Chapter 4: Does depression mediate the effect of sexual compulsivity in sexual risk behavior among Cannabis users in Nigeria? by Benjamin O. Olley. Damilola Oladele & Olujide A Adekeye
Cannabis use with prevalence ranging from 0.4% of a national survey (Gureje et al, 2007; to 84% among hospital clientele (Bembo; 1988), continue to be on the increase and therefore‘ an attraction for empirical studies for behavioral scientist.
Undoubtedly, evidence of a robust association between substance use and sexual risk behavior is replete in the literature (Elkington, Bauermeister, & Zimmerman, 2010), but the role of daily cannabis consumption in sexual risk behaviors, particularly among the tertiary students remain unclear.
Cannabis has an aphrodisiac-like effect on sexual pleasure enhancement, increase sexual desire (Nkhansah-Amankra et al., 2011), frequent sexual activity and corresponding increase number of sexual partners among users (Floyd &
Latimer, 2010; Howard & Wang, 2004; Morrison-Beedy et al., 2011; van Gelder et al., 2011)). High intoxication of cannabis impairs.judgment; suppress inhibition,
reducing perception of risk, and/or heightening desire (Elkington, Bauermeister, & Zimmerman, 2010), thereby inducing sexual compulsivity and activities (Howard
& Wang, 2004). Though other research has failed to establish a link between unprotected sex and substance use (Floyd & Latimer, 2010; Hair, Park, Ling, & Moore, 2009; Hensel et al., 2011), evidence remain overwhelming of the linkage between substances use with multiple partners include marijuana (Floyd & Latimer, 2010; Howard &Wang, 2004; Morrison-Beecly et al., 2011; van Gelder et al., 2011), cocaine (van Gelder et al., 2011), and methamphetamine (Springer et al., 2007).