Calling into question stereotypes about cannabis use and sexual desire and performance, a new study finds that frequent marijuana users have more sex than nonusers - about 20 percent more sex, in fact.
The study does not establish a causal connection between marijuana use and sexual activity, Eisenberg noted.
"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. The women who had not smoked weed in the past one year were found to have had sex 6.0 times on average in the last month in comparison with 7.1 times for the females who smoked up.
For men, the average drops to 6,9 times for those who regularly smoke and 5,6 times for non-smokers.
The findings applied to people of all races, ages, education and income levels, religions, every health status, marital status and whether they had children.
That amounts to roughly 20 percent higher frequency of sexual intercourse for people who consume marijuana.
The survey asked participants how many times they had intercourse with a member of the opposite sex in the past four weeks and how frequently they smoked marijuana over the past 12 months.
To arrive at an accurate determination of marijuana's effect on intercourse frequency, [researchers] turned to the National Survey of Family Growth, sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"While the results are very interesting, it's premature to suggest that marijuana may have a medicinal use in the treatment of sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or orgasmic disorder", Vira said.
About 24.5 percent of the men and 14.5 percent of the women reported using marijuana.
Interestingly, the researchers saw that the behavior was not related to the volunteers losing their inhibitions - because no positive correlation of increased sexual activity was found for those who had used drugs or other alcohol. But he also cautions that his results don't necessarily mean that marijuana causes people to have more sex.
However, Eisenberg stressed that the study does not prove a causal link. "It doesn't say if you smoke more marijuana, you'll have more sex", he said.