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The use of marijuana, it can be a boost in the number of sperm, a study claims

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A new study from the at Harvard University, researchers found men who smoke marijuana have a significantly higher sperm count than non-tokers.

The findings, published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction fly in the face of previous studies which suggest that smoking pot could have a negative impact on the fertility of the man.

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The team at the Harvard-tested 662 of men who were enrolled in the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center between 2000 and 2017. At the pool, they gathered 1,143 semen samples.

Of the 365 men who reported that they ever smoked pot, had a significantly higher sperm concentration” — which is just 63 million of sperm per millilitre of semen, compared with 297 that never had a hit, which is an average of 45 million per mL.

There was no significant difference in sperm count between current and former smokers of cannabis.

The researchers adjusted the findings for factors that could have an impact on the number of sperm, such as age, abstinence time, smoking, consumption of coffee, alcohol, and cocaine.

The results were surprising and showed how much more there is to learn about the link between marijuana use and fertility, the scientists said.

“The unexpected findings of our study emphasize that we know very little about the mental health effects of cannabis use and, in fact, the health effects are, in general, to make strong statements about the effects of cannabis on human health, with the possible exception of mental health,” said lead researcher Jorge Chavarro, an associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard university, in a statement. “We know a lot less than we think we know about it.”

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The study also found that among those who had ever smoked pot, those who smoked more frequently had the testosterone levels of an average of eight nanograms per deciliter, higher than the ones that are less frequent.”

Dr. Feiby Nassan, one of the co-authors of the study said that men with higher testosterone levels are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as substance abuse, which may be of the study is to find out to a greater number of the sperm cells.

“The relationship between the smoking of cannabis, as well as sperm count and testosterone levels, is because those with higher testosterone levels within the normal levels, it will have a higher sperm count and are more likely to smoke cannabis,” she said.

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A normal sperm count is 15 million/mL, according to the World Health Organization.

Chavarro cautioned that the findings do not necessarily mean that smoking pot increases the chances of making a baby.

“An equally important limitation is the fact that the majority of the data has been collected, and while cannabis is still illegal in Massachusetts and, therefore, it is difficult to know to what extent the men who reported the use of cannabis due to the stigma, or the impact of insurance coverage for infertility services,” he said.

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