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Research: Cannabis & Sex

Liquid Life Research: Cannabis and Sex

Introductions and image by @SuperFunker.

1) Palamar (2018) offered an overview of previous research regarding sex and the use of Alcohol, Ecstasy and Cannabis.

Alcohol & Sex

  • Risky sexual behavior.
  • Multiple partners.
  • Unsafe situations.
  • Inconsistent condom use.
  • Negative health outcomes.
  • Increased sensation.
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection.

Ecstasy & Sex

  • Risky sexual behavior.
  • Multiple partners.
  • Inconsistent condom use.
  • Increased sensuality.
  • Delayed orgasm.
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection.

Cannabis & Sex

  • Risky sexual behavior.
  • Multiple partners.
  • Inconsistent condom use.
  • Increased arousal.
  • Increased sexual duration.
  • Enhanced orgasm.
  • Despite reports of increased arousal, one study suggested difficulty maintaining an erection.

In Palamar’s survey of 697 nightclub participants, 18 to 25 year old men and women were asked a series questions regarding sex and the use of Alcohol, Ecstasy and Cannabis.

Alcohol & Sex

  • Increased sexual extroversion.
  • Feeling more attractive.
  • Increased perception in attraction to others.
  • Increased feeling of self-acceptance.
  • Reduction in social anxiety.
  • Decreased inhibitions.
  • Increased sexual intensity.
  • Decreased in physical sensitivity.
  • Greater sexual duration.
  • Sexual dysfunction more often among men than women.
  • Regret after sex.

Ecstasy & Sex

  • Increased sexual extroversion.
  • Increased sexual intensity.
  • Greater sexual duration.
  • Greater sexual enjoyment.
  • More intense orgasms.
  • Increased orgasm frequency.
  • Increased sensuality.
  • Sexual dysfunction more often found among men than women.

Cannabis & Sex

  • Increased sexual extroversion, but less than Alcohol and Ecstasy.
  • Increased sexual intensity.
  • Greater sexual enjoyment.
  • More intense orgasms.

Title: "A comparison of self-reported sexual effects of alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy in a sample of young adult nightlife attendees."

Abstract
"Alcohol, marijuana, and ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine [MDMA], ‘Molly’) are among the most prevalent substances used by young adults; however, few studies have focused on the specific sexual effects associated with use. Examining subjective sexual effects (e.g. increased libido) associated with use can inform prevention efforts..."

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2) Sun (2017) analyzed survey data and found that the use of Cannabis is associated with an increase in sexual frequency.

Title: "Association Between Marijuana Use and Sexual Frequency in the United States: A Population-Based Study."

Abstract
Background
"Marijuana use is increasingly prevalent in the United States. Effects of marijuana use on sexual function are unclear, with contradictory reports..."

Aim
"To elucidate whether a relation between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists using a nationally representative sample..."

Methods
"We analyzed data from cycle 6 (2002), cycle 7 (2006–2010), and continuous survey (2011–2015) administrations of the National Survey of Family Growth, a nationally representative..."

Outcomes
"Sexual frequency within the 4 weeks preceding survey administration related to marijuana use and frequency..."

Results
"The results of 28,176 women (average age = 29.9 years) and 22,943 men (average age = 29.5) were analyzed. More than 60% of men and women were Caucasian, and 76.1% of men and 80.4% of women reported..."

Clinical Implications
"Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair..."

Strengths and Limitations
"Our study used a large well-controlled cohort and clearly defined end points to describe a novel association between marijuana use and sexual frequency..."

Conclusion
"A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups..."

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3) Baggio (2018) found that Cannabis use resulted in an increase in sexual frequency, multiple partners and an increase in birth rates.

Title: "Sex, Drugs, and Baby Booms: Can Behavior Overcome Biology?"

Abstract
"We study the behavioral changes due to marijuana consumption on fertility and its key mechanisms, as opposed to physiological changes. We can employ several large proprietary data sets, including the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Nielsen Retail Scanner database..."

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