Pot smokers may be reaping some very sexy benefits in the bedroom, according to new research that indicates people who use marijuana are getting busier between the sheets than those who don’t partake.
Ironically, the new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine31417-0/fulltext) was actually meant to determine if using pot increased sexual problems. “Usually, people assume the more frequently you smoke, the worse it could be when it came to sex, but, in fact, we learned the opposite was true,” explained lead author Michael Eisenberg, M.D., assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Researchers looked at more than 50,000 CDC National Survey of Family Growth surveys of Americans between the ages of 25 to 45. Within the larger questionnaire they focused on data pertaining to marijuana — specifically, how often individuals smoked it over the period of a year and how many times they had sex during the previous four weeks.
Guess what: The more often people smoked weed, the more sex they had. In fact, men and women smoking the ganja on a daily basis reported having 20 percent more sex than those who abstained from it. “So over the course of a year, they’re having sex maybe 20 more times,” explains Eisenberg.
Broken down by the sexes, this translated to female pot smokers having sex 7.1 times every four weeks, compared to six times for nonsmokers, and male abstainers averaging 5.6 times, compared to 6.9 for daily smokers. In addition to gender, the link between pot and sex remained constant through all subgroups in the study, including race, relationship and parental status.
But don’t use this new data as an excuse to light up a joint every day. Researchers have yet to find a cause-and-effect relationship between smoking weed and sex. “We don’t want people to start smoking marijuana because they think they’re going to have more sex,” cautions Dr. Eisenberg. “It’s certainly possible that people who use marijuana happen to have similar traits, like lower inhibitions, as those who also have more sex.” Another explanation has to do with the weed itself. “It’s possible it makes men or women more interested in sex,” says Eisenberg.
Authors also cited another 2003 review, in which 51 percent of marijuana users reported increased sexual arousal, while 26 percent claimed the opposite. Basically, weed doesn’t have the same effect on everyone, so while it may induce sexual activity for some, it may impair it for others.
And it’s not just sex that is affected: While marijuana can make some people feel happy and relaxed, for others it can cause negative feelings like anxiety and paranoia.
Eisenberg hopes these findings will encourage further research, but in the meantime he will recommend it to patients trying to improve their sex drive. If a patient wants to know if smoking pot is negatively impacting his or her sex life, Eisenberg will explain that it may not be the culprit and advise them to go to the gym.
“We always talk about how anything that can be good for your heart can be good for your penis,” he said. “For a lot of guys, hearing that is an amazing motivator.”
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What Do YOU Think?
Have you found a relationship between the amount of herb you smoke and how often you have sex? Why do you think pot smokers have more sex? What other factors contribute to having more sex?