Marijuana And Bodybuilding: Does Weed Affect Muscle Growth?

Marijuana And Bodybuilding: Does Weed Affect Muscle Growth?

Hey, what’s going on guys? Sean Nalewanyj
here,, and enough people have asked me about it.
So, here it is marijuana and bodybuilding. Does smoking pot affect muscle growth or fat
loss? Now, two things first before I continue. Number one; this video is specifically addressing
the effects of marijuana consumption on building muscle or burning fat. So, is there any direct
connection between the two? Whatever other negative or positive effects that it might
have on someone’s health, that’s not the topic here. That’s a massive subject. And
you can research on your own to weigh out the benefits and drawbacks for yourself. And
secondly, this is a completely unbiased video where I’m just presenting the facts that
are available as I see them. I’m not advocating smoking pot or not smoking pot. I could care
less whether you do it or not. It’s totally your choice. So, I’m going to attempt — keyword
attempt to keep this concise. That usually doesn’t happen, but let’s try. So, the
typical response that you’ll usually get when it comes to the issue of marijuana and
bodybuilding is usually something along the lines of, you know, if you smoke weed, then,
you’ll just end up lazy and unmotivated. You’ll skip workouts, you won’t train
intensely, you’ll get the munchies and over eat, you won’t be able to focus, so on and
so forth. And I personally think that’s just kind of a lazy almost cliché answer
at this point, because it doesn’t say anything at all about the dosage and the frequency
involved, individual differences that might come into play or what the actual research
says on the issue. So when it comes to weed and bodybuilding, the main issues of concern
are basically hormonal. So, the way that it affects levels of testosterone, growth hormone
and estrogen. And I have reviewed the research that is available. And as far as I can tell,
there are no studies, currently, that show that moderate marijuana use has a significant
long-term effect on those hormones that would cause you to gain muscle or burn fat less
effectively. At least not to a degree that would be noticeable. So, with testosterone,
you basically see small short-term decreases after smoking, which then go back to baseline
fairly quickly afterwards. And even when test levels do drop, they still stay within the
normal range. Heavy use might be a different story. But again, the studies are still mixed.
Some show lower levels, but again, still within the normal range. And other show no real difference
at all. And again, remember that the simple act of increasing or decreasing testosterone
levels that really doesn’t say anything on its own, because in terms of it affecting
muscle growth, those levels have to be raised or lowered, and to a significant enough degree
and then sustained over prolonged period in order for it to really matter. So, after testosterone,
you have growth hormone. In this area, you only see decreases when very large doses of
pure THC are given. And even then the decrease is pretty minor and it’s temporary. And
one study even showed an increase in growth hormone. And when it comes to estrogen, again,
mixed results. I’m not going to go into all the details here. Some in-vitro research.
So, basically test tube studies that were done on rat cells. Those have shown an estrogen
lowering effect. But then the research that was done on live rats, couldn’t replicate
it. And research — some research has shown a negative effect, but only at very high doses.
And I will provide some references in the description box below, if you do want to check
them out. So, based on the studies that I’ve seen as well as just general anecdotal evidence,
I personally can’t see any good reason to tell you that moderate use of marijuana would
slow down your rate of muscle growth or a fat loss. And even if it did, it probably
would be very minor and you probably wouldn’t even notice it. Now, that obviously assumes
that your overall training and your diet remain exactly the same. If marijuana use causes
behavioral changes, which is then carry over to your bodybuilding program, that’s obviously
a different story. For example, if it causes you to significantly over eat on a consistent
basis, because of increases in appetite, then of course, that’s going to have consequences
when it comes to fat gain. Or if you consume it close to your training sessions, and you
find that it lowers your workout quality or either you end up skipping all together, obviously,
that’s not a good thing either. But again, those are behavioral changes that are within
your control. And they aren’t a direct result of marijuana itself, physically lowering your
body’s muscle building or fat burning capability. Now, what about frequent heavy use? My stance
there is just that I don’t see enough information for me to comfortably say that that’s not
going to have any effect. It very well might not have an effect, but I just don’t know
for sure. So, if you’re someone who is using it daily or multiple times a week, again,
it might be totally fine. I don’t know. But I would say to just take the facts that
I’ve given into consideration. Do some research on your own. And then, weigh it off against
how it affects you personally, and what you’re fitness goals are and then just decide for
yourself. As for moderate use, so maybe once a week or less, again, I’m not advocating
that you smoke or don’t smoke pot, but from a pure bodybuilding perspective, I really
can’t see it being a problem. It’s possible that there are other health reasons why you
shouldn’t smoke it. But that’s beyond the scope of this video, and it’s something
that you’ll just have to research and decide for yourself. So, thanks for watching guys.
I hope that was an unbiased evidence-based answer to the question. I know that some people
do get flustered by this topic. But it’s 2015, alcohol is a drug, the stuff in your
pre-workout is a drug. There are a lot more serious things to worry about in my opinion,
than if someone smokes a bit of pot here and there, just my opinion. Feel free to share
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100 Replies to “Marijuana And Bodybuilding: Does Weed Affect Muscle Growth?”

  1. But THC spikes the fk out of cortisol. I'm surprised that you didn't mention that hormone, as it is the most important one considering lack of cortisol or over abundance of cortisol will negatively or positively affect testosterone, GH and estrogen levels. Laziness was never really an issue when I smoked, I would always smoke one then go really hard. But the funny thing is, I was always very very skinny until I quit smoking, also never was able to shred the belly fat and love handles till I quit smoking(non diet related, I always had really good self control with food while smoking.). It was a tough pill to swallow, but in my opinion and personal experience, mary jane, will fuck your gains. However, I did smoke ALOT, all the time. So that is also a factor.

  2. Sean what happens when you get the MUNCHES ?? Or if you ar stuck on the PS4/XBOX till morning wile you are high?

    Would love a similar video for MUSTERBATION

  3. one time i went to the gym high as a kite on some heavy indica bro, and i could not lift 60 lbs ahahhaha its like walking up 60 flights of stairs after a hard days work

  4. This video has good advice, but I'm confused
    about the best diet plan that I need to work with, only because I have
    never taken any. Anyone tried using the Fenoboci Diet Plan? I have
    noticed several people talk about awesome things about Fenoboci Diet

  5. true ! thanks for more info on this 🙂 as far as I know, smoking weed didn't make my friend lose any weight while bodybuilding instead it made him recover quicker and gain faster. Maybe we have different types of functions when it comes to weed, some get skinny, some stay the same, some get fat while some just don't give a fuck >_<

  6. I used to take 2 hits before a workout. worked good except once it wore off (like 1 hour) I wanted to go home.It did help on the days I didn't want to go to the gym. do you smoke occasionally.

  7. you enjoy weed twice as much if you have been working out heavily.. but doing it occasionally like once a month sorts… the erections Ll make u mad if you had a heavy leg day and then a good joint 😉 (keep ice cream handy)

  8. I don't do vitamin m if I need to lift anything over my head. The rowing machine is great if you are enjoying your rights as a human being/doing.

  9. the big problem is the HUGE percentages in the scatter, oils, etc.
    vaping a strain from 4 to 8 % THC would be perfect for the receptors in your brain.

  10. Great video, something to note however is that thc does decrease REM sleep, in it negatively affecting hypertrophy.

  11. I burn about 3 to 4 joints a day and usually 1 right before a workout. I have had no problems staying lean and strong. It helps me focus on the mind muscle connection and gives great motivation.

  12. i smoke before and after runing or hitting the gym and homestly ifeel great keeps me focus on my workouts and at the end im always leaving sweating

  13. Marihuana and sports go so well together, nothing better than to work out like a beast because you know you got some loud back home and then coming back, showering and relieving that muscle pain all at once while feeling still feeling your pump 👌

  14. it's called cannabis, not weed, not marijuana, not pot. please respect the plant and drug for what it really is.

  15. I smoke weed daily and make better gains than guys who use juice!
    I advocate smoking weed, great for focus, fat burning and having that stale face detering conversations with guys in the gym who like to work their jaw.

  16. Those studies probably weren't even conducted on cannabis users half the time. Our body MAY reduce Test. levels for a short time because of the shock of having THC introduced into our system, but regular users develop a tolerance and don't suffer from the nervous high/lazy comedown and side effects like others do.

    Since I use cannabis medically to treat my insomnia I sleep much better and have more energy to workout the next day. My stomach pain/nausea is also greatly reduced which helps me eat more, and it dulls the burning when I'm hammering reps out in the gym. I've actually gained 12 pounds of muscle since I started using it a few months ago, and I recover from soreness faster so I workout 5x a week now instead of 3-4.

  17. You look solid, and thicker without pot. It affects gains idc what anyone say's, they're just pot heads who want to hear what they want to hear. If you think it's hindering your gains chance's are it is. To eaches own though i used to be a big pothead so im just speaking based off of my experience with smoking, and working out. No bueno.

  18. it dosnet seem to effect muscle growth or fat gain I've lost fat and gained muscle In the course of a few months and I have been smoking weed almost every day and I'm in highschool

  19. I DO notice that smoking cigarettes DOES cause workout atrophy. I smoke on and off (Cigarettes) to notice a huge difference in effecting my workouts. When I dont smoke cigs I keep my gains and strength. When I do smoke cigs I can see and feel it by next day. Even to the point of losing strength. WHY? I cant give anyone an answer as to why.

  20. Smoking is not good period
    But it depends what type and what quantity .
    1 It has to be Sativa so you don't feel lazy
    2 you must only take a couple of puff eg half because u still need to be safe in your environment
    If I saw a guy stoned in the gym I'd report him.
    What weed does is dull the pain receptors that you feel thus giving u the ability to have better endurance , patience and focus .
    But it won't give you growth because it's 100 percent cerebral.
    The growth you will get would be because ur work out becomes more intense.

    Negatives are u can't measure the exact amount u ingest
    so u may have too little or too much
    Your mouth becomes very dry
    You become reliant on it because it's so good
    If u go without u can feel a little lost or have difficulty doing without , but you will have to sooner or later.
    And finally drugs equal cheating so u become a drugs cheat and u always have that in your head
    Could I have done this well without ?
    If you don't do it don't start
    If u do be scientific and careful
    Because if it is obvious u will get banned from your gym.

  21. Thanks for this video! My personal experience is moderate use almost daily. I don't skip on proper diet, disciplined workouts, etc. I just like to workout on weed most times. Consciously I'm aware of the level of intensity I apply to my workouts and I try to workout smart following in the footsteps of people like Greg Plitt(rip) or Mike Thurston, etc. In my opinion, do what you want as long as you are holding yourself accountable and mapping out a way to your goals.

  22. Ive got it in while i was high ,still had great workout still got pumped ..still (sore )felt good in the next morning… i dont like to smoke and do cardio i feel like my lung capacity is shortened .. what i would say is dont workout high, find that focus on your own & dont go crazy with muchies ..but nothing wrong with smoking after the gym

  23. I smoke high thc dabs everyday and it doesn’t affect me at all. Makes me more concentrated and motivated. Still lose fat and build muscle easily. This also has to do with the strain of marijuana you smoke and how long you have been smoking marijuana for. It comes down to determination in my opinion

  24. I personally believe it is the best for people who want to smoke cannabis is better to smoke After you hit the gym bc I personally get really lazy if I smoke before going to the gym

  25. I smoke the dank on the daily after workout from when I started an my body changed all i see is gains!!

  26. Ive been smoking about 7 years now and smoke weed about 3-5 times per week, go to the gym regularly. From what I've learned the best thing is moderation because over consumption will definitely lead to fatigue every night and possibly over eating (good for bulking!!) However when I'm high in the gym, I focus a lot more on my range of motion, my form, and doing wholesome reps instead of trying to get my shit done ASAP. In short: Quality sets on weed only.

  27. if you smoke weed or tobaco forget it i quit it because its true what this guy say. i smoked for 7 years everyday tobaco and weed but after i quit i then started to train realy good before it was trash … chose one or another its hard to have both. smoking cant give you oxigen that you need more than anything in workouts

  28. I make gains just like everyone else and I smoke marijuana but I train for athleticism not body building but I'm naturally strong.

  29. Cannabis is the best vegetable in the world. Eating cannabis will result in the best vitamins and nutrients for the body. Some of the best bodybuilders in the world use cannabis. Arnold and Dorian Yates just to name a few. Your body is hard wired to receive cannabis. You should be consuming cannabis on the daily <———- not a joke. You’ve been lied too about the negative affects of cannabis. Just research juicing cannabis, it’s amazing for the body. If you want to take your training to the next level research the benefits of eating cannabis. I make my own cannabis infused coconut oil and eat two table spoons a day, it’s great for your body!!! For more info jghernandez1620 IA

  30. Not according to Arnold! The way he held that in without choking tells me it was not his first time. Also milk is for babies!

  31. i never workout stoned but i love hitting the gym , going home to shower smoke a bowl and just relax drinking some almond milk high then just simply relax and rest my body and mind

  32. well i do smoke weed daily ..
    pre n post workout .. and u will be amazed ro see the reaction ..
    well my results are posted on my profile ..
    be free to ask to share the experience ..

  33. It definitely effects fat loss due to the munchies. And thc has been shown to lower testosterone. But I'm still pretty shredded.

  34. Im so confused right now should i smoke right now before sleep and hit the gym tomorrow.. im a powerlifter im not sure if it will decrease my performance or not, i need to break my pr on deadlift.

  35. I do smoke basically everyday and I always lift too, I eat well, and sleep well and I've seen pretty good results even tho I can call myself a heavy smoker, I mean I have kept doing things well, I wonder what would it had happen if I would do all my shit well and not smoke weed, idk if I would have better results but I honestly have not get stucked and I'm pretty happy right now with my results (I'm not a beginner in the gym but I'm natural)

  36. I vape around .05-.1g first thing in the mornings while hydrating and work out in my room before I have breakfast, everyday. I also sometimes get high again afterwards and cycle to the local steam room / sauna. Honest reflections.

    My stretches are of better quality while high. A sober stretch before I workout, is usually fairly rigid and half arsed. A stoned stretch before I workout is flexible, deeper and I get end up taking a lot more time out to do them.

    As far as results are concerned, it definitely screws up performance both ways. Sometimes my focus is extreme, to the point of near disassociation as I somehow "find" the strength to do extra reps. Sometimes it can add upwards of 5 onto my expected peak of an exercise, if I am really in that zone. Other times, I am 2-3 reps lower than I what I expect, because fatigue sets in much earlier, the muscles seem to just feel heavier faster.

    As far as the psychological effects are concerned, I feel like I get a more accomplished workout in. My mood is noticeably better afterwards, especially on mornings where I could not be arsed to work out normally. If I were to stay sober, chances are, the workout is less likely to get completed. I think the effects it has on the mind need to be controlled and directed, otherwise it will wreak havoc on your workout. There used to be times I would only do 2 out of my 5 excercises and call it a day because I was making excuses and giving myself a pass because I was high and tired. I do not do that anymore though.

    My most important thing to say is that it helps a lot with eating afterwards. Not everybody has the habit of eating in the morning, for me, weed has helped me to stuff a lot more down my face. I'm not some cheech & chong inspired idiot, it's not junk food and I'm not lazy. I eat relatively good and healthy food, most mornings I can expect to eat 4 eggs, bacon, sausages and toast. Or perhaps I make salmon, spinach and potato wedges. Eating clean is just as rewarding, if not moreso, whilst stoned imo.

    It's a shame that stoner stereotypes instill uninspired, lazy, effortless hedonistic consumption and habits in people who could be capable of so much more.

  37. So if it raises the quality of my workout due to preventing me from being nauseous I suppose it’s a performance enhancing drug for me? :p

  38. Trust me, as a nationaly ranked bodybuilder, the use of marijuana is common and if anything is beneficial to gaining muscle, via lowered stress and cortisol levels, improved sleep and beneficial appetite increasing benefits. The belief that it makes you lazy and eating uncontrollable eating is misguided. Bodybuilding is a discipline that if something like weed is going to make you skip workouts and eat everything in sight… Well, in my opinion you never had the self discipline to make it in bodybuilding to begin with.

  39. Eat or vape
    Smoke decreases oxygen levels
    Just extra tip from someone that smokes it and wants to change method
    PLUS CBD combined is better than THC alone!

  40. I eat cannabis before my workouts and training MMA!!
    It’s unbelievable how it helps you focus and gives you a lift of energy !
    If you get sluggish using cannabis it’s because u use too much!!
    So try using less!
    But the stimulation from cannabis will give u a workout like you never had before!
    Listen to your favorite music and get your jam on !!!!!!!

  41. Im not sure but thc pretty much doesnt change anything on my muscle growth. Anyways, im a beginner, so muscles are building fast anyways. (I usually take a big bong hit before i work out. I can focus better but i have ADHD so that's obvious)

  42. Didn't waste a second of my time, a well produced non-biase factual, video with backed up research that cleared everything up for me. Thank you!

  43. It does not affect muscle growth, at least not negativly, or else they would of screamed that from the rooftops a long while ago already.

  44. AND HE showed me a pure river of water of life,clear as crystal proceeding out the throne of GOD and of the LAMB.In the midst of the street of it,andon either side of the river,wasTHERE THE TREE OF LIFE,which bare 12 manner of fruits,and the leaves of the TREE WERE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATION. REV 22: vs 1,2

  45. I’m 17 years old and have been going to the gym on averagely 5 days a week for around a year now, whilst smoking weed pretty much daily and always before and after workouts. I am purely natural and have a very good high protein, lean diet and the results I’ve been are amazing. I’ve had the same gym buddy who is taller than me, however I have made a lot more gains. For me personally, smoking gets me right into the zone because I have goals. I also smoke after a workout, normally after food because it relaxes me and feels like it helps with muscle recovery. I think it’s different for everyone but honestly I’ve went from literally having next to no muscle to being well in size aswell as under 10% body fat. Pre-Workout and smoking some weed feels amazing also.

  46. So basically you don’t know and you don’t have an answer . I smoke week every day for last 30 years and the answer you re looking for is it doesn’t matter it’s all in your genes my friend who s been training for 3 years never smoked I caught up with him only been training 5 months and I’m more motivated going gym then he is

  47. i use it like once a week at most twice on gym rest days i take it this will have next to 0 affects on my gains

  48. i don't get it i used to weight lift then smoke marijuana i didn't have a problem! but i trained first for an hour straight in the mornings on saturdays on purpose i trained for three hours straight..i am sumerian..water and a fruit was food after until work time and i brung a sandwich…crazy thing is i am homosexual LHP MHP

  49. Weed makes your heart rate go higher which makes your body do cardio while resting, so you need to eat good and healthy while high in order to keep up that pace and to not lose gains

  50. 0:50 "secondly, this is a complete unbiased video…the way I see it" lol. Haven't seen the entire video, but I thought that was funny. Greetings my friend. Thank you for looking into this!

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