A recent study in the Journal Of Sex Research found a link between alcohol consumption and reduced use of condoms. Here are two guesses from an ex-pothead as to why this finding turned up in a study of “1,856 sexual events reported by 297 first-year college women.” First, maybe the stoners are actually in relationships with these sexual partners, and made the mutual decision to forgo condoms. But more interestingly, the study found that college women who smoke marijuana are less likely to use condoms with established sexual partners. To be specific, they found that “when a woman has been dating a romantic partner for three months or more, marijuana use may increase the risk of unprotected sex.” The researchers didn’t hypothesize about this link between smoking pot and not using condoms, so we’re going to!Yes, I’m making a massive generalization here, but smoking weed in your dorm room and watching nature documentaries with that cute dude from down the hall is more likely to turn into a long-term thing than getting blackout drunk at the bar that doesn’t ID and making out with some stranger.Shared drug use make it really easy to slide into a relationship: first you’re texting them whenever you pick up, next thing you know you’re spending all your time together.I'm kind of outside myself, observing, instead of in it and in my head. And afterward, I feel like I'm more open to talking about something that happened or something that I liked.Alcohol for me is definitely a depressive experience.
If you’ve been sleeping with someone for three months and you’re kind of stoned, you might be less likely to insist on that condom than if you’re kind of drunk. Are you getting a little lazy with your condom use?
I used to have so much fun when I drank, and now it's just not that fun anymore.
When I smoke, I like who I am a little bit more, and I'm able to express myself better." – Kristin, start-up founder, NYCThe Third Wheel"I was dating this guy who was otherwise very sweet and wonderful, but there was an addiction issue.
Just like I do yoga and he rides bikes, it's just another thing. He packs bowls for me — he's the organizer of all the weed stuff, and I just smoke it.
My boyfriend is an engineer for a tech start-up, and I run my own business as a web designer.