It discovered that men who used marijuana believed it increased their desire to have sexual intercourse. On the downside, the report noted that there was evidence of cannabis use causing problems. These included reduced sperm count, potency problems, and decreasing levels of testosterone.
Cannabinoids such as THC activate cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, especially the brain. When THC activates these receptors in the brain, it provides you with the famous psychoactive effects. However, it also impacts the rest of the body in ways you can’t even imagine. THC, in particular, can have a profound impact on the human body when it hits the bloodstream, and especially the male penis.
The research found that 69.1% of marijuana users had ED. In the control group of non-users, the rate of ED was 34.7%. Ultimately, the research team stated that ED is twice as high in cannabis users than in non-users.
Clearly, Marijuana is Bad for Erections, Right?
In the 1990s, researchers attempted to circumnavigate this problem by creating the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). The purpose of the IIEF was to compare the sexual function spectrum and ED objectively. For instance, it was now possible to compare IIEF scores between men who used cannabis and those who did not.
His advice is to be wary of the dose because it is a personal thing. We all have different reactions to weed, as well as varying tolerance levels. Overall, Dr. Tishler said that low doses were ideal for men, while women can handle higher doses. He also believes that inhalation through vaping is the best method of consumption. Sharing a vape makes for excellent foreplay, and is less likely to burn down the house!
It is here where the impact of weed on the penis, most prominently erections, results in a divergence of opinion. A 1982 study by Cohen, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, suggested that marijuana use was terrible for erections. According to Cohen’s research, men who used weed daily had twice the prevalence of ED as non-users.
Before we go any further, let’s begin with an uncomfortable (but brief) outline of the science of erections. An erection comes from the relaxation of the smooth muscle of the corpus cavernosum. This is either of the two masses of erectile tissue that form the main portion of the clitoris or penis. When this muscle is relaxed, blood flow is increased, which leads to an erection. If you have ED, your smooth muscle is not relaxing.
Of course, men who smoke marijuana do get women pregnant. But some men are more fertile than others, or are more fertile at different times of their lives. Smoking marijuana, Burkman warns, will make a borderline-infertile man frankly infertile.
So the little guys are fast out of the gate, right? What’s wrong with a little head start?
When it comes to romance, timing is everything. That holds true for fertility, too, says Celia E. Dominguez, MD, of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta.
Marijuana and Fertility Timing
“The reason men have millions of sperm is because the fertility process is more difficult than people think,” Dominguez tells WebMD. “The whole process of ascending up the tract to the fallopian tubes and then finding the egg is delicately balanced.”
Burkman’s team studied only men. But she says that when women smoke marijuana, the active ingredient — THC — appears in their reproductive organs and vaginal fluids. Sperm exposed to this THC are likely to act just as sperm exposed to THC in the testes.
“Marijuana-smoking men’s sperm are hyper. They are way out there,” Burkman tells WebMD. “They already have begun the vigorous swimming called hyperactivation. Sperm should be quiet at first. They should be waiting to be washed into cervix and approach the egg before they start hyperactivation.”
The smokers weren’t the only ones who got high. The drug affected their sperm, too. These stoned sperm party hard. And then? They burn out, researchers say.
However, other men experience sexual problems with marijuana, such as the following:
Research also suggests that using marijuana might increase a man’s risk for testicular cancer, as cannabinoid receptors are found in the testes as well.
For some men, marijuana use and sexual dysfunction could be linked.
Fertility problems are possible in men who use marijuana. Chemicals in the drug can affect sperm cells’ ability to swim toward an egg and fertilize it.
Some men find that their sexual performance improves when they use marijuana. For instance, if men become less anxious, they may have better ejaculatory control.
How marijuana affects the body depends on the plants used to prepare the mixture.
Marijuana is a popular drug used for recreational and medicinal purposes. Derived from Cannabis sativa, a hemp plant, it can be smoked, eaten in foods, or brewed as a tea.