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  • The stereotype of a weed smoker is that they are lazy and can't be bothered to do anything. This includes sex.
  • However, according to recent research, this isn't true at all.
  • In fact, people who use cannabis reported having more sex.
  • A separate study found that women who used marijuana before sex found it more enjoyable.

A common stereotype is that smoking weed makes you lazy. The image of a "stoner" is often portrayed as someone who sits around, snacking on junk food, and is too languid to do anything — including have sex.

But scientific research has pushed back on this cliché. According to one study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine last year, marijuana use is associated with increased sexual frequency. In other words, people who used cannabis had more sex than those who didn't — as much as 20% more.

The team from Stanford University in California analysed data from over 28,000 women and 22,000 men who were surveyed by the Center for Disease Control. Results showed there was no basis in the idea that cannabis reduces your libido, as there was no link between its use and impaired sexual function.

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"Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” said Michael Eisenberg, the senior author of the study and assistant professor of urology at Stanford, in a statement.

He continued to say the study doesn't establish a causal connection between marijuana and sex — that is, that smoking marijuana makes you want it more. 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," he said.

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