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.
To that end, Palamar and his colleagues recruited 24 heterosexual adults to take part in a series of in-depth interviews about prior sexual experiences that happened under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana. This isn’t a national sample by any means, and it’s not meant to be. Rather, the purpose was to obtain a rigorous qualitative assessment of the different effects of alcohol and marijuana on people’s sexual behaviors and to use this as a jumping-off point for future quantitative research.
1. Beer goggles are real.
“With weed I know who I’m waking up with. With drinking, you don’t know. Once you start drinking, everybody looks good,” a 34-year-old female said.
2. Drunk sex often leads to regret. Stoned sex typically doesn’t.
“I want to cook the person something to eat (after sex) when I’m high,” one male respondent said. “When I’m drunk, it’s like, ‘I’m out of here.’ Or get away from me.”
3. Drunk sex can make you sick. Stoned sex can make you distracted.
4. The pleasure is usually better on marijuana.
The study found that “alcohol tended to numb sensations and marijuana tended to enhance sensations.”
5. Drunk sex is riskier overall.