There are plenty of men all over America who justify their use of cannabis by saying it’s a much healthier alternative to alcohol. They talk of weed not triggering the beer-belly most regular drinkers are lumped with and sit back happy in the knowledge that even if they rot their brains, at least they won’t get fat.
Or so they thought.
According to a leading plastic surgeon, smoking marijuana has the potential to lead directly to gynecomastia – which to you and me is the medical term for man-boobs.
Gynecomastia is the name given to a condition where testosterone and estrogen levels in the body are sent off-balance. And when estrogen levels increase to levels not exactly appropriate for a man’s body, the result is the formation of additional breast tissue – aka man-boobs.
Detroit-based Dr. Anthony Youn made his rather worrying warning via CNN.com, highlighting a variety of past studies that seem to conclusively prove that weed smoking triggers a “decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm”.
So not only do your wedding-vegetables shrink, but you also grow yourself an admirable pair of breasts at the same time…lovey stuff!
Of course, he was keen to admit that human trials have to date been extremely limited as marijuana has been illegal for so long, but nonetheless stands by the results of the extensive animal trials. In fact, studies conducted as far back as 1972 highlighted the risk of gynecomastia resulting from the use of cannabis, so it’s hardly a new theory or phenomenon.
“Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn’t been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible,” Dr. Young wrote.
“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 if you though those calorie-free joints weren’t doing your appearance any real harm, take a look in the mirror and ponder how many cup sizes you’ve gone up over the last year or two.