Does Marijuana Use Impact Muscle Growth?

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Anyone who has followed the career of bodybuilding’s Number Uno has likely seen the video of Arnold Schwarzenegger smoking a fat joint. However, while the vast consensus of the bodybuilding community has adopted that the occasional drink with friends isn’t going to derail your physique, how should they feel about casual use of marijuana after hitting the gym? As the access to legal medical and recreational marijuana continues to grow, we will examine its impact on muscle growth.

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this article, we would like to express that we are not personally advocating for the use of marijuana but, instead, are seeking to inform our readers of what impacts it could possibly have on your ability to achieve your desired physique. Your choices are your own and should not be swayed by an article. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the science.

Some of the most common cons associated with smoking marijuana while bodybuilding seems to revolve around eating habits. The general idea is that in order to be successful at bodybuilding you need to be able to fine-tune your nutritional intake. However, when you smoke marijuana, there is a chance that you will lose your motivation or overeat when the munchies hit. But isn’t this the same potential danger that comes with having a few drinks?

Bodybuilders also need to have the optimal hormone levels in order to prime the body for muscle growth. Studies have shown that testosterone levels are indeed impacted by moderate marijuana use but will quickly rebound. It is important to note, however, that even with this testosterone drop, most men will still fall within the normal range after using marijuana. So, you have to ask yourself; “Does marijuana impact muscle growth?” Overwhelmingly, the science seems to reply with a resounding “not much.”

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