Regular marijuana usage robs men of sexual highs
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Stoners may be trading sexual highs for the chemical kind. Males who smoke marijuana daily are four times more likely to have trouble reaching orgasm than men who don’t inhale, finds a new study of 8,656 Aussies.
Other smokers had the opposite problem, experiencing premature ejaculation at nearly three times the rate of non-smokers, find a team led by Marian Pitts at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Her team analysed data collected as part of a 2005 telephone survey of 16 to 64-year-olds. Overall, 8.7 per cent of respondents said they had gotten high in the last year, with twice as many men (11.2 per cent) admitting to marijuana use as women (6.1 per cent). People under 36 were more likely to smoke marijuana than older participants.
Even though many male smokers experienced sexual problems, they reported more partners than non-smokers. Marijuana users were twice as likely to have had two or more sex partners in the previous year than men who didn’t smoke pot.
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Pitts’ team found an even stronger trend for increased sexual activity among female smokers, who were also seven times more likely to have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the last year than non-smokers. However, female smokers had no more problems in the bedroom than abstainers, Pitts’ team found.
Her team’s results generally back up prior studies connecting increased promiscuity and sexual problems to marijuana use.
For instance, a 2007 study led by Marie Eloi-Stiven at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York found that marijuana users were far more likely than others to take sildenafil (Viagra) recreationally. This is presumably to counteract the perceived libido-sapping effects of marijuana, her team concluded.
However, the new study doesn’t establish a cause-effect relationship between marijuana and sexual performance, notes Sharon Johnson, an epidemiologist at the University of Missouri St. Louis, who has also found associations between drug use and sexual problems.
Many of the correlations between marijuana and sexual performance became apparent only after accounting for other factors, such as age, tobacco and alcohol use and occupation. “Why does it appear that the more marijuana you use the more sex difficulties you have,” Johnson asks. “There is a more complicated relationship out there somewhere.”Survey finds that frequent cannabis smokers have more sexual encounters, but are also more likely to find it difficult to reach orgasm or experience premature ejaculation
Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives
By Dennis Thompson
FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The old image of the “pothead” who’s too blissed out to make it in the bedroom may need revising.
New research contends that folks who frequently indulge in marijuana actually have better sex lives.
People who report daily pot use have sex more often than either occasional users or those who never touch the stuff, the researchers found.
“Compared to men and women who never used marijuana, women and men who reported daily use had sex about 20 percent more often,” said senior author Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery with the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.
The findings contradict earlier assumptions by Eisenberg and others that pot use could be related to sexual problems.
An increasing number of patients with erectile dysfunction had been asking him whether their marijuana use could be related to their bouts of impotence, Eisenberg said.
“Really, there isn’t a lot of research out there, so it’s hard to counsel them,” Eisenberg said. “I’ve kind of fallen back on counseling men on marijuana use the way I would on tobacco cigarette use — that it’s not good, it leads to vascular disease that can impair function.”
The question has gained importance as more states have moved to legalize marijuana. At this time, 29 states have declared marijuana legal for recreational or medicinal purposes, and estimates suggest that more than 22 million Americans use pot, the researchers said in background information.
To further explore the topic, Eisenberg and his colleagues analyzed data from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which included questions on marijuana use and frequency of sex. The researchers analyzed responses provided by more than 50,000 Americans aged 25 to 45.
They found that people who smoked pot had more active sex lives, and that the more often the marijuana use, the more frequently they had sex.
The results held across the board, at all age levels and regardless of other factors such as marital status and education, Eisenberg said.
That seems to indicate that the association can’t be explained away by saying that people with fewer inhibitions are likely to both smoke pot and engage frequently in sex, Eisenberg said.
“Really, across the board in every group we evaluated, we saw the same association,” Eisenberg said, although the study did not prove that pot use caused increased sexual activity.
But animal studies have shown that stimulating the brain’s cannabinoid receptors can lead to increased arousal and sexual behavior, Eisenberg said. And MRI scans of humans have shown that marijuana use activates the brain’s satisfaction or arousal centers.
Dr. Manish Vira, vice chair for urologic research with the Arthur Smith Institute for Urology in New York, agreed that the study “provides compelling evidence that at the very least, regular marijuana use is not associated with decreased sexual desire or performance.
“It is remarkable that these findings were consistent across various time points, socioeconomic strata and patient demographics,” Vira added.
But Eisenberg said he wouldn’t recommend marijuana as an aphrodisiac without further follow-up studies to confirm these findings.
“I wouldn’t counsel patients necessarily one way or the other based on this,” Eisenberg said. “I just think it’s reassuring that more marijuana use doesn’t necessarily inhibit sexual function.”
Vira also urged caution.
“While the results are very interesting, it’s premature to suggest that marijuana may have a medicinal use in the treatment of sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or orgasmic disorder,” Vira said.
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