Procreation is a human calling. It is said that our entire existence is centered around the concept of procreation. It is a human calling. Now, as an introduction, that may be the most jarring statement you have read in a long, long time. But I’m here to tell you it’s true. Our fundamental nature is centered around a single motive of leaving a legacy and furthering our family line. Now, the biggest challenge to the whole institution of procreation has to be the increasing rates of infertility across the world.
We have been biologically evolving. Not in the best direction, however. We have been undergoing a fertility crisis starting from the 1970s.
So, it is a natural thing to wonder what is causing this massive decrease in sperm count as well as conceiving issues in females.
Cannabis is growing in acceptability across the country. Starting from counterculture beginning in the 1960s to the peace movement of the 80s, where it became the third most consumed drug in the United States (The first and second being tobacco and alcohol). In homeopathic medicine, it has maintained its status quo for an even longer time. Its effects, however, have remained undocumented and not backed by science because of the federal ban on the drug, which continues to exist.
Cannabis and Fertility
In the US alone, 8.4% of adults claim to consume marijuana, either recreationally or medically. Out of this already large number, you have about 40% who admit to consuming on a daily basis.
With statewide legalization, there has been a spike in how much we know about the interactions the drug has with the body. Though one point I would like to reiterate before we begin a deep dive into the world of cannabis and fertility, research that I will be mentioning in the forthcoming passages is all preliminary and not conducted over decades and is subject to change as time passes.
This was like when the great people decided to put micro-beads in our body wash, only to realize we are doing irreparable damage to the environment in the end.
The process of understanding how the world works is long and tedious; oftentimes, it is only as time passes that we get a clearer picture of what is happening.
Now to the myths exist around the consumption of marijuana and how it affects fertility in both men and women.
Right off the bat, marijuana is a complicated herb (classified as a drug) it is complex in how it affects your body and with its various permutations, studying a particular kind is not an indicator of how other types will change the body and mind.
Also, a jarring issue is that research is exceptionally preliminary. So, conclusive results are rare.
An aspect of marijuana that is the true affects only shows up on heavy users and not occasional users. Short term usage is practically devoid of any side effects. Moderation is key here.
Understanding women’s fertility is inherently complicated. Unlike men who have semen parameters guiding research with women, its vaguer.
Myth: Cannabis may prevent and delay ovulation
Now, here is the thing there is literally one good study. That study says cannabis may delay ovulation. But, one study is hardly enough to draw conclusions
Myth: THC affects the sperm count
There are two extremely entertaining schools of thought attached to this myth. One is that smoking marijuana is associated with a 29 % reduction in sperm count. The other one says that if you smoke marijuana even once, chances are you will have a higher concentration of sperm in comparison to the men who don’t do the same. Now here the speculation is how it ends up affecting you is a direct telling of how much you consume. These are inherently contradictory findings even if you take into account the frequency of smoking as a factor.
Myth: Smoking the seeds renders you infertile
Now, this is my favorite as the number of times I have heard it is baffling. I can give you a conclusive answer to this one and say no, this does not happen; You can’t be utterly infertile if you smoke the seeds. The truth is, apart from being a nuisance, there isn’t much that is achieved from the seeds. If you are a native strain enthusiast, chances are higher to find seeds otherwise not so much.
There is a contradiction to the myths stated above. If consumed at low levels, marijuana has the capability to actually benefit fertility.
All this noise and no actual conclusive evidence. The truth of the matter is that only research across the spectrum in every individual strain can give you a comprehensive view into the world of cannabis and its actual effects on fertility. Before you go becoming an enthusiast of anything ensure you talk to a medical professional to see if your medical condition qualifies for the use of a medical marijuana card( for convenience sake).