Low testosterone is no laughing matter. Those suffering from low testosterone, also known as low t, may experience a bevy of nasty symptoms. From fatigue to depression, low t can have a seriously debilitating effect on one’s quality of life.
Consequently, it’s paramount to keep your testosterone levels in check. After all, the average man loses one percent of their total testosterone levels every year after reaching their low to mid 30s.
With the ever rising legalization of marijuana throughout the world, many users are still left with a few questions concerning the substance’s effects on testosterone levels. Luckily, there are answers.
Can Smoking Marijuana Affect Sperm Count?
In a study published within the American Journal of Epidemiology, a total 1,215 men were instructed to provide semen and blood samples following medical examinations. A total 45% of the subjects claimed to have used marijuana within the past three months.
The subjects that claimed to smoke marijuana more than once per week has 29% lower sperm counts. All in all, marijuana use was found to have negative effects on sperm count and sperm concentration. However, this one study doesn’t necessarily mean if you smoke marijuana, you’ll have a lower sperm count.
Is Gynecomastia Caused By Marijuana Inhalation?
Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breast tissue. There has long been controversy behind the research findings concerning the effects of marijuana on male breast tissue.
One study used an animal model to determine that there was no estrogenic effect concerning marijuana. However, the study did not provide conclusive evidence concerning human usage.
Consequently, there is still much unknown about the effects of Marijuana on Gynecomastia.
How Does Marijuana Affect Testosterone?
The effects of Marijuana on testosterone levels is hardly conclusive. An experiment concerning an infusion of THC on male subjects determined that there was a 36% percent lower testosterone levels after usage. However, a separate study concerning concentrated THC tested the substance’s effects on 17 male volunteers. The results claimed that there was seemingly no alteration in testosterone levels within the subjects.
Additionally, the largest study to examine the relationship of marijuana use to serum testosterone levels. The results showed Serum testosterone concentrations decrease as age increased, increasing BMI, decreasing physical activity per week, and later time of day of blood collection. Testosterone levels were higher among current smokers, non-diabetics and NH black men.
Does Marijuana Lower Testosterone?
Marijuana use and its effects on the endocrine system, specifically testosterone levels, are not fully understood. Research on marijuana use and testosterone levels is conflicting. Some studies suggest that marijuana use lowers testosterone levels, while other studies find no significant effect. The long-term effects of marijuana use on testosterone levels are not clear. It is possible that marijuana could have different effects in people who are already struggling with low testosterone levels. However, it is unclear whether this lower level of testosterone is a cause or consequence of marijuana use. For more information on testosterone replacement therapy or to book an appointment, please contact our clinical staff.