Want to maintain strong sperm that are excellent swimmers? Anyone who is interested in maintaining their virility should understand this point. According to a University of Buffalo Study, regular marijuana usage may be one of the negative effects of weed affecting sperm efficacy and fertility chances.
The university set up a team to analyze specifically how sperm behaves in users who regularly consume marijuana, defined as a couple times a day. They wanted to see if any of the active compounds inside cannabis had any impact on sperm’s ability to function correctly.
The Cannabinoid Effect
Marijuana contains several substances called cannabinoids, the main one being THC, all of which are capable of activating the endocannabinoid system. This system exists in all of us and traverses throughout our entire body and provides various benefits when energized such as appetite stimulation and pain relief.
However, these cannabinoids also hold influence over sperm functionality. Interestingly, sperm has its own cannabinoid receptors which interact with the marijuana cannabinoid anandamide. The endocannabinoid system is a relatively new subject under study in biology and is yielding a lot of information about how the human body operates. This is case and point.
Slow it Down Little Guys
The researchers discovered that sperm from frequent marijuana users was behaving in abnormal ways and that this could greatly affect fertility. They weren’t sure however, exactly how its functionality was being altered by the effects of weed. They suspected that either the stimulation of cannabinoids was causing the sperm to receive false indicators on what it should be doing or whether the sperm was losing its natural inhibitions and exhausting itself before it could do its job. Either way, researchers agreed that sperm were exerting themselves too vigorously and too early to remain potent.
All that being said about decreases in fertility, the researchers said the overall impact is probably not substantial. Men who smoke marijuana regularly continue to father children and it isn’t acting as a complete roadblock on conception. Because of its only minor impact, they inferred that this decrease in sperm effectiveness is probably only critical in those who already face inherent reproductive problems, and that smoking marijuana may be enough to eliminate all chances for reproduction.
Use This Knowledge for Your Benefit
I know quite a few people that have children and vaporize weed on a daily basis. It’s clear that it is still possible to have children while marijuana is in the system, but if conceiving is a top priority then it might be wise to lay off for a little bit.