Does Weed Cause Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia sufferers ask Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. “will smoking marijuana cause gynecomastia?” Another popular question is, “If after male breast reduction surgery if I smoke cannabis, will my man boobs come back?”
There are many different causes of male breast enlargement. A primary cause is puberty, when a young man goes through hormonal changes; also obesity, steroid use, and aging are known causes. Each patient is unique and what may trigger breast growth in one man might not for another.
There is not any conclusive evidence that marijuana contributes to gynecomastia, but there are many patients and physicians that believe it is so.
Medical Daily quotes Marijuana.com saying “Doobies Make Boobies,” but not for women. Animal studies show exposure to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol known as THC (the active ingredient in weed) decreases testosterone levels, however, human studies remain inconclusive. There are many conflicting reports that lead to a lot of confusion.
The Mayo Clinic lists marijuana along with amphetamines, alcohol, heroin, and methadone as potential causes of male breasts. Additionally, on the list of causes, there are herbal products and many medications.
Robert Murphy, Jr., president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, believes there is a correlation with the 5% increase in gynecomastia cases last year and the acceptance and easier access to marijuana in the United States.
With the link between gynecomastia and cannabis highly probable, you must ask yourself if after having male breast reduction surgery “is the high worth it?”
Call Dr. Delgado (415) 898-4161 now if you are having any concerns about your male breasts.