Amid the soaring demand for marijuana legalization across the United States, a new study has suggested a positive link between sex and pot use. The study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has pointed how weed smokers are more inclined to have sex with greater frequency compared to those who do not use the drug.
The study titled “Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study” revealed a correlation between marijuana use and proclivity for sex, though it did not indicate pot use as the causation factor for increased sex. The findings, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine in October 2017, comes amid rising concerns about marijuana use curbing sexual desire and performance.
The authors of the study observed more than 50,000 Americans aged 25-45 years. The details of the subjects were gathered from a report titled “National Survey of Family Growth” published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During the CDC survey, the respondents were inquired about the regularity with which they had sex with the opposite gender during the past one month and the extent of weed they had smoked or consumed during the past one year. The survey included observations carried out in four-year cycles.
An evaluation of the details indicated how pot users thought themselves to having more sex, though the researchers warn against the potential faulty nature of data owing to its self-reported nature. Irrespective of the views of the respondents themselves, the researchers found that roughly 14.5 percent of women and 23.5 percent of men admitted about having smoked weed, albeit to varying degrees during the past one year. Comparison of details from marijuana users with those who abstained taking the drug, the study authors showed a positive connection between marijuana use frequency and the regularity at which the participants had sex.
Is sexual frequency a possible outcome of marijuana use?
Michael Eisenberg, one of the co-authors of the study, said, “Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency.” The study does not talk about the level of sexual performance, though it hints at possible increased sexual frequency post pot use like the use of other drugs or alcohol linked to licentiousness or low sexual inhibition.
The findings indicating greater sexual activity as a result of pot use add to existing observations about the disastrous physiological effects that mar pot users. Besides, the study hinted at the possibility of marijuana being an effective drug to treat those suffering from low sexual inclination or with a tendency to refrain from sexual intercourse.
Treating marijuana addiction
Irrespective of the legalization of recreational marijuana in eight states and the District of Columbia, the general public should be made aware of the fact that it is a highly addictive substance, which can lead to adverse health concerns. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in cannabis that induces psychoactive changes in the user’s body, leading to dependence and addiction. The research showed that pot use over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and damage the respiratory tract.
If someone in your family has been indulging in pot use, it is necessary to inform him/her about the possible risk of addiction. It’s always advisable to seek professional help for weed addiction. Experts at Sovereign Health of Texas provide tailored marijuana addiction treatment depending on the extent of dependence on the drug. If you wish to have more information about our marijuana rehab centers in Texas, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our representatives.
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