Marijuana is not to blame for your erectile dysfunction, Don Juan stoners. A recent research review suggests the root of your sexual problems is probably not from smoking pot. Before you puff your way into the sack, to be clear there is very little research on this topic at all. The authors of the review concluded more research was needed to explore the effects of pot on sex drive.
suffer from erectile dysfunction and the problem is on the rise (no pun intended). There are a variety of reasons the problem is growing, mostly because we”re simply living longer. Plus, as we age we keep popping other pharmaceutical drugs to keep us “healthy.” The pills men are popping to combat depression, high blood pressure and balding are having a direct impact on the love organ. Indeed, a recent story suggests the may cause sexual dysfunction.
It would make sense that since other drugs have an impact on sexual functioning, pot may as well. However, according to one large study involving 4,350 men who were screened for use of pot and its sexual effects, “The authors report no link between frequency of cannabis use and trouble keeping an erection.” As many studies have failed to find an association between pot smoking and sexual problems, there have been studies that have tried to prove the reverse. Indeed, in 1970, one research study concluded “Cannabis use intensiﬁed sexual arousal, increased sexual thoughts, and prolonged sexual performance.” Since pot is a mind-altering drug, some people could very well enjoy sex more while stoned.
The problem with most of the research was that it was based on self-reports. Most of the studies were small and involved animals not humans. There is no way to determine whether the specific cause for erectile dysfunction alone is smoking pot or because of myriad other reasons. Basically what the researchers concluded was after looking at all of the evidence, most of the studies suggest that pot does not cause erectile dysfunction.
Either way fellas, if you are concerned about your sexual problems consider trying a natural aphrodisiac: Yohimbine, an extract of West African yohim trees, is prescribed to dilate pupils and is approved by the FDA for this purpose. It was also a precursor to today’s erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs.