Is Mary Jane Making You Impotent?

Though smoking weed is most commonly associated with a boost in libido, this article discusses recent research conducted at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University in Canada that suggests a link between marijuana usage and male impotence (a falling-out-of-fashion term for erectile dysfunction). Past research on the effects of marijuana on sexual performance has been fairly contradictory.

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“In a research, published in 1982 in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 75 per cent of men said that pot smoking prior to sex enhanced their performance on bed. Meanwhile, another study published in the same journal the same year reported that erectile dysfunction was twice as common in marijuana smokers. Other research suggests a dose effect, in which small amounts of marijuana have little impact on sexual dysfunction, but more marijuana makes for fewer erections.”

The most recent research suggests that there are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the actual chemical that produces the effect of being high) receptors in the smooth tissue of the penis, making erectile dysfunction fairly common with marijuana use.

Check out the article for all of the details of the new research!

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Michaela is a recent Seven Sisters graduate with a self-designed degree in Sexuality Studies. When she's not blogging, you'll find her teaching Health and Wellness and A Cappella to high school students, helping women find properly fitting bras, and working as an editor on a documentary. She hopes to continue her education one day with a PhD in Feminist Anthropology.