As the cannabis industry continues to emerge from your local dealer’s hippie den in mom’s basement to the modern showrooms of today’s more progressive dispensaries, many stigmas have begun to dissipate in regard to cannabis and its place in our society.

For instance, ‘lazy stoner’ portrayals in cinema have become increasingly out of touch with the reality of today’s average cannabis user, the ‘Gateway Drug’ theory has been disproven, and the myth that cannabis decreases sexual desire and/or lowers male users’ sperm count is also untrue according to a recent study by investigators at Stanford University School of Medicine.

The study examined approximately 50,000 participants between the ages of 25 and 45 years old, and found that both male and female cannabis users had more frequent intercourse than cannabis abstainers -- about 20 percent more to be exact. Female daily cannabis users average 7.1 instances of intercouse every 4 weeks, whereas non-users clock in at 6 times; male daily users get lucky 6.9 times in that same time frame, while non-users average 5.6.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” said the study’s senior author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology, via Stanford’s website. “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.”

This lends further credence to a May 2016 study from Czech researchers that concluded cannabis may be an effective treatment for a low sex drive, as “cannabis intoxication increases activation of the right nucleus accumbens to erotic stimuli” in certain users. A January 2017 study from St. Louis University went even further, gathering that most female cannabis users reported increased sex drive, more pleasurable orgasms, and a better overall sexual experience. This included an astounding 83 percent of women surveyed reporting decreased pain during intercourse.

In regard to the popularized myth often referenced by staunch detractors that cannabis decreases sperm count in male users, recent studies have shown that, in fact, quite the opposite is true. According to HERB, CBD-rich medicine has shown to help activate the CB2 receptor, which in turn assists in increasing sperm production -- thus debunking the long-held misconception that cannabis use leads to lower sperm count. ScienceDaily adds that the study suggests “a tight balance of CB2 activation is required for the proper progression of spermatogenesis.”

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