Many people don't know about the links between fertility and cannabis, although several studies have been published on the matter. One recent piece of research found that the participants in the study who smoked weed had a higher sperm count than those who didn't use the drug. This is a very interesting finding as it totally goes against results of earlier research showing that marijuana has the potential to reduce male fertility. Should we take these new findings on board? Or dismiss them as a fluke? Let's find out.
The new research that has been mentioned was actually carried out by the prestigious US University, Harvard. The university research collected over 1000 sperm samples from 662 men who had used a fertility clinic between the years 2000 and the 2017. After these samples were examined, it was discovered that those who admitted to using marijuana had sperm concentrations of 62.7 million per ml, and those who denied using the substance were found to have a concentration of 45.4 million per ml. Furthermore, a mere 5% of men who did use the drug had a categorically low sperm count (under 15 million per ml), compared to 12% of men who said they didn't smoke. This, participants in the study who smoked cannabis were about half as likely to have low sperm counts when compared with the non-smoking participants.
The above results contradict almost every piece of research in the area so far, which usually finds weed to harm male fertility. Instead, Harvard's study appears to suggest that smoking weed can increase male sperm count. However, this would be a far-reaching conclusion as while the results do show a link between smoking marijuana and having a high sperm count, correlation does not imply causation. In fact, there could be any number of reasons as to why the highly fertile men were, well, highly fertile. For example, testosterone could have been a factor.
Normal Sperm Production
Its also important to keep in mind that a high sperm count doesn't always mean high levels of fertility. In actual fact, sperm mobility is a huge thing that needs to be looked at, how well the sperm are able to swim. It may surprise you that 15% of infertile men do indeed have some normal sperm production, but their issue is getting the sperm into the semen. This issue often happens as a result of blockages in the tubes which move sperm from the testes to the ejaculatory area.
All in all, the new research is definitely contradictory, but it has to be said that there is much more evidence stacked up in favour of the argument that cannabis hurts sperm count, rather than improves it. While the recent study is promising, I advise that those of you out there looking to conceive may want to cut down a little on the pot.
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