I’m sure most of you would never have guessed but THC is the most likely culprit here. Supposedly the drug causes a decrease in testosterone levels which result in the enlargement of the male breasts.
The condition is called gynecomastia, or which most of you know as man boobs. This condition currently affects approximately 33% to 41% of men between the ages of 25 and 45. It’s even more common during puberty, affecting 60% of 14-year-old boys. Interestingly, it also affects 55% to 60% of men aged 50 and older. In 2012 alone, nearly 23,000 people underwent surgery to correct the condition. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery announced that it was the fifth-most common cosmetic surgery in men and number of men undergoing surgery for gynecomastia nationwide rose nearly 30% from 2011 to 2012.
The claim was recently sparked by Dr. Anthony Youn, a Michigan-based, board-certified plastic surgeon (although studies of this effect date back to 1972). He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Which means the dude is legit. Is it me or does him being Asian make this even more credible. I’ll stop there because that’s an entirely different story better yet left for another time.
Before all you boys start throwing out the ganga (highly doubt it) listen to this. The effects marijuana has on testosterone levels are still unclear. However, now that legalization of cannabis is slowly on the rise, it’ll make it easier for scientist to study the effects cannabis actually has.
Basically all of us are wondering the same thing right about now. Can smoking marijuana really give you man boobs?
The answer? Probably. The studies I’ve read have made the theory very plausible and many plastic surgeons have gone so far as to asking each gynecomastia patients cannabis history when they arrive.
So that’s why all of you smokers wear those Tijuana baja hoodies. LOL, hiding two little secrets under there I see.
For you pot smoking men out there suffering from moobs- Stop.
BUT if you don’t mind, more power to you! This is a no judgement zone.
Side note: Since smoking the ganga may potentially cause breast enhancement in males, does that apply to women as well? I’m not sure, but I kinda don’t mind finding out. BRB.
You can read the full KTLA article here.