Does Cannabis Use Threaten Our Fertility


We’ve heard every myth about cannabis under the sun. It’s a gateway drug; it causes psychosis and schizophrenia; it’s the devil’s lettuce, for crying out loud!

And one of the myths that bothering us the most right now is the one that says cannabis threatens our fertility.

So, does it?

No, cannabis use—by either men or women—does not reduce the chance of becoming pregnant, according to a study on Marijuana use and fecundability published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The study is the first to evaluate the link between the probability of conception and marijuana use.


  • The researchers started with an online survey of over 4,194 women in the U.S. and Canada as well as 1,125 of their male partners.
  • 12 percent of the women and 14 percent of the men reported having used cannabis within the 60 days of the start of the study.
  • All participants completed a baseline survey, with the female partners continuing to submit data every eight weeks for one year.
  • No one involved in the study was using birth control or any fertility treatments at the time.


Wannabe parents are spending more money than ever trying to turn around infertile circumstances—in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and adoption are among the priciest options. The better we understand the actual factors leading to infertility the better chance we have of avoiding those factors. Letting people believe that marijuana affects fertility is not going to help people understand their fertility status. It’s also not going to help destigmatize this harmless plant.

Another myth busted!

The bottom line and the good news is: if you use or have used cannabis, your chances of parenthood are no different than if you never used cannabis.

February 10, 2018

by Davie Dabbs aka Popeye

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Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.


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