People who smoke marijuana might be having more sex than their peers who don’t use it, a Friday study revealed.
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that marijuana users have approximately 20 percent more sex than their counterparts.
“We reported how often they smoke – monthly, weekly or daily – and how many times they’ve had sex in the last month,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the lead author. “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.”
To get their results, researchers gathered their data from 50,000 respondents between the ages of 25 and 45 who answered questions in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey from the years 2002-2015. The researchers examined a four-week period in respondents’ sex lives, asking them how often they had heterosexual sex and how many times they had smoked weed over the course of a year.
Women who smoke weed had sex 7.1 times a month, compared to women who didn’t — they had sex about six times a month. Male marijuana users had sex 6.9 times a month while those who didn’t engaged in intercourse about 5.6 times a month.
“It was pretty much every group we studied, this pattern persisted,” Eisenberg told NPR. He also warned people against establishing a causal relationship between marijuana use and people’s sex habits, but added that the study does hint at one.
“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,” he added.
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