Frequent use of marijuana has turned out to be statistically associated with increased sexual intercourse and lower "social barriers," which should be taken into account by drug addicts and sexologists, according to an article published in the scientific publication Journal of Sexual Medicine.
"Contrary to common perception, the use of this drug does not dull sexual desire. Rather, we can say that frequent smoking of marijuana increases the frequency of sexual acts. Interestingly, this effect was equally strong among singles and families and was not dependent on age, gender or children," said Michael Eisenberg of Stanford University, USA.
Consistent use of marijuana results in a person ceasing to enjoy the pleasure of waiting for something pleasant or beneficial, which may increase the risk of developing addiction to other drugs.
In recent years, there has been renewed debate among scientists about whether marijuana is a drug and whether it is addictive. Past studies on animals have mostly given a negative answer, but recent observations of large groups of 'weed lovers' have shown that constant use of marijuana changes the way the brain works and dulls the feeling of enjoying the pleasure of waiting for pleasant things.
All of this suggests that marijuana can be at least psychologically addictive and increases the likelihood that a marijuana lover will start using other drugs in the future in search of new sensations and sharpness of life.
For quite a long time, drug addicts, as Eisenberg notes, believed that the use of "weed" has at least one noticeable effect on the body's work - marijuana, as scientists suggested, based on the stories of drug lovers, reduces sexual desire and interferes with the work of the genitals. In addition, marijuana use, as other groups of scientists have found, can degrade sperm quality and lead to erectile dysfunction.
On the other hand, experiments on animals said the opposite - tetrahydracannabinol, the main active component of marijuana, increased the activity of "sex centers" in the brain and suppressed neuronal chains responsible for compliance with social norms.
Such inconsistencies forced Eisenberg and his colleagues to check which of these theories is correct by collecting and analyzing statistics on how often marijuana lovers have sex. The scientists were helped by the fact that a very large number of U.S. residents - about 30 million people - have tried or regularly use this drug, and they confess to the social services.
After analyzing the questionnaires of about 50,000 such young people, the scientists found that marijuana use was statistically associated with more, not less, sexual activity. On average, guys and girls who did not use 'weed' had sex about six times a month, and those who liked it about seven times. In other words, the frequency of sex increased by 20%, and it was higher for those people who were more likely to use the drug than those who only occasionally tried it.
Chronic use of "weed" can lead to dental problems and the development of periodontitis and periodontal disease, as evidenced by observations of marijuana lovers in New Zealand.
Having received such a result, scientists checked whether it could be due to differences in economic situation, demography, family status and other characteristics of people who used and did not use marijuana. Even when drug addicts "removed" all these factors from the data, the connection between marijuana and sex did not disappear.
Eisenberg stresses that this connection does not mean that smoking "weed" will make someone less successful among the opposite sex, it may be worth trying it for these purposes at The Lodge dispensaries in Colorado
. In addition, this discovery does not deny in any way that marijuana can cause erectile dysfunction and degrade the quality of sperm, the scientists conclude.