There may have been marijuana users that claim enhanced sexual desire when using the pot, but new reports are coming out that suggest marijuana could bring sexual dysfunctions among male users.
There are early findings that the penis contains receptors for marijuana’s active ingredient and that young men should think twice about the long-term effects before developing a penchant for pot use. “It’s a strong message to our younger generations and younger men,” Rany Shamloul, a physician in the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University in Canada as well as in the University of Cairo, said.
Marijuana use is widespread among men who are at the peak of their sex life. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime puts 162 million people all over the world are using marijuana each year, and 22 million use it daily. Long-term effects are therefore very important fields of study as there could be millions affected in the future.
It is natural for pot users to focus on the upside rather than the downside. Sharon Johnson, a professor of social work at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, has published a study in 2004 in the journal of Archives of Sexual Behavior that marijuana users experience pain during sex and have slightly elevated risks of inhibited orgasms.
“What we are really missing are clinical studies,” Shamloul said. “We are stuck with only animal studies and molecular studies, and some clinical studies done in the ’60s and ’70s, most on a very small number of men… We need well-designed, placebo-control studies examining marijuana’s effect in both the short-term and long-term.”