US Cannabis Study Confirms That Pot Doesn't Decrease Sex Drive

The view among some scientists and doctors that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual performance has been challenged by new research from Stanford University which suggests that in fact, the opposite may be more likely.

"What we found was compared to never-users, those who reported daily use had about 20 percent more sex". In the meantime, Eisenberg said that if a patient asks whether his frequent marijuana use is getting in the way of his sex life, he will tell them that "it may not be the culprit".

While it is important to note that the research does not establish a causal connection between marijuana use and sexual activity, lead author Andrew Sun said the results hint that one may exist.

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

Carried out by the Stanford University School of Medicine, the large-scale study looked at 28,176 American women with an average age of 29.9 years and 22,943 American men with an average age of 29.5 taking part in the National Survey of Family Growth. Women who didn't smoke pot in the past year had sex, on average, six times during the previous four weeks, whereas women who smoked pot daily had sex 7.1 times in four weeks. Among men, marijuana users had sex 6.9 times a month, compared with 5.6 times for nonusers.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 20 million adult Americans are current marijuana users.

The researchers compiled the answers to those questions for every year since 2002 to examine for the first time the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse. "[In] pretty much every group we studied, this pattern persisted", Eisenberg said.

Given that the average couple has sex about once a week, Eisenberg said, the bottom line for partaking in a bong or blunt could add up to 20 more instances of sexual intercourse each year.

And at least one report showed men who smoked marijuana a couple of times a week had significantly lower sperm counts than non-users did.

But animal studies have shown that stimulating the brain's cannabinoid receptors can lead to increased arousal and sexual behavior, Eisenberg said.

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The trend also held up when the researchers accounted for survey respondents' use of other drugs, like cocaine and alcohol. "It's possible it makes men or women more interested in sex", Eisenberg says.

"Indeed, in 2016, it was estimated that 13 percent of US adults were using marijuana compared with 7 percent in 2013", the two researchers wrote.

The findings were similar for men, according to the study, published today (Oct. 27) in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

"While the results are very interesting, it's premature to suggest that marijuana may have a medicinal use in the treatment of sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or orgasmic disorder", Vira said.

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  • Jermaine Castillo