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August 25, 2009

REGULAR MARIJUANA USAGE ROBS MEN OF SEXUAL HIGHS

New Scientist - Stoners may be trading sexual highs for the chemical kind. Males who smoke marijuana daily are four times more likely to have trouble reaching orgasm than men who don't inhale, finds a new study of 8,656 Aussies. Other smokers had the opposite problem, experiencing premature ejaculation at nearly three times the rate of non-smokers, find a team led by Marian Pitts at La Trobe University in Melbourne.. . . Even though many male smokers experienced sexual problems, they reported more partners than non-smokers. Marijuana users were twice as likely to have had two or more sex partners in the previous year than men who didn't smoke pot. Pitts' team found an even stronger trend for increased sexual activity among female smokers, who were also seven times more likely to have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the last year than non-smokers. However, female smokers had no more problems in the bedroom than abstainers, Pitts' team found.

6 Comments:

Blogger Buxykay said...

Nice post. Sexual dysfunction is not the only bad effects of smoking marijuana. Although it may make you have a temporary feeling of being "high" marijuana and other drug abuse reduce all sexual functions including premature ejaculation.

August 25, 2009 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Complicating factors

However, the new study doesn't establish a cause-effect relationship between marijuana and sexual performance, notes Sharon Johnson, an epidemiologist at the University of Missouri St. Louis, who has also found associations between drug use and sexual problems.

Many of the correlations between marijuana and sexual performance became apparent only after accounting for other factors, such as age, tobacco and alcohol use and occupation. "Why does it appear that the more marijuana you use the more sex difficulties you have," Johnson asks. "There is a more complicated relationship out there somewhere."

August 25, 2009 5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More gov't propaganda.

August 25, 2009 9:46 PM  
Anonymous hawkwind said...

"Difficulty achieving orgasm" doesn't sound like a problem and could be rephrased as "increased stamina" if I'm reading this right. As stated by anonymous, propaganda. "Regular Marijuana Use Grants Longer-lasting Erections" might be a better headline... but doesn't achieve the prohibitionist aim.

Full disclosure: I don't smoke it... but with the cancer curing and the super-erections I might start!

August 26, 2009 12:34 PM  
Blogger Gimmer said...

This is very interesting it seems like pot is just like drugs like Paxil and other elective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These medicines are thought to work by increasing the activity of the chemical serotonin in the brain.! They too cause sexual side effects not unlike those mentioned from smoking weed.

August 26, 2009 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, there isn't an established CAUSAL relationship. That is really omportant here. You can't say that pot CAUSES sexual dysfunction because then all pot smokers would have it.

For example: Cigarettes have a causal relationship with cancer. Smoke long enough and you'll get it. But this study does not establish that kind of relationship between pot and delayed orgasm. (Is that even a disease?)

You have to know the difference between causation and correlation. It is one of the pillars of science.

August 26, 2009 2:42 PM  

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