While cannabis has been found to help enhance and rev up a user’s sex drive, there are still questions about how cannabis affects fertility. It has never been scientifically proven that consuming marijuana can deter a woman’s ability to get pregnant or a man’s ability to get a woman pregnant.
So, is it effective in helping those who are trying to conceive? Or does it have the opposite effect?
A new study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked into this and highlighted four key findings about the connection between cannabis use and fertility.
These four key findings are:
1. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) acts on the endocannabinoid system, which is present everywhere in the body, including the reproductive tissues. THC activates the endocannabinoid system’s cannabinoid receptors found in the brain’s hypothalamus, in the pituitary, and in the internal reproductive organs in both men and women.
2. The use of marijuana can decrease sperm count. Men who smoked weed more than once a week in the three months before the study had a 29% decrease in their sperm count.
3. The use of cannabis may inhibit or delay ovulation. Ovulation, on average, was delayed by 1.7 to 3.5 days among women who smoked pot more than thrice in the three months prior to the study.
4. For couples experiencing subfertility or infertility issues, the changes in ovulation timing and sperm count caused by smoking weed may make it harder for them to conceive. However, for most couples, especially those who have no infertility issues, smoking pot does not significantly affect their chances of getting pregnant.
Additionally, women who smoke weed may have an increased risk of infertility due to abnormal ovulation, even for those who use low levels of weed within a year of trying to conceive.
Moreover, researchers suggest that the effects of cannabis on fertility appear to be accumulative over time. What this means is that by the time a woman who is a chronic cannabis smoker enters her mid-20s, she might become more likely to see delays in getting pregnant.