By now you’ve heard of the erectile troubles associated with marijuana, which many believe is an aphrodisiac.
But is there any scientific evidence that marijuana actually improves sexual performance?
In this latest study, a group of researchers from Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley conducted a meta-analysis of published studies on the topic.
They found no evidence to support the idea that marijuana can improve sexual function, and they also found that many of the studies didn’t include adequate controls.
“It’s a very small number of studies that showed statistically significant improvements with the use of marijuana,” said study author Dr. Michael D. Schumacher, a neuroscientist at Stanford.
“It’s not conclusive, but the evidence that it could have a positive effect is not there.”
According to the study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the studies were all conducted between 1997 and 2014.
The researchers found that in most of the reported studies, participants who smoked marijuana for less than a week had an increase in erectile functioning.
In one study, participants were given a placebo pill and given an hour to practice erectile control.
The authors of the study found that the study participants experienced improvements in sexual performance after using marijuana, but this didn’t necessarily translate to the amount of pleasure the participants reported.
“We’re not really saying that it’s a magic bullet,” Schumachers told ABC News.
“We’re just saying that we don’t know that the use in some cases of marijuana improves sexual function.
We don’t think there’s evidence to prove that.”
Researchers found that people who were more likely to use marijuana were more often having difficulty achieving orgasm.
They also reported more frequent use and less satisfaction.
“I think the findings of the research that we’re seeing are just not supported by the evidence,” said Schumakers.
The study found marijuana may actually increase a person’s risk of becoming addicted to it.
The biggest problem with marijuana is that it doesn’t provide a high enough dose to actually make it any better than alcohol, a substance that can lead to addiction, according to Schumakes.
“Marijuana is one of the drugs that is addictive, and we don.
That’s the fact that it has addictive properties,” he said.
“So we don to know that it can actually help you.”
Marijuana isn’t the only drug that can help you get off, however.
Other forms of stimulants have also been shown to improve sexual performance.
These include cocaine, amphetamines and caffeine, and it’s important to note that these substances don’t just work to increase your sexual arousal.
It’s the way they work that is beneficial, not the substance itself, according Schumaks.
For example, while the drugs listed above have a high concentration of THC, it doesn to help you relax and enhance your sexual feelings.
“The problem is that you’re getting high off of alcohol,” Schummans said.
“Caffeine can increase the sexual drive and increase sexual desire,” he added.
“That’s really what we’re trying to do here is get a little bit of information out there so that we can better assess these drugs in order to make more informed decisions about their potential for treating sexual dysfunction.”
While some studies suggest that the effects of marijuana are more likely with older people, Schumas said that it does appear that marijuana has a beneficial effect for people in their late teens and early 20s.
“For people who are older, they may be having problems, they might have issues with sexual function,” he explained.
“But if they’re having issues with their sex drive, that’s probably an indication that they may not be experiencing any sexual dysfunction at that age.”
Mimicking a stronger placebo effect could help alleviate some of these issues.
“The problem with the placebo effect is that the person may be experiencing an effect from the drug that they don’t have a real placebo effect,” Schumphes said.
He added that even if marijuana improves sex function in older people who haven’t used the drug for a while, it may still not be enough.
“There’s a big placebo effect, and people have this belief that if they take this drug, it’s going to improve their sexual function and their sexual experience,” he stressed.
“And in fact, it does, but we just don’t really know why.”
The study, which was conducted by the Stanford Department of Psychology, was published in an online journal called PLOS ONE.