A recent study by the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University found that medical marijuana legalization seems to be encouraging people to engage more in sexual activities. The researchers also found that since medical marijuana policies were enacted, there has been a decrease in the consumption of contraceptives, and an increase in the number of children born.
To figure out how marijuana laws influence sexual activity in people, the researchers analyzed data collected between 1997 and 2011. The analyzed data included responses to questions about sexual activities and drug consumption. The poll asked the participants about their cannabis consumption and sex frequency.
After analyzing the data, the researchers found that there was a 4.3% increase in the likelihood of the respondents participating in sexual activities in the past one month once a medical marijuana law was enacted and an increase in sex immediately after the law change.
The change in marijuana laws caused a two percent increase in the number of births, which means that each quarter there are more than 684 births for all women who can bear children.
The authors wrote that the results of the analysis provide evidence of the fact that marijuana consumption has a significant, unplanned, and positive impact on the number of children born. The paper was published in the Journal of Health Economics in December 2019.
The researchers also touch on the sensory impact of marijuana. Weed consumption alters people’s attitudes towards risky behaviors, making them less concerned about the outcome of sexual activities, and this possibly results in the reduced use of contraceptives.
The alteration of people’s behaviors explains the reason behind increased birthrates when people have access to medical marijuana even though the study authors explained that weed has physiological effects that could cause a decrease in fertility.
The researchers further wrote that the increase in the birthrate might be attributed to the fact that behavioral factors can override the physiological effects of marijuana consumption.
The study concludes that the enactment of medical marijuana laws leads to increased sexual activity and reduced use of contraceptives amongst sexually active individuals. These behavioral responses may be due to the effects of enhanced attention on sexual contact after weed consumption and the willingness to participate in sexual activities as well as ignoring the outcome of engaging in any sexual activity.
Experts say that the stufy findings highlight the far-reaching benefits of marijuana that sector players like Willow Biosciences Inc. (CSE: WLLW) (OTCQB: CANSF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) hint at as they recommend the full legalization of pot.
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