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Cannabis Consumption Can Alter DNA In Sperm, Study Reveals

By: dayan (M) |Time : January 04, 2019, 08:37:27 AM
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A recent study from Duke University Medical Center, United States reveals that exposure to cannabis or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by men in their child-bearing years alters the genetic profile of their sperm.

The study also revealed that many outside factors can effect sperm, ranging from tobacco smoke to pesticides, flame retardants to obesity, all of which can have epigenetic effects.

Epigenetics are inheritable traits that don’t effect DNA sequencing, but typically stem from life experiences.

The new research shows that THC can effect epigenetics, causing structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users’ sperm.

The study which looked at 24 men discovered that THC appears to target genes in two major cellular pathways and alters DNA methylation, a process essential to normal development

The senior author of the study, Scott Kollins, a Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences said, “what we have found is that the effects of cannabis use on males and their reproductive health are not completely null.

“In that there’s something about cannabis use that affects the genetic profile in sperm.”

The co-author of the study, Susan Murphy, an Associate Professor said “We know that there are effects of cannabis use on the regulatory mechanisms in sperm DNA, but we don’t know whether they can be transmitted to the next generation.”

Murphy added that “In the absence of a larger, definitive study, the best advice would be to assume these changes are going to be there. We don’t know whether they are going to be permanent.

“I would say, as a precaution, stop using cannabis for at least six months before trying to conceive,” she stressed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Cannabis or Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the THC which contains mind-altering chemicals and other similar compounds.

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Re: Cannabis Consumption Can Alter DNA In Sperm, Study Reveals

By: dayan (M) |Time : January 04, 2019, 08:44:11 AM
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Murphy added that “In the absence of a larger, definitive study, the best advice would be to assume these changes are going to be there. We don’t know whether they are going to be permanent.

“I would say, as a precaution, stop using cannabis for at least six months before trying to conceive,” she stressed.

Wow.
I'm sure that a lot of users never knew this.
One wonders whether it can have the same effect on women ovaries (eggs).
BTW the study didn't say what type of effect it would have, and if negative the extent of the negativity.
Have to view this research finding with some level of incredulity because if this were significant it would have been known by now. Cannabis use has been around for ages.
Nevetheless it is better to err on the side of caution.

Re: Cannabis Consumption Can Alter DNA In Sperm, Study Reveals

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : January 04, 2019, 01:32:22 PM
Hard drugs are dangerous, this effect it is having on male eggs should be extensively researched. Though to be on a safer side it should be avoided totally by couples intending to procreate.

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