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Does Weed Improve Erectile Dysfuction?

Last updated: June 8, 2022

At the beginning of 2017, cannabis had caused headwinds in garnering media attention. Although this plant has been studied for thousands of years and has been in recorded history as early as the year 400, Legalization and barriers to entry have largely only been removed in the last four or five years. Although legal in many states and countries, cannabis is still frowned upon by the public, certain governments, and ways of thinking - it has some proven benefits and many theories have still to be tested. Although legal, marijuana is not FDA approved, but compounds found within (THC and CBD) have been introduced in certain medications, oils, foods, and brews.

In this post, we aim to explore whether this plan affects erectile dysfunction, whether beneficial or not. We will also take a look at the best way to administer cannabis and its compounds.

Weed can both cause or help erectile dysfunction, but there are no conclusive studies to show direct benefits.

What Are The Main Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction or ED is the inability to have or maintain an erection during intercourse. Although this may happen from time to time due to certain chances internal and external factors, it becomes an issue when the problem persists or occurs most of the time. There are many causes of erectile dysfunction, but can be categorized into three different groups:


Since medication such as Viagra has become the prominent or iconic solution identified with ED, most men think that the largest cause of their inability to become erect is physical. Viagra increases blood flow to the penis, achieving a solid erection that can be maintained for longer periods. Although this solution is physical, it is often used to treat underlying psychological issues; it bypasses worry and anxiety and overcompensates for it with an increased physical remedy.

Most men don't have major physical issues that cause this problem, as maintaining an erection is a natural biochemical reaction in the ability, primarily used for procreation and pleasure. If you are anxious, worried, stressed, or ruminating, this causes the body to release endorphins and adrenaline, the chemicals responsible for "fight or flight". Sexual arousal is impossible during this, as the body needs to prepare to deal with emergencies, and cannot calm down long enough to reach a relaxed and pleasurable state.


 The second most common issue associated with ED is lack of sexual desire or libido. Although this problem can be a result of physical or psychological problems, it deserves its category as it can be influenced by many things. For example, if you are particularly relaxed or calm, free of worries and anxiety, and do not have any major physical issues, you may still be unable to get hard. This can sometimes be due to low attraction to your partner, looking for fulfillment in other areas, or a mismatch in sexual libido. For example, if your partner is only satisfied with 4-5 rounds per day, but you are feeling quite fulfilled after one, this is a sign of a mismatched partnership or communication and can result in ED.


Although rare, physical problems can occur. The most probable cause of a physical inability to be erect is blood pressure issues. If anything interferes with blood flow to the penis, this will make it extremely difficult to get and keep hard. The remedy for this is usually weight loss, a sound diet plan, and certain supplements and minerals that will naturally unclog arteries and help blood flow. The rarest occurrence of physical ED is a problem with the penis muscles, often due to injury, strain, or birth defect. Consult a healthcare professional if the issue is severe.

Does Weed Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Weed can both cause or help erectile dysfunction, but there are no conclusive studies to show direct benefits. For now, marijuana can only be proven in certain situations to assuage some psychological barriers to maintaining an erection, but this can sometimes increase libido or even overpower your physical concerns:

How it helps: THC components in marijuana contribute to the feeling of "getting high". Depending on the different strains, your body can react positively. This may include increased hunger, increased sexual pleasure, lowered anxiety, less cortisol (stress), and more of a focus on the present rather than past/future worries. 

How it can harm: The same compound that helps can also hurt. This is similar to alcohol and the term "whisky dick". While 1 or 2 drinks can relax you enough to help reduce some anxiety and jitters that may relate to better sexual performance, over-indulgence, smoking the wrong strain, or your unique body chemistry can decrease your libido or increase your anxiety - leading to a furthering of your ED.

How To Use CBD Oil For Erectile Dysfunction

CBD oil has many benefits and is the 2nd compound of interest in marijuana. CBD is often taken in oil form and is clinically proven to reduce pain and help with the side effects of mental health disorders, which could be certain psychological causes of ED. For a full list of benefits, find it here


Can erectile dysfunction be cured?

Yes. In most cases, erectile dysfunction can be cured, as it is usually about finding a routine that prioritizes organization and reducing anxiety-related issues, and improving mental health. If the issue is related to relationship anxiety or libido, this can usually be solved by having a difficult but important talk with your partner. Finally, physical issues can be treated both with home remedies, a proper workout regimen, and if persists, proper medication and medical attention.

Can erectile dysfunction cause depression?

Yes. It is important not to blame yourself and often look outside the issue, as it is most likely a cause of unhealthy lifestyle habits, both physical and mental. Take a break and assess your situation. Perhaps this means a better diet, a more fulfilling social life, or solving some lingering issues. 

When should erectile dysfunction be treated?

ED can happen from time to time, as we are only human. However, when it starts to interfere with your joy, relationship, mental health, and infertility - it is time to seek the proper remedy.

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