Marijuana and Erectile Dysfunction

Written by HeyDoctor Medical Team

Does weed affect bedroom performance?

The short answer is: possibly

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects millions of men and doesn’t discriminate on age, race, or socioeconomic status. As marijuana’s popularity and acceptance accelerates, more men wonder what, if any, effect it has on their sexual health. Like most of life’s questions and answers, it’s complicated. Medicine can be more art than science, and how marijuana affects ED and sexual health is still not fully understood.

Marijuana is a drug - now legal in some states, still illegal in others

It’s worth starting by establishing that marijuana is a drug. Anytime you swallow or inhale a drug there is a chance of unintended side effects. Similar to Ibuprofen, Tylenol, alcohol or ED medications, drugs affect different people in different ways.

If you use any type of drug, tell your doctor. There is a doctor-patient relationship that protects that information and that relationship is (and should be) a judgment-free zone. There are innumerable drugs that can cause ED, and your doctor can only help if that information is shared.

Erectile dysfunction basics

ED is a medical condition where a male is unable to achieve or sustain an erection that is satisfying for sex. Almost 1 in 4 men under the age of 40 who sought help for ED actually suffered from the condition, so it affects young men too. Almost half of these men had severe ED. The good news is most of the time it is treatable. Contributors to ED include medical conditions like diabetes, low testosterone, high blood pressure, as well as lifestyle choices like tobacco use, alcohol, inactivity or lack of exercise.

How does marijuana impact ED?

How does marijuana fit into all this? Marijuana can contribute to ED indirectly by lowering the testosterone level. Marijuana also affects orgasms and can cause premature ejaculation and an inability to have an orgasm altogether. There are also studies that show that marijuana can affect the part of the brain that controls erections. Marijuana can also lower libido, making you not as interested in sex - which may make it harder to get erections.

The verdict on marijuana’s effect on ED is not all negative, especially when it comes to the psychological aspect of ED. Let’s be honest guys, performance anxiety and general anxiety affects ED. Marijuana can help alleviate some of that anxiety and ultimately help improve ED. So in some men, they may find that their ED is somewhat helped by using marijuana. While the medical studies are still ongoing, we recommend avoiding marijuana if you are experiencing ED signs or symptoms. That way you can rule it out as part of the problem.

Bottom Line

Eliminating alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and maintaining an active lifestyle and a healthy weight will go along way in preventing, and possibly improving, ED. Many factors that cause ED are treatable and not too serious, while others can be serious medical conditions requiring a lab testing. Talk to your doctor about your ED - there’s no shame in it, it’s a very common problem.

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