CBD and Your Sperm Count: What You Need to Know
There has recently been a concern regarding whether or not CBD can affect sperm count, sperm health and its makeup. So what do we know, what research has been done on this subject, and what can you expect from taking CBD?
But first of all, it is important to understand what CBD is, where it comes from, and why this is even a question being asked.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of 110 cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. It was first discovered in 1940 by Dr. dams and his research team at the University of Illinois.
Although CBD did not become popular until recent years, it has been under the microscope due to many reasons, including the fact that CBD can be of great use to us as a dietary supplement thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids (Omega-6 and Omega-3) and other nutrients.
CBD is often confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the component in cannabis plants which is responsible for its psychoactive effects), which leads to the belief that CBD can cause the same mind-altering effects. But this is not true.
CBD is processed by the endocannabinoid system in our bodies and has not been known to produce any psychoactive effects -- contrary to some beliefs.
CBD is incredibly versatile and can be found in many different products, from cosmetics and self-care products all the way to dietary supplements, capsules and tablets, edibles and even pet treats.
But if CBD is almost everywhere, should you worry about it affecting your sperm count?
Smoking Cannabis vs. Taking CBD and The Effects on Sperm Count
There have been a number of different studies conducted throughout the years focusing on the effects that smoking cannabis has on sperm count and overall sperm health. A study conducted at the University of Copenhagen is a perfect example of these tests and their results.
This study was conducted on 1,215 men. The study found that those who reported using cannabis once or more a week experienced an average of 25% reduction in their sperm count. Of course, the researchers stated that lifestyle, diet, and the amount of exercise these men did could also be a factor and could also contribute to a portion of the sperm loss experienced. But the final conclusion of the study was that smoking cannabis once a week or more can cause an average of 25% decrease in sperm count.
But is it the same for those who take CBD and other cannabinoids?
When it comes to the effect CBD and other cannabinoids has on sperm count, there has not been enough research done, and as of now, many of the tests done have come back inconclusive. But, we do know a couple things.
According to a study done in 2003 at Buffalo University, USA, things such as sperm’s swimming ability can be affected by cannabinoids. But as of now, we still don’t know exactly what happens to sperm when it processes cannabinoids such as CBD.
Also, a study conducted by Dr Hans Hatt (Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany) that sperm cells are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our bodies, and that when sperm processes cannabinoids (through their own internal ECS) the spermatozoa is activated, playing a large role in fertilization.
The Fine Line In Between
It could be easy to confuse these two concepts because, if someone is smoking cannabis, aren’t they also receiving cannabinoids such as CBD? Well, the answer is not that simple. Although there is a possibility of receiving CBD and other cannabinoids through smoking cannabis, the act of actually smoking the plant does away with many of its nutrients, and therefore the dosage is incredibly minimal.
But when one takes CBD on its own or in an oil, where the content is high, what they are receiving is a higher concentration of cannabinoids, and not other substances released by cannabis plants when burned.
So smoking cannabis has shown to significantly lower one’s sperm count, while the use of cannabinoids such as CBD has not (as of yet) shown the same results. This means that if you’re concerned about your sperm count (and overall fertility) it is best you switch from smoking cannabis to using CBD.
As mentioned above, there is not enough conclusive evidence concrete enough to fully determine whether or not CBD has a direct effect on sperm count, but we there are a few research results which point to the possibility of CBD being safe in this aspect.
Smoking cannabis, on the other hand, may have a direct effect on your sperm count, and it is most favourable to those who want to be healthy to stop its use.