"The findings suggest that men are self-medicating with cannabis to delay orgasm," explains Prof. Anthony Smith of La Trobe Universitys Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.
His study of 8,656 Australians also indicated that despite these sexual issues, cannabis smokers actually have more sexual partners than non-smokers. "Marijuana users were twice as likely to have had two or more sex partners in the previous year than men who didn't smoke cannabis," says Smith.
That makes sense to me. Smoking weed does, after all, heighten the senses. Not only does stoned sex feel amazing, but ordinary foods taste incredible and a stupid movie may seem like the funniest thing you've ever seen. No wonder cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the world, with about 147 million people using it each year.
That being said, however, it can also turn a rather intelligent person into a blathering idiot. It is understandable, then, that, as Professor Smith points out, marijuana use can also be linked to earlier sexual activity, having many sex partners, inconsistent contraceptive use and higher rates of sexually transmitted infection.
The study's findings will be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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