Marijuana is deemed illegal, unethical, and or dangerous to the health by many people in society,
although there are others who embrace it for relaxation, inspiration, and social bonding.
If you are serious about building muscle, spend a significant amount of time, energy, and money in the pursuit of mass,
this article will try to address the connection between marijuana and muscle growth through scientific studies.
Honestly, there is no substantial evidence or research to determine black and white boundaries, but a chunk of the evidence that is available is shared here
Before you go any further,
We don’t encourage anyone to either smoke or not smoke weed.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana comes from the dried flowering tops, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa(hemp) plant.
It is used as a mood-altering drug, whose sole purpose is to relax the mind and heighten your sensory response to pleasure.
It gives you the chance to focus on stimuli that enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of music, food, and sex.
Increased feelings, short-term memory impairment, nervousness, and decreased reaction times are some of the side effects associated with weed.
However, the real question is,
Does smoking Marijuana affect muscle growth?
Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the growth of muscles in men, particularly the upper legs, chest, and biceps.
The inhibition of testosterone is reported by some of the studies done on the effects of marijuana.
In this sense,
“Does smoking Marijuana affect your muscle growth?”
The answer is Yes, it does.
However, the marijuana effects are variable and not the same for everyone.
Some people become addicted to it and experience all the reported harmful effects of weed smoking,
while others find it a harmless drug that only gives them a pleasurable experience without getting addicted to it.
Despite smoking weed, there is a chance for you to increase your muscle mass by working out regularly.
Moreover, you will have to cut down on cigarette smoking too as it thins the blood and deprives your muscles of the oxygen which is required by them to grow.
How Does smoking Marijuana affect muscle growth?
NOTE: All of the research that has been done on marijuana so far has shown that all the reported side effects of the drug are based only if you use it on a long-term basis.
#1 Overload :
Since marijuana possesses the depressant properties of alcohol and it is also a mild hallucinogen,
it hampers your ability to push yourself to the limit when doing exercise and weightlifting.
In bodybuilding terms, this is known as overload and it is important for bringing about an improvement in your muscle strength and cardiovascular performance.
So, while using marijuana, you will be less inclined to overload your body during exercise and thus your muscle strength would not increase to the optimal level.
#2 Testosterone :
Although the studies are not entirely clear,
they do show that long-term use of marijuana does lower testosterone levels and thus can lead to lowered muscle mass.
So, the answer to the question “does smoking weed hinders muscle growth?” is yes since, without the high levels of testosterone in the body, building muscles can become quite difficult.
Lack of testosterone also makes you feel tired and limits your exercise regimes further hampering your muscle growth.
This is why athletes and bodybuilders want to have high testosterone levels so that they can optimally strengthen their muscles.
#3 Lowers Growth Hormone :
The production of growth hormone is lowered due to use of marijuana.
The growth hormone works in the same way as testosterone and unless you have high levels of this hormone, you can’t build muscles quickly.
Smoking weed is going to lower the levels of growth hormone in your body and will make your body’s recovery rate very slow.
However, do remember that this dip in growth hormone levels is temporary,
diet and training can enhance the levels of your growth hormone while supplements can also aid in increasing this hormone’s profile.
#4 Poor Nutrition :
According to the studies of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre of Australia,
Marijuana high can lead to “the munchies,” meaning the consumption of weed enhances your hunger and cravings for fast food items like burgers and candies that are high in calories but low in nutrition.
This may hamper your muscle growth as the body converts calories into fats.
#5 Mental Focus
At times, Marijuana can affect your mental focus – having ill effects on short-term memory.
The relaxation you feel while smoking can also hurt mental drive, and result in a carefree lethargic feeling.
With this kind of mental disruption, you could end-up affecting long-term focus during training.
Weed does affect everyone differently,
And if you find that smoking marijuana personally affects you to the point where your fitness program falls off track despite your best efforts,
then you should limit or avoid it altogether to maximize your results.
It’s possible that even frequent use will not have a noticeable negative impact on your bodybuilding results, but there simply isn’t enough evidence available to feel comfortable making any concrete recommendation there.
So, if you are someone who is committed to their muscle building or fat loss plan and also consumes marijuana on a regular basis, this is something you’ll have to decide for yourself.
Take the facts into consideration on your own, consider how those effects relate to your fitness goals, and then come to your own conclusion.