Sexual activity for persons aged between 20 and 30 significantly increases when they are prescribed with medical marijuana – a new study published in Journal of Health Economics say.
David Simon, PhD, co-author of the study and an assistant professor in the department of economics at the University of Connecticut says that because marijuana “treats chronic pain, improves life satisfaction, and decreases opioid abuse, it could result in heightened libidos/improved sex life.”
In 2010, Rwanda legalised the use of marijuana and other drugs for medical purposes- This adjustment is protected in a law governing drugs, psychotropic substances, and precursors.
“The objective of this law is to contribute to the protection of the population while ensuring that drugs and psychotropic substances are exclusively available for scientific and medical purposes,” Rwanda government said at the time of tabling the bill ten years ago.
According to details of this study, researchers in the United States, looked at states that have between 2005 and 2014 implemented medical marijuana laws and states that did not.
They investigated how these policies might have influenced sexual activity and fertility in people in their 20s and 30s.
Their findings were startling; It was found that medical marijuana laws were responsible for an increase in sexual activity.
However, this study also discovered that cannabis use may make people less likely to use contraception, which can, in turn, contribute to higher birth rates.
How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Sex life?
These scientists discovered that marijuana “heightens sensory perception, increases relaxation, reduces stress and diminishes anxiety”. They also said that “enhanced senses may contribute to an increase in sexual activity.”
According to author of this report David Simon, “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.”
He explains that both high and low doses of marijuana are associated with 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,” Simons points out that “higher doses may lead to a diminished libido.”
This team of researchers argues that while marijuana may pave the way for a more relaxing sexual experience, it’s not without some consequences.
In this study, researchers found that contraception use, including condom sales, went down in states that allow medical marijuana, while birth rates went up — specifically, a mean increase of 2%, which translates to about 333 more births per quarter, according to the study.
“To the degree that marijuana impairs judgement or limits communication between partners, marijuana use could cause a decrease in contraceptives that might result in unplanned pregnancies or the spread of STDs,” Simon.
Simon says he and his fellow researchers can’t say for sure whether people in the study who didn’t use contraception were intentionally trying to get pregnant or whether they forgot or didn’t bother to use protection.
“On one hand, more of these births occur to non-married partners and we find suggestive evidence of a temporary increase in gonorrhea following the passage of medical marijuana laws,” he says. “This is consistent with a story of ‘impaired judgement.’”
Simon says that one of the “spillover effects” of legalizing marijuana is increased sex and fertility, which can be both positive and problematic.