Can an erection be sustained for hours on end without the use of Viagra? If you thought this was nigh impossible, then think again!

This was just the case with a 32-year-old cannabis enthusiast. According to medical professionals in Georgia at the Coliseum Medical Center, the main cause for the patient’s priapism was cannabis, but this has not yet been confirmed. The case report has recently been published in the Journal of Cannabis Research.

In short, priapism is defined as the prolonged, painful erection of the penis that is not caused by sexual stimulation and that persists for hours. The causes are many, one being medication; more precisely — sildenafil or Viagra. Other common causes of priapism include nerve damage and leukemia.

Nevertheless, the reason why the 32-year-old patient’s case is so bizarre is that cannabis is typically linked to erectile dysfunction

According to the patient, the problem presented itself each time he had been smoking cannabis. He even took a trip to the emergency room no less than two times due to the issue lasting up to 12 hours! The second time the patient sought medical attention, he was given phenylephrine injections due to a painful erection that lasted 6 hours.

After ruling out different health conditions that may have caused the priapism, medical professionals asked the man about his marijuana habits. Based on the reportings, the man admitted to smoking the drug a couple of nights each week for the last 6 months

During this period, the 32-year-old had over 4 of these unfortunate episodes which lasted around 4 hours. The patient admitted to using cannabis when he was just 16–17 years old. At the time, he had experienced frequent episodes of priapism, yet these did not require any medical treatment whatsoever. 

He quit smoking when he was in his 20s, during which the priapism vanished. However, now that he started smoking again, the priapism came back.

Medical professionals firmly believe that cannabis is the cause of the unfortunate condition. Still, they are not completely sure whether it is THC that is stopping the patient’s penis from returning to normal or whether it has more to do with the cannabinoids increasing the patient’s blood flow. 

If that indeed be the case, then some people might consider replacing Viagra with cannabis. 

All in all, more research is needed to get to the very core of the issue.


Hermina Drah

Hermina believes that every day is a chance to learn something new about the obscure world around us. The driving force behind her writing is her passion for sharing knowledge with others all around the world. After attaining her master’s degree in English language and literature, she has decided to join the team of creative writers dedicated to delivering the hottest content on the web. So what are Hermina’s favorite topics to cover? Animals, good books, health, fitness, self-care—you name it.

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