Is CBD Bad for Fertility?

Is CBD Bad for Fertility?

September 14, 2021

Research has uncovered particular effects of CBD on several health issues. The popular cannabis compound’s therapeutic uses are plentiful and expanding. With more and more research, CBD’s potential is realized, and its therapeutic effects are proven. There appears to be a connection between CBD and fertility. The question is, “is CBD bad for fertility?” Let’s find out.

Reasons People Use CBD

Research on CBD is still ongoing, but it’s known that many people are interested in CBD products for good reasons. People use CBD for:

● CBD helps with the management of anxiety, depression, and PTSD

● Epidiolex is effective at treating two rare forms of epilepsy in children

● CBD helps to relieve pain, such as chronic pain that plagues many Americans

● CBD appears to hold promise as a potential cancer drug

● CBD helps to treat inflammatory conditions, including inflammatory bowel movement and rheumatoid arthritis

● CBD therapeutic potential extends to neurological disorders, such as MS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

CBD and Fertility

Cannabinoid (CB) receptors are found throughout the body. CBD connects these receptors to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to achieve mental and physical balance. CBD prevents the receptors from over-stimulation and under-stimulation. The same CB receptors are present in the female reproductive system and in sperm.

CBD and Female Fertility

There’s little scientific evidence to support the notion that CBD on its own can influence fertility either positively or negatively. Animal studies offer some insight that may be relevant to the topic.

A study on female mouse embryos discovered that the compound anandamide negatively impacts embryo development. This compound increases with CBD use, indicating that CBD could negatively affect pregnancy in the early stage, impacting fertility in general.

CBD and Male Fertility

Similarly, as it relates to male fertility, current studies are based on animal models. A 2003 study showed cannabinoids, but not specifically CBD (not directed investigated), can impact male fertility factors, like sperm mobility.

Another study conducted by Swiss researchers reported that CBD negatively affects the male reproductive system, causing a significant reduction in total circulating testosterone (still within normal levels) and sperm abnormalities. 

As it stands on CBD and fertility, more substantial scientific studies are needed to provide more definitive answers on the matter. Animal studies offer some information, but one cannot be sure that the same result would result in studies done on humans. For the time being, it may help to look at the role of CBD in helping with factors that could affect fertility, like stress, anxiety, and depression, which CBD is known to help and boost your chance of conceiving. 




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