Marijuana, or cannabis, remains a common recreational drug in the United States. For many adults, the effect of marijuana often leads to a state of relaxation and often is associated with pain relief. For some individuals, however, the use of cannabis, or marijuana, may result in complications associated with reproductive health or sexuality.
In medical terms, marijuana use has been found to provide no aphrodisiac effects in the person who uses the drug for recreational purposes. In fact, some individuals who use cannabis, or marijuana, actually report complications involving decreased libido.
In men, however, there have been some reports that the use of cannabis, or marijuana, may actually serve to improve sexual performance. When examined further, we find that male sexual performance is not improved in terms of erection or ejaculation, however cannabis may promote relaxation allowing for a more free spirited sexual experience.
In rather small to moderate doses of cannabis, some men and women may feel the recreational drug has improved their sex life, leading to a desire to continue use of the drug for this reason. However, anyone who considers use of marijuana for the purpose of enhancing sexual pleasure, should be warned that adverse sexual outcomes may occur with high doses of the recreational drug.
In addition to conflict over sexuality and sexual performance, men who utilize cannabis, or marijuana, may find there is a significant decline in reproductive health. Because marijuana leads to decreases in the testosterone levels, the more marijuana you smoke, the greater the risk for complications with fertility and reproduction. In fact, sperm count will be notably smaller in the man who smokes marijuana regularly and may even lead to sterility.
For women, the same general statements are true with regard to cannabis use. Like men, women report a greater sense of relaxation with sexual activity, although there is no change in orgasm or physical satisfaction. Also, as in men, the use of marijuana can also lead to abnormalities with hormonal levels, leading to complications of reproductive health and infertility.
As with any recreational drug, if you are considering use, it is important to not only consider the physical, social and emotional ramifications, but also the sexual issues. While cannabis, or marijuana, is still a widely popular recreational drug among many adults in the United States, the overall implication in sexual performance, sexual satisfaction and reproductive health leads to adverse outcomes. Expect for promoting relaxation, marijuana use will not improve your overall sex life.