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Study finds higher sperm count in men who used marijuana

February 06, 2019 - 12:46 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A fertility study finds smoking pot is associated with having a higher sperm count.

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Bloomberg reports, scientists measured the sperm of more than 600 men, and initially expected cannabis to have a detrimental effect on sperm count and fertility. The survey found those who admitted to using marijuana, had higher sperm counts than non-users.

"These unexpected findings highlight how little we know about the reproductive health effects of marijuana, and in fact of the health effects of marijuana in general," lead researcher Dr. Jorge Chavarro said, "Our results need to be interpreted with caution and they highlight the need to further study the health effects of marijuana use."

This doesn't mean that pot smokers are more likely to become fathers. Study authors say there could be a non-causal explanation and that the higher sperm count could be tied to testosterone levels as well.

"An equally plausible interpretation is that our findings could reflect the fact that men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to engage in risk-seeking behaviours, including smoking marijuana," Dr. Feiby Nassan explained.

Doctors said they did not recommend using marijuana as part of a fertility treatment.