Study Finds Marijuana May Lower Sperm Count

Photo Credit: Marijuana Investor News

Photo Credit: Marijuana Investor News

Many consider marijuana a miracle plant, having a wide array of healing properties that can combat a variety of symptoms while lacking many of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs currently on the market. This is not to say that cannabis has no side effects, however. Many consider the plant's side effects minimal and less severe than pharmaceutical drugs, pointing to the fact that it is impossible to overdose on the drug and the fact that the drug is merely habit forming as opposed to addictive. That being said, it is still important to understand each side effect of the medication, one being the possibility of lowering one's sperm count. 

In a study conducted between 2008 and 2012, 1,215 Danish men between the ages of 18-28 were examined in mandatory health exams while serving in the military. Part of the examination required participants to provide a semen sample and answer questions about their health and lifestyle, including questions about marijuana use and recreational drug use within the previous three months. Out of all of the participants, 45 percent reported using marijuana, and those who used it more than once a week had 28 percent lower sperm count than those who did not. Those who combined marijuana use with other drug use had 55 percent lower sperm count. Researchers explained, "Our findings are of public interest as marijuana use is common and may be contributing to recent reports of poor semen quality."

Marijuana Investor News wrote an analysis of this study, and pointed out this information should not be overly alarming because marijuana is not the only thing that can lower one's sperm count. "While marijuana may lower sperm count and sperm concentration in regular users, a good number of other activities do as well, but leading a healthy and active lifestyle may be the best counteraction." For more information on this topic, read the whole article here.