How Cannabis Affects Appetite and Fertility

How Cannabis Affects Appetite and Fertility

Hormones control the human body. Mood, sleep, appetite, and body temperature are all controlled by hormones. Cannabis has a connection to our hormones and even plays a part in how our hormones can change our bodies. Let’s take a look at the effects that cannabis can have on our bodies and how it can impact things like appetite and fertility.

Our Bodily Systems

Hormones are helpful chemical messengers secreted by the endocrine system, which is a network of glands and organs that release hormones into the body. There are approximately 50 different hormones in the body, and some of them are released to stimulate glands, and other hormones act on target organs to regulate metabolic functions, such as appetite.

The endocannabinoid system is another vital regulatory force in the body. Sleep, mood, metabolism, appetite, bone growth, and fertility are all controlled by this system Scientists believe the main function of the endocannabinoid system is to bring these functions into balance.

The Ghrelin Hormone

Research shows that ghrelin hormone levels were higher after consuming cannabis orally rather than smoking or vaporizing cannabis. Ghrelin is known as the “hunger hormone” because it stimulates appetite and adjusts food intake.

Growing evidence also suggests there is a connection between the endocannabinoid system and ghrelin. Both drive feeding and experts believe the two work together to encourage hunger and eating. Endocannabinoid and ghrelin receptors are also similarly distributed in areas of the brain associated with feeding, and in organs involved in metabolism.

Cannabis and Fertility

Hormones are a critical factor in sex drive and fertility, and frequent cannabis users debate whether the drug boosts or stifles fertility in both men and women. Cannabis receptors have been found in both male and female hormones and in the endocrine glands involved in reproduction and fertility. Cannabis stimulates the release of oxytocin, which is also called the ‘hugging hormone.’ It is responsible for reproductive functions like uterine contractions during labor and breastfeeding.

Studies have shown that in males, using cannabis occasionally will boost sperm count, and males who have never used cannabis before tend to have a lower sperm count.

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If you have questions about how cannabis could be impacting your appetite and fertility, contact MedWell Health! Our team of health experts know exactly how cannabis affects the body. Contact us today to speak with a specialized medical marijuana doctor. Click here or give us a call at 631-771-0144.

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