Indian-HempA recent study from Duke University Medical Centre, United States of America, has warned men who intend to be fathers to avoid smoking Indian hemp at least six months before impregnating their partners.


The reason, the study authors say, is to avoid passing an altered DNA to the unborn child.


The study 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 affect 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 affect DNA sequencing, but typically stem from life experiences.


The new research shows that THC can affect 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.


cannabis or marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the THC which contains mind-altering chemicals and other similar compounds.


Click to Follow DcoGlobalNews.com

DCO Global News Contacts: For information on Press Releases, News, Advertisements, Videos, Photos, Events happenings, Promotional Events and Adverts, Share your stories with us, Please Call or Send a Text to our Whatsapp number; +886963563485.

Or send an email to; chionikdom02@yahoo.com, emydom29@gmail.com

(Like and Follow our Facebook Page; DCO Global News)

(Follow us on Twitter; @Dcoglobalnews)

(Follow us on LinkedIn; Dco Global News)

(Follow us on Tumblr; Dcoglobalnews)

(Follow us on Google +; Dco Global News TV)

(Subscribe to our YouTube Channel; DCO Global News TV)

DCO Global News Promotes the Values of Democracy, Human Rights, Values of Life and Freedom of Expression in a Region Where Genuine Media Freedom Remains Elusive and where many Media outlets remain Divided along Ethnic Lines.

Let’s Walk   the   Walk   Together.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s