How different drugs influence sexual pleasure

700 young people share their experiences

Alcohol, cannabis and ecstasy each have very different sexual effects, say addiction specialists, who have surveyed more than 700 young people attending US music festivals.

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Focusing on the specific sexual effects of the different substances, the researchers have found that compared with cannabis, alcohol and ecstasy are more strongly associated with certain heightened perceived sexual effects, including attraction, sexual desire and social outgoingness.

Increased attraction — both feeling more attractive and attraction to others — is most commonly