If you don’t want to regret having sex the morning after (or later that day, once you’ve sobered up—we’re not here to judge), you might want to consider changing your vice.
A new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found that people who get high and have sex are less remorseful—about both the act, their behaviour, and their partner choice—than drunk people.
The study looked specifically at marijuana as a vice, so we’re not talking about synthetic stuff like ecstasy or cocaine (though perhaps that’s a phase two for this research team).
And these findings couldn’t come at a better time in the world of weed. Though still not legal in Canada, the social stigma around marijuana has diminished considerably, even in the last year alone. (What’s good, Trudeau!)
“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,” wrote Joseph Palamar and his colleagues at New York University.
Booze, on the other hand, made people feel more outgoing at the time (thus more likely to chat with potential new partners at a party), but lowered their standards considerably. Nearly all of the 24 heterosexual people (more research is surely needed, due to this small group) polled said they made bad life choices when drinking, but had a much clearer head when stoned.
“Both males and females commonly reported that regret, shame, and embarrassment were associated with alcohol use, but this was rarely reported for marijuana,” the study wrote.
So, yeah, beer goggles? They’re a real thing!
Not to mention, with booze, people tended to feel physically worse during and after sex. “Nausea, dizziness, feeling sick (and vomiting), and blacking out were commonly reported to be associated with alcohol use,” the study found.
Whereas with weed, people were more inquisitive (like, what’s the meaning of sex, man? What does this all mean?!), or sometimes lazy. Or hungry. Often hungry.
So, there are clearly ups and downs to both forms of escapism during sex. And while we’re certainly not telling you to pick up a new vice, if you already drink and use pot, perhaps rolling a joint instead of cracking a beer will make you feel better about your life decisions. Or, you could always stick to the old fashioned way: sober sex. Because that feels pretty damn great, too.