Will Marijuana Ignite Your Libido?

One new study links pot with "increased coital frequency."

Unless it's for medical purposes, smoking pot isn't exactly something that society generally believes is good for your health. But, according to a new study, it seems like it's pretty good at firing up your sex life.

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed data from 50,000 Americans between the of ages 25 and 45—compiled from 2002 to 2015 by the National Survey of Family Growth—and they found that those who smoke marijuana regularly have about 20 percent more sex than those who don't.

To reach this conclusion, the researchers asked survey participants how much heterosexual intercourse they've had over the last month and how much weed they've smoked over the last year. Women who smoked weed daily had sex an average of 7.1 times per month, as compared to the 6 times reported by women who did not smoke pot at all. Men who smoked weed daily reported having sex an average of 6.9 times per month, as compared to the 5.6 for those who did not.

Of course, the first thing you learn in psychology class is that correlation is not causation. Just because marijuana users seem to be having 20% more sex than non-smokers doesn't mean than the grass is necessarily enhancing their sex drive. It might just be that people who take in a daily doobie are more fun and free-spirited, and therefore more likely to seek out a good time in the sack. But the study did find that the more weed a subject smoked, the more sex they reported to have, indicating that there might be a causal relationship between the two. Either way, it certainly beats the myth that smoking weed will lower the sails.

"Frequent marijuana use doesn't seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it's associated with increased coital frequency," said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of Urology at Stanford, and the senior author of the study.

(Pause to giggle like a 6-year-old at the term "coital frequency.")

The study also doesn't specify if they accounted for differences between people who are in relationships and those who are single, since those in committed pairings are probably more likely to have "increased coital frequency" than those who are eating peanut butter and Cheetos on the couch alone—pot or no pot.

Either way, it's good news for the more than 20 million adult Americans who are current marijuana users, as well as the 64% of Americans who believe that the drug should be made legal.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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