Does Smoking Marijuana Make Men Infertile?
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Does Smoking Marijuana Make Men Infertile?
Posted by CN Staff on December 07, 2009 at 04:43:57 PT
By Bina Venkataraman 
Source: Boston Globe
Boston, MA --  Q. Does smoking marijuana make men infertile?A. With medical marijuana use on the rise, more researchers are studying the connection between cannabinoids, the active chemical components in marijuana, and the brain. Few have tackled the question of marijuana use and fertility.
Several studies have drawn a link between men who smoke marijuana and a higher prevalence of problems that could cause infertility, including lower testosterone levels, less vigorous sperm swimming patterns, and testicular cancer. Nevertheless, no studies have proven that marijuana use leads to male infertility, in animals or humans.“More research is required to know exactly what are the effects of smoking marijuana,’’ said S.K. Dey, director of the reproductive sciences division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. One study that Dey helped conduct (published in the March issue of the journal Cancer) showed that men who had smoked marijuana had a higher risk of testicular cancer, especially if they smoked before age 18. “What studies we have done suggest that the risk factors could be more if exposed at an earlier age.’’Lani Burkman, a professor emerita of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, runs a business that gives fertility tests to men and women who have used drugs including marijuana. She advises couples who are trying to become pregnant that the man and woman should quit smoking marijuana for at least a year prior to when they want to conceive. Burkman said there are “no hard studies’’ that support that specific time frame, but it’s an estimate she bases on research that shows that marijuana chemicals get stored in the body’s fat tissue, which suggests it could take at least a year or two to “work its way out of your system.’’Marijuana use by women during pregnancy, on the other hand, has been linked to a variety of problems in the children, including low birth weight and cognitive problems.Source: Boston Globe (MA)Author:  Bina Venkataraman Published: December 7, 2009 Copyright: 2009 Globe Newspaper CompanyContact: letter globe.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #22 posted by AnnaShort on July 28, 2010 at 05:13:43 PT:
The Good News on This One...
Obviously plenty of commenters here have had no problem getting pregnant while using marijuana. It is true, though, that it can have an impact on fertility for some men. What's great about men (in the baby-making world, anyway ; ) is that they are constantly producing new semen. So, if you are trying to get pregnant but having trouble then setting aside the pot for a few months so that you are creating sperm that is not impacted by the smoking is certainly worth doing. I'd be interested in the studies on females. If pot does not harm human fetuses, what a terrific option for morning sickness!
Reasons for Infertility, Male and Female
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Comment #21 posted by Storm Crow on December 07, 2009 at 10:48:32 PT
I know it's a synthetic, but....
Synthetic Cannabinoid May Aid Fertility In Smokers is also "Dreher's Jamaican Pregnancy Study" (Here is a link to a shorter, easy to read article about it- ) that showed that kids of cannabis using mothers were not only normal, but slightly advanced in some ways! "At 30 days the exposed babies did better than the non-exposed on all the scales and significantly better on two of the scales (having to do with autonomic stability and reflexes).Plus, as mentioned earlier, I remember all those pregnant hippie chicks (me included- got off "the pill" just two weeks before Xmas 1973, gave birth the end of September 1974!). Both of my sons are brilliant and talented young men. And I simply don't see a lack of 30-something year olds- there seems to be a normal number of them.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on December 07, 2009 at 10:32:43 PT
I was waiting for your 2 cents! LOL!
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Comment #19 posted by museman on December 07, 2009 at 10:22:12 PT
ha ha..ha ha
My wife would have loved this to be even slightly true...7 children.... all after I started smoking pot.Learned about alcohol at the same time as other addictive drugs, rejected them, went with the herb.Not even the slightest drop in my 'potency'!Chicken Little is really getting desperate!runruff...My Man!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #18 posted by HempWorld on December 07, 2009 at 08:56:21 PT
What did these people smoke when they wrote below article?
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Comment #17 posted by HempWorld on December 07, 2009 at 08:54:07 PT
Alcohol Impairs Male Fertility
Alcohol is known to adversely affect fertility. There is no doubt that alcohol affects both male and female fertility. Even moderate levels of alcohol consumption can affect fertility in both men and women.Let us talk about how alcohol can impair male fertility. First of all, alcohol reduces sperm density. Apart from reducing sperm count, alcohol may also result in abnormalities in sperm shape and size, which can lead to male infertility. Alcohol can also adversely affect sperm motility.Alcohol can alter the oval head shape also the sperm tail shape, which matters much in male fertility. Alcoholism can lead to a decline in the T serum levels, which is one of the causes of male infertility.It is seen that alcohol leads to a rise in the estrogen levels, which may interfere with the hormone and sperm development. It can also affect the sperm producing cells in the testicles.Well, alcoholism can lead to gynecomastia, atrophy in the testicles and also impair sexual interest, which leads to impotency.It has been said that moderate drinking will not cause much damage. Studies have shown that drinking more than four ounces of alcohol can affect fertility in men. Alcohol is not good for male fertility. It is not just that your reproductive health is affected with alcohol, but you may also come across other serious health conditions if you take alcohol in larger quantities.Well, if you are very serious of becoming a father it is better give up your old life style. Give up your drinking habit if you want to become the father of a child.Put that in your pipe and smoke it!I have also read in a European scientific article on this subject that 2 beers consumed by a male subject can reduce his fertility by up to 50% Imagine what 10 or 20 beers will do ...
Solution? Drink HempBeer!
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Comment #16 posted by Vincent on December 07, 2009 at 08:28:48 PT:
Comment no. 10
Mr. Runruff, I enjoyed your post and find your comments about your Grandmother to be familiar. I have prohibitionist relatives as well. When it comes to my father's Depression Era generation, I expect them to be against herb use, due to the cultural mores of the time. When it comes to those born after 1945, the baby-boomers, I expect so much more from them. So, when some of them condemn Marijuana use, I find that to be intolerable. After living through the Woodstock era, they should know better.I we "offend" younger prohibitionists with our beliefs, so much the better.
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Comment #15 posted by ras chadrach on December 07, 2009 at 08:21:52 PT
just look at the 60's 
please ive have 2 kids also and we didnt even try ! man smokers are more fertile than not . how many little prego hippy chics you see floating around this place ? i guess they were just blessed!!  lol 
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Comment #14 posted by bionic man on December 07, 2009 at 07:32:00 PT
gumball manufacturing
Runruff: I woke up under a dark cloud this morning and you brought a smile to my face. Thanks. I might have a better day. Thanks again. bionic man.
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Comment #13 posted by rchandar on December 07, 2009 at 07:30:33 PT:
It's you who made me smile. And I wasn't talking about you, but myself! No, my wife and I have tried so many times, but she doesn't conceive. In truth, it's not my fault, but may be hers--she has endometriosis, which makes pregnancy difficult.We both love children, though, so probably adoption will be our route. But of course, you've been taught, and I won't take any shot at your family, either.Had I known this ten years ago--so many things I could've done in my life better. But I won't say, my wife isn't a good lover. She is!--rchandar
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Comment #12 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 07:26:16 PT
I don't smoke tobacco but you made me smile just to think about me worrying ove if I am fertile or not?At this time in my life the only kids I want must have four legs and come with their own coat! 
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Comment #11 posted by rchandar on December 07, 2009 at 07:18:07 PT:
I don't think you're offending anyone, and I'm not going to approach the tender politics of your family; I wish your Grandma godspeed. TOBACCO AFFECTS FERTILITY. SCIENCE HAS PROVED IT. Quit smoking tobacco, and your sperm will be more fertile than they are.I should know. And I should've known better. We're still trying to adopt a child, and it's my fault.
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 07:00:47 PT
My dear Grandma!
I loved her, she was so sweet to me. But she hated my long hair. She said that, "it was a sin for a man to have long hair"!Bless her heart. She wanted so much to please the Lord.She would have been very offended by some of the things I have said here on this thread and sometimes I think my Grams is a good barometer for gaging how to present to the public, this way I am not likely to offend anyone? Not true! Try as I may, there is no way to say anything meaningful without offending someone, even though I wish it were not this way.I hope I have not gone too far here today?
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Comment #9 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 06:39:27 PT
I have read that....
the additives in tobacco are worse for us than the tobacco itself?
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Comment #8 posted by rchandar on December 07, 2009 at 06:36:14 PT:
Does Marijuana Make Men Infertile?
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 06:29:07 PT
“no hard studies’’ 
After high-jacking a truck full of Viagra, a gang of youngsters became hardened criminals!
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 06:22:21 PT
from 1964-1980 I completed 12 semesters of college
My Wife had to laugh at this one!OK I will defensively defend myself!I went to school on the GI bill.Mostly went to night school while I worked days.I went exclusively to community colleges [JR. colleges some call them.I had the grades but not the funds or contacts to attend State, University was out of the question!I found that I stood alone, above everyone else in the gumball marketing and display department. I was the only student in this field. I have yet to find meaningful employment in my chosen profession.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 06:03:05 PT
 “no hard studies’’ 
Was this report written by Chris Rock!"Marijuana use by women during pregnancy,"A common practice prior to 1937. I have read volumes on this subject. It seem like the good doctor is, as she says, supposing what will happen based on years of skewed propaganda. Obviously since they admit there are no studies to prove....?100 or more years of successfully treating infants with the herb has proven to be effective without side effects.Historically I can think of many Pharm-meds, FDA approved that have killed, maimed kids even causing some kids to be born with half a brain!When will the ignorant and the loud be silenced?
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on December 07, 2009 at 05:54:21 PT
It's Not Your Father's Prohibition.
US: Enduring Legacy of ProhibitionWebpage: 7 Dec 2009Source: Summit Daily News (CO)Rarely in modern times does Washington withdraw from an area of domestic affairs. December 5 marks the seventy-sixth anniversary of the 21st Amendment, repealing alcohol prohibition. One of the most energetic political causes in the late 19th and early 20th century was the “temperance” movement, which aimed to ban liquor. The movement comprised religious conservatives, nativists who wanted to crack down on immigrants and minorities, and progressives, who defined their era by their dedication to preemptive justice and their ambitious goal to create a new, refined American man through the force of central planning and federal government power. The progressive and prohibitionist movements culminated after World War I, when anti-German propaganda contributed to an American taboo against beer and when the spectacle of drunken debauchery of U.S. soldiers on military bases provided the last excuse needed to attempt the “Noble Experiment” of prohibition. In 1919, the 18th Amendment and Volstead Act nationally outlawed alcohol, a drug used by civilizations for millennia. Liquor violations quickly dominated the criminal justice system. By 1924, the population of federal prisons had almost doubled. A 1923 congressional study found that state attorneys spent about 44 percent of their time on prohibition cases. Corruption consumed the legal system. Prohibition chief Lincoln C. Andrews testified in 1926 that 875 Prohibition Bureau officials had been dismissed for corruption, bribery and misconduct. CONT
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 05:49:13 PT
The greatest aphrodisiac is love!
The rest is all about health.45 years of enjoying the herb, 63 years young and men in their thirties are no happier than I am!In fact if all the baloney ever came true that I have heard from these idiots I would:Be impotentHave man boobsHave advanced dementiaMemory lossCancerIn poverty from supporting my drug habit.Have advanced to stronger more addictive drugs [like TV]from 1964-1980 I completed 12 semesters of college. [I majored in multi-colored gumball manufacturing and display]I have had health problems unrelated to herb use.I now have a major health problem I am treating with herb [glaucoma]I am now 5' 11' and 165lbs. I exercise everyday with my wife and am working on writing three books while managing a small health club with 10 members.I am not an overweight Frito munching impotent couch potato or POTATOE as Vice President Dan Quail spells it!I say all this here not to brag or anything but to dispel the nonsense put out by these dullards!
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on December 07, 2009 at 05:20:43 PT
When I fire up a spliff....
My wife calls all the neighbor ladies and tells them to lock their doors and bring in their pets![just kidding]
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Comment #1 posted by GeoChemist on December 07, 2009 at 04:49:02 PT
The prohibs really are getting desperate
And here I am with two wonderful sons.
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