Marijuana Use and Sexual Health – How Lighting Up Keeps a Man Down

March 19, 2017

In recent years, one state has followed another in relaxing its laws concerning marijuana use – and in some cases, even production. Use of weed for medical purposes is also an ongoing topic in the media, with multiple benefits cited ranging from pain relief to anti-seizure properties. With all of the press it receives, there is a tendency to look at the positive aspects of smoking pot, but recent research also points to evidence that it may have a negative effect on men’s sexual health. These effects are discussed here, along with some tips for ongoing penis care that may help to promote healthy penile tissue.

The sexual benefits of marijuana use, according to users…

Anecdotal evidence from users indicates that men who use marijuana before their sexual encounters are able to go longer and experience intense pleasure during the act. As with other mind-altering substances, cannabinoids may also help to reduce inhibitions, making men feel more confident about initiating an encounter. A small number of studies seem to support the idea that marijuana may serve as an erectile aid; however, these studies have not been confirmed, and many of them have been criticized due to flaws in their scientific approach.

The risks and negative sexual health effects…

1. Loss of erectile function – In the January, 2011 issue of the Sexual Health Journal, researcher Rany Shamloul detailed his study concerning the effects of marijuana on the erectile tissue. His work was especially important due to the fact that prior studies concerning ED and marijuana were generally based on anecdotal evidence from the study participants; in other words, the results were based on answers to a survey, rather than on actual physical testing of the subjects. In Shamloul’s study, he found that the molecules in cannabis had an inhibiting effect on the nerve receptors in the penis, essentially switching off their ability to trigger an erection.

2. An additional factor concerning marijuana and sex lies in the fact that the substance has a demotivating, relaxing effect. Men who are high often lack the interest or urge to have sex.

3. Delayed ejaculation and pain during intercourse have also been reported in the research.

4. Finally, as with other recreational substances, including alcohol, marijuana use tends to lead to a suspension of judgment and increased risk-taking behavior, leading users to engage in intimacy with multiple partners, or with people they do not know well, leading to a greater risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

While the research on the issue is not yet conclusive, it is clear that sexual health should be given consideration by men who are contemplating lighting up. Men who experience any of the problems discussed here should see their doctor for advise and treatment.

Penis health care for every man…

Whether men use recreational substances or not, appropriate care of the penis is needed in order to ensure that it can function properly. Good nutrition is the first step; like the rest of the body, the penile tissue requires the right blend of nutrients to reproduce itself, repair itself after damage, and maintain its metabolic functions.

As the body works to deal with the chemicals that are introduced by marijuana smoking, many of these nutrients may be diverted from the penis, reducing its ability to function normally. In addition, smoking any substance tends to have a dehydrating effect, and the loss of moisture can lead to a dry, less responsive penis.

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