Legalizing Medical Weed Makes People Have More Sex
People living in the states where medical cannabis is legal are more likely to have sex, researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University say.
A new study, published in the Journal of Health Economics, found that sexual activity increased immediately after the enactment of medical cannabis laws.
But that is not the only effect. Researchers also found that following medical cannabis legalization, the use of contraceptives decreased, and birth rates increased as a result.
The study looked at the states that legalized cannabis for medicinal use from 2005 to 2014 and states that did not and then analyzed how legalization affected sexual activity, fertility and substance use among young people in their 20s and 30s.
In addition to a 4.3% increase in the likelihood of having sex at least once in the past month, researchers also registered a 2% growth in birth rates, or around 333 more births per quarter, as well as a decline in sales of condoms in states that allow medicinal use of cannabis.
The study’s authors believe that the “sensory effects of cannabis” change people’s attitude towards the consequences that may arise from sexual intercourse, such as pregnancy and STDs. These behavioral changes, or a more hedonistic attitude towards sex, lead to a decrease in the use of contraceptive methods, which in turn results in more births and possibly higher gonorrhea incidence, the study suggests.
Another thing the study uncovered was how cannabis use affects men and women in terms of sex drive. While high and low doses of weed increase sexual arousal among women, high doses of cannabis may lead to “a diminished libido” for men.