Posted on: November 2, 2017
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine examined data from 50,000 Americans aged 25 to 45, from an earlier national research project. The results were published in Journal of Sexual Medicine. The participants of the research project had to indicate how often they had sex in the last four weeks and how often they had smoked marijuana in the past year. Female marijuana users who used the drug daily had an average of 7.1 times sex in the past four weeks. Six people who did not smoke marijuana came out on an average of six times intercourse.
In the case of men, the researchers found a similar difference. Men who smoke marijuana daily had an average of 6.9 times sex, compared to 5.6 times in the non-users group. Based on data from the 50,000 Americans, it can be concluded that marijuana users have 20 percent more sex than people who do not smoke the drug, reports the researchers.
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The study doesn’t establish a causal connection between marijuana use and sexual activity. But the results hint at it. “The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races, ages, education levels, income groups and religions, every health status, whether they were married or single and whether or not they had kids.”
In the Netherlands, just 1.2 % of the eighteen-year-olds smoke daily, according to Jellinek figures. 21.1% has used the drug and 4.2% indicates it has been used once or several times in the past month.
The Dutch Lifestyle Monitor was launched in 2014, a survey by the Dutch Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in collaboration with the RIVM (Dutch Health Ministry) and, among others, the Trimbos Institute (Dutch knowledge institute for mental heatlh and addiction). This monitor also looks at the use of alcohol and drugs among the general population. In 2015, 21.1% of the ages 18 and over have ever used marijuana in their life.
Every four years research is done into the use of alcohol and drugs among pupils in the Netherlands. Of the pupils who are between 12 and 16 years old, 4.9% has smoked marijuana in the last month. Of the 15-year-old students, 8.5% have smoked marijuana in the last month. A quarter of all 15-year-old students smoke more than 9 times a month.