Can consuming cannabis REALLY affect your sperm count? We’re not here to say that it can or that we are sold on it, but it is hard to ignore a brand new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that joins other studies over the years that have indicated consuming cannabis can lead to lowering sperm count among men.
Does this mean that smoking marijuana leads to you not being able to have children? Of course not. Could there be other factors within the study that can contribute to lowering the sperm count rather than just marijuana? Certainly. However, take a look at some of the findings from the study for yourself and take what you want from it.
From the abstract:
“A total of 1,215 young Danish men aged 18–28 years were recruited between 2008 and 2012 when they attended a compulsory medical examination to determine their fitness for military service.
The participants delivered a semen sample, had a blood sample drawn, and underwent a physical examination. They responded to questionnaires including information on marijuana and recreational drug use during the past 3 months (no use, use once per week or less, or use more than once per week).
A total of 45% had smoked marijuana within the last 3 months. Regular marijuana smoking more than once per week was associated with a 28% (95% confidence interval (CI): −48, −1) lower sperm concentration and a 29% (95% CI: −46, −1) lower total sperm count after adjustment for confounders.
The combined use of marijuana more than once per week and other recreational drugs reduced the sperm concentration by 52% (95% CI: −68, −27) and total sperm count by 55% (95% CI: −71, −31). Marijuana smokers had higher levels of testosterone within the same range as cigarette smokers.
Our findings are of public interest as marijuana use is common and may be contributing to recent reports of poor semen quality.”
Check out the video below for more information and clarity about the study!
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