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New research points to the impact of marijuana on intimacy in relationships

Having intimacy problems with your partner?

According to new research, using marijuana together can increase the likelihood of intimacy.

The study, “Marijuana Use Episodes and Partner Intimacy Experiences” suggests that shared cannabis experience between couples bring them closer together… in moderation, of course.

Couples who use cannabis together are more intimate

The researchers aimed to investigate whether or not cannabis-use bring any positive experience for couples.

Scientists from the University of Buffalo and the University of Houston studied 183 heterosexual couples. All the couples were regular marijuana users, who used cannabis at least twice a week.

Couples were asked to use a mobile app to note every time they used marijuana or engaged in intimacy with their significant other.

Questions included something like this:

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“At any time yesterday, did you have an interaction or meaningful conversation with your partner that involved intimacy, love, caring, or support?”

What they found was interesting:

Couples were more likely to engage in more intimate activities within two hours of cannabis use. 

This remained the case when both or even just one partner used marijuana. Cannabis use was once every two days during the period of this experiment

The researchers, therefore, concluded that cannabis was a positive contributor to each couple’s intimacy.

They concluded:

“The robust positive effects of using marijuana with one’s partner on intimacy events may serve to reinforce continued couple use and explain the positive effects of concordant substance use on relationship functioning over time.”

Previous research shows cannabis use boosts sex lives, too.

This isn’t the first study linking marijuana to positive relationships between partners.

Other studies have also shown that cannabis use promotes better sexual intimacy in couples.

A study from Stanford University analyzed data from the  U.S. government’s National Survey of Family Growth. They wanted to find out if marijuana use had any effects on sexual frequency.

Researchers found:

“An overall trend for men and women was identified showing that higher marijuana use was associated with increased coital frequency. And it does not appear to impair function.”

According to Dr. Michael Eisenberg, the study’s senior author:

“What we found was compared to never-users, those who reported daily use had about 20 percent more sex. So over the course of a year, they’re having sex maybe 20 more times.”


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Using data from roughly 50,000 people, Dr. Eisenberg and his team studied, and even compared marijuana use with sex, while considering all factors like alcohol or cocaine use, age, religion or children.

They found that even with such factors, people who used marijuana still had more sex than those who don’t.

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Dr. Eisenberg adds:

“It was pretty much every group we studied, this pattern persisted.”

People who use marijuana are more likely to be open when it comes to sex

However, experts argue that people who use marijuana have the type of personality that is more open towards sex.

These studies may not prove marijuana’s contributing impact to higher sex drive.

According to Mitch Earleywine, a psychologist at the University at Albany:

“In some surveys, we saw that people who used cannabis did have sex more, but it seemed to be mediated by this personality type that’s willing to try new things or look for thrills.”

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However, it can’t be denied that weed heightens emotions, which is likely why people who use it are more intimate.

Earleywine adds:

“It gets people to appreciate the moment more anyway.

“They like food more, find humor in things more easily, so it wouldn’t be stunning to think they would enjoy sex more.”

Should you consider using cannabis to improve your sexual health and intimacy?

The verdict?

Nothing is written in stone. But it seems it can’t hurt.

Researchers even concluded:

“A positive association between marijuana use and sexual frequency is seen in men and women across all demographic groups. Although reassuring, the effects of marijuana use on sexual function warrant further study.”

Dr. Eisenberg adds:

.”One question my patients always have is will smoking marijuana frequently negatively impact my sexual function?

“We don’t want people to smoke to improve sexual function, but it probably doesn’t hurt things.”

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Written by Genefe Navilon

Genefe Navilon is a writer, poet, and blogger. She graduated with a degree in Mass Communications at the University of San Jose Recoletos. Her poetry blog, Letters To The Sea, currently has 18,000 followers. Her work has been published in different websites and poetry book anthologies. She divides her time between traveling, writing, and working on her debut poetry book.

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