Fertility problems are surprisingly widespread. The Centre for Disease Management and Prevention, in fact, estimates that about 10% of women (ages 15-44) have problems getting or staying pregnant. This suggests that over 6 million women alone face fertility problems.

Sadly, women aren’t the only ones who may experience infertility issues. This condition affects both genders in equal terms. Among couples facing infertility problems, around 35% are men, whereas another 35% are women. While 20% is a mix of both females and males.

Fortunately, plenty of alternative therapies are emerging to help with infertility issues. Among the common alternative option is CBD. This cannabinoid has a significant effect on fertility.

But first things first. There are basic terminologies we need to understand before we can establish that CBD can indeed improve fertility. One of which is anandamide.

Anandamide levels and their influence on sperm have not been extensively investigated. In women, nonetheless, fast altering levels of anandamide is essential for a successful pregnancy. Higher anandamide levels happen at ovulation and is related to a successful pregnancy.

Low anandamide levels, or endocannabinoid deficiency, could interfere with ovulation or the potential to get pregnant. Low anandamide levels at embryo implantation (as soon as that egg meets the sperm and is trying to implant into the uterus), is linked to successful pregnancy.

How does CBD affect levels of anandamide and fertility?

CBD can improve the levels of anandamide by impeding its breakdown, thanks to an enzyme known as FAAH. This compound may enhance levels of anandamide and encourage successful ovulation when high anandamide levels are needed. Low anandamide levels are needed throughout embryo implantation, which suggests that the use of CBD after conception could, in fact, interfere with the implantation of an embryo and more likely result in a failed pregnancy.

Neuroscientist and Infused Health CEO Dr. Michele Ross, Ph.D., said that CBD could aid in boosting levels of anandamide to support successful ovulation, as well as help with different elements associated with infertility, such as anxiety and stress.  Dr. Ross explained that stress has an adverse effect on fertility in both men and wome. By relieving stress, she added that CBD could have a beneficial effect on fertility.

Some experts note that women who are anxious about their fertility have to take CBD tinctures daily, rub the oil on their bellies, or mix the oil in their shakes or smoothies to lower down their heart rates. According to them, CBD oil could help women recuperate their vitality so they can easily conceive.

Still other experts say that women need as much blood flow as they can get when they are trying to conceive and CBD oil can help increase blood flow. In the process, women will have a better heart rate as tinctures will improve their blood circulation. The mixture of those two factors makes it easier for women to conceive as a result of better blood flow and more relaxed body.

Clinical studies on this area continue to be in infancy, and a lot of them remain inconclusive—or complicated. Hence, we cannot be certain yet whether CBD positively affect fertilit.

But while little data is available, it does not imply that CBD can’t help you get pregnant. What is clear is that women must be careful with taking high-dose CBD during pregnancy. Men, on the other hand, must avoid consuming a lot of weed should they wish to produce healthy sperm.