Marijuana is nothing if not an enhancement drug. It enhances flavors, funnies and, many would say, sex. A new study shows that it may not just make sex feel better, it may be getting cannabis users into the sack more often.
The researchers analyzed data dating back as far as 2002 from the National Survey of Family Growth. Even though that data pointed to increased sexual behavior on weed, the results are still a little murky.
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“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 senior author of the study. “What we found was compared to never-users, those who reported daily use had about 20 percent more sex. So over the course of a year, they’re having sex maybe 20 more times.”
Women in the study were having sex 7.1 times per month on average when using marijuana, while men clocked in at 6.9 times per month while using the herb. Those who abstain completely? For women it was 6 times per month and for men 5.6 times.
The researchers factored in alcohol, cocaine use, religion, children and the results stayed steady. No matter who or what a person worships, what illicit substances they use or how many kids they already have, if they’re toking on a regular basis, they’re getting it on more often as well.
Mitch Earlywine, a cannabis expert and a psychologist at the University of Albany, clocked in, though he was not involved in the study. He points out that the stats don’t mean that marijuana itself is responsible.
“In some surveys, we saw that people [who use 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,” said Earlywine. Meaning that if you’re already adventurous and willing to try new things, you may be more adventurous in bed as well.
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So even though the new study on sex may or may not have gotten the factors down pat (Though maybe they did!), one thing is for certain. If you’re a frequent cannabis user, you’re having more sex, and it’s probably some nice enhanced sex to boot.