If you’ve ever smoked weed, you are familiar with its effects, which include a sense of relaxation, increased laughter, the munchies, some level of pain relief, and apparently, it can even enhance your workout (though, that’s debatable if you ask me). What’s more, researchers who study cannabis have connected the drug to a heightened sex drive. While a lot of pot smokers will tell you that it’s a natural aphrodisiac, the scientific evidence has been shaky at best—until now. A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that people who smoke marijuana at least once a day have approximately 20 percent more sex than those who don’t smoke at all.
To reach their findings, researchers at Stanford University pulled data together from an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, which looked at roughly 50,000 people, age 25 to 45, from 2002 to 2015. In analyzing the connection between how often these individuals smoked the silly grass and got frisky, they found that women who consumed marijuana daily had sex an average of 7.1 times a month while those who did not use marijuana had sex an average of 6 times a month. Men who smoked the stuff got busy about 6.9 times a month, and non-using men had sex an average of 5.6 times.
While the study doesn’t totally prove causality, since there are other variables that could come into play to increase an individual’s sexual appetite, such as personality traits and behavior tendencies, the researchers did factor in important attributes such as race, religion, age, education, socioeconomic income, and marital and parental status. Among all demographics and ethnic groups, a positive association was found.
“From a physician’s point of view, this study is interesting because it implies something we already know anecdotally and confirms what has been seen in other studies: that cannabis is likely good for sex,” says Jordan Tishler, MD, a leading expert in medical cannabis therapeutics and cannabis and sex specialist based in MA. “The implication, though not proven here, is that cannabis can be used for those who are having difficulty with sexuality.” In fact, he says he sees this in his practice all the time.
While more research needs to be done before doctors start writing marijuana prescriptions for cannabis-coitus, it’s worth noting that a quick toke might give you that boost in the bedroom you’ve been looking for.