Both alcohol and marijuana can have a negative impact on sexual encounters, although in different ways. Scientists have now compared how sexual experiences are influenced by the use of these two drugs and whether they lead to unsafe practices.
Many studies have in the past hinted that alcohol-use was a risk factor in unsafe sex. As marijuana becomes legal in a greater number of US states, and alcohol remains one of the most widely available psychoactive substances, researchers from New York University wanted to assess psychosocial and physical sexual experiences and sexual risk behaviour associated with these drugs.
The study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviors, suggests that both drugs lead to people losing inhibition and increase the likelihood of unsafe sexual encounters, but they come with different sets of physical and psychosocial problems.
Facilitating sex and regret
The scientists studied 24 adult participants who had recently engaged in