Stoked! Weed May Light The Flame For A Roll In The Hay

Many states allow using medical marijuana. Now there’s proof that pot would possibly work as “marital marijuana,” revving up intercourse drives in each women and men.

The actual nature of the cannabis-coitus connection stays unresolved, however researchers tried to chop by the haze with a new study revealed within the November challenge of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

It confirmed that individuals who toke up usually tend to get down (and soiled).

It truly doesn’t matter who’s partaking — male or feminine, single or married, childless and carefree, or busy breeder. Among all demographic and ethnic teams, those that smoke weed reported having extra sexual activity than those that don’t, the analysis exhibits.

“I was surprised,” mentioned Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the examine’s senior writer and an assistant professor of urology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

The examine relies on surveys of greater than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45, performed over greater than 10 years by the National Center for Health Statistics.

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Before seeing the outcomes, Eisenberg had been telling his sufferers that getting baked would possibly be a drag on their intercourse drive or efficiency. But now he’s rather more assured that marijuana isn’t interfering with sexual conduct. And that’s good data nowadays, particularly in a state like California, which already permits medical marijuana and is making ready to go all the way in which with leisure gross sales subsequent yr.

Last November, California voters authorised Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, making California one in every of eight states — plus the District of Columbia — to legalize the drug for leisure use. The measure instantly made it authorized for adults 21 and over to own as much as 1 ounce of hashish, however delayed authorized pot gross sales from licensed retailers till the start of 2018.

Eisenberg cautioned towards drawing unwarranted conclusions from the examine and cited the statistical adage that “correlation does not equal causation.”

“This doesn’t mean that if you want to have more sex, you should start smoking marijuana,” he mentioned. “That’s definitely not what this data supports.”

But Eisenberg mentioned the examine may change how he counsels sufferers who already smoke marijuana. Previously, he’d suggested them to stop smoking pot in the event that they have been having hassle with libido or sexual efficiency.

Now he thinks quitting may not be obligatory, and that sufferers can deal with different life-style adjustments to extend libido.

“If somebody is using marijuana to help them for chronic back pain or something like that, there may be other interventions that we can think about targeting, rather than telling them they have to stop, otherwise their sex life is doomed,” he mentioned.

Pot use and sexual exercise seem to have a “dose-response relationship.” That means the extra you smoke, the extra possible you’re to have had intercourse up to now month.

“The daily users, for example, compared to the never-users, reported about 20 more sexual encounters a year. So I think that is a significant difference,” Eisenberg mentioned.

The survey respondents weren’t requested how a lot pot they smoked after they smoked. But it did ask about how a lot intercourse that they had. According to the examine, non-users mentioned that they had engaged in sexual activity between 5 and 6 occasions within the earlier month.

But each day pot people who smoke reported having intercourse about seven occasions over that very same interval. The frequency was someplace in between for individuals who smoked marijuana much less typically, on a weekly or month-to-month foundation. They reported having intercourse greater than abstainers, however lower than each day customers.

“For every group, the more marijuana use that they reported, the more sex they reported as well,” Eisenberg mentioned. “So that … made me think that there could potentially be some biologic explanation here.”

Dr. Holly Richmond, a intercourse therapist who practices in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., calls that discovering “fantastic.”

“Obviously I’m not going to tell a couple that doesn’t use marijuana to use it,” she mentioned. But “if they were interested, I would offer the information.”

Richmond mentioned she has seen blended outcomes amongst her purchasers who use marijuana. Some couples inform her that they’ve extra intercourse after they use pot; others have much less.

She mentioned these variations are most likely attributable to how a lot pot somebody smokes as a substitute of how typically they smoke.

“Too much can lead to lethargy and really checking out, which does not facilitate [emotional] connection at all, and definitely doesn’t encourage sexual activity,” she defined.

The outcomes shed no gentle on what components drive the affiliation between pot use and intercourse, in response to Dr. Igor Grant, chair of psychiatry and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research on the University of California-San Diego.

The easiest clarification may be that the kind of one who smokes pot — or is keen to confess it in a survey — additionally likes intercourse extra. Grant referred to as these folks “risk-takers” or “sensation-seekers.”

“Drug use is one type of sensation-seeking behavior, and obviously sex is another,” he mentioned.

Eisenberg mentioned the examine additionally managed for different risk-taking behaviors, similar to cocaine or alcohol.

He suspects marijuana could also be stimulating arousal or different neural pathways within the mind. That’s totally different from Viagra, which works straight on the vascular system to enhance blood movement to the penis.

But the examine has some limitations. For occasion, the examine depends on self-reporting — and due to this fact imperfect reminiscences — from members who have been requested to recollect what number of occasions they smoked pot up to now yr and what number of occasions that they had intercourse up to now 4 weeks.

Also, the survey requested solely about intercourse between women and men, so it’s unclear how marijuana impacts same-sex encounters.

Still, the outcomes fly within the face of some earlier analysis, similar to research indicating that heavy marijuana use is related to erectile dysfunction. Plus, analysis on cigarette smoking exhibits destructive vascular results that may intervene with male arousal, Eisenberg mentioned.

The outcomes additionally contradict stereotypes about stoners. Grant summed it up as “people just, you know, not feeling like having sex if they’re stoned all the time.”

Richmond, the intercourse therapist, agreed that these stereotypes exist, so this examine could possibly be reassuring to individuals who take pleasure in marijuana and in addition take pleasure in intercourse. At the very least, the examine exhibits smoking weed doesn’t seem to lower sexual exercise.

“Individuals and couples look for additional ways to create novelty in the relationship and have fun, and [in some states] that’s now a legal and accessible way to do it,” she mentioned.

This story is a part of a partnership that features KQED, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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