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Smoking weed; good or bad for erectile dysfunction? 

When it comes to marijuana, it comes from the seeds, stems, leaves, and flowers of the cannabis Sativa hemp plant. In marijuana, the main active compound is THC. However, it contains over 100 chemicals called cannabinoids. For the consumption of marijuana, several ways are present. Whether smoke it in hand-rolled cigarettes or inhaled through pipes, it is your will. Some people mix marijuana with tea and baked goods to enhance the flavors. You can purchase it from a cannabis dispensary. Marijuana is associated with side effects that can affect sexual health, such as erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is the inability to get and keep an erection. On serious conditions, it can lead to stress and relationship issues. If it happens sometimes, then no need to worry. However, if it occurs frequently, then you are at risk of developing a health condition.

Effects of marijuana: 

Marijuana has both long-term and short-term effects. Some of the effects include,

  • altered senses
  • impaired movements
  • Mood changes
  • altered sense of time
  • Difficulty thinking

When you consume marijuana, it interferes with short-term memory and persists for a longer time. After that, it starts to affect the brain development and learning process. In many states, the use of marijuana is legal due to its health benefits. However, the FDA hasn’t approved marijuana for any medical conditions. But, THC medication is approved in some medical conditions. For some people infected with different diseases, it is suggested not to use marijuana because the effect may vary. Some of the conditions are

  • Glaucoma
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Hepatitis C
  • Pain
  • Cachexia
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Nausea
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease

The use of medical marijuana has not been approved for ED.

Pros and cons of consuming marijuana: 

Pros: 

  • It helps to reduce the damage caused by high cholesterol level
  • It aids in increasing the sexual desires and its arousal

For ED, high cholesterol is a risk factor. A recent finding indicated that marijuana helps to reduce tissue build-up and damage caused by high cholesterol levels. Also, it offers a feeling of euphoria to certain users and improves sexual desires. Other effects include,

  • elevated mood
  • increased arousal
  • increased sexual desire

Cons: 

  • It contributes to ED
  • Daily consumption of marijuana leads towards the trouble achieving orgasm in men

Marijuana is known to boost sexual desires, but in some cases, it is not always true. In 2011, a paper was published that suggests the marijuana effect on ED. The result concluded that it increased risk factors for ED. When THC reaches the brain, it provides the feeling of getting high. In this way, it interferes with normal body functioning. It impacts the normal functioning of the penis smooth muscles and then ends up in ED. No doubt, the medical benefit of marijuana is huge, but the side effects are also real. If you are having some underlying disease, then you avoid marijuana. Contact your doctor before using it.

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