Researcher connects cannabis use and sexual dysfunction

Feb 22, 2011

Rany Shamloul's recent review of the medical literature on cannabis use and sexual health has revealed that cannabis use may negatively impact male sexual performance.

"Cannabis is the most widely-used globally," says Dr. Shamloul, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. "It is also often used by young, sexually active people who are unaware of the hazardous effects it may be having on their sexual health and performance."

Recent animal and in vitro studies have identified new negative connections between cannabis use and that may put an end to previous controversy.

While it was previously known that cannabis could affect certain receptors in the brain, it's now believed that these receptors also exist in the penis. Cannabis use may have an antagonizing effect on these in the penis, making it more difficult for a man to achieve and maintain an erection.

"These findings will change the current understanding of the magnitude of the impact of cannabis use on ," says Dr. Shamloul.

Previous studies examining the effects of cannabis use on male sexual function have been limited and many of these studies have produced contradictory results. While some studies have indicated cannabis could have beneficial effects in enhancing erectile function, other studies have found the opposite.

Dr. Shamloul's research will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of .

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Dr_Doe
4.1 / 5 (10) Feb 22, 2011
"While some studies have indicated cannabis could have beneficial effects in enhancing erectile function, other studies have found the opposite."

Sooo.... they've come to the conclusion that.... um... well... Maybe they should have done further testing and actually come to some sort of conclusion or result.

Hey brand new article for tomorrow... ~night kills the sun!~ "tests show that the sun will disappear forever at 6pm, others studies have shown the opposite!"
alec123456789
1.4 / 5 (10) Feb 22, 2011
Now just sit back and listen to all the impotent pot-heads get defensive...
Simonsez
5 / 5 (8) Feb 22, 2011
I see a lot of "mays" and "mights" in this article. The only confirmation of anything is:
"These findings will change the current understanding of the magnitude of the impact of cannabis use on sexual health," says Dr. Shamloul.

I understand from the article that they -may- have reason to believe, but I'd be more interested in whether they've found it to be true in significant numbers of people before they go adding fuel to the fire for cannabis prohibitionists. Right now this just seems to be another:
Previous studies examining the effects of cannabis use on male sexual function have been limited and many of these studies have produced contradictory results. While some studies have indicated cannabis could have beneficial effects in enhancing erectile function, other studies have found the opposite.

inconclusive study.
Caliban
4 / 5 (4) Feb 22, 2011
Suspect science, at best, that once again appears tainted by some unadmitted bias. From what I've been told, weed use can have either/or effect, dependent upon a host of co-factors. Much like alcohol. Much like coffee. Much like sleep. Completely wasted money, IMHO. I hope it came from the private sector, and not the gub.
geokstr
4.5 / 5 (8) Feb 22, 2011
While it was previously known that cannabis could affect certain receptors in the brain, it's now believed that these receptors also exist in the penis.

Well, there's the solution. Don't smoke the doobie with your penis.
seb
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 22, 2011
Very suspect science, as I have it on very good terms that smoking it myself had some benificial effects, as far as the woman was concerned.

Wulfgar
4.3 / 5 (6) Feb 22, 2011
Its psychosomatic. The doobie is shaped like a penis. Therefore, when you consume the doobie/penis, you symbolically castrate yourself. Then again, sometimes a doobie is just a doobie.
Moebius
4.3 / 5 (6) Feb 22, 2011
Now just sit back and listen to all the impotent pot-heads get defensive...


You can call it being defensive, I say you are just an ignorant non-user. And as a non-user you have no idea what you are talking about. I've used it for 40 years and I'm not impotent or have erectile dysfunction, just the opposite actually. Of course that's just me. However if there were any truth to this, 40 years of use would almost certainly have the effect the article is trying to promote. The anti-marijuana forces have been using disinformation since the movie 'Reefer Madness' came out in the early 19 hundreds. If you weren't brainwashed by them you might be able to figure out that if there were such an effect millions of heavy users would make an effect like this stand out with no studies necessary. The facts are that ill effects from marijuana are almost non-existent so the anti-pot forces are constantly using 'studies' to try and brainwash people into believing non-existent effects.
fleem
3 / 5 (2) Feb 22, 2011
Quick, let's stop natural selection in its tracks by keeping cannabis illegal! Rather, let's make sure they know to use those wonderful non-addictive drugs that have been such a benefit to society for so long: tobacco and alcohol.
Eric_B
5 / 5 (2) Feb 22, 2011
"The facts are that ill effects from marijuana are almost non-existent"

I think it does exacerbate schizophrenia.

However, yeah, this article is big bunk!

The Bad Brains even have a song about it called, "Sacred Love".
orsr
5 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2011
It seems to me, that as long as cannabis remains illegal in most of the so called Western world, there will always be biases and the research will always label the poor plant either entirely evil poison, or a miraculous cure-it-all elixir.
rproulx45
5 / 5 (4) Feb 23, 2011
Well that's certainly good news! Now let's give it to prisoners; it'll reduce their urge for sex, relax them, and fatten them up a bit. And while we're at it, let's give it to high school students too,I have heard, mostly from Christians and republicans, that they are oversexed and hyperactive. As a former high school student I would be happy to volunteer for any future studies regarding evil marijuana vs the raging boner.
LordOfRuin
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 23, 2011
I'm always satisfied. Ha ha ha! Sorry about that. Hey, I have honestly only ever had good sex whilst a little high. Long sensual sessions, with an object you forget is a person, and full of sensations. I've also heard nothing different from like minded friends.

Perhaps the study was only looking at those who were too baked to see, never mind perform.

Besides, in the end it's all about risk and reward. It's nice knowing the risks, but it has to be put in context.

An ugly sexual partner is a bigger downer, and sadly they're still legal.
Eric_B
not rated yet Feb 23, 2011
Another problem...

Chocolate is an aphodisiac...

Chocolate Chip Cookies are the ENEMY of a chaste nation!
baudrunner
not rated yet Feb 23, 2011
Why pick on marijuana? They should do a study on crack use and sexual function. There is a huge disconnect being the desire to perform (!) and the ability to perform :( when it comes to crack which is just so dramatic it belittles this silly article. WOT (Waste Of Time).

I swear, organized crime does not want legalization of marijauna because enforcing marijauna laws costs resources that would otherwise be directed to where the real big money is, in real small packages, like cocaine and heroin. I say legalize grass and be done with it!
iknow
5 / 5 (2) Feb 23, 2011
Why pick on marijuana? .. There is a huge disconnect being the desire to perform (!) and the ability to perform


Alcohol does this to half the population every weekend!

I'd go with some element of truth here. Depends on what you smoked and how baked you are really, but generally weed leads to more erotic rather then hardcore sex.
panorama
5 / 5 (1) Feb 23, 2011
"The facts are that ill effects from marijuana are almost non-existent"

I think it does exacerbate schizophrenia.

I've never seen a study done on this, but speaking from personal history, I have seen schizophrenia affected negatively by marijuana use.
Cave_Man
5 / 5 (4) Feb 23, 2011
I think we can all agree that weed is just as bad as alcohol, weed keeps your penis in check while alcohol makes you pork fat unattractive girls you wouldn't normal get stiff for.

But what I'm wondering is if this observed affect of cannabis is being modulated by other chemicals which are not fully understood like that RGH or whatever chemical that they have been using for thermal printer tape (IE Every credit card or major store receipt you get) which causes reproductive harm but now that 100% of the country has been exposed to this chemical they don't even care. They will just switch to another untested chemical and wait 10 years to do tests to see if it was even safe to use.

The state of regulation in the world with regards to chemicals has gone far beyond criminal negligence and is bordering on pathological genocide.
Moebius
1 / 5 (1) Feb 25, 2011
I can just see the ad for people for this study:
"Do you have EDS or any other sexual dysfunction? Do you smoke marijuana? Volunteers wanted for study."