Body Building | Cannabis / weed / marijuana and muscle building

Does the use of cannabis have any effects on building muscle? And if so, why, how and for how long...?


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4 Posts
12/22/2010 10:48:09 PM
wheat have much power and if you eat much its increase fats

War Saw
2 Posts
12/7/2010 7:41:56 AM
Gotta love it.

1 Posts
11/18/2010 10:41:08 AM
big man that is impressive. your pound for pound is very good. bUT IF THATS WHAT IT IS WHEN UR SMOKING THAN IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE IF U DIDNT..

2 Posts
11/17/2010 10:54:37 AM
i smoke a lot of weed. i also workout 4 or 5 times a week. i just turned 17 and i weigh 180, i have 8% body fat. I can bench 310 and i prob smoke more than anyone on this site. <3weed<3 i love smokin after a workout

1 Posts
6/14/2010 8:45:08 PM
hey can anybody tell me what are measures taken in food ,diet,etc for not affecting sideeffects of smoking weed?

1 Posts
5/12/2010 10:34:11 PM
I'm going to make this simple. Marijuana will NOT
harm your muscle building; providing you don't
smoke the marijuana, but rather eat(cooked with
healthy fatty oil) or brew a tea. You will experience
similar results, especially if you allow a grace
period of not using marijuana. All the problems
these post associate with marijuana are not related
to the compound THC(intoxicating compound
found in marijuana), but rather a side effect of
Carbon Monoxide(CO). You can still use marijuana
and not harm your body. I'm a graduate student at
UC Davis, getting my in Bio Tech to put it simply.
There is no drug that has had more research than

The person that said smoking marijuana is better
than tobacco is high. The only difference between
the two, is the volume of exposure. A cigarette
smoker likely smokes (inhales considerable more
CO) than the avg. pot head. Smoking anything will
cause side effect. To the user no_nick; who said
you will "depression reduction" if you quite using
marijuana, that will not be the case for most people
and if a doctor proscribed you marijuana, you
should obtain an depression medication before
quitting, because likely you will become
overwhelmed by your depression if you stopped
taking it cold turkey. The reason is, your body has
been depressed and all the chemistry that causes
your depression remain although THC provided
relief. Think of it as headache, you take a pain
killer and the pain subsides… four hours later the
pain returns worse then ever. Depression is a
serious and should be treated. THC will NOT alter
your estrogen levels or testosterone.

Mikeherman I was cracking up when you said you
got tested for Cadmium Toxicity (this is a cancer
causing build up of certain mineral in your body to
put very simply) You must have been a cigarette
smoker, because the amount marijuana you who
have to smoke, would be huge (unless maybe your
stash was laced with something) Cadmium Toxicity
is caused by smoking and not THC. This is more of
a worry for children exposed to second hand
cigarette smoke because there body can't process
hinge level of Cadmium and could build depending
on exposure or an adult that worked in a industrial
setting where heavy metals were being vaporized.
If a joint a night gave you Cadmium Toxicity, than
you may be very acceptable to cadmium(that means
don't smoke anything! You will have a high
likelihood of getting cancer). Its more likely you
miss understood what the doctor told you, unless
the doctor checked your kidneys.

I have taken THC for anxiety and I have to say it
helped me through some tough times, it allowed
me to remain relaxed so I could focus. You might
think that sounds odd and that is because you you
never had a need for THC, but rather used in for
recreation. And I guess it's important to remember
that every drug, even a prescription drug, is going
to be altered by your own chemistry and thus each
individual will have a different reaction. For me
personally THC helped me get up and out the door,
I don't like to be around large groups of people, so
THC made lecture a breeze and it also helped me
study, I could site down for hours just reading. I
stopped because I got a job that does urine test. I
will probably never use it again, only because of
the employment risk.

If you are worried about testosterone level avoid
alcohol first and foremost! it can take 14 days for
normal testosterone levels return after heavy
drinking. Its also important to avoid sex, only have
an orgasm every 8th day and on the 7th workout
hard, because your testosterone levels are peaking!
You can also jerk without a release prior to
workouts to get a testosterone boost.

NEVER do anything that could effect your
coordination before a workout.

1 Posts
3/24/2010 1:07:37 PM
Hey guys, Im doing P90X for the second time
around. In between this and the first round, ive
taken 3 weeks off. I smoked a lot of weed in that
period. a few bong hits every night, or half a joint
every night.

Coming back to the program, today was day 1, i
couldn't even get through the first workout, and i
had JUST completed this rigorous excersise regime
just 3 weeks prior.

id like to quit smokin pot, but theres not enuf
evidence on either side to suggest that i should
quit or keep smoking. I wil have to suffer i guess.
bc i learned one thing FOR SURE

**smoking weed everyday, even if its a bit at night
off a pipe or bong, WILL reduce your cardiovascular
endurance. so this means my muscles cant get the
full workout they need to build bc my heart is so
burnt out half way thru my workout. i think that is
what ppl are missing. it dosent effect muscle
growth, i dont believe it effects testosterone (at the
amount i use) but IT DOES effect endurance.

this is my experience

1 Posts
2/17/2010 6:40:16 PM
Well Im a new member to this site..dont see any point to commenting on something that is 7 yrs old. Im a Personal trainer and have my BA in excersize science..just would like to make the comment..ROIDS bigger / stronger/ more developed then half ur roid heads in the gym who do it for nothing..if u compete..well then get under a dr supervision..but if not and its just for gains..WORK HARDER find some will power. and yes it is cheating..even tho u must still work hard. Not worth the long term effect..101 will love the way he looks when his kidneys give out

1 Posts
2/6/2010 7:50:16 PM
my theory, do roids, train hard, smoke weed, eat alot, sleep alot, recover alot :D

1 Posts
1/16/2010 8:25:40 AM
I guess Michael Phelps busted this myth.

Anyways dont smoke it...Cook it into butter, and add it to baking recipies then eat it. Much better that way.

4 Posts
10/9/2009 9:56:55 AM
I suppose smoking pot is more like a fashion expression than addiction; we just want to be coo and b like everyone else around us.
From personal experience, yes, it provides the most relaxing feeling you ever felt, but marijuana took a hold of me without even noticing. It quickly became a daily dose or habit and I slowly became isolated from the society. I am a very determined person so as soon as I noticed I quit smoke weed.
There are countless benefit of quiting smoking. For example:
Clearer thinkin
smoother breathin
more articulate
improved memory
deal with stressful situations increased energy and ability
depression reduction
deeper interaction with your loved ones
no more munchies
confidence boost
no more feeling like a loser
better focus
increased ability to control yourself
a lot of spare time
less sleep needed
an awful lot of free cash
better lreations with your partner
improved ability to learn
reduction of paranoia
safre driving
no hassle of finding decent marijuana :)
no need to associate with dark characters like dealrs
not supporting organizedcrim, there is a lot of awful things that go on behind the scenes for your weed
confidence to take on any task
be more lively and outgoing in all aspects of life
increased motivation for self improvement
feeling of being whole without a drug dependancy
no more quilty feeling
amazing dreams (because your brain isnt frazzled while you sleep)
an awful lot more energy and will power

I can go on for days and trust me the list goes on.....

I quite smoking pot and cigarette and never touched it again - you can do it too.

"How old are you? How old do you feel you are? How old your body is?

1 Posts
8/1/2009 5:34:17 AM
I disagree with the statement about working your abs constantly is the key to building great abs. Abdominals are muscles just like any other muscle, and muscles grow after being broken down and when they are at rest. Would you work your legs everyday??? NO, you don't because if you are breaking them down everyday, they can't recover and grow. The key here is mind/muscle connection,and breaking them down and training them like a muscle group..meaning doing a good 16- 20 sets,,the best way is to superset them with another bodypart, ie, chest/abs. That is how you get great abs!

1 Posts
7/28/2009 9:25:53 PM
To investigate possible effects of chronic marijuana use on reproductive and stress hormones, we assayed testosterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, prolactin, and cortisol in 93 men and 56 women with a mean age of 23.5 years. Hormone values were compared among groups of subjects stratified according to frequency of marijuana use (frequent, moderate and infrequent; N = 27, 18, and 30, respectively) and non-using controls (N = 74). Chronic marijuana use showed no significant effect on hormone concentrations in either men or women.

And I believe I read that someone researched this and found that it negatively affected testosterone?

1 Posts
2/6/2009 12:49:21 PM
Im glad I stumbled upon this thread because im trying to kick my cannabis habit. I haven't been to the gym in about 7 years mainly because I smoke up everyday. Im going back to the gym soon and want to build my feel good hormones the natural way.. but i know it will be tough to quit. Funny thing is.. cannabis is like a double edge sword, when used everyday for years it throws the mind and body off. But when used in moderation, with discipline it can benefit incredibly.

Here is some info about cannabis that ive learned over the years..
-- Cannabis dilates the blood vessels throughout the body, starting at the lungs (which would make sense that more oxygen would be available for cells. Once induced it creates excitability, increasing heart rate. In my opinion cannabis is awful for working out while stoned. It would make sense to induce it hours after a workout instead of during.
-- Does cronic pot use decreases testosterone? I would agree on that to a certain extent. Cannabis definitely increases estrogen.. so therefore thats not what a body builder needs. And I agree on the previous posters comment
"which is why most guys who are potheads don't have steady girlfriends."
-- Cannabis tends to give cronic users Cadmium toxicity. I know this because ive researched it and ive had my own hair analysis done.
-- Your better off to smoke cannabis then tobacco, bar none. Tobacco constricts the lungs, cannabis expands them.

3 Posts
10/12/2008 8:24:48 AM
Think about what you are asking here;
We are talking about a substance which
1. You light on fire and inhale hot smoke into your lungs affecting how well your lungs can absorb oxygen for the muscles.
2. The effect of marijuana is to make you lose ambition, drive and priorities such as sticking to a diet that is conducive to building muscle.
3. It has been proven that marijuana lowers production of testosterone which is vital to muscle development which is why most guys who are potheads don't have steady girlfriends.
4. Anything which places physical stress on the cardiovascular system has a detrimental effect on the ability to build muscle.
5.Spend your money on whey protein instead of pot-you'll see better results.

10/6/2008 8:56:02 AM
Marijuana places stress on your cardio vascular system and other body systems. If you are a daily user, your body is under a constant load of chronic stress. While there is no studied relationship between marijuana use and muscle building, there is plenty of information about stress and it's impairment of healthy tissue regeneration and body functioning in general.

I'm not saying it's impossible to build muscle while smoking up, just that it won't help and may very well hurt your efforts. You're not ever going to become any kind of super athlete if you keep up the habit. You will almost definitely get better results if you kick the habit.

Don't kid yourself though, marijuana addiction affects your life in exactly the same way as any other addiction. The effects of marijuana addiction are slower to manifest than with other substances and this makes it harder to identify. Even though you remain a functioning member of society, you will slowly begin to prioritize your life around the bong. Everyone makes time for what's important to them and as marijuana becomes more important, it takes up more time, displacing more constructive pursuits such as body building for example. I'm not proud to say it, but I know this from personal experience.

Many people can have just a hoot or two at a party once in a while. For some people though, marijuana becomes an addiction (10% actually)

Trust me, it's really really hard to quit, but your life will get way harder than that if you don't. Life's just better sober.

Hope this helps.

3 Posts
9/18/2008 3:01:58 PM
and if you're the type of guy who doesn't do alot of streatching its muscle relaxing properties keep you subtle.

3 Posts
9/18/2008 2:57:31 PM
how ever it does do great things for your co-ordination , because the THC stimulates the release of dopermine in the central nervous system, which means that signals from your brain are traveling more fluidly enable you to co-orrdinate better, how its funny because it has such an effect that if you just sit and relax and try not to move it will make you start twitching, its really funny.

3 Posts
9/18/2008 2:46:18 PM
hi all, i am a fitness trainer and at some point or an other i used to smoke.the conclusion i came to is that, when you smoke alot to the point that you are dependent, take a small break and cut down to one before you go to bed,like that the built frustration can be used as a sort of motivation to work out,but seriously it has no real effects of building muscle, its actually kinda harm full if you are doing strength training because thc(tetra,hydra,cannabinol) the chemical inside smoke which makes you high is actually a muscle relaxer.and making your muscles lift heavy loads when they are under the influence of a muscle relaxer is basically asking for an could easily lead to a tear. as for the effects on cutting and muscular undurance training(or slow twich fibres)well i dont see too much harm coming out of that, accept i doubt it would help especially if you dont feel like training.But like the other guy said it all depends on the persons will to work out.anyway thats all from bye for now

1 Posts
7/7/2008 3:52:54 PM
Listen to me people, it's not how many repetitions you can do that counts when doing your crunches, what you need to do is interact with your muscles, engage them. Just because you can do more repetitions while crunching when you're high doesn't neccessarly mean you're getting a good work out, you may be working out and not doing much at all.

Or do twice the amount of repetitions when you're high and make sure you go untill you can't even lift yourself.

The key to building great abs is to work them constantly.

1 Posts
7/4/2008 3:42:04 PM
I train in San Shou/MMA, three days a week, and hit weights 3 seperate days a week and work fulltime at a very physically demanding job. I smoke 3.5 grams every other day, I'd say it doesn't effect muscle growth much if any, people tell me im "ripped" and can't believe me smoking habits. If you smoke pot, you have to eat more to satisfy your metablolism, can't get high before any workout or untill 1.5 hours after. Without weed I would not be able to handle the mental/physical frustration and stress. You have to learn to become motivated when ur high too, just to keep urself motivated at all times...Weeds nowhere near as bad as alcohol I've found.

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