There are lots of misconceptions surrounding cannabis, but in recent times certain speculations about unusual effects that cannabis can have in the bedroom are becoming rampant. Here are some of the rumors flying around about the effects of cannabis on sexuality, that lack scientific backing.
CANNABIS TRIGGERS HOMOSEXUALITY
For quite some years now, there are some stories here and there, most especially on the internet claiming that cannabis straight men to start practicing homosexuality. These are totally false as there is evidence scientifically to back it up. It is okay to say that cannabis may influence some people to act on impulses they may never do in their right mind while sober, as it minimizes inhibition and most times increases one’s sexual feelings.
CANNABIS STERILIZES MEN
In as much as there is an atom of truth that constant use of cannabis can sometimes result in abnormal morphology and unusual behavior in sperm, it has never been proven to sterilize a man. These negative effects that can be caused by the frequent use of marijuana have not been seen as a widespread problem among male cannabis consumers, but researches have shown a number of bad effects cannabis can have on sperm such as irregular shape and size, which weakens their ability to swim and fertilize an egg. For instance, a team of researchers from the University of Manchester and Sheffield carried out a study on how general way of living influence sperm morphology which found “risk factors for abnormal sperm morphology, after adjustment for centre and other risk factors, included: (i) production of sample in summer; and (ii) use of cannabis in the 3 months prior to sample collection in men less than 30 years. “ However, the great news is that any infertility (not the same as sterilization) is temporary, as the study noted “men who produced a sample after 6 days abstinence were less likely” to produce abnormal sperm.
CANNABIS SLOWS AROUSAL
Some marijuana users report a prolonged sense of arousal and sensual pleasures (even longer orgasm) while having sex under the influence of the drug. There is no form of scientific evidence to back this. As the University of California Santa Barbara notes, these feelings are attributed to a distorted, skewed sense of time one can experience while under the influence of cannabis, and not physical feelings of arousal and pleasure being prolonged.