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Weed Could be the New Viagra, Study Suggests

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Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

click to enlarge NANETTE GONZALEZ FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Nanette Gonzalez for LA Weekly
Marijuana fans were up in arms when we reported last year on USC research that suggested a link between pot smoking and testicular cancer.

See also: Marijuana Is Bad For Your Balls, USC Study Suggests.

Well, this should raise your spirits. Swiss researchers using mice as subjects believe there could be a possible positive link between weed and better erections.

Of course ...

... this is Swiss research, from a school called Ecole Polytechnique, with decidedly unsure conclusions.

But hey, guys, find inspiration where you can.

Here's the deal. The Swiss study, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical and Developmental Immunology, concludes in a summary that marijuana cannabinoids ...

... decreased histological features, which were associated with erectile dysfunction in hypercholesterolemic mice.

Translation: Little tiny mice boner problems fixed.

Hypercholesterolemia, researchers say, is a "risk factor" in erectile dysfunction, which is mostly about lack of blood flow in key regions; cannabinoids might be able to negate the issue, they suggest.

Which explains why the perv down the street is such a stoner.

In conclusion, however, the scientists say they're just not sure:

These data suggest a potential peripheral mechanism for cannabis-related modulations of sexual function; however, the role of the cannabinoid system on erectile function is still unclear.

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