower inhibitions, as those who also have more sex.

The link was seen across all subgroups in the studyincluding people of both genders; different races, ages, and religions; those who were married or single; and with kids or without. The link also remained after the researchers adjusted for use of other drugs, such as cocaine and alcohol. This suggests that there may be something about the drug itself that boosts sexual function, says Eisenbergor at the very least, doesnt hamper it.

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