On this, April 20, the day that will live in high school morning announcement joke infamy, it’s a good time to revisit the age-old debate. Which makes sex better? Alcohol or weed?
Callie Little over at Vice took an in-depth look into high sex and drunk sex, asking experts to weigh in.
Like pretty much everything else involving sex, it all comes down to consent, Little reports, and making sure that both alcohol or weed are used responsibly in a way that allows all parties involved to be aware of what’s going on and agree to it.
Here are some other fun facts we learned from the article:
1. Everything in moderation
It’s certainly not breaking news to say that while reasonable amounts of alcohol or marijuana could enhance your time with a partner, too much definitely can have the opposite effect, like putting you to sleep or the dreaded whiskey dick.
2. People are more likely to skip condoms when drunk than when they’re high
There have actually been around 30 to 40 studies looking into this, according to Matthew Wayne Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins. He tells Vice that while most research show that alcohol use leads to less condom use, only one study specifically looked at cannabis use in this context and found that it may have led to a decrease in risky behavior (like having unprotected sex).
3. It was hard to find someone to speak on benefits of alcohol and sex
Only one professional — a certified sexual assault and violence intervention counselor — was willing to go on the record touting any positive aspects of mixing alcohol and sex, but with major caveats. The potential upside is that alcohol can loosen inhibitions, but at the same time, might be something to avoid if you’re looking for a deeper connection with someone, Little writes on Vice.
The bottom line is that no matter how you decide to celebrate 4/20, if it involves sex, make sure it’s enthusiastically consensual, regardless of the substances involved.