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Abstaining from cannabis could reduce its negative impact on sperm

Duke University investigators suggest that sustained cannabis abstinence could significantly lower its negative effects on sperm and, perhaps, the potential impact on offspring.

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Many of the differences in sperm DNA methylation — a mechanism used by cells to control gene expression — between the cannabis-consuming and control groups “were diminished after cannabis abstinence,” notes the study published this week in Environmental Epigenetics.

“These results indicate that sustained cannabis abstinence significantly reduces the number of sperm showing cannabis-associated alterations at genes important for early development,” study authors write.

Pointing out that the potential reversibility of sperm changes in cannabis consumers is not known, investigators sought an

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