The legalization of marijuana is on a lot of people’s minds. In 2018, two more states decriminalized cannabis and a handful of states approved medical use. So, when we look at the full tally to date, 33 states out of 50, along with the District of Columbia, have passed laws legalizing cannabis in some form. It won’t be long before weed is as legal and easy to buy as beer.
And let’s be honest, though it’s been illegal for a long time and not-so-easy to buy, it hasn’t stopped a massive amount of people from getting their high on. So, whether you’re smoking or eating it legally or illegally (we don’t ask – you don’t tell), there is something you should know: weed may be f*cking up your spunk.
A research team from Duke University found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for its psychoactive effect, may be linked to lower sperm count as well as changing the DNA of all those little swimmers.
Why is that a bad thing? Well, it’s not, unless you and your partner are trying to conceive. Fertilization is a number’s game. The more sperm in your semen, the more chance you have at one of them getting to the holy grail – the egg – and getting inside where they can’t plant their flag and say, “Pappa’s home.”
The study also determined that THC attack genes in cellular pathways and changes the actual structure of sperm. Now the last thing you want to happen is that your sperm gets to the egg and fertilizes it, but that particular sperm happens to have funky DNA.
But the crazy thing is, the researchers are not sure yet if these changes are long-term or short-term and if these changes can be passed onto offspring. If they can, that’s a very bad thing.
The small-scale study published online in the journal Epigenetics compared the sperm of 24 men using their semen samples. Half of the guys had admitted to smoking cannabis at least once a week for the past six months while the other half had not smoked weed in the past six months. The second group also reported they had used drugs fewer than 10 times in their lives. And just to make sure everyone was telling the truth about their drug habits, the researchers started by measuring their THC levels.
Although the researchers are certain that weed changes sperm DNA, they aren’t yet quite sure what this means for men who are trying to have children.
“What we have found is that the effects of cannabis use on males and their reproductive health are not completely null, in that there’s something about cannabis use that affects the genetic profile in sperm,” said study co-author Scott Kollins, Ph.D., professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke, in a statement.
But there are doctors who are quite concerned about what these findings on weed’s impact on sperm mean. One doctor, Dr. Nelson Bennett, MD, FACS and Associate Professor of Urology at Northwestern Medicine, has commented that he believes changes in sperm DNA might be quite serious, “current research suggests that these changes are permanent and can be passed to offspring.”
So, what should you be thinking if you happen to enjoy the ganja every now and then? Well, while the study was very small, and while more studies will no doubt be needed to come to a solid conclusion that everyone agrees on, these initial findings should not be ignored, according to Dr. Bennet, “Men should be VERY concerned,” he said. “This study found a significant decrease in sperm count in those men using THC. This decease of roughly 40 percent in sperm concentration may make it difficult for men with already altered sperm counts to be sub-fertile.”
The bottom line is, if you and your partner are trying to conceive, it’s a good idea to lay off the weed for a while. Why not give your sperm, and your baby, the best fighting chance?
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