The Unexpected Link Between Cannabis and Sperm Cells
The famous quote “It takes two to tango” is very applicable when it comes to conception. In order for women to get pregnant, they would need the assistance of men, of course. Or in the world of science, for conception to happen, sperm cell of men must fertilize the egg cell of women. However, not all sexual intercourse results to fertilization of the eggs. While some can just blame to getting the “right timing”, others have more serious issue such as infertility.
About 17% of couples in the United States, or 1 in every couples are facing infertility problems. And in all infertility cases, 30% of this is about male factor infertility; so you can consider male infertility to be a real issue here. Male infertility can be low number of sperm count, low number of sperms in the semen, low speed of sperm to reach the egg cells, sperms that are too weak to withstand the acidic vaginal environment, cystic fibrosis, erectile dysfunction, injury in testicles, problem in ejaculating, and many others.
What Causes Male Infertility?
There are several factors that causes male infertility — from heredity to lifestyle. Below are the factors that causes male infertility.
- DNA and Chromosomal defects
- Problems with ejaculation
- Overexposure to chemicals that could harm the sperm cells such as radiation and other heavy chemicals
Treatments for Male Infertility
The treatment to be used for male infertility depends on the cause of the condition. Some requires surgery while others may only need a series of medication. Unfortunately, there are also some who can’t be treated.
Recently, the hyped brought by the legalization of Cannabis in many states in the US have also caused some clinical research and studies about the medical marijuana. And of these studies is the surprising link between Cannabis and infertility in male.
A research from Harvard University published in 2019 revealed that men who had experienced smoking or ingesting Cannabis have surprisingly higher number of sperm cells compared to men who have never tried Cannabis in their lives. CBD male fertility studies are also showing positive results. CBD oil or cannabidiol is an extract from a Cannabis variety called hemp plant. Unlike the active component of Cannabis called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t give you the “high” or toxicity. It also contains a good amount of anti-oxidants and cannabinoids. The components in Cannabis may have created a “kick” in the sperm cells into an overdrive opting to swim faster than normal towards the egg cells. These cannabinoids react positively to the endocannabinoids present in the male reproductive organ; thus, enabling the Endocannabinoid System of the body to fix any defects in the male reproductive system.