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“When you get supremely stoned, you’re probably not good for taking care of anything beyond a couple bags of Doritos.”

That is how the Men’s Journal article on sex and marijuana begins. At face value, a funny line, sure, but certainly not complimentary. It adds to the negative stigma that cannabis users are lazy. It says we can’t do much except eat. It’s also probably not super amusing to patients with issues such as severe nausea or wasting syndrome, who actually use cannabis to be able to eat anything at all.

The publication does bring up a good point early on though. Marijuana has traditionally been linked to erectile dysfunction and low sperm count. In all fairness though, you can link unlimited things to low sperm count – from wearing boxers that are too tight to spending too much time in the hot tub.

But despite the whispers about pot and low sperm count, doctors in the field and patients reporting back are providing very different results. Men’s Journal reports,

“The traditional literature is out of date and in need of an overhaul. However, because most academic research relies on federal grants and federal law prohibits marijuana, it may be years before new research comes from American universities.”

Chief Medical officer at HelloMD Perry Solomon says,

“The way I see it, why not try cannabis? There are side effects to Viagra and zero side effects to cannabis when dosed properly…Maybe it’s just making them feel better and relaxed, and that’s making it easier for them to enjoy sex, but it’s still working.”

It is a good point the doctor makes. Why not reap all the benefits without any of the risks typically associated with Viagra? I mean, that stuff has side effects like headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds, muscle pain and more. It can even kill you if you take too much. That doesn’t sound particularly sexy. If you don’t want to fill your body with pills to artificially turn you on, giving cannabis a try could be a useful replacement option.

Men’s Journal also focuses on the concern that too much cannabis can easily take things from hot to not. They warn their concerned readers that couchlock could prevent some men from even wanting to have sex.

Who are these men? I have never met them.

Seriously though, Solomon explains,

“You get that classic stoner couch lock and lose your desire to have sex at all.”

It is a real concern. Some varieties of cannabis can induce extreme relaxation. That relaxation could prevent one from accessing the stamina necessary for more…vigorous forms of stress relief.

Men’s Journal then follows up with an important topic – consent.

Make sure that yourself and your potential partner are fully aware of what you are doing, even if you are stoned out of your gourds. While I’ve never known marijuana alone to incapacitate someone beyond the ability to say “yes” or “no,” experimenting with edibles can lead to some pretty strange states of consciousness. So use your common sense and don’t get weird guys and gals.

 

 

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