The results were clear: No matter the person's age, race, education level, income group, whether they were single or married, or whether they had kids, if they smoked marijuana, they reported having sex more frequently than non-marijuana smokers. At this time, 29 states have declared marijuana legal for recreational or medicinal purposes, and estimates suggest that more than 22 million Americans use pot, the researchers said in background information.
Survey participants were quizzed on how often they engaged in heterosexual intercourse over the last month, as well as how frequently they consumed cannabis in the past year.
"I think if you asked a man or a woman, 20 more times to have sex over a year, that would seem like a lot", Eisenberg said. More than 28,000 women and almost 23,000 men were asked how often they had sex in the four weeks before the survey and how often they used marijuana in the past year, CNN reported.
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In case of the men, those who smoked weed daily were found to have had sex 6.9 times in the last month in comparison to 5.6 times for those who had not smoked marijuana.
While the findings don't necessarily show that marijuana use causes an increase in sex drive, they counter a longstanding idea that smoking pot will depress sexual desire or ability.
A key distinction: The study does not establish a causal connection between cannabis use and sexual activity. Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational adult use in 29 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.
To further explore the topic, Eisenberg and his colleagues analyzed data from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which included questions on marijuana use and frequency of sex.
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Researchers at Stanford University have linked regular marijuana use to more frequent sex. But that rose to 7.1 times for those who smoked it daily. "If anything, it's associated with increased coital frequency", said the study's senior author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology.
Around 25.5% of men and 14.5% of women in the analysis reported having used marijuana, and in addition, the researchers found a positive association between frequency of marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse.
Furthermore, the link could still be seen even after accounting for the participant's use of other drugs.
But at the end of it, Eisenberg still cautioned that the study was not proof of their being a causal link, strong as the hints maybe. According to Eisenberg, this suggests that the positive correlation doesn't simply reflect a general tendency of less-inhibited types, who may be more inclined to use drugs, to also be more likely to have sex.
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