Cannabis smokers have more sex

New findings contradict the accepted wisdom
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People who regularly smoke cannabis have much more sex than those who don’t, according to the first large-scale study to examine the association.

The findings, from an analysis of more than 50,000 people, contradict the accepted wisdom that frequent cannabis use may impair sexual desire or performance.

In fact, the results suggest the opposite is true, with weed smokers having about 20% more sex than abstainers.

The US authors note this trend remained even after accounting for concurrent cocaine and alcohol use.

In addition, they say coital frequency rose steadily with increasing cannabis use, indicating a dose-dependent relationship.

While the paper does not establish a causal connection between cannabis use and sexual activity, the authors say the results hint at it.

“The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races, ages, education levels, income groups and religions, every health status, whether they were married or single and whether or not they had kids,” says senior author Dr Michael Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology at Stanford University.

Some 24.5% of men and 14.5% of women in the analysis said they smoked weed and there was a positive association between the frequency of use and the frequency of sexual intercourse, write the researchers.

This relationship applied to both sexes: Women denying marijuana use in the past year, for example, had sex on average 6.0 times during the previous four weeks, whereas that number was 7.1 for daily users.

Among men, the corresponding figure was 5.6 for non-users and 6.9 for daily users.

In other words, weed users are having about 20% more sex than weed abstainers, they say.

But the authors say more studies are needed before stronger conclusions can be drawn.