Many people have long sworn by cannabis for improving their love life by helping them be more compassionate toward their partner and providing a little courage to try new things. Now there’s scientific evidence that backs up weed’s impact between the sheets.
Researchers found both men and women who used pot on the daily had sex way more often than those who didn’t—like, 20 percent more often.
A 2017 analysis examined data from 50,000 Americans between 2002 to 2015 and found a link between smoking marijuana and having sex. Researchers asked how often participants did the dirty in the past four weeks as well as how frequently they smoked in the past year, and results showed that both men and women who lit up on the daily had sex way more often than those who didn’t. Like, 20 percent more often.
But, study author Michael Eisenberg, MD, noted in a press release that just because pot smokers reported having more sex doesn’t mean lighting up a doobie will automatically make you feel extra frisky. The study really just found that using the drug doesn’t curb sex drive. But according to past research, a reason why friends of 4:20 might be more sexually active is because those who smoke on the reg are typically a lot more relaxed, and a decrease in anxiety can mean an increase in libido. “People who use marijuana may have more sex because they put less pressure on themselves when they are high, so they don’t have the same performance anxiety as those who are sober,” Amanda Pasciucco, a certified sex therapist, told CNN.
“People who use marijuana may have more sex because they put less pressure on themselves when they are high, so they don’t have the same performance anxiety as those who are sober” —Amanda Pasciucco, sex therapist
Lawrence Siegel, MA, another sex therapist who spoke with the news outlet, adds that THC—the chemical compound responsible for making you feel high—actually targets the parts of the brains (specifically for women) that trigger sexual arousal, and Peter Barsoom, founder of cannabis-product company 1906, agrees. “Our body’s natural endocannabinoid system is key in regulating things like pleasure, pain, relaxation and homeostasis,” Barsoom explains. “When it is activated by the cannabinoids in cannabis, it can leave users feeling relaxed with increased pleasure and decreased pain.”
With CBD and THC becoming increasingly mainstream, it’s a fair prediction that cannabis will stay au courant in general discourse, meaning the additional research needed to detect a real causal connection between ganja and sex might come sooner than later.
Originally published October 27, 2018; updated June 20, 2018.
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