Just when you thought dressing and talking slick would be all it takes to have sex regularly. Dr. Michael Eisenberg from Stanford University has different ideas on how to increase the amount of sex you are having.
Dr Eisenberg is an assistant professor of urology, and he regularly sees a lot of patients who struggle to perform in the bedroom. To get to the root of the problem he will go through a checklist of things to see what may be causing this, and recently a lot of patients have been asking him if they need to smoke less marijuana.
Mind you not lot of research has been done on the effects of marijuana on sex drive, however since marijuana is now legal in many states especially California, this is the perfect time to conduct such a study, which is exactly what Dr Eisenberg did.
His results surprised him:
“Usually, people assume the more frequently you smoke, the worse it could be when it came to sex, but in fact, we learned the opposite was true,” Eisenberg said. His study was published in this week’s Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The study looked at data from the US government’s National Survey of Family Growth. It asked more than 28,000 women and nearly 23,000 men how often they had sex in the four weeks prior to the survey and how frequently they used marijuana in the past year.
For men and women the results were similar, women reported during the past four weeks, when they used marijuana daily, they had sex 7.1 times on average, as opposed to women who didn’t use marijuana and only had sex on average 6 times.
Men who abstained marijuana had sex an average of 5.6 times in the four weeks before the survey, compared with the daily marijuana users who reported having sex 6.9 times, on average.
“We were surprised to see the positive association between users,” Eisenberg said. “This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered.” The study focused on heterosexual sex, and it didn’t explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana.
Joseph Palamar, an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at New York, argues because marijuana is still illegal in many states, it forces people to smoke and use in private. Its in these private sessions that intimacy is more likely to occur.
However, before you run off to your local pot depot, the study did provide some negatives. Some people said that being high during sex meant they got “lost in their own heads,” and didn’t enjoy the sex as much.
“And if marijuana makes you paranoid, as it does with some people, it could really, pardon the pun, screw your ability to have an orgasm,” Palamar said. Some women also reported vaginal dryness when they smoked pot, and that too can limit sexual pleasure.
Also, and most importantly excessive consumption of marijuana could lower your sperm count, so keep that in mind when you are deciding how many brownies to eat.