A new study by the Stanford School of Medicine purports that individuals who consume cannabis have an average of about 20 percent more heterosexual sex than those who don’t, according to a Reuters report outlining the study. Women who consumed cannabis daily had sex an average of 7.1 times during the previous four-week period, compared to 6 times for women who didn’t consume cannabis in the last year. For men, the rate was 6.9 percent for consumers, compared to 5.6 percent for those who abstain.
The rates translate to about 20 or more instances of sex per year for cannabis consumers.
“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,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology at Stanford and the study’s senior author in the report. He added that the data should not be misinterpreted as proving a causal link.
“It doesn’t say if you smoke more marijuana, you’ll have more sex,” he said.
The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, analyzed 2002 to 2015 National Survey of Family Growth data of 50,000 Americans aged 25 to 45. The research was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.