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Marijuana’s Effects on Muscle Building and Fat Loss

Video Transcript of my YouTube Video “Marijuana’s Effects on Muscle Building and Fat Loss“:

What’s up, guys? Dan Garner, strength coach and nutrition specialist here, I’m going to talk to you today about marijuana’s effects on muscle building and fat loss.

So, I’ve been through a lot of clients and a lot of people will opt for smoking a joint as opposed to drinking alcohol because alcohol’s side effects are blatantly obvious, right? It’s got lots of calories, it makes you feel like crap, people get a beer belly, it causes tons of inflammation, you know, so a lot of people opt for marijuana as opposed to alcohol if they have body composition goals, you know. But marijuana affects muscle building and fat loss as well and to a pretty high degree.

So, here’s what the science is telling us on marijuana’s effects on hormones and body composition. So, if you smoke one joint you’re going to decrease your testosterone for 24 hours. If you smoke a joint everyday for a week you’re going to decrease your testosterone for a month. If you smoke a joint everyday for a month you’re going to decrease your testosterone levels roughly 6 months, okay? So, that’s a long time and not only does marijuana inhibit testosterone production, it’s also extremely estrogenic, so increasing various amounts of female hormones in your body.

When you’re trying to burn fat or build muscle, nobody needs circulating female hormones in excess. I mean, it just throws up homeostasis. Estrogen does play a role in muscle building, keeping the bones healthy, and all that, so you do need it in some quantity but not in the quantity that marijuana is going to provide and they’re unhealthy estrogens too. There’s not just one type of estrogen in the body -there’s tons. And marijuana is definitely not going to give you the healthy forms of estrogen that you need.

So, males and females looking to build muscle or lose fat, if you want to use every bit of testosterone that’s in your system and ensure it’s running on optimal levels it is vital to not smoke marijuana while you’re training or if you’re serious about being a good athlete or if you’re going on stage soon or whatever it is, okay?

So, I get asked this question all the time. A lot of people don’t know the research on this so, I’m hoping this shed a little bit of light here and let you know marijuana’s consequences on muscle building and fat loss. Thanks guys!

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