Study links smoking pot to having more sex

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The study pointed out that marijuana users are 20 percent more sexually active than those who abstain from weed. Mitch Earleywine, a psychologist at the University at Albany who has studied weed and sex, said, "In some surveys, we saw that people [who used cannabis] did have sex more, but it seemed to be mediated by this personality type that's willing to try new things or look for thrills".

After excluding respondents who didn't answer one or more of the relevant questions, the researcher was left with data for 28,176 women, averaging 29.9 years of age, and 22,943 men, averaging 29.5 years of age.

They found that those who smoked weed daily had about 20 percent more sex than those who did not, which is a pretty significant difference.

The jury's still out on rock "n" roll.

People have often claimed that marijuana usage is linked to impotency.

Researchers questioned more than 50,000 people aged 25 to 45. They assessed these individuals' self-reported patterns of marijuana use over the previous year and their self-reported frequency of heterosexual intercourse over the previous four weeks. But the results hint at it, he added.

This bias is baked into the very names of the institutions that fund much of this research - it's why we have a National Institute on Drug Abuse, rather than a National Institute on Drug Use.

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With marijuana becoming legal in more states, Dr. Michael Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology, wanted to see if there was a correlation between smoking marijuana and sexual activity.

Whatever the link may be, Eisenberg is of the opinion that the study leads him to believe that cannabis use is not going to reduce libido, unlike tobacco. Originally conducted at regular intervals, the survey is now carried out on an annual basis.

It found that women who smoked marijuana daily had sex with a male partner an average of 7.1 times per month, compared to 6 times per month for nonsmoking women.

Moreover, Eisenberg said, the positive association between marijuana use and coital frequency was independent of demographic, health, marital or parental status.

The study is the first to evaluate the relationship between cannabis use and frequency of sex at the national level in the United States.

However, Eisenberg stressed that the study does not prove a causal link. He said this independence suggests the positive correlation can not be attributed to a general tendency of people with fewer inhibitions to indulge in both drugs and more sex than their peers.