Many people are familiar with the famous "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs" commercial, which used eggs and a frying pan to warn people of the dangers of drug use. And that same warning applies to a man’s erect penis and drugs. Men who are truly concerned about proper penis health really need to be aware of the problems that drug use can cause in the penis.

Weedy penis

Many men are already familiar with "weed penis," referring to a penis that isn’t able to perform sexually due to smoking too much marijuana. Dope contains an ingredient called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which can have a significant effect on several parts of the body. In the short term, it’s possible that the relaxation pot brings on may boost the libido somewhat. However, animal studies have demonstrated that marijuana use damages receptors in the penis that are crucial for erectile function. Both the frequency and the quality of erections becomes affected over time.


Cocaine is already known to be bad for the mind and the body, and its long term use in particular can create serious problems for a person. But what is its effect on the erect penis?

Well, cocaine is a stimulant and as such it tends to have the effect of making a man feel horny rather quickly. Many men report that their sex drive goes up on cocaine.

But that doesn’t mean that they follow through on that increased sex drive. As a matter of fact, coke tends to frustrate their efforts. They want to have sex, but they are more at risk of finding that the equipment won’t comply with the request. That’s because cocaine tends to constrict blood vessels, including those in the penis. That’s exactly the opposite of what needs to occur for an erect penis to pop up and do his duty. Without open penile blood vessels, erections are harder to obtain and harder to maintain.


Another popular recreational drug, ecstasy, is also no friend to the penis - or to anyone’s long term health, period. Ecstasy tends to flood the body with serotonin, which is a great mood booster. Often, a guy finds his sexual mood enhanced greatly as well, and he’s anxious to engage sexually with a partner.

But as with cocaine, ecstasy also tends to frustrate that desire, and for the same reason. The blood vessels shrink when ecstasy is in the system, and that makes an erection problematic. In some extreme cases, the shrinkage is so severe that the penis also shrinks, becoming smaller when flaccid than it typically is. This is a temporary situation, and some hours after the drug has worn off the soft penis returns to its normal size. However, it is worth noting that there are no clinical studies on long term drug use; it is assumed this shrinkage is temporary, but studies have not been done that can confirm this.

There is no doubt whatsoever that inappropriate drug use is dangerous and unhealthy for a man in general - and anecdotal evidence certainly suggests it can have a negative effect on the penis. People for whom drug use is a problem are strongly advised to seek help from an appropriate professional.

A man’s erect penis is a source of considerable pride, and using drugs can negatively impact its health. In addition to avoiding drugs, men should also make a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) part of his daily care routine. In order to select the right crème, he should read the ingredients list and find one with both L-arginine and L carnitine. The former is an amino acid involved in the chain of events that keep penile blood vessels open and unconstructed, thereby making blood flow easier. And the latter is a neuroprotective ingredient that guards against peripheral nerve damage and the subsequent loss of penile sensitivity which can occur.