There is a growing body of research suggesting a possible link between marijuana consumption and testosterone levels in men. Since regular testosterone levels are vital for male health, this data has caused some concern. And some are taking this research to be the gospel truth, but as usual when it comes to cannabis research, answers are a little more complicated.
Some researchers even believe that marijuana may increase testosterone levels, but weed isn’t likely to become the next popular testosterone supplement for bodybuilders either. If it does increase testosterone levels, the increase in testosterone levels would be so slight that one would have to smoke pounds of it at once for it to significantly affect their physiology (don’t do that, by the way).
Can It Decrease Testosterone Levels At All?
In short, maybe. However, any changes are probably not medically significant. One study found that young men who regularly smoked cannabis for six months experienced a decrease in testosterone levels from an average of 742 ng/dL to an average of 416 ng/dL. However, the results of this study were not seen in any other studies. Furthermore, a testosterone level of 416 ng/dL is considered normal for young men. Many studies show that marijuana doesn’t decrease testosterone levels.
Alternative Explanations for the Trend
Some forms of strenuous exercise (like resistance training) are known to increase testosterone levels. Some heavy cannabis smokers find that cannabis makes them less likely to engage in strenuous exercise, at least while on a high. If enough users experience this effect, mild decreases in testosterone levels could be explained by lower rates of physical activity.
Will Cannabis Use Make It More Difficult For Me To Build Muscle?
If you are going to the gym regularly, you will build muscle whether you smoke cannabis or not. Any changes in testosterone levels that cannabis may cause will not be significant enough to prevent or reduce increases in muscle mass from working out. If you smoke cannabis prior to working out, it’s important to make note of whether it affects the intensity of your workouts.
Can Decreases In Testosterone Levels From Cannabis Cause A Decrease In Sex Drive?
While cannabis can decrease sex drive for some people as a result of its psychoactive effects, changes in testosterone levels from cannabis aren’t significant enough to cause a change in your sex drive. If you’re experiencing low-T significantly enough that it’s affecting sexual performance, marijuana is probably not the culprit. In this case, consider increasing your intake of eggs and poultry, decreasing sugar intake, and incorporating more resistance training into your working routine. If that’s not enough, UK Reviewers has suggested several natural boosters which can more than offset most low testosterone levels, without forcing you to quit the kush. For extreme hormone imbalance, see your doctor.
The effects of marijuana on testosterone levels is an area of medicine that requires more research. However, these effects (if they exist at all) are far too
minor to for the average cannabis smoker to be concerned about them.