Weed and the Deed: Do Cannabis Users Have More Sex?

Getting high may lead to more than just a wicked case of the munchies. A recent study conducted by Stanford University found that marijuana users have more sex than those who did not use marijuana.

Per NIH, studies have long linked marijuana use to sexual problems, including a decreased sex drive and even erectile dysfunction in some cases. But the new research, which is the first to examine the relationship between cannabis use and frequency of sex, found that despite concerns that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite may be more likely. It appears there’s more to marijuana and relationships than we thought.

Marijuana Users Have More Sex

Published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers at Stanford Medical School analyzed 50,000 Americans between the ages of 25 and 45 to determine if there was a connection between the frequency of sex and the frequency of marijuana use. “We reported how often they smoke — monthly, weekly or daily — and how many times they’ve had sex in the last month,” says Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist at Stanford University Medical Center and the senior author on the study

The researchers found that women who were daily pot users had sex an average of 7.1 times during the previous four weeks, compared with 6.0 times reported by those who denied using marijuana in the past year. For men, daily users reported 6.9 times compared with 5.6 for non-users.

“In other words, pot users are having about 20 percent more sex than pot abstainers,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology at Stamford in the paper.

Cannabis May Lead to More Enjoyable Sex, Too

Aside from having more frequent sex, pot users may be having more enjoyable sex as well. Especially when compared to those who having drunken escapes between the sheets.

Joseph Palamar, a professor of Population Health at New York University, found in his 2016 study that people who smoke marijuana are far more likely to enjoy (and not regret) sexual experiences as opposed to those who drank alcohol before having sex.

Heightened senses that come from being high may also contribute to more enjoyable sex claims a 2009 study that revealed having sex after using cannabis lead to more relaxation, and euphoric feelings — all good things in the bedroom.

Pot users are having about 20 percent more sex than pot abstainers.

Stoned Sex May Have Its Drawbacks

Not everyone agrees with the idea that cannabis and sex is the perfect combo for more, enjoyable sex – in fact, some experts suggest it may be more difficult to get busy while high.

Dr. Rany Shamloul, a researcher at Ottawa Hospital in Canada explained to NPR that men may have a tougher time rising to the occasion while stoned. “Recent studies have shown cannabinoid receptors in the penis itself, and experiments in the lab show an inhibitory response,” he says. “Cannabis might increase [sexual arousal] frequency in the brain, but also decrease erectile function in the penis.”

Men aren’t the only ones who may have troubles when it comes to performing while high, cannabis use can also cause some less than sexy side effects in women, too. In 2015, VICE reported on a sexual mishap plaguing women dubbed by some as “cotton vagina” (vaginal dryness) which is thought to be caused by cannabis use.

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