Weed withdrawal - erectile dysfunction

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Postby SparkleFly12 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:38 pm

Hey @Tokes, I didnt know you were going through low libido / ed too. Well glad to hear Im not the only one with a recovery this long. On most days, I need ed meds to have sex with my partner too (29yrs old!!)

Ima t 1.9 years (2 next month). 3-4 months ago was the first time I felt "normal" libido wise, and didnt need ed meds to get hard with my partner. But it only lasted 4-5 days. After that, back to low libido (and other symptoms returned too). About 1.5 months ago, same thing happened - my libido increased along with most of my symptoms getting better at the same time! great! but it only lasted a week or so again; then back to poor sleep and low libido.

The past 1 week I finally had a close-to-normal libido again; or close enough at least. But today my symptoms retured and I feel low libido once again.

I hope it will start to come more and more often; but it is good to have at least a few days of feeling a more normal libido after a couple years of feeling nothing.

I havent gotten checked out by my doctor since PAWS started but I am going to this week; now that I am feeling closer to normal. I hope to check out all the problems that could lead to ED; mostly testosterone levels as I am healthy and get plenty of exercise otherwise.
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Postby FAITH » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:17 pm

@tokes.. didn’t know you were still around. Your post have helped me tremendously in coping with all this. I’m just at 6 months 17 days. How long did you have heart palpitations, or do they every go away, and a racing heart at times? Thanks
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Postby quitweedforgood » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:53 am

@SparkFly12 and Tokes, thanks for responding on this! The thought of using ed meds at 31 years of age is itself making me anxious and super nervous. I abused cannabis for 4 years (3-4 joints for 2 years and 1-2 joints for 2 years). My T are normal.
Did anybody take any naturopaths, sex therapy or alternative treatments. how is that so many addicts recover fine but we are just done in the "getting it up" department with just weed?

@Mikeabot mentioned he went back to fully being normal under a year. Just wondering if we were already ED candidates and weed is just taking the blame?
i did feel quite low/depressed for 3 months after quitting but starting to feel normal. Is there no recovery for this, like running, eating healthy, no fap for 3-4 months? Or should I assume Viagra is my only hope for life?
There are some full time recovers on the thread so just anxious as I used to be able to get hard with a thought but not anymore.
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Postby Gitana » Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:12 am

I definitely had ED episodes while smoking - since i stopped (4 years ago) thing keep on going up and down. At the time, i thought it was because of my weed habits, but now, i guess it was not.. Well the good news is that Sildenafil (viagra generic) works well though, so my occasional lovers leave usually very happy!
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Postby Magicisreal12345 » Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:46 am

Hey quit weed for good how has it been going for you in regards to sex drive?
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Postby SparkleFly12 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:45 pm

So here I am 2 years and 2 months after quitting.

I too saw my sex drive go up and down when smoking regularly, Id have ED some days and be OK others. Its one (of a few) reasons I quit weed. I thought it could be contributing.

When I quit weed, my sex drive went to 0 for a long time. ED for the whole time.

Now at 2 years and change, I have some days where I feel normal; and other days where I have mild/moderate ED. I dont know if these days will get better with time, or if this is just how I am. I do still have other mild PAWS symptoms; and when I get a PAWS wave those seem to be the days that I also have ED. So it may still be PAWS related, but only time will tell.

As Gitana said, sildenafil works on those days I have mild/moderate ED; even the smallest dose (12-15mg). Back a year ago, I had to take a bigger dose; 17-25mg.

I got my Testosterone levels checked, and they are on the lower end of what is considered normal. So maybe someone like me just has spouts of ED intermittently. Time will tell.

Anyway, I will post back when I have
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Postby tokes » Sun May 02, 2021 6:08 pm

@SparkleFly12 yep, I still struggle with ED and still need ED meds for sex with women. Its annoying as I usually have to plan in advance as I like to take 5mg of cialis at a time instead of 20mg all in one go which makes me flush and have a blocked nose. I never had a problem with ED while smoking, but quitting developed this problem.

I get morning wood sometimes and I can keep it up to masturbate but for sex with a woman its just a myth. 3 years in and still no improvement. I am in my ideal weight, i work out and do sports - what a nightmare for a 29 year old.

I got testosterone, cortisol, ultrasound on heart and veins done - all is normal. So wtf is wrong? I was handed over to sex therapist by my local doctor but I gave up on that because I could not relate to any of the questions she was asking.

In the UK, there is a company called numan which claims it can find the source of your ED. I am not in the UK atm tho so I can't try that...but for anyone that is give it a go! i'll be interested to see the results.

@FAITH I am really happy to hear that my posts have helped you through your journey. I realised recently a lot of my heart palpitations were linked to nicotine use. I stopped smoking cigarettes a month ago and the heart palpitations almost reduced to zero without the cigs....so I guess I found the cause of the problem for that one! But yeah in general, after about a year to a year and a half - the heart palps definitely lessen in severity.
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Postby ultralobster » Mon May 03, 2021 6:19 am

Hi- I'm pretty sure I've been going thru this too. I was having weird leaky/crawling discharge feeling and extreme difficulty having an erection, and orgasm was extremely uncomfortable. This was in early/mid March and I found out I had a bacterial infection. I was prescribed a 10 day penicillin course and the symptoms went away a few days into it. Then on 3/16 I smoked with a couple friends. All my PAWS symptoms went away for two days but then returned including the leaky discharge feeling and it continued until i went on another antibiotic course near the end of March, and I finished it a little into April I think. It's been gone at this point. However I DO still have some ED weirdness, I only started getting morning wood again this past week or two. i've noticed though when i do get an erection, I'll have precum not long after it goes down. I mean I know that's normal if you have the erection for a while but it's been happening a lot today. Anyone have a lot of precum happen with their WeedPAWS-related ED?
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Postby quitweedforgood » Tue May 25, 2021 4:31 am

Hey Magicisreal12345, checking in here after long time My sex drive is better but still low after almost 8.5 months since quitting. Again my use was heavy 1-2 gms for 1.5 years then a 7 month break and then ultra heavy use 2-3 gms a day for 1.5 years and some 20 vape 0.5 gm cartridges and 15 gms worth of shatters with a vape pen in the middle of all this.
I found studies that said dopamine receptivity is suppressed in chronic cannabis users and then another one DAT levels (dopamine transporter levels) got close to normal after 14 months of meth use.
Though some stories of ED fixing are here like MikeBot and some others on first few pages of thread but Sparkfly and some others stories also where ED is still not fully recovered after 2 years!! but again those exact stories also have some sessions of smoking in the recovery too.
Marijuana is most definite cause of ED because I haven't abused anything else and I could get hard from porn and masterbate 3-4 times a day at will just 2-3 years ago and also get hard after smoking up but not anymore or with alcohol even. I have reduced porn usage by 90% but I will stay away from it for 90 days and see if things improve. I don't get turned on or hard by porn anymore. Also don't get hard with thoughts or without stimulation. Is this what you guys experience too?
Libido is still down and my sleep is still shitty when I am worried about this subject.
There are folks who say they have smoked for 10-40 years and not have problems on various blogs and now us, is the heavy concentrate use and high potent strains with 25% cannabis the blame that even after getting clean we are facing these issues.
Daily use of viagra with a partner is going to kill us way sooner and thought of not having proper erections will also.
With al that being said my erections have gotten better since the first 2-3 months since quit but now at much lower level as I also can lose them in 3-4 seconds unless I don't continue stimulating my penis with my hands.
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Postby quitweedforgood » Tue May 25, 2021 4:40 am

Just exploring possible causes of ED even after 8.5 months for me.
Sparkfly, tokes you guys are still not at 100% since quit also and mention that poor sleep is still an issue, this could affect erections?
You guys have also smoked or used marijuana a few times in the middle since your big quits long time ago. Could this be a reason?
You guys are also smoking cigs until recently? Not fully clean could this be a reason also as nicotine also releases dopamine in brain?
Are we guys porn abusers since 10-15 years and that is causing ED like so many other people reporting ED, porn induced dysfunction?
Also if you can share as this is giving me anxiety too being all 30 year olds. Are you able to get hard with just thoughts? or if you see a naked picture or porn? All these I now require physical stimulation of penis.
Did you guys use herbal supplements, chinese ginseng, shilajit (indian aryuevedic supplement for erections)?
Is cialis ok to use at our age on a regular basis?
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Postby Eroica » Tue May 25, 2021 8:24 am

My libido and erections are back to I would say almost 90 percent. It took me almost two years to get there though. At 8.5 months my libido was very low and I did not get erections very often and when i could, i could not maintain erections for very long.
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Postby tokes » Wed May 26, 2021 7:35 pm

I stopped smoking cigarettes for 6 weeks my heart palpitations stopped and my erectile dysfunction improved. I was unable to test it out in a real life situation but I woke up with morning wood, had good libido and it looked bigger (more blood flow). I've started smoking cigarettes again and yeah back to how it use to be, pretty fast. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor...an etection killer.

For all your enquiring about Cialis:

When I was with my ex for 2 years I would take 5mg Cialis for a month and then reduce the dose down to 2.5mg for a month, then j would take 2.5mg once every 3 days for 2 weeks and then completely stop for a week...(all the while still having strong erections as the Cialis builds up in the body) then I would start this process again. İt was my way of taking the least dose possible while maintaining erections. I had no side effects with this method (none of the annoying flushed face, stuffy nose).
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Postby Magicisreal12345 » Sun May 30, 2021 2:47 am

I fee my libido fluctuates. I’m also on a slight caloric deficit and train pretty hard. It’s hard to say what my problem is. My girlfriend says I have a high wax drive. We can have sex sometimes 5 times a day. Sometimes only once. I get morning woods when I don’t train as much. I’ve gone the past two days without ejaculation and have had a few random erections but less of a burning desire. I think my brain is dirty and I have to reset. But I don’t know. I ask some dudes at work how often they pmo and they say once every two weeks. So I tend to worry a lot but sometimes I think I’m fine. Some days I don’t know.
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Postby tokeless » Sun May 30, 2021 5:45 pm

We can have sex sometimes 5 times a day.

So, how does this connect with libido problems? Maybe you're just drained of sexual urge doing it that many times per day?
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Postby SparkleFly12 » Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:27 pm

The past couple months (2.5yrs since I stopped) have been great for my libido. I finally feel more normal, and my sex drive feels normal again. I get morning wood again.

For the first time in 2+yrs. Things are getting better
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