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Will Pot Ruin Your Manhood?

Two Women Investigate This Myth and Other Bullshit

Will Pot Ruin Your Manhood?

Smoking pot will kill your testosterone levels and make you sterile. The link between marijuana use and sterility is unproven, says Dr. Charles Arakaki, chief physician at the Universal Men's Clinic at Swedish Medical Center. He explains that most of the studies done on marijuana use and testosterone were executed in the 1970s, with mice. "The studies done more recently, in the 1990s, show that there's no effect on hormone levels," Dr. Arakaki explains. "They contradict previous studies."

I need flavored rolling papers in order to roll a perfect joint. Marijuana neophytes—and there are plenty of them in Washington State now—yearn to roll the perfect joint, as if that proves their newfound smoking prowess, and this task usually involves some fancy flavored rolling paper, because people who don't smoke pot like they put on shoes think it should be as stylized and weird as possible. These delightful little ducklings are wrong. Through trial and error, stoners at Stranger HQ have found over the years that Bible passages and pages ripped from antique dictionaries roll quite nicely and burn evenly. Here are the substitutes that won't work in a pinch: Post-it Notes, Yellow Pages, or selections of The Stranger, each of which will make you feel like you've just taken a bong rip from the tailpipe of a Hummer. So for a divine high, relax, rip your favorite passage out of Deuteronomy, maybe eat a ham and cheese sandwich to prove you're an equal opportunity blasephemer, and just roll the fucking joint already.

Eating sugar will cut into my high. No.

Smoking weed could make me stupider in the long term. You may have heard about studies saying heavy cannabis use is associated with lower IQs later in life—it seems like a no-brainer (hardy-har). While some research has blamed pot for lowering IQs, Norwegian research economist Ole Røgeberg recently reexamined and debunked a big study of potheads in New Zealand that's been widely cited as scientific proof that teen pot smokers make dumber adults. So as long as you don't hit the bong right before taking an IQ test, you and your brain are going to be just fine. (Still, don't smoke pot till you're 18, kids.)

Coughing while smoking gets me higher. This popular theory, while borne out by experience for many people, is likely crap. Some say it's true because coughing expands your lungs, leaving more surface area to absorb THC, but you're also breathing in lots of fresh air and coughing out a lot of the smoke. Probably this old-stoner-wives' tale is around because taking a monster hit, which will get you higher, is more likely to make you cough.

If I smoke enough pot, I'll smoke myself straight 'n' sober. Don't be an idiot. recommended


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nikoniko 1
Omg, who is excited for the weed mythbusters that will come out when weed is legal everywhere (at least I'm hoping mythbusters will still be around when that happens)?
Posted by nikoniko on April 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Your statement about Ole Røgeberg analysis of Meier et al.'s New Zealand longitudinal study is a misrepresentation of the facts.

Røgeberg disagreed with Meier's statistical analysis and created an alternative model that he thought better accounted for the effect of Socio-economic status (but plenty of other researchers have criticized Røgeberg's analysis) , but this didn't "debunk" Meier's conclusion.

Røgeberg explicitly says in his abstract "Although it would be too strong to say that the results have been discredited, the methodology is flawed and the causal inference drawn from the results premature."

The conclusion everyone should draw is that smoking weed regularly (3 days/week, in this study)during adolescence may, or may not, cause a drop in IQ scores.
Posted by Leave the science to professionals on April 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Urging people to smoke bible pages is pretty irresponsible. Most bibles are printed on specifically flame retardant paper, and most printing paper (and some inks) are harmful to toxic to smoke even without the flame retardant chemicals. (I hope you notice the irony of including that childish tactic that actually negative health consequences in an article about not letting the stoner wisdom of teenagers ruin your high.)
Posted by sweet g on April 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
yelahneb 4
@3 Can't tell if trolling, or just dumb and humorless
Posted by yelahneb on April 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Pot with exercise (not done while high) makes me horny as fuck
Posted by No Excuses on April 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Anecdotally, I'd say the rare "all CBD, almost no THC" strains can kind of sober you up a bit.

I tried the experiment of intentionally smoking a bunch more Sour Diesel than I would want to. Following up with CBD Sour Tsunami (tested at high CBD and miniscule THC) actually muted the unpleasant effects and cleared my head a great deal.
Posted by urnamehere on April 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM · Report this
spaceapple 7
We need to have this debate because no stoner guy has ever accidentally gotten his girlfriend pregnant.
Posted by spaceapple on April 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
spaceapple 8
I totally commented after only reading the first sentence. I am such a stoner.
Posted by spaceapple on April 11, 2013 at 2:33 PM · Report this
@sweet g. I hope you noticed the irony in how annoying you are. Go read readers digest or something please. You clearly lack the sense of humor to read the stranger without being a crotch.
Posted by tito on April 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM · Report this
@2 Really smartypants? Ass.
Posted by tito on April 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM · Report this

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