Cannabis smokers have about 20 percent more sex than those who don’t smoke weed, an American study has revealed.
For the study, participants were asked how many times they had had heterosexual intercourse in the past four weeks and how frequently they had smoked marijuana over the past 12 months.
And the findings, published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, revealed something surprising about those who indulge in smoking up — pot users have about 20% more sex than those who do not use it.
“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, Assistant Professor of Urology at Stanford University School of Medicine in the US.
“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,” Eisenberg added.
To reach an exact determination of marijuana’s effect on intercourse frequency, the researchers turned to the US National Survey of Family Growth, sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The researchers reached the conclusion after a retrospective analysis of data on 50,000 Americans ages 25 to 45, compiled between 2002 and 2015 by the National Survey of Family Growth. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsors the survey.
Researchers found that women who were daily pot users had had sex an average of 7.1 times in the previous four weeks, compared with 6.0 times reported by those who denied using marijuana in the past year. Among men, daily users reported 6.9 times compared with 5.6 for non-users.
“In other words, pot users are having about 20% more sex than pot abstainers,” said Eisenberg. Given that the average couple had sex about once a week, he said, smoking marijuana could add up to 20 more instances of intercourse each year.
However, he cautioned that the study should not be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link.
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Drinking 3 cups of coffee or tea daily may keep stroke risk at bay
KATHMANDU — There have been several conflicting studies on the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea and their various varieties. But drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea in a day is safe because it reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, according to a new study published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.
Coffee has previously been believed to worsen abnormal heart rhythms, as doctors generally discourage patients suffering from the condition. However, the results of this particular study say that a daily consumption of upto 300 mg of caffeine may be safe for arrhythmic patients.
This is because the caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and blocks the effect of adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical which causes Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).
A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes AFib.
AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes.
“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.
But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” he added.
A meta-analysis of 228,465 participants showed that AFib frequency decreasing by 6 per cent in regular coffee drinkers, and an analysis of 115,993 patients showed a 13 per cent reduced risk.
Another study of 103 post-heart attack patients who received an average of 353 mg of caffeine a day showed improvement in heart rate and no significant arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms, that cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly.
However, in two studies, where patients drank at least 10 cups and nine cups of coffee per day, showed an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) – a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly.
On the other hand, patients with pre-existing heart conditions who consumed two or more energy drinks — that contains concentrated caffeine — per day reported palpitations within 24 hours.
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