Sex Frequency & Cannabis Use: Study Finds a Positive Correlation
The first study of its kind finds users typically engage in more sexual activity.
If you've ever been suckered into believing cannabis decreases libido due to all the rumors that surface on the internet and in conversations, a new study challenges such a proclamation.
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In October of 2017, the Stanford University School of Medicine released a study that examined coital frequency as well as cannabis intake frequency. The study's senior author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, and assistand profssor of urology stated:
"Frequent marijuana use doesn't seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it's associated with increased coital frequency... The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and 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."
Investigators took a look at 15 years of survey responses, obtaining data from 28,176 women and 22,943 men. Entitled the National Survey of Family Growth, it asks questions about sexual practices, child bearing, family structure, and represents the demographic of the U.S. population.
They took a closer look at the questions associated with self-reported cannabis use over the previous year (from which the survey was taken) as well as self-reported sexual intercourse over the previous four weeks.
- 14.5% of women reported cannabis use in the past year while 24.5% of men reported cannabis use in the past year.
- Average age for women was 29.9 years & average age for men was 29.5.
- Non-smoking women averaged having sex 6 times in the past four weeks.
- Women that smoke daily averaged having sex 7.1 times in the past four weeks.
- Non-smoking men averaged having sex 5.6 times in the past four weeks.
- Men that smoke daily averaged having sex 6.9 times in the past four weeks.
These findings show us a positive correlation - that cannabis consumers have about 20% more sex than non-consumers. Even so, Eisenberg notes that "it doesn't say if you smoke more marijuana, you'll have more sex." Instead, think of it as a casual connection to one another, opening doors to more possible studies ahead examining the effects of cannabis on our libido.