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Weed Could be the New Viagra, Study Suggests

Weed Could be the New Viagra, Study Suggests

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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