People who frequently use marijuana are likely to have sex more often, a new study suggests.
The researchers found that the women in the study who said they hadn’t used marijuana in the past year reported that they’d had sex an average of six times in the previous month. Women who did report using marijuana in the past year reported that they’d had sex more frequently, an average of seven times in the previous month.
The findings were similar for men, according to the study, published today (Oct. 27) in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Men who said they’d used marijuana in the past year reported having sex an average of seven times in the previous month, compared with an average of six times for men who said they hadn’t used marijuana in the past year.
To examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual activity, the researchers looked at survey results from about 50,000 people in the U.S. who took the National Survey of Family Growth, a federal survey that collects information on family relationships, reproductive health, and drug use. Of the participants, 25 percent of the men and 15 percent of the women reported ever using marijuana.
The researchers used data from three cycles of the survey, one given in 2002, one given from 2006 to 2010, and one given from 2011 to 2015. The participants were men and women ages of 15 and 44, but the researchers limited their analysis to respondents ages 25 and 44.
Across all cycles of the survey, both men and women who used marijuana reported a higher frequency of sexual activity. The researchers noted in the report that the study isn’t proof that marijuana use causes increased sexual activity; however, “the data imply that regular marijuana use will not impair sexual function or desire.”