CBD and Fertility: A Guide to the Latest Research
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As the use of cannabidiol (CBD) becomes more mainstream, questions have arisen about its potential effects on fertility. CBD, a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant, has been touted for its many health benefits, from reducing pain and inflammation to improving sleep and reducing anxiety.
But what about its impact on fertility? Can CBD affect sperm count or stimulate female hormones and egg maturation? Are there any risks associated with using CBD for fertility? These are important questions to consider for anyone who is trying to conceive or maintain optimal reproductive health.
Please note that while we believe the following article contains valuable information, it is ultimately up to each person to make an informed decision about whether or not to use CBD during their fertility journey. We encourage all readers to do their own research and make an informed decision that is best for their individual needs and circumstances.
It is important to note that we are not medical professionals and this article is not intended to provide medical advice. We strongly advise consulting with a qualified healthcare provider before using CBD products.
We know that CBD is important for the healthy function of the endocannabinoid system —which plays a role in regulating reproductive function and that perhaps through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, could improve overall reproductive health.
But research is still in its early stages, so it is best to proceed with caution. Some studies suggest that CBD could improve sperm quality and quantity. But there are also concerns that CBD could negatively affect male fertility by reducing testosterone levels and altering sexual function.
There is a belief that CBD may have a positive effect on sperm count, but others have found no significant changes.
One small-scale study published in The Journal Fertility and Sterility in 2019 found that men who used cannabis had significantly higher sperm counts than those who did not use cannabis. The study, which included 662 men, found that those who used cannabis had an average sperm count of 62.7 million sperm per milliliter, compared to 45.4 million sperm per milliliter for those who did not use cannabis.
Another study published in The Journal Epigenetics in 2018 found that cannabis use was associated with changes in DNA methylation, a process that can affect gene expression and may play a role in sperm production. The study authors suggested that these changes could potentially have a positive effect on sperm count and fertility.
One study published in The Journal Molecules in 2019 found that CBD increased testosterone levels in rats, potentially through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, it's important to note that this study was conducted on animals and not humans.
Another study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2013 found that acute administration of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, reduced testosterone levels in healthy men. However, this study did not investigate the effects of CBD specifically.
Some studies and anecdotal reports suggest that CBD may have potential benefits for various aspects of male sexual function, including erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation, and libido.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED): CBD may help by improving blood flow and reducing anxiety, which are both common factors contributing to ED. A 2017 review article on cannabinoids and sexual dysfunction suggests that the endocannabinoid system may play a role in erectile function.
Premature Ejaculation: Some research suggests that CBD may help by reducing anxiety and stress, which can contribute to premature ejaculation. A 2019 review article on the therapeutic potential of CBD for anxiety disorders discusses the anxiolytic properties of CBD.
We do know that CBD could have potential benefits for female sexual health, such as improving menstrual regularity and reducing pain and inflammation associated with conditions like endometriosis.
But research is still in its early stages, so it is best to proceed with caution. There are also concerns that CBD could impact hormonal balance, potentially affecting ovulation.