Throughout the years, cannabis has been surrounded by discoveries, facts, and unfortunately, misinformation. From its benefits and side effects to its economic and social impacts, the cannabis community has been dealing with different types of information that may or may not be factual.
This is why it is important to verify any piece of information and claims when it comes to the effects of the plant on health. If you have heard about the relationship between cannabis use, particularly of delta-8 THC and erectile dysfunction (ED), you might want to find out the truth behind such claims. Here’s what you need to know.
Cannabis and Sexual Health
Before we start, it is important to note that cannabis has tens of cannabinoids, with delta-9 THC and cannabidiol (CBD) as primary components. Delta-9 and delta-8 THC are isomers and were reported to have similar effects with different levels of potency.
Delta-8 THC is considered novel in the market and more studies are yet to be done when it comes to identifying its effects on sexual health. Here, we will use cannabis and delta-9 THC’s impact as a reference.
So, how does cannabis affect sexual health, activity, and function? According to studies, consumption of cannabis before sex leads to improved sexual satisfaction, desire, orgasm, and reduced sexual pain in women. A similar set of effects were also observed in men, as it increases satisfaction, sensitivity, and orgasm strength.
Some of the reasons why the plant can offer such effects can be attributed to THC. In moderate amounts, it is known to reduce inhibition, relieve stress, increase awareness, and alter the perception of time. All these properties can help in improving sexual desire, activity, performance, and experience.
Widely Popular Views on Cannabis and Men’s Health.
As mentioned, male consumers can see improvements in their sexual health when they intake cannabis. This might make some people want to consume more in order to feel such effects for themselves.
What might stop them on their tracks is the widely popular belief that cannabis consumption can lead to erectile dysfunction. According to myths, consuming cannabis can affect men’s ability to start and keep an erection. Some also claim that the plant can result in difficulties achieving orgasms in both men and women.
Can Delta-8 THC Cause ED?
Given the myths surrounding cannabis and sexual function in men, you might want to know how true these claims are. You will be glad to know that a few research has dispelled misconceptions saying that cannabis consumption itself causes ED.
A study with 300 male respondents mentioned that frequent cannabis use has been linked to lower risks of erectile dysfunction. It also cited another research involving 4,000 participants, which says that there is subjectively no association established between frequent cannabis use and self-reported issues with erections.
The study was also able to establish that more marijuana use can be linked to a lower prevalence of erectile dysfunction.
The same research found that men and women find it difficult to orgasm as desired while under the influence of cannabis. This could be because of impaired focus and mindset caused by THC.
Keep in mind that there is a limited number of scientific research on delta-8 THC and sexual function in men. However, given that delta-9 and delta-8 THC share similar effects, the primary cannabinoid’s effects can be used as a guide for those interested in delta-8.
Proper Consumption of Cannabis and Delta-8 THC
What you need to remember is moderate consumption of cannabis can yield favorable results for men. However, you need to remember that overconsumption of cannabis – and anything, for that matter – can result in unfavorable effects.
Consuming excessive amounts of cannabis can impair focus, coordination, and response to stimuli, all of which can affect sexual performance and function. This is why it is advised to consume only moderate amounts of the plant.
Should you find unpleasant effects, which may be related to cannabis and its cannabinoids, your best bet is to consult your doctor. This way, you can get an expert’s opinion on the matter and obtain a proper diagnosis, which can help address the issue.
You might also want to mention medical conditions, medications, and treatments that you are undergoing, which may contribute to such negative effects for proper addressing.
Lastly, it is necessary to point out that cannabis and cannabinoids can affect people at different levels. The presence and intensity of effects can vary from person to person, depending on their tolerance and other factors.
Should you decide to proceed, remember that delta-8 THC is milder than delta-9, which means that you have to consume more to get your desired effects.
Cannabis and its cannabinoids, particularly THCs, have the potential to improve your sexual performance and function. It may not have an impact on erections in moderate amounts, so make sure not to overconsume.