Medical marijuana legalization is resulting in extra intercourse

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A new study is one of the first to look at medical marijuana legislation and its impact on American residents

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Brendan Bures • • The fresh toast

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February 11, 2020 • • February 11, 2020 • • Read for 2 minutes To better understand the correlation, the researchers looked at US states that legalized medical cannabis between 2005 and 2014. To better understand the correlation, the researchers looked at US states that legalized medical cannabis between 2005 and 2014. Photo by Getty Images

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According to a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics, living in a state with legal medical marijuana could mean you are more likely to have sex. At first glance, this appears to be a thoroughly positive finding. However, researchers caution that such behavior has some drawbacks.

Previous studies have shown a link between cannabis use and increased sexual activity. A 2017 study found that marijuana users had 20% more sex every day than those who had never used cannabis. However, this more recent study is among the first to look at medical marijuana legislation and its impact on citizens.

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To better understand the correlation, the researchers examined states that legalized medical cannabis between 2005 and 2014. They then analyzed how the implementation of these laws affected the sexual frequency and fertility of people between the ages of 20 and 30. “We think so [medical marijuana laws] cause an increase in sexual activity, ”the researchers concluded.

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However, the study also found that medical marijuana laws lowered contraceptive use, which led to higher birth rates. In particular, states with new medical marijuana laws saw an average increase of 2%, meaning 333 more births per quarter. One blind spot in the study, says David Simon, study co-author and assistant in economics at the University of Connecticut, is that researchers couldn’t tell if these people were trying to get pregnant or if they simply forgot to use contraception .

“On the one hand, more of these births are occurring in unmarried partners, and we are seeing evidence of a temporary increase in gonorrhea after the medical marijuana laws were passed,” Simon told Yahoo Lifestyle. “This is in line with a story of ‘impaired judgment’.”

However, he added, “It is also possible that some of these births were due to a decrease in chronic pain and increased life satisfaction.”

The researchers also found that with the introduction of medical marijuana come new products to improve sexual wellbeing. Experts have mixed opinions on whether cannabis is a sexual aid, and some analysts suggest that high-CBD strains increase libido and sexual satisfaction more consistently than high-THC strains. A 2019 study concluded that cannabis increased sex drives in both men and women while increasing orgasms in both sexes.

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