If you were to compare the lazy haze of a weed-fueled hookup to the more frantic flashes of boozy sex, would you have a preference? A new study out of New York University suggest most people would.
The study itself was limited in size—only 24 heterosexual individuals ages 18-to-35 were interviewed—but highly detailed in the information gathered. All said, their personal experiences support popular assumptions about sex on alcohol and sex on weed.
After inebriated sex, people are more likely to regret their decisions than after high sex, mainly because they chose partners they wouldn't normally choose or made riskier-than-normal decisions, like not using a condom or going outside their comfort zones. Female participants also reported a heightened sense of shame. Drunk sex led to more aggressive behavior, especially in men, and high sex was more passionate and intimate. Further, high sex was frankly better, heightening sensation instead of dulling it, and smokers were less focused on reaching a climax—you can interpret that as you will.
The findings lean towards limiting the booze on date nights and, of course, practicing safer, less risky sex after drinking. They also bring up the issue of consent. Legally, adults are not able to consent to sex if they are drunk, and sex without consent is rape. Less often discussed is the issue of consent under the influence of marijuana. A person cannot consent if they are impaired beyond the point of understanding their decisions. This, of course, is a wobbly, subjective line, and as marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, there is little precedent.
But, with studies like this that lessen the taboo surrounding weed—and sex and weed—that's a discussion that should open up, and soon.
From: Esquire US.