According to a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics, people in states were Marijuana has been legalized are more active in sex than in those that are not.
Researchers that carried out the study looked at states where medical marijuana laws have been implemented between 2005 and 2014 and state that did not, and then analyzed how these policies might have influenced sexual activity and fertility in people in their 20s and 30s. Discovering that medical marijuana laws are linked with a rise in sexual activity. But there’s also a serious downside to it, as the same study discovered that cannabis use may make people less likely to use contraception, which can, in turn, contribute to higher birth rates.
Explaining how this works, the researchers said that marijuana’s ability to “enhance Senses” could lead to high sexual activity.
“heightens sensory perception, increases relaxation, reduces stress and diminishes anxiety,” adding that “enhanced senses may contribute to an increase in sexual activity.” making reference to previous research.
“Marijuana treats chronic pain, improves life satisfaction, and decreases opioid abuse, it could result in heightened libidos/improved sex life.” According to David Simon, Ph.D., co-author of the study and an assistant professor in the department of economics at the University of Connecticut.
He went on to state that the liberalization of marihuana laws could have both up and down effects in the sexual lives of its users.
“With the liberalization of marijuana laws there has been an increase in cannabis-based products designed to improve sexual wellness, including products that help remove anxiety or pain associated with sex, but an increase in women’s desire to be sexually active. However, it’s a bit of a mixed bag for men. While “low levels of cannabis use are associated with increased reported sexual arousal in men,” going on to indicate that “higher doses may lead to a diminished libido.”
The study also reveals that as a result of an increase in sexual activity, birth rates and STDs like HIV and AIDS may increase as the use of control pills and condoms decreases as a result.