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

Doctors tried to drain the excess blood and performed surgery to redirect the blood flow. But neither technique worked, and the man eventually received penile implants.

Synthetic cannabinoids are not the only class of drugs connected to priapism. Alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine can also lead to emergency erections.

Men who feel their substance use is excessive are encouraged to seek help from an addiction specialist.



Ortac, M., et al.

“A new cause of ischaemic priapism: Synthetic cannabinoids”

(April 1, 2018)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“About synthetic cannabinoids”

(Page last updated: August 21, 2017)

International Society for Sexual Medicine

“What causes priapism and how is it treated?”

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