CBD has a number of medical and therapeutic properties, but one topic that is rarely discussed is the question, “can CBD impact my fertility?”
Today, we’re going to give you the lowdown.
How Cannabis & CBD Oil Impacts Fertility
More people are turning to alternative healing practices to alleviate pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation. But what about the long list of health struggles many do not openly discuss, like infertility?
Female infertility, though not uncommon, is something many women do not feel comfortable talking about, or sharing with others. And many women who are diagnosed as infertile are looking for holistic treatments.
One natural product that people are becoming more interested in for fertility purposes is CBD. CBD, a non-psychotropic compound found in cannabis, may be one stress free option while approaching infertility.
The role of the endocannabinoid system in fertility
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of receptors, molecules, and enzymes that work together to help maintain cellular balance, or homeostasis, within our bodies. This balance allows cells, organs, and systems to function optimally.
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system in our bodies came out of an attempt by scientists to understand the effects of cannabis, specifically THC, on the human body. Through research, it was discovered that cannabinoids exist outside of our bodies (exogenously), like THC and CBD, which are found in cannabis, and that our bodies actually product cannabinoids of their own (endogenously).
Endogenous cannabinoids act as a keystone network of receptors within us and have the potential to unlock some impressive properties. They help our bodies regulate a number of functions ranging from sleep, mood regulation, and immune function which all have an effect on fertility.
One of these endogenous cannabinoids is anandamide, which is an imprint pillar of our endocannabinoid system. In our bodies, it behaves similarly to the cannabinoids from cannabis, fueling our endocannabinoid system so it can perform its crucial functions of maintaining homeostasis.
Anandamide, the Bliss Molecule, and its Effect on Fertility
Anandamide levels and their impact on sperm lack current in depth research on humans. However, it is known that rapidly changing anandamide in women is necessary for a successful pregnancy.
High levels of anandamide occur at ovulation and are clinically associated with a successful pregnancy. On the contrary, low levels of anandamide, or endocannabinoid deficiency, may interfere with ovulation or the ability to get pregnant.
CBD Impact on Anandamide Levels and Fertility
The good news is that those who are unable to increase anandamide levels on their own can do so with the help of CBD. The cannabinoid inhibits the FAAH enzyme, meaning anandamide stays active in the ECS for longer, thereby increasing its potency.
Adding CBD to your wellness formula may boost anandamide levels and support a successful ovulation cycle. However, research lacks to be able to state that adding CBD can directly impact fertility alone.
CBD May Help With The Other Pressures of Fertility process, like stress
CBD can directly activate serotonin receptors, by its active ability to boost mood and can relax both partners. The physical symptoms of stress have a negative impact on fertility in both men and women, due to lower levels of hormones necessary for eggs and sperm production within the fertility cycle. By relieving stress, CBD may have a positive impact on fertility.
The Bottom Line
Although data suggests that the endocannabinoid system is intimately connected with the female reproductive system, we encourage consumers to consult with a health care provider before implementing CBD into a wellness formula if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant.