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Marijuana and Erectile Dysfunction

May 31, 2011

“The erectile tissue in the penis is similar to the tissue in the clitoris in that they both have cannabinoid receptors, so cannabis use could, in theory, affect a female’s ability to become sexually aroused as well,” Dr. Shamloul told The Queen’s Journal, the student newspaper of Queen’s University.

In spite of these findings, studies on marijuana and sexual function have had mixed results overall. Some studies show positive results; others are negative. Also, Dr. Shamloul noted that additional research would be helpful, especially to see how marijuana use affects sexual health in the long term.

“What we are really missing are clinical studies,” he told LiveScience. “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.”

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