Scientists Claim Cannabis Can Affect Fertility for Both Men and Women
The legalization of marijuana could mean a reduction in fertility rates, regardless of whether men or women partake. Canadian Medical Association Journal found evidence that suggested the psychoactive drug within current marijuana packaging, tetrahydrocannabinol could be the culprit. According to the findings, the marijuana plant itself, which remains largely in the utilized form of cannabis activates reproductive organs. This activation, over time, can lead to fertility issues.
Specifically, smoking marijuana is alleged to reduce sperm count by as much as twenty-nine percent, according to one study. In women, marijuana is alleged to either prevent or delay ovulation. The delay of ovulation was an average of 1.5 to 3.5 days.
However, it is important to note that the studies did not find any evidence that smoking marijuana once daily, or once per week varied fertility rates. Additionally, there was no direct link between the ability for most couples to conceive, despite the findings.
Rather, the issue with conception was geared toward couples who already had a difficult time conceiving. Basically, the findings clarified that it would be unwise to smoke while a couple with fertility issues are trying to conceive.
Additionally, scientists revealed that the risk of fertility issues due to the current marijuana packaging, or other forms of cannabis use are small. This is due to the information in their survey being admittedly tainted. Since marijuana is illegal, it is difficult to be sure people are telling the truth about their dosage and the method of use.
Admittedly, this is a major issue, which basically negates any of the researcher’s findings. Therefore, for those who partake in cannabis, before worrying about this new study, take all the information into consideration.
Yet, that does not mean that the information should be discounted. After all, fertility is not the only potential health risk that is being studied. Other studies allege that memory loss in teenagers is possibly a result of marijuana use. As marijuana packaging, legalization, and interest spreads, though, there is bound to be many more studies like this conducted; possibly with similarly unreliable sources.