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Are Synthetic Cannabinoids and Other Drugs Linked to Long-Term Erections?

Are Synthetic Cannabinoids and Other Drugs Linked to Long-Term Erections? A 28-year-old man had an erection for 58 hours after using synthetic cannabinoids, according to a recent Andrologia case study.

Marketed under names like K2,Spice, and Scooby Snax, synthetic cannabinoids are drugs that act like marijuana but are made of artificial chemicals. The amount and combinations of chemicals are not always known, making them dangerous to consumers. Synthetic cannabinoids do not affect the brain in the same way marijuana does, and many of them are illegal.

The medical term for long-lasting erections is priapism. Priapism is an emergency, and men who have erections lasting longer than a few hours should seek immediate care. Waiting too long can cause permanent damage to the penis.

The patient in the case study had ischemic priapism. Typically, when a man has an erection, his penis fills with blood, which is released back into the body after he ejaculates (or if sexual stimulation ends). With ischemic priapism, the blood does not leave the penis. Instead, it stays stuck there.

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