Serious Research on the Differences Between Stoned Sex and Drunken Sex

Serious science confirms what you probably already knew.

A research project by Joseph Palamar and his colleagues at New York University set out to explore the differences between people’s sexual behaviors while using either marijuana or alcohol.  “Since the landscape is changing, and marijuana continues to increase in popularity, research is needed to continue to examine if and how marijuana use may influence risk for unsafe sexual behavior,” they write in the July issue of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Palamar recruited 24 heterosexual adults for a series of in-depth interviews about prior sexual experiences that happened under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana. The purpose of the study was to gather a qualitative assessment of the differing effects of alcohol and marijuana on people’s sexual behaviors and then use these findings as a basis for future quantitative research.

The top 5 observations the researchers drew from the interviews.

1. Beer goggles are definitely a real thing.

Respondents “overwhelmingly reported that alcohol use was more likely to (negatively) affect the partners they chose,” the study found. Men and women both reported that alcohol lowered their standards for who they slept with, in terms of character and appearance, but not as much after smoking marijuana.

Stoned sex was also more likely to occur with someone the participants already knew, like a boyfriend or girlfriend, whereas drunken sex was more likely to occur with strangers.


2. Drunk sex often leads to regret. Stoned sex typically doesn’t.

Makes sense if you’re banging ugly strangers.


3. Drunk sex can make you sick. Stoned sex can make you distracted.

Stoners sometimes had a difficult time focusing on sex while the drunks often had a hard time not throwing up.


4. The pleasure is usually better on marijuana.

“Alcohol tended to numb sensations and marijuana tended to enhance sensations.”  This “numbness” was associated with a longer duration of sex while drunk.

Ummm… “Whiskey Dick” anyone?

It “sometimes lasts too long, compared to when you’re high — it feels so great and it might be a little shorter,” said one female.

5. Drunk sex is riskier overall.

Basically, stoners are less likely to sleep with questionable strangers and forget to use protection.  I think we all pretty much suspected that.


Related:  Pot Smokers:  Are You Eating Mango Before Lighting Up?


Original article:  The Washington Post