Weed smokers are often stereotyped as being lethargic, unmotivated, and more likely to be Netflix and chilling on a Friday night than out on the dance floor.
To arrive at an accurate determination of marijuana's effect on intercourse frequency, Eisenberg and Sun turned to the National Survey of Family Growth, sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Instead, Eisenberg found that marijuana users are having about 20 percent more sex than people who abstain from the drug.
Given that the average couple has sex about once a week, he said smoking marijuana could add up to 20 more instances of intercourse each year. This is the first study to look at the relationship between marijuana and sex frequency in the United States, but it's about time, considering an estimated almost 25 million American adults use it, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The results show a dose-dependent relationship: The frequency of intercourse rose with increasing marijuana use.
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"It doesn't say if you smoke more marijuana, you'll have more sex". Among men, marijuana users had sex 6.9 times a month, compared with 5.6 times for nonusers.
The study focused on heterosexual sex and did not explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana, CNN reported. "We don't want people to smoke to improve sexual function, but it probably doesn't hurt things", says Eisenberg. What's more, the link was found across all kinds of demographic groups.
The researchers found that the volunteers who had smoked marijuana were the ones who were more sexually active. They included data from respondents ages 25-45 and excluded a small percentage (fewer than 3 percent) of respondents who had failed to answer one or more relevant questions. About 24.5 percent of men and 14.5 percent of women reported having used marijuana. "This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered".
This trend was not seen in respondents who use other drugs.
For years, marijuana has been linked with lethargy and even impotence, with people claiming that regular marijuana users may have a more hard time having sex.
The study is the first to evaluate the relationship between cannabis use and frequency of sex at the national level in the United States.
Nevertheless, Eisenberg cautioned, the study shouldn't be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.
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