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posted by Fnord666 on Monday October 30, @12:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the correlation-vs-causation dept.

A study has found that people who smoke more cannabis have more sex than those who smoke less or abstain:

Tobacco companies put a lot of effort into giving cigarettes sex appeal, but the more sensual smoke might actually belong to marijuana. Some users have said pot is a natural aphrodisiac, despite scientific literature turning up mixed results on the subject. At the very least, a study published Friday [DOI: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.09.005] [DX] in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that people who smoke more weed are having more sex than those who smoke less or abstain. But whether it's cause or effect isn't clear.

The researchers pulled together data from roughly 50,000 people who participated in an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey during various years between 2002 and 2015. "We reported how often they smoke — monthly, weekly or daily — and how many times they've had sex in the last month," says Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist at Stanford University Medical Center and the senior author on the study. "What we found was compared to never-users, those who reported daily use had about 20 percent more sex. So over the course of a year, they're having sex maybe 20 more times."

Women who consumed marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times a month, on average; for men, it was 6.9 times. Women who didn't use marijuana at all had sex 6 times a month, on average, while men who didn't use marijuana had sex an average of 5.6 times a month.

When the researchers considered other potentially confounding factors, such as alcohol or cocaine use, age, religion or having children, the association between more marijuana and more sex held, Eisenberg says. "It was pretty much every group we studied, this pattern persisted," he says. The more marijuana people smoked, the more they seemed to be having sex.

An Anonymous Coward would like to remind you that he is "not cool enough" to acquire cannabis illegally from drug dealers.

Also at CNN.


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  • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:38AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:38AM (#589262)

    People who have disrupted their thought processes are more susceptible to random decisions. Interesting they put a number to it.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:42AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:42AM (#589263)

      It's not even a significant difference.

      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:47AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:47AM (#589266)

        Just like drinking. gaming, and tobacco smoking, it is a social method for both getting comfortable with a person and lowering your anxieties/inhibitions to a point where you are comfortable hooking up.

        I can tell you based on time spent among circles online that plenty of straight laced people want outlets for sex regardless of drugs on a daily basis. But real life often doesn't allow those possibilities, especially in monogamous relationships with one or both partners working 8 or more hours a day, not including social, familial, or home obligations which might affect both mood and energy necessary for an enjoyable sexual experience.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by unauthorized on Monday October 30, @02:52AM

      by unauthorized (3776) on Monday October 30, @02:52AM (#589322)

      Alternatively, more hedonistic personalities tend towards engaging in more pleasurable activities and do so more frequently. Watch ye correlations.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by idiot_king on Monday October 30, @12:53AM (9 children)

    by idiot_king (6587) on Monday October 30, @12:53AM (#589268)

    People who do drugs are open to bodily experience more. People who are open to bodily experience more tend to do drugs. Hence, people who put more weight on body sensation will probably enjoy sex more than an uptight Christian who think pot is the devil and sex is reserved for the demonic ritual of physical enjoyment.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday October 30, @01:05AM (1 child)

      I'm pretty sure it has a lot more to do with being in the mood. When you're all stressed out, you tend to be less in the mood. Being stoned tends to make you less stressed, thus the booty factor increases.

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Monday October 30, @05:22PM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday October 30, @05:22PM (#589547)

        Removal of inhibitions, taking of risks (since pot smoking is still illegal most places, the simple act of smoking it is going to trigger the "risk centers" and get their reactions going...), basic cultural biases, etc. These are all factors that would contribute to a positive correlation - I'm surprised the observed effect is so small.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Sulla on Monday October 30, @01:25AM (6 children)

      by Sulla (5173) on Monday October 30, @01:25AM (#589283) Journal

      Degenerates tend to be degenerates all around not just about one thing.

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      • (Score: 2, Offtopic) by Post-Nihilist on Monday October 30, @02:32AM (4 children)

        by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Monday October 30, @02:32AM (#589311)

        I was such a degenerate when I got stoned every night after work.... Almost every night I fucked my wife before we sleep and got blowjob on weekend... My sober self is not nice enough to get my wife into the mood and most nights I am not either, being a competitive bastard is stressful... Much much more than just concentrating on my craft and not giving a shit about the politics...

        Thinking about it clean headed, I declare: fuck nighttime sobriety, i will order edible right fucking now, even thought my ganjastore wont ship edibles until the Halloween is over. Since it is not yet legal in Canada¹ my supplier is wise to avoid feeding the antipot media freenzy: today I read about a shipment of THC containing gummy bears being sized by the police in northern Québec.

        1-But you pay using the big Canadian banks money transfer by email, nod,nod, wink, wink.

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        • (Score: 1) by Sulla on Monday October 30, @02:49AM (1 child)

          by Sulla (5173) on Monday October 30, @02:49AM (#589321) Journal

          In my local I loved how hard the pro-side pushed how children wont be interested or tempted by it and then immedietly made THC candy when it was legalized.

          Will be an internal struggle for me when the Fed fucks them like like they did the cig companies, I love karma but hate government. People should be free to do what they want, including judging people for doing what they want

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        • (Score: 2) by rylyeh on Monday October 30, @08:37AM

          by rylyeh (6726) Subscriber Badge <kadathNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday October 30, @08:37AM (#589371)

          Yes!

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:11PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:11PM (#589421)

          yeah man i hate being on-call all the time as higher tier support person. not technically all the time, but even when not on-call, sometimes i am given the opportunity to make more money.

          usually that happens right at the moment things are getting started... just in time to ruin a buzz that isn't killed but might as well be

          i say fuck nighttime non-sobriety, because that is when society expects us to get high and have sex and do IT work! if they cant take the system down during the day, then heck i am going to try to convince her to at least do that to me.

          but uh ok i admit it that is what I will do in that dating sim if there is some path to get to it. i dont know what happens to people inreal life outside of the work campus. at least the chromebook doesnt have fans so that i can hear if someone is creeping up

      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @03:33AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @03:33AM (#589335)

        Thank you for your thoughts, Sulla.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Whoever on Monday October 30, @12:58AM (2 children)

    by Whoever (4524) on Monday October 30, @12:58AM (#589270)

    Having sex has risks (depending on circumstances, the risk may be anywhere between zero to quite high).

    Taking illegal drugs has risks.

    People with a higher tolerance for risk do risky behaviors. News at 11.

    • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:20AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:20AM (#589278)

      More sex partners, instead of more sex acts, is probably an even stronger correlation.

      A few other things that will go with sex and pot: use of a motorcycle, having tattoos, not having a house that is outright owned or with a loan in good standing, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, eating junk food, willingly going into bad neighborhoods on foot...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:33PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @12:33PM (#589414)

      Nothing to do with risk. It's people with impulsive personalities. People that can't control their impulses and "go with the crowd" are more likely to do all sorts of impulsive things because "feels good at the time".

      And no, this has nothing to do with spontaneous people.

      https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-spontaneous-and-impulsive [quora.com]

  • (Score: 4, Touché) by jasassin on Monday October 30, @01:00AM (1 child)

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Monday October 30, @01:00AM (#589271) Journal

    COUGH COUGH bullshit COUGH HRHRRRRMMM.

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:35AM (#589289)

      For a good time call Alexa... order the totes.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:21AM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:21AM (#589279)

    So getting a girl drunk and having sex with her is rape, what about pot?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:24AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:24AM (#589280)

      You don't want to report to the cops that you were using an illegal substance. Case dismissed.

    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday October 30, @01:28AM (5 children)

      The courts say otherwise as long as she's conscious and retains the ability to speak the word "no". It's universities you're thinking of.

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      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday October 30, @01:39AM (4 children)

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @01:39AM (#589292)

        It's universities you're thinking of.

        What do you mean? (I'm missing specific cultural references)

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:19AM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:19AM (#589304)

          The universities are the ones kicking male students out because of drunken sex. The cases never go anywhere because the prosecutors can't meet the legal burden necessary to get a conviction.

          But, the universities can still kick students out or allow them to be harassed without recourse.

          • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:26AM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:26AM (#589308)

            Men should not be attending university anyway. All men belong in prison.

            • (Score: 2, Funny) by khallow on Monday October 30, @02:32AM (1 child)

              by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @02:32AM (#589313) Journal

              All men belong in prison.

              Fortunately, it sounds like some universities are stepping up to that challenge.

              • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @06:14AM

                by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @06:14AM (#589357)

                Nice to have a troll account tee you up amirite?

  • (Score: 5, Touché) by c0lo on Monday October 30, @01:48AM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @01:48AM (#589295)

    Oh, wow, so many different obvious (news-at-11) type of explanations, the "smoking pot and having sex" seems like a settled area as scientific interest.

    Or... is it maybe that the vanity of "appearing to be an expert" is so strong** with soylenters?
    Naaahh, it cannot be! The typical soylenter is a skeptic, s/he always doubt an answer, event her/his own answer.

    (grin)

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    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Monday October 30, @05:30PM

      by HiThere (866) on Monday October 30, @05:30PM (#589550)

      There are, indeed, lots of obvious reasons why it might well be true. But establishing that it *is* true is different from arguing that it ought to be true. Figuring out which of the plausible reasons apply, though, will be a real challenge. (Probably lots of them do, to varying degrees with varying sub-populations. Whee! And no obvious objective way of measuring. That's going to be tricky. You may need to get a test population to wear a portable brain scanner of some sort if you can't think of some easier objective test, and the portable scanner hasn't been invented yet, since you'd need to wear it in bed.)

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:23AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:23AM (#589306)

    An Anonymous Coward would like to remind you that he is "not cool enough" to acquire cannabis illegally from drug dealers.

    I'm not social enough to know any drug dealers, and I'm not cool enough to use drugs illegally. You see, all you motherfuckers can nod and wink and give the secret fucking handshake to the cops when you get caught. I can't. So, fuck all you motherfuckers.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by jelizondo on Monday October 30, @02:29AM (4 children)

    by jelizondo (653) on Monday October 30, @02:29AM (#589310)

    Does anybody know if they refer to sativa or indica? Maybe some other variety? I must be using the wrong kind!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:32AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @02:32AM (#589312)

      It's whatever kind you get into the woman.

      • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Monday October 30, @02:53AM

        by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Monday October 30, @02:53AM (#589324)

        No, clearly you don't know shit about weed...One of the magic thing about weed is that, unlike alcohol or cocaine, you have to be the one who consume it to get more and better sex.

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    • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Monday October 30, @02:37AM

      by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Monday October 30, @02:37AM (#589316)

      When I smoked I use to find Fire OG [leafly.com] great for sex !!!

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    • (Score: 2) by rylyeh on Monday October 30, @08:40AM

      by rylyeh (6726) Subscriber Badge <kadathNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday October 30, @08:40AM (#589372)

      Sativa is the best bet. 60's 'Grass' mostly Sativa.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Gaaark on Monday October 30, @03:15AM (3 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @03:15AM (#589330) Homepage Journal

    The only time I got high, all I wanted to do was eat out. A LOT!
    ;)

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    • (Score: 2) by rylyeh on Monday October 30, @08:42AM (2 children)

      by rylyeh (6726) Subscriber Badge <kadathNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday October 30, @08:42AM (#589373)

      Mm Mm good!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:13PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @01:13PM (#589422)

        wait a guy with your prestige would be more into tentacle porn, right?

        • (Score: 2) by rylyeh on Monday October 30, @04:56PM

          by rylyeh (6726) Subscriber Badge <kadathNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Monday October 30, @04:56PM (#589525)

          Only if she has 'Snake Arms!'

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  • (Score: 1) by nekomata on Monday October 30, @08:54AM

    by nekomata (5432) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @08:54AM (#589377)

    I'm more impressed that people who smoke daily can remember how many times in the last *month* they had sex. I don't smoke and have trouble remembering a couple days back on such thing. And my memory was quite a lot fuzzier when I did partake.

  • (Score: 2) by anotherblackhat on Monday October 30, @02:21PM (1 child)

    by anotherblackhat (4722) on Monday October 30, @02:21PM (#589443)

    According to this survey, women are having sex more often than men.
    While I suppose it's theoretically possible, it seems rather unlikely that the actual ratio is very far from 1:1.

    I must say attitudes have changed. When I was in college men were having sex 3 times as often as women (according to surveys).

    • (Score: 2) by jcross on Monday October 30, @04:08PM

      by jcross (4009) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @04:08PM (#589494)

      Hmm, maybe it's all the pot smokin' lesbians?

  • (Score: 2) by Thexalon on Monday October 30, @03:00PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @03:00PM (#589460) Homepage

    Potheads tend to be hippies. Hippies tend towards "Free Love" more than, say, uptight Baptists. Q.E.D.

    That said, what's also very clear is that people who think that it should be illegal for people to enjoy life are opposed to both pot and sex.

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    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @03:08PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 30, @03:08PM (#589462)

      Not all potheads are hippies. That's a stereotype. In the 70s and early 80s when I was experimenting, 8 hours of sex was not a problem on a certain white powder.

  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday October 30, @04:45PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 30, @04:45PM (#589518) Journal

    I'm sure people who use that much have to sell their bodies to afford the habit, but is that the kind of sex you want to have a lot of?

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by TrentDavey on Monday October 30, @04:46PM (1 child)

    by TrentDavey (1526) on Monday October 30, @04:46PM (#589520)

    I'm on antidepressants (for anxiety) and the side effects include sexual dysfunction which can mean any number of things but specifically it produces a kind of numbing and ratcheting back of the experience (which makes sense since the chemicals don't know if that this excitement is deliberate and OK). I was in a bad place pre-pot since life had lost another "fun" thing to do. After trying today's high octane pot (I'm 57) it gave me the thrill back.
    Definitely not more frequently (possibly even less) but quality has skyrocketed (I'm sure there's a being "high" joke in there).
    I also think there is a learned behavior/Pavlov's dog aspect since I/we only vape as a prelude.
    Whatever is going on, it "saved my life", obviously not back from a near death experience but it made that aspect something to look forward to - a very good pick-me-up when living with anxiety/depression.

    Sorry if that's TMI but the comments I see (I think they are mostly hypotheses) are about kids, hippies, college students (I'm not) and what I experience is real, albeit a sample population of two (me and the missus).

    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Monday October 30, @05:34PM

      by HiThere (866) on Monday October 30, @05:34PM (#589551)

      People tend to assume that "unaffiliated groups of people" consist of individuals who react the way they do. So your observation tells you what you notice about the posters here (at least on this story).

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