Overall, cannabis use by men once a week or more was associated with a 29% reduction in total sperm count, and consumption by women in the past three months was associated with a delay in ovulation. In addition, evidence also supports that erectile dysfunction is twice as high in cannabis users as in non-users. One of the first to examine the impact of marijuana on semen quality and male fertility was written by Dr. Omer Raheem, a medical urologist at the University of Chicago.
The study found that marijuana use adversely affected male fertility. The data showed that current or former marijuana users had more damaged sperm, a lower sperm count and a reduced semen volume. Because of this connection, researchers must continue to study how it affects reproductive function when cannabis activates the ECS and its receptors in the bloodstream, especially since the results are varied in terms of possible complications, such as reduced fertility and loss of pregnancy. In addition, cannabis use has been associated with reductions in sperm count and concentration, abnormalities in sperm morphology, reductions in sperm mobility and viability, and decreased fertilization capacity.
We know that this extensive information (or lack of it) is quite confusing, so we'll update you with new research on cannabis as it becomes available. New research estimates that legalizing cannabis at the federal level could cost the pharmaceutical industry billions. Once pregnant, it's important to consider the effects of cannabis on both the pregnant person and the fetus. Effects of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, on human sperm function in vitro.
New research shows a decline in synthetic cannabis poisoning in states that have legalized recreational cannabis. If you're a cannabis user who is pregnant, actively trying to conceive, or thinking about becoming pregnant in the future, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider about your cannabis use to help you move forward as safely as possible. Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug among women of reproductive age, and cannabis use during pregnancy is on the rise there. We will continue to recommend that women (and their male partners) who are pregnant or trying to conceive not use cannabis.
Experts also recommend always talking to your healthcare provider about the potential impact of your cannabis use. Cannabinoids inhibit the activity of the HPG axis, meaning that marijuana use reduces the production of several hormones and can inhibit sexual behavior if sexual desire decreases, which can also hinder your efforts to conceive.
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