We Know Sex and Weed Are a Perfect Pair, But Why?

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A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine’s November issue found cannabis users have more sex than their non-consuming peers.

Both men and women who consume cannabis reported having more frequent sex than non-users, this is clear from the data provided. But the study is limited in its scope and provides little insight into the reasoning for such a pronounced difference in sexual activity.

Wow, so this whole time cannabis consumers probably thought we had tremendous game, but once again, the plant proves to be one of the Earth’s most versatile resources. Thanks, weed.

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The study, conducted by Dr. Michael Eisenberg, assistant professor of urology at Stanford University, utilized data from the National Survey of Family Growth to analyze over 50,000 subjects (28,176 women and 22,943 men) with an average age of 29. Survey participants were asked the frequency of their cannabis use over the past year as well as the number of times they had sex during the last month.

“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,” explained Dr. Eisenberg. “We were surprised to see the positive association between users … This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered.”

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So, why are those who choose to use cannabis having more frequent sex across the board?

One factor may be the synergistic therapeutic effects that cannabis and sex offer. Ashley Manta, the self-described “cannasexual” and pioneer in the weed and sex world, told LA Weekly that a cannabis spray transformed what was a painful activity into a life-changing experience.

“I had partnered sex without pain for the first time in years and I realized there wasn’t anyone talking about the intersection of cannabis and sex,” explained Manta. “I decided that I wanted that to be my thing.”

There’s been an explosion of new cannabis products in the sexual wellness category over the last couple of years as legalization and research have advanced.

According to Manta, women who come to her for advice on improving their sex life with cannabis are usually trying to combat one or more of the following issues, all of which marijuana can help alleviate:

  • Psychological barriers to remaining present such as anxiety or body image
  • Physical pain in general or specifically during sex
  • Lack of pleasure

With some of the stigma of marijuana use being washed away, casual consumers have become more willing to try weed-infused products for their various therapeutic needs.

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But reasoning could also lie in convenience, considering most smoke sessions must take place in the privacy of one’s own home. Until public consumption laws gain more traction, alcohol will continue to fuel public social gatherings, while cannabis users will stay confined to their homes — where they apparently find other activities to get into.

So, if people are getting together to smoke, does that automatically increase the likelihood that some of those encounters turn sexual in nature?

People may be starting to realize that cannabis provides for a better sex experience than alcohol as well. A 2016 study out of New York University (NYU) explored the difference in sexual encounters between people who were consuming cannabis vs alcohol leading up to sex. While NYU researchers found alcohol works excellently as a “social lubricant” and consumption tends to lead to more sex with strangers met at social functions, marijuana users reported more intimate encounters, usually in a private setting with someone they know.

Because alcohol-driven encounters tend to be slightly more random and uninhibited, many subjects felt “their ‘standards’ for choosing a partner were lowered while under the influence of alcohol.”

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“It wasn’t surprising that alcohol use reportedly led to less post-sex satisfaction than marijuana,” said Dr. Joseph J. Palamar, assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Participants reported feelings of regret more frequently after sex on alcohol, but compared to alcohol they generally didn’t report poor judgment after using marijuana.”

The rise of dating apps to combat the existential looming dread of eternal loneliness has undoubtedly changed the landscape of relationships in America. Now, there are social platforms centered entirely around cannabis, because it’s 2017 and nobody should have to hide in the grow closet anymore.

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Honesty is a pretty good approach to dating when all your clothes smell like Skywalker OG

If cannabis users weren’t already in the mood, there’s a product for that, too.

Companies are beginning to pay attention to the enormous potential of the sex vertical within the marijuana industry. Cannabis chocolate brand 1906 is offering customers what they claim is the “first cannabis chocolate aphrodisiac on the market.”

The company tells consumers, “Get turned on like you never have before with this sensual blend of damiana, catuaba, muira puama, vanilla and other natural botanicals.” The chocolates contain 5 mg of both THC and CBD, which 1906 claims is specially formulated to work faster than traditional edibles, with users feeling the effects within 20 minutes.

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Another theory points to the way cannabis users walk, according to a study out of Australia, which is known for being inherently sexy. The study, released in the September issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, revealed long-term marijuana use may be “associated with long-lasting changes in open-chain elements of walking gait.”

The study goes on to explain that cannabis users display “increased angular velocity of the knee” and “reduced shoulder flexion” while walking.

Translation, I think:

While researchers weren’t necessarily looking at walking patterns as an indicator of sexual prowess, it could very well be a component in the formula for cannabis-infused sex.

Luckily, we’ve learned from examples of dogs using CBD that marijuana can combat hip problems later in life caused by changes in walking gait. So, keep strutting your stuff, stoners.

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