Does smoking pot cause man boobs?

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    Dec 07, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    Editor's note: Dr. Anthony Youn is a plastic surgeon in metro Detroit. He is the author of "In Stitches," a humorous memoir about growing up Asian-American and becoming a doctor.

    (CNN) -- A young man in his 20s -- let's call him George -- sits across from me in the exam room.

    "Dr. Youn," he says, "I have man boobs."

    I notice a not-so-unfamiliar smell wafting from his body. It's the same odor that floated my way during a rock concert I recently attended.

    "How long have you had a problem with this, George?"

    "Hard to say. But it seems to have gotten worse over the past year or so."

    "George, the first thing you need to do is stop smoking pot. Marijuana could be causing your man boobs."

    Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that 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.

    Although most cases of gynecomastia resolve spontaneously within a few months to a few years, in 2012 nearly 23,000 people underwent surgery to correct the condition. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it was the fifth-most common cosmetic surgery in men.

    Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man boobs.

    Animal studies have shown that exposure to the active ingredient in marijuana can result in a decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm.

    In humans, the effects of marijuana on testosterone and estrogen levels aren't as clear. Lower testosterone levels have been reported in chronic marijuana users compared to nonusers, but not all studies support this.

    Few studies have examined a direct causative effect between smoking marijuana and gynecomastia. A report in 1972 made the initial connection between cannabis and gynecomastia. This study is contrasted with a 1977 survey of U.S. Army soldiers which showed no association between smoking marijuana and gynecomastia. This study was limited, however, due to its very small sample size.

    The legalization of marijuana in some state could make it easier for researchers to determine the exact effects of cannabis use on hormone levels, gynecomastia and other bodily functions. If a true link between smoking pot and gynecomastia does exist, then we should expect to see a spike in gynecomastia treatments in those states which have legalized marijuana.

    Interestingly, according to ASAPS, the number of men undergoing surgery for gynecomastia nationwide rose nearly 30% from 2011 to 2012.

    So can smoking pot really give you man boobs?

    Probably. Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn't been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible. For this reason, the majority of plastic surgeons I've consulted with routinely inquire with their gynecomastia patients about cannabis use and recommend they stop smoking pot immediately.

    So for now, if you have moobs, it's probably best to put out that joint.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/05/health/youn-pot-moobs/
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 07, 2013 3:47 PM GMT
    "Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that 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."

    Don't think that many people are smoking pot, I think the pot smoking is more of an over lap factor for those who would have otherwise experienced moobs
  • MikeW

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    Dec 07, 2013 3:47 PM GMT
    Draper saidSo can smoking pot really give you man boobs?

    Probably. Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn't been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible.

    Nah, it's jerking off to porn that causes man boobs. I bet if the plastic surgeons asked these guys if they jerked off to porn, they'd all answer "yes". So there you have it. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 07, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    what nonsense.
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    Dec 07, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    oh, a memoir about being Asian American and becoming a doctor? icon_rolleyes.gif
    That has GOT to be a fascinating read. The struggle that poor man must have endured! The adversity he had to overcome, because u know....Being Asian and in Medical School truly is an adversity. The humanity of that man. I mean, aren't most ppl in medical schools Asian anyway? Why would any one care about this dude's memoirs? Oh look, a man is writing his memoirs about being Asian and studying in medical school! I'm sure the chapter where he talks about studying all the time will be a real page turner! Oh my!
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    Dec 07, 2013 3:59 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    Draper saidSo can smoking pot really give you man boobs?

    Probably. Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn't been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible.

    Nah, it's jerking off to porn that causes man boobs. I bet if the plastic surgeons asked these guys if they jerked off to porn, they'd all answer "yes". So there you have it. icon_rolleyes.gif

    And if they were having actual sex with another guy, they'd need to buy bras!

    I understand your sarcasm and apparent skepticim. But there can be a relationship between certain bodily characteristics and hormone levels, such as testosterone for men. Therefore anything that alters that hormone balance should be investigated as a cause in medical conditions like this. I'm not sure this particular study is very compelling, but I think the question is valid to explore.

    BTW, when my own testosterone was deliberately suppressed medically to virtually zero, for a health condition I had, I did experience some body changes. I began to get a "eunuch's build" of a round fat face, a big belly, muscles loss, and overall weight gain that was mostly fat.

    I'd already been getting that way, as my testosterone had been dropping naturally due to age. In fact, my doctor had tried testosterone replacement topical gel to reverse the effects, until it was discovered that was exactly the wrong thing for me. Now my testosterone is slowly recovering, but they still don't want it to get too high. So guess I'm gonna be stuck with growing man boobs of my own. icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 07, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    Import saidoh, a memoir about being Asian American and becoming a doctor? icon_rolleyes.gif
    That has GOT to be a fascinating read. The struggle that poor man must have endured! The adversity he had to overcome, because u know....Being Asian and in Medical School truly is an adversity. The humanity of that man. I mean, aren't most ppl in medical schools Asian anyway? Why would any one care about this dude's memoirs? Oh look, a man is writing his memoirs about being Asian and studying in medical school! I'm sure the chapter where he talks about studying all the time will be a real page turner! Oh my!


    WTF? Where do you come up with this shit?icon_lol.gif
  • MikeW

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    Dec 07, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    MikeW said
    Draper saidSo can smoking pot really give you man boobs?

    Probably. Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn't been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible.

    Nah, it's jerking off to porn that causes man boobs. I bet if the plastic surgeons asked these guys if they jerked off to porn, they'd all answer "yes". So there you have it. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I understand your sarcasm and apparent skepticim. But there can be a relationship between certain bodily characteristics and hormone levels, such as testosterone for men.

    Well, duh…. but the question centers around the effects of THC on the human reproductive system:

    A 1991 study by Dr. Robert Block has refuted earlier research suggesting that pot lowers testosterone or other sex hormones in men or women. [ Dr. Robert Block in Drug and Alcohol Dependence 28: 121-8 (1991)] In contrast, heavy alcohol drinking is known to lower testosterone levels and cause impotence. A couple of lab studies indicated that very heavy marijuana smoking might lower sperm counts. However, surveys of chronic smokers have turned up no indication of infertility or other abnormalities.

    Cf: MARIJUANA HEALTH MYTHOLOGY
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    Dec 07, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    This just in, living causes eventual dying, I can prove it with 100% accuracy.
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    Dec 07, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    jo2hotbod said"Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that 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."

    Don't think that many people are smoking pot, I think the pot smoking is more of an over lap factor for those who would have otherwise experienced moobs


    Yeah. I don't think the article is saying every case of moobs is related to pot. There are other factors. If you start smoking and get moobs and stop and the moobs go away, then there's the correlation, but otherwise it's something else.
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    Dec 07, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    I used to smoke a lot of pot. I didn't get man boobs. I did get brain boobs though.
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    Dec 07, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    Import saidoh, a memoir about being Asian American and becoming a doctor? icon_rolleyes.gif
    That has GOT to be a fascinating read. The struggle that poor man must have endured! The adversity he had to overcome, because u know....Being Asian and in Medical School truly is an adversity. The humanity of that man. I mean, aren't most ppl in medical schools Asian anyway? Why would any one care about this dude's memoirs? Oh look, a man is writing his memoirs about being Asian and studying in medical school! I'm sure the chapter where he talks about studying all the time will be a real page turner! Oh my!


    So... the only people who can write about their life experiences are people you approve of, and topics that you personally find interesting?
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 07, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    And masturbation causes blindness....
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    Dec 08, 2013 7:35 AM GMT
    IRFire66 said
    Import saidoh, a memoir about being Asian American and becoming a doctor? icon_rolleyes.gif
    That has GOT to be a fascinating read. The struggle that poor man must have endured! The adversity he had to overcome, because u know....Being Asian and in Medical School truly is an adversity. The humanity of that man. I mean, aren't most ppl in medical schools Asian anyway? Why would any one care about this dude's memoirs? Oh look, a man is writing his memoirs about being Asian and studying in medical school! I'm sure the chapter where he talks about studying all the time will be a real page turner! Oh my!


    So... the only people who can write about their life experiences are people you approve of, and topics that you personally find interesting?


    yes, exactly!
    If only..
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    Dec 08, 2013 8:10 AM GMT
    Smoking pot > munchies > sit on couch all day > xbox > more munchies > moobs
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    Dec 08, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    jo2hotbod said

    Don't think that many people are smoking pot,




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  • Puppymuncher

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    Dec 09, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    "So can smoking pot really give you man boobs?"




    YUP, along with drinking, sodomy, and nipple piercings!