The history of Marijuana has always been linked to lower fertility among men. These results caught many as a surprise because the findings have not been consistent. According to a previous study, it was found that cannabis smoking has dangerous effects on testicular functioning of men. In fact, the study revealed that individuals who had smoked marijuana’ in their lives’ had recorded higher’ levels of sperm’ concentration compared to individuals who had never used it.
Sperm Count and Marijuana
On the various studies that have so far been conducted about marijuana, they have revealed that there is no huge difference’ on the sperm concentrations between marijuana smokers and the no-smokers. In fact, its regular use was associated with higher levels of testosterone in the’ blood. These findings published on the ‘Human Reproduction’ came as a surprise among the researchers. Before they analyzed the new data, they all had formulated answers that intake of marijuana is likely to result in low-quality semen. These were the result of most previous studies, but this time around things turned out differently.
On the study’, the investigators collected at least 1143′ samples of semen from around 662′ men. These included white’ and college students, with an average’ age of 36′ in-between’ the year 2000′ and 2017′. All of them had been looking for fertility treatment because conceiving with their partners had become a problem.
After careful study and analysis, it was discovered that men who were marijuana smokers at some point in their life had sperm’ concentration of close to 62.7′ million’ sperms in every milliliter’ of ejaculate’. On the other hand, those who had never come close to marijuana had an’ average of only’ 45.4 million’/ml. According to the world health’ organization, both are normal. The findings’ from different studies have confirmed we are short of knowledge about the reproductive’ effects of marijuana’ and general health’ effects, to be at a position of making strong statements’ regarding the impacts of marijuana.
Well, the findings can be interpreted in various ways that low levels of marijuana ingested in the body have beneficial effects on the production’ of sperm. But then it can also be concluded that heavier use changes’ its effect. It can also be interpreted that men who have high levels of testosterone’ are likely to indulge’ in risky’ behaviors, for example, abuse of’ drugs. Reason being that men with higher levels of testosterone, within the range of normal levels, have high sperm count which has successfully been linked to smoking marijuana. According to DR. Sarah Vij – Urologist, moderate or heavy use of alcohol or tobacco can be associated with low sperm count. So the case of whether cannabis has similar effects is still debatable.
The study also proves that there are very few’ legitimate reasons’ on the use of cannabis that can be associated with higher levels of sperm quality. The drug poses effects on the’ endocannabinoid’ system that plays a very big role in fertility. The study has proved that taking lower levels of marijuana’ can increase the sperm count while higher’ levels and frequent use could result in negative effects.
According to the study, Smoking cannabis is beneficial to the health and the best strains of marijuana’ helps towards increasing the sperm count.